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Tejano Roots

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Tejano Roots
Tejano Roots


Texas-Mexican conjunto is one of the most enduring musical traditions among Mexicans and Mexican Americans, writes ethnomusicologist Manuel Pena. Starting with the music of both urban and rural Mexico, Tejano and conjunto musicians also incorporated musical influences from their Anglo-American, African American, and European (especially German and Czech) neighbors. In 1990, Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz acquired Ideal Records, a company that had a long history of recording Tejano and conjunto performers. Drawing from Ideals deep musical library, he compiled this rich sampler. The liner notes include a history of Tejano music and background information about each of the 24 tracks.


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  2. Mi Unico Camino - Conjunto Bernal
  3. La Cuquita (Polka) - Narciso Martinez
  4. Feliz Sin Ti (Bolero) - Lydia Mendoza
  5. 4 Or 5 Shots Of Liquor - Tony De La Rosa
  6. Ausencia (Vals) - Narciso Martinez
  7. Because Of Your Absence - Carmen Y Laura
  8. Mi Pecosita (Polka) - Beto Villa Y Su Orquesta
  9. Gregorio Cortez (Corrido) - Jesus Maya/Timoteo Cantu
  10. One Memory Remained - Trio San Antonio
  11. Three Pieces Of Advice - Hermanas Mendoza
  12. La Primavera (Redova) - Juan Lopez
  13. La Tijerita (Polka) - Juan Lopez
  14. Pretty Woman - Valerio Longoria
  15. Thoughts (Bolero) - Conjunto Bernal
  16. Love Me, Dear (Bolero) - Chelo Silva
  17. Pachuca Blues (Blues) - Beto Villa Y Su Orquesta
  18. Sweetheart, Antonia (Rock) - Conjunto Bernal
  19. Corina, Corina (Blues) - Freddie Fender
  20. How Bad (Rock) - Eddie Con Los Shades
  21. Sweet Heart Of The Town - Isidro Lopez/Conjunto Ideal
  22. It's Too Late To Change Your Mind - Isidro Lopez Y Su Orquesta
  23. Why Are You Leaving Me? - Agapito Zuniga
  24. Your Destiny - Lydia Mendoza
  25. The Clouds - Wally Almendarez
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