CD The Devil's Swing: Ballads from the Big Bend Country of the Texas-Mexican Border (CD 688308),
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The Devil's Swing: Ballads from the Big Bend Country of the Texas-Mexican Border
1. Corrido de Kiansis - Palomares De Ojinaga
2. Jacinto Trevino - Palomares De Ojinaga
3. La Tumba de Villa - Los Palomares Del Bravo
4. Los Traficantes del Bravo - Los Palomares Del Bravo
5. La Tragedia de Ojinaga - Los 3 Amigos
6. Corrido de Fermin Arevalo - Los Palomares de Ojinaga
7. La Muerte de Fermin Arevalos - Jilgueros del Arroyo
8. El Corrido de Israel y Guadalupe - Los Luceros De Ojinaga
9. Corrido de Martin el Shorty Lopez - Los Tres Amigos De Isidro Ruiz
10. El Corrido de el Pira Ramirez - Melquiades/Tomas Sevilla/Mariachi Frontera
11. El Zorro de Ojinaga - Los Palomares de Ojinaga
12. Corrido de Pablo Acosta - Los Palomares Del Bravo
13. El Corrido de Amado Carrillo Fuentes - Tomas Sevilla/Melquiades Sevilla
14. El Arresto de los Sanchez - Los Palomares de Ojinaga
15. El Corrido de Gracielo Gardea - Mariachi Frontera
16. El Corrido de el Kilo - Los Palomares de Ojinaga
17. El Leon de le Sierra - Palomares De Ojinaga
18. Ejido de Palomas - Carlos Olivas
19. El Corrido de Esequiel Hernandez - Santiago Jimenez, Jr./Victor Mermea/Jos Antonio Moreno/Amado Banda/Mark Rubin
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 480
Recorded in Odessa, Texas and Toby's Custom Recording Studios, San Antomio, Texas. Includes liner notes by James Nicolopulos.
These 19 performances in traditional Tejano styles were recorded in the mid- to late '90s during the making of the documentary film The Devil's Swing, which examines the region where the Rio Grande and the Rio Conchos meet. At this point on the Texas-Mexico border, around the towns of Ojinaga in Mexico and Presidio in Texas, the isolation from large urban centers has helped preserve the traditional ballad "corrido" styles that are heard on this CD. On the surface this is just another disc of traditional border music: brisk numbers with soulful vocal harmonies, accordion, and pulsing bass, as well as some sax and occasional drums. Read the English translations (provided in the bilingual lyric sheet) of these Spanish-sung numbers, however, and a darker side emerges. Most of these narrative ballads are in fact the stories of drug trafficking along the border, in which the protagonists often meet violent death and harsh prison sentences. This means you really do need to know Spanish to get the most out of the album, as without knowledge of the lyrical nuances, it just sounds like typical music of the genre. Of course, one could argue that as corridos have always dealt with current events, songs about drug trafficking are not really out of the ordinary, anymore, in this style. Note that while a few of these songs are heard in the accompanying film, this isn't a soundtrack but a collection of performances recorded in the making of the documentary, some of which happened to be used in the movie. ~ Richie Unterberger
CMJ (11/20/00, p.39) - "...An audio vehicle that takes listeners on an imiginary journey into this remote Tex-Mex region..."
Dirty Linen (4-5/01, p.71) - "...A gateway into a fascinating byway of frontera music..."
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