The Ambertones – ‘Clap Your Hands’
The Ambertones were part of Los Angeles’ fabled East Side Chicano scene along with dozens of mighty bands like Thee Midniters, the Premiers, the Romancers and Cannibal and the Head Hunters. All these groups could play in several styles, from garage to straight soul to r&b shouters and ballads.
Out of the block in 1963, with “Charlena” / “Bandido” on the GNP/Crescendo label. Next came two 45s on the Dottie label.
Their second Dottie 45 is a ballad, “I Need Someone” backed with an excellent greaseball garage original “If I Do”.The sound of the organ, vocals and guitar solo make “If I Do” a fine two and a half minutes of anyones life.
Their next release were on Rayjack. “Clap Your Hands” is a great 1966 party record, and “Cruise” is a riff on Thee Midniter’s “Whittier Blvd”. It kicks and spins along at a foot flying pace. No airs or graces, this is just a slab of sound to make you dance. No in-depth lyrics, no complicated key changes, no pointless over-dubbed strings.
It does what it says on the tin.