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The Roots of the Narcocorrido

  • 1. El Corrido de Heraclio Bernal - Andan & Eva/Mariachi Guadalajara
    2. Mariano Resendaez - Timoteo Cantu/Jesus Maya
    3. Nieves Hernandez - Los Satelites
    4. Corrido de Mier - Pena & Tijerina
    5. Los Tequileros - Jesus Maya/Timoteo Cantu
    6. Contrabando de el Paso - Luis Hernndez/Leonardo Sifuentes
    7. Contrabando de el Paso (Part II) - Luis Hernndez/Leonardo Sifuentes
    8. La Cocaina - Pilar Arcos
    9. La Marihuana - Trio Garnica Ascencio
    10. Corrido de Juan Garcia - Los Pinginos del Norte
    11. Garcia y Zamarripa - Hermanos Chavarria
    12. Los Pateros - Los Alegres de Tern
    13. Corrido del Hampa (Part I) - Flores & Durn
    14. Corrido del Hampa (Part II) - Flores & Durn
    15. La Canela - Los Alegres de Tern
    16. Por Morfina y Cocaina (Part I) - Manuel C. Valdez/Juan Gonzalez
    17. Por Morfina y Cocaina (Part II) - Manuel C. Valdez/Juan Gonzalez
    18. El Contrabandista (Part I) - Juan Gaytn/Frank Cantu
    19. El Contrabandista (Part II) - Juan Gaytn/Frank Cantu
    20. Carga Blaca - Los Cuatesones
    21. El Profugo - Juan Gaytn/Frank Cantu
    22. Corrido de Juan Meneses - Hermanas Guerrero/Jimmy Morgan's
    23. Francisco Martinez - Juan Gaytn/Felix Solis
    24. Tragedia de los Cargadores - Frank Cantu/Conjunto Topo Chico
    25. La Cadena - Los Cuatesones
    26. El Rey de Pipa Roja - Los Montenos
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 7053

  • Credits

    While it might seem a bit disconcerting to the average law-abiding citizen of the United States, narcocorrido has celebrated everything from the smuggling of contraband to drugs from south of the border. The Roots of the Narcocorrido offers a background, in essence, a way to understand why one culture might exalt what another condemns. "El Corrido de Heraclio Bernal" tells the story of one outlaw (Heraclio Bernal) who resisted the Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz and pilfered foreign mining interests in Sinaloa. Unlike a common robber, Bernal became a Robin Hood figure. In this way, the Mexican bandit hero isn't really any different than Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy Floyd" or the popularization of outlaws like Bonnie & Clyde in the U.S. during the Depression. Other figures raised to folk hero status in the narcocorrido included "Mariano Resndez," another social revolutionary who smuggled goods across the U.S. border. A connection between these figures and future drug smugglers would be made during the late teens and the 1920s thanks to American prohibition. "Los Tequileros" tells the story of how one group of heroic smugglers was cut down by an ambush in Texas. The intercultural conflict between the U.S and Mexico, in fact, made it easy to see these figures -- even outside of a revolutionary context -- as heroic for struggling against a superior power. From here, it was only a small step toward ballads like "The Fugitive, Marijuana," revealing the highs and lows of the drug smuggling life. As always, Arhoolie has put together a solid package, including informative liner notes. The Roots of the Narcocorrido offers a nice backdrop for understanding the drug smuggler as folk hero, but it's also an enjoyable collection of music. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.90) - "This scholarly 26-song 2004 compilation documents the century-long tradition of contraband-running ballads..."
    Dirty Linen (p.66) - "You'd be hard-pressed to find a better documented project, which makes this an essential purchase for anyone who's interested in mid-20th-century Mexican music."
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