CD La Alondra de la Frontera: Live (CD 687502),
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La Alondra de la Frontera: Live

  • 1. Feria de las Flores, Le
    2. Gitana
    3. Mal Hombre
    4. Celosa
    5. Muequita Linda
    6. Mundo Engaoso, El
    7. Amor de Madre
    8. Gorioncillo Pecho Amarillo, El
    9. Torero
    10. Por Ti, Ay! Por Ti
    11. Adelita
    12. Pero Hay Que Triste
    13. Tango Negro
    14. Cama de Piedra, La
    15. Flores Negras
    16. Popurri: Pajarito Baranqueo/Ojos de Pancha/Etc.: Pajarito Baranqueno / Ojos De Pancha / Etc.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 490

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz
    EngineerChris Strachwitz

    Liner Note Authors: Chris Strachwitz; Zack Salem.
    Recording information: Wheeelr Auditorium, UC Berkeley, CA (04/02/1982).
    Arranger: Lydia Mendoza.
    Rarely has a nickname been so apt as Lark of the Frontier (whose Spanish translation gives this album its title). Lydia Mendoza, who retired in 1988, showed she still had all her qualities in this 1982 performance at the University of California, Berkeley. Accompanied solely by her own 12-string guitar, giving the songs a rhythmic foundation, she's gloriously emotive on everything from boleros to corridos, and moves farther afield to take in "Tango Negro," which doesn't stretch her a bit. A consummate artist, she's also a splendid storyteller, but it's really the music that matters, and every song sparkles, with "Por Ti, Ay! Por Ti" a particular standout. "Torero" has plenty of drama, and you wouldn't think you were hearing a woman then in her sixties. There's a raw beauty to songs like "Gitana" that speak of a hard-won life, but Mendoza has always been a singer of and for the people, loving their chronicles. If you're looking for slick Latin music, this definitely isn't the place; but if you want something honest and moving, look no further. ~ Chris Nickson

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