label: BOX RECORDS B4233
release: 2007, USA, CD [16/50:31]
  1. All I Do Is Try (2:35)
  2. Aw Tonight (2:36)
  3. Alamo Dragway (2:46)
  4. Sometime (4:39)
  5. Cry Cry, Laugh Laugh (3:22)
  6. Happy Go Lucky (3:16)
  7. Gator Gator (2:47)
  8. Roadrunner (2:51)
  9. The Sphinx Won't Tell (2:26)
  10. Rhymes Of Tomorrow (2:40)
  11. Sunny Day (3:28)
  12. Times Together (3:08)
  13. Dorothy (3:07)
  14. Find A Girl (4:29)
  15. Christmas Time (2:41)
  16. You're Not My Girl (3:14)
comment #1: All songs written by The Krayolas except #9 written by Charles Strouse and Lee Adams.
excerpts from the liner notes:

Special thanks to Michael Morales, Augie and Sara Meyers, Tom Swan, Patrick Wetmore.

Guest musicians:
"Happy Go Lucky" features the West Side Horns with saxaphone solo by Louie Bustos.
"The Sphinx Won't Tell" features muted trumpet solo by Charlie McBurney.
"Roadrunner" and "Times Together" features the West Side Horns with Richard Navarro.

inside liner notes:

"The Krayolas are back among the living. It's like something out of a Stephen King novel or Mel Brooks' "Young Frankenstein" -- it's alive.

Thirty years ago, the Krayolas walked out of their daddy's garage and into the legendary West Side studio, Zaz, to make their first 45 r.p.m. vinyl record, "All I Do Is Try" b/w "Sometime." They were only teenagers, but soon would make many more, some with the help of great musicians like the West Side Horns, Ezra Charles and Rene & Rene.

The Krayolas were hailed Tex-Mex Beatles, just as the Sir Douglas Quintet had been a decade earlier -- connected in spirit, their love of rock 'n' roll and by their hometown roots. The Krayolas always championed San Antonio.

"Best Riffs Only: The Krayolas 1977-1988" compiles long unavailable, out-of-print indie vinyl singles and rarities for the first time. Some of it dates back 30 years; most of it is a quarter century old. The title of the 16-song collection comes from a bit of advice that Nick Lowe and Dave Edmunds gave the band when they played together at historic Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa in the late '70s.

Taking a step back and listening to the disperate collection that only hints at the Krayolas onstage power, their essence is irresistible. It's direct-to-the-brain power pop and garage rock -- young, raw, energetic, upbeat, charming, campy and fun. Always melodic, the Krayolas easy-to-hum sound puts a smile on your face.

It's timeless. The Krayolas are timeless. And if they're alive, maybe you are, too."