California surf and hot rod combo the Rip Chords last made a record in 1965. Forty years later bandmember Richie Rotkin and four pals donned some very loud Hawaiian shirts and hit the studio and concert stage. The result is Shut 'Em Down...Again, a pleasant but ultimately excitement-free disc that not surprisingly pales in comparison to their original albums. That's not really a fair comparison, but if it weren't for their name (and their hits "Hey Little Cobra" and "Three Window Coupe," both of which appear in new studio and live versions) Collectables never would have released this album because really it's just a "good time" oldies bar band record as evidenced by the endless jam on "Rock N Roll Star," the stiff take on "Mustang Sally," and the half-hearted runs through "Walk Away Renee" and "Solitary Man." In fact, you really have to wonder why Collectables did release the album. There is nothing here that you couldn't hear from a competent hotel lounge combo.
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AllMusic Review by Tim Sendra