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4 Aces


  • 1. Little Bit Is Better Than Nada
    2. Amor de Mi Vida - (Spanish)
    3. In My Mind
    4. 4 Aces
    5. My Cruel Pain
    6. Tell Me
    7. Ta Bueno Compadre (It's OK Friend) - (Spanish) :: It's OK Friend - (Spanish)
    8. Gardens, The
    9. Rosalita
    10. Clinging to You
    11. Mi Morenita - (Spanish)
    12. One I Love the Most, The
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46197

  • Credits
    ProducerJim Dickinson
    EngineerStuart Sullivan

    The Texas Tornados: Doug Sahm (vocals, 6- and 12-string guitars, maracas); Augie Meyers (vocals, accordion, piano, Vox organ); Flaco Jimenez (vocals, accordion); Freddy Fender (vocals).
    Additional personnel: Derek O'Brien (electric guitar); Louie Ortega (guitar, background vocals); Joe "King" Carrasco, John X. Reed (guitar); Ry Cooder (slide guitar); Vern Monnett (steel guitar); Jim Dickinson (piano); Allan Rich (keyboards, synthesizer); Max Baca (bajo sexto); Jack Barber, Chris Jurado, M. "Speedy" Sparks (bass); Ernie Durawa, Clay Meyers, George Rains, Barry "Frosty" Smith (drums); Rosie Flores (background vocals).
    The West Side Horn Section: Rocky Morales, Cullen Offer (tenor saxophone); Louis Bustos (baritone saxophone); Al Gomez (trumpet).
    Recorded at Arlyn Recording Studio, Austin, Texas. Includes liner notes by Doug Sahm.
    "Little Bit Is Better Than Nada" was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
    Personnel: Doug Sahm (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, maracas); Augie Meyers (vocals, accordion, piano); Flaco Jimnez (vocals, accordion); Freddy Fender (vocals); Louie Ortega (guitar, classical guitar, background vocals); Joe "King" Carrasco, John Reed (guitar); Derek O'Brien (electric guitar); Ry Cooder (slide guitar); Vern Monnett (steel guitar); Max Baca (bajo sexto); Cullen Offer (tenor saxophone); Lewis Bustos (baritone saxophone); Al Gomez (trumpet); Jim Dickinson (piano); Allan Rich (keyboards, synthesizer, percussion); Chris Jurado, Speedy Sparks (bass guitar); Clay Meyers, George Rains, Ernie Durawa, Barry "Frosty" Smith (drums); Rosie Flores (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Don Smith .
    Liner Note Author: Doug Sahm.
    Recording information: Arlyn Recording Studio, Austin, TX.
    Photographer: Dennis Keeley.
    Unknown Contributor Role: Allan Rich.
    Arrangers: Doug Sahm; Flaco Jimnez; Freddy Fender; Louie Ortega; Joe "King" Carrasco; Los Relmpagos del Norte; Max Baca; Augie Meyers.
    Working within the confines of a style as singular as Tex-Mex, one of the greatest difficulties is finding a way to keep the music sounding fresh. Year after year, the Texas Tornados manage to do just that, serving up spicy slabs of south-of-the-border soul. Their music brings together rock and roll, R&B, country and traditional Mexican folk music (represented in the norteno accordion of Flaco Jimenez and the stirring, romantic voice of Freddy Fender). On 4 ACES, the mutant charm of this musical hybrid is exemplified by the mysterious, Del Shannon-esque title cut, the country-flavored torch ballad "In My Mind" and the 6/8 New Orleans stroll of "Tell Me." On those and other tunes, the Tornados prove themselves adept at working endlessly appealing variations on the style that is their foundation.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (8/8/96, p.62) - 3 Stars (out of 5) - "...This time the Tornados have tilted their Tex-Mex balance more in the Mex direction, with gorgeous Spanish-language love songs sung by [Freddy] Fender..."
    Option (11-12/97, pp.133-134) - "Border radio tuned in by four geezers who actually remember border radio....produced by a man with a Midas touch who channels 'em into sonic gold....that such a band can make such breathtakingly gorgeous, emotional music for a major label in 1996 is astounding."
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