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Merengue Alegre

  • 1. Vamos a Bailar
    2. Una Manana de Abril
    3. Palo Bonito
    4. Autentico Merengue
    5. Bachata Sentimental
    6. Cana Brava
    7. Navidad Sin Mi Madre
    8. Los Ritmos Oficiales
    9. Merengue Alegre
    10. Me la Pusieron Dificil
    11. La Chiflera
    12. Las Tres Muchachas de Don Pancho
    13. Homenaje a San Pedro
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 505

  • Credits

    Diaz sings and plays accordion on a mixture of traditional songs and original compositions on this lively merengue album, accompanied by the sort of rhythm section found in the traditional style of perico ripiao: guiro (a scraped metallophone) and tambora. Although this music has some resemblance to Tex-Mex conjunto music in the instrumentation (particularly the accordion and vocals), to North Americans who might be wearying of the wealth of similar-sounding conjunto combos, this is considerably more interesting. The tempos are so fast that it can initially be disorienting, as if these are Tex-Mex conjunto records playing at the wrong speed. But it's not just speed for speed's sake: The rhythms are cleverly syncopated and varied, and there's a cheerful urgency to the vocals and playing not always in found in other, similar forms of Latin American folk-based music. The original Spanish lyrics and their English translations are printed for about half the songs, and these are much in keeping with the energy of the record: exhortations to dance and celebrate and expressions of regional pride. ~ Richie Unterberger

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