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Ballads and Corridos 1945-1975

  • 1. Beln Galindo - Trovadores Nortenos/Tony de la Rosa
    2. Asalto De Zamora - Los Cancioneros Del Bajio
    3. La Llegua Y La Potranca - Los Desveladores
    4. Kilmetro 1160 - Los Nortenos De Teran
    5. Ezequiel Rodrguez - El Palomo Y el Gorrion
    6. Ezequiel Rodrguez - Meme Y Lupe
    7. Aventuras Del West - Jesus Villa/Timoteo Cantu
    8. El Gero Candelario - Juanita Mendoza/Maria Mendoza - (featuring Valerio Longoria, Sr.)
    9. Mujer Paseada - Los 3 Reyes
    10. Contestacin a Mujer Paseada - Maria Mendoza
    11. El Matn De San Antonio - Frank Cantu/Juan Gaytn
    12. El Mojado - Jesus Maya/Timoteo Cantu
    13. Corrido De Ismael Ramos
    14. Corrido De Chessman - Valerio Longoria, Sr./Valerio Longoria Y Su Conjunto
    15. Lamento a Kennedy
    16. Los Derechos Civiles - Los Oros Del Valle
    17. Homenaje a J.F. Kennedy
    18. Recordando Al Presidente - Los Canarios Del Valle
    19. Corrido De Patricia Hearst - Los Magnifikos
    20. Corrido De Martin Luther King - Gregorio/Maria
    21. Las Crescientes De Beulah - Gilberto Lopez
    22. Rinches De Texas - Dueto Reynosa
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD367

  • Credits

    Editor: Chris Strachwitz.
    Corridos are narrative ballads popular on both sides of the Mexico-Texas border. They are usually presented as waltzes or furious polkas, and the subject matter ranges across the board from immigration issues and social conflicts to labor strikes, assassinations, natural disasters, and celebrations of the lives of local criminals and heroes, not unlike the material and melodies that American musicians like Woody Guthrie (and later, Bob Dylan) used as song fodder in the states. This set collects a wide range of corridos recorded by various local border recording companies -- mostly by the Ideal and Falcon imprints -- between 1949 and 1975, including interesting tracks like Los Desveladores' account of Mexican-styled horse racing (two horses at once down a straight quarter-mile track), "La Llegua y la Potranca," los Norteos de Teran's "Kilometro 1160," which details the car crash death of small-time gangster Arturo Garza Trevino, three corridos for President John F. Kennedy (both JFK and his brother Robert Kennedy were beloved and admired in Mexico and their deaths inspired countless corridos), and one for Dr. Martin Luther King (also much admired in Mexico) --Gregorio y Maria's "Corrido De Martin Luther King" was recorded only four days after King's death in 1968. It all makes for fascinating listening, and Arhoolie Records has provided embedded transcriptions and translations of all of these corridos as part of the CD, which is a definite plus, since with corridos, it is the story that matters more than anything. ~ Steve Leggett

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.40) - "The golden era of the region's narrative balladry is explored by the 22 tracks....Sung in spanish, accompaniment is provided by accordion and the 12-string bass-like bajo sexton alternating between waltz-time and polkas."
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