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Borderlands: From Conjunto to Chicken Scratch

  • 1. Cuquita, La - Narciso Martnez
    2. Gregorio Cortez - Timoteo Cantu/Jesus Maya
    3. Aunque Me Odies - Lydia Mendoza
    4. Rato No Mas, Un - Carmen y Laura/Beto Villa Y Su Orquesta
    5. Adobe y Cuatro Velas, Un - Los Donneos
    6. Mi Unico Camino
    7. Angel de Mis Anhelos
    8. Corrido de Gerardo Gonzales - Ramn Ayala
    9. Saino de Donna Texas, El - Los Invasores de Nuevo Len
    10. Dados Cargados - Los Cachorros de Juan Villarreal
    11. Caso Perdido - Los Dos Gilbertos
    12. Calle Flores, La - Oscar Hernandez
    13. Qudate - Roberto Pulido Y Los Clasicos
    14. San Javielpo Chu'kuy Kawi - Francisco Molina
    15. Ali Oidak Polka - Gu-Achi Fiddlers
    16. Old Man Rooster - Molinas
    17. Madre Mia Chote - Southern Scratch
    18. Uwaldina U Juan Gonzalez
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40418-2

  • Credits
    ProducerCathy Ragland; Cathy Ragland (Compilation)

    Performers include: Narcisco Martinez, Lydia Mendoza, Ramon Ayala Y Los Bravos Del Norte, Roberto Pulido, Southern Scratch, Tohono O'odham.
    Personnel: Ramn Ayala (vocals, accordion); Lydia Mendoza (vocals); Gilberto Garcia, Gilberto Lopez, Narciso Martnez, Oscar Hernandez, Rubn Vela (accordion).
    Introduction by: Cathy Ragland.
    Subtitled "Music of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and Southern Arizona," this compilation of 18 tracks from the late 1940s through the early '90s illustrates several aspects of border music. Conjunto music is well-represented, as expected, along with other strains of the Tejano sound that aren't quite as reliant on the usual accordion-dominated arrangements. The great Lydia Mendoza is represented with one of her best recordings, the 1954 bolero "Aunque Me Odies," and Beto Villa Orquesta with Carmen y Laura do a bolero-mambo that's more pop-oriented (in a good way) than the usual Tejano harmony number. The last five tracks are by Native Americans from Southern Arizona, who play "chicken scratch" with casual similarities to the conjunto played by Tejanos, although the arrangements give greater prominence to fiddles and saxophones. This has more variety, and higher quality, than the usual Tex-Mex/conjunto/Tejano/border music compilation, and is recommended to those who want a good sampling of some of the better stuff. Comes with copious annotation. ~ Richie Unterberger

  • Critic Reviews
    Option (11-12/94, p.102) - "A pleasant lesson in authentic Tex-Mex border music...The selection as a whole gives a fine taste of the variety of Texan conjunto and norteno traditions..."
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