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Here is a great little group that made about 8 or 9 lp's for Mexican RCA and most were issued in the U.S.........Los Tres Ases and you don't have to speak mucho espanol to figure out that this translates to the Three Aces.Most of these were in excellent Mono and have a vivid presence.
The albums are a mix of ballads and traditional tunes with some rousing tequila driven dizzy rancheros.No accordions,but hearty vocals and singing guitars.I do find these at swap meets along with plenty of other unusual Mexican music music for cheap.Buying blindly on the cheap can reap some great music surprises or enhance the donate pile.Staying in the 50's and 60's you are usually better off.
Thanks for the tip on Los Tres Ases. I was hoping folks like you would chime in here and make suggestions on good Mexican folk and ballad music. Personally, I love this music. It has so much soul. In addition, I also collect Spanish guitar, flamenco and orchestral music. I'm going to check out Los Tres Ases on Ebay to see if I can find some of their music.
Saying Mexican Music is a little bit like saying British Music. What kind? - traditional (many different types), Pop, Rock, Latin alternative, Mexican Ska, Electronic, Bolero, Cumbia, Opera, Classical, Jazz, Modern etc.
I went to Mexican club in Chicago expecting Latin, Flamenco like music, and found weird polka music that was almost impossible to dance. As for the Flamenco, most people in US listen to "Rumba Flamenca" (Gipsy Kings, Paco de Lucia etc), the least respected kind by Flamenco musicians. Rest of the Flamenco is often pretty boring, at least to me.
Los Lobos isn’t completely Mexican thaty’s why interesting and not boring.
Why would dig on Mexican music if among Latin music the most interesting, sophisticated and entertaining is Brazilian music? 2nd Cuban music comes into play very often with mixture of African rhythms and improvisation. Next unique music comes from Argentina. The brightest composer of all times there is Astor Piazzolla who probably built the huge era of nuevo tango.
I’d rather listen to Lawrence Welk indeed. No offence to Mexicans, because I believe most Mexicans would share the same thought. Have quite an array of Mexican clients: Ones would look for heavy metal, another ones for soul, some would look for classical music, jazz, but guess what? None had yet would look for Mexican music at all of any kind.
P.S. If I buy record, I'd rather buy it with no shipping. This stuff I can find among thrift stores in same condition.
^^^ Nothing boring about Manita de Plata's flamenco music. With that said, you are correct. There's as many types of Mexican music as there is British music. What I like, and was alluding to, were Mexican love ballads with beautifully played guitars.
Thanks for the heads up on Alejandro Fernandez's "Origenes." I downloaded it and saved it to my Spotify account. Beautiful.
I did the same with Los Tres Ases. These guys are exactly what I was talking about. Soulful and beautiful.
There's lots of great Mexican music. There's also lots of not so great Mexican music. Much like most places, Mexico has a rich tradition of music, not all of which is for every taste. Hey, I dig mariachi music (and yes, I'm aware that some claim that it's derived from a French tradition), but I don't expect everyone here to share that preference.
As to Los Lobos being "not completely Mexican", .....well I understand the poster's intention, even if it's an odd idea. The truth is that Los Lobos plays many different kinds of music, some of which is not remotely Mexican and some of which is "completely Mexican". And both sides of the band are usually terrific. IMO.
I like live Mexican folk music with the horns and guitars. Not so much at home, recorded. There are a couple of songs by Tito and Tarantula on the "From Dusk till Dawn" soundtrack I like. If you like the movie, the soundtrack is excellent. Sort of R+ rated dialogue from the movie - warning for uhhh.. more sensitive people.
"I like first(in the U.S.) generation Mexican musicians like Jerry Garcia and Carlos Santana. Does that qualify?
Nope, The Dead don't dance. At least not to flamenco music. :-)
This lady does though:
I saw her perform this live at Universal City. An amazing concert backed by the best big band brought up from Mexico City.