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Friday, April 29, 2011

HOLIDAY IN MEXICO

CIMG9633
by Los Marimbas Caliente -- Mariachis del Oro --Orquestra Symphonetta del Mexico


VALIANT RECORDS
V-4940
STEREO
1960?


CIMG9728


SIDE A:



LA NORTENA
CIELITO LINDA
LAS CHIAPANECAS
EL RELICARIO
JARABE TAPATIO
ADIOS MARQUITA LINDA

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SIDE B:



LA NEGRA
JESUITA
MACARENAS
LA CUCARACHA
LA GOLINDRINA
RESCAPETATE
LA RASPA

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CIMG9634

Editor's note: despite the rather rough shape of this record -- both the gaping wide jacket and the shredded wax itself -- I'm happy that I bought this and recorded it. Not only because it has a good sound but the cover itself is a classic and you can never go wrong when toting around a big ass guitar and especially in pursuit of a handsome chica. A very festive romp through Mexican "folk songs" that sounds a little too polished and orchestrated for the tag given to it but plays rather nicely nonetheless. A clean copy would probably sound rather exceptional but I have a feeling that this was a Woolworth's bargain bin special and any sealed copy was last opened in the 70s and destroyed on a Fisher Price portable player with a needle like a shark's tooth.

4 comments:

Duncanmusic said...

That's a guitarron, the Mexican folk equivalent of a bass guitar. I would more aptly describe this as a supermarket or furniture store relic. Labels like Somerset (whose back cover design this resembles) and Valiant started out as actually pretty decent aural recordings with unfortunately subpar performances by copycat artists, though my friend Lee Hartsfield at the blog "Music You Probably Can't Find Anywhere Else" has led me to appreciate some of the 'off' copies that were produced on many 50s budget labels. You're right; it is a great shot and I used to (who am I kidding, I still do but VERY cheaply) collect many of this era's best & worst based solely on the kitsch of the cover.

R. O. Glockenspiel said...

Guitarron! I should have known it was another instrument that I can't play. I would have been the world's worst bassist if somebody hadn't stolen mine (they call it "took or borrowed"). Thanks for the info. I'll have to check out that blog.

Sean Downs said...

found at thrift shop today. did a search and found someelse found this album too. it's okay. but i'd have rather listened to something less orchestrated. i wanted the soundtrack to no ones life to have a little more adios marquita linda sound to the whole album. you're right tho, great cover. worth having for a little while anyways.

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