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© Reprise Records
Year of Release: 1990
Who Were You Thinkin' Of
(Hey Baby) Que Paso
A Man Can Cry
Soy De San Luis
If That's What
She Never Spoke
Spanish To Me
Sent Me You
Texas Tornados related sites:
The Texas Tornados were a supergroup (so to speak) -- of merging different
artists from various groups -- Doug Sahm & Augie Meyers (Sir Douglas Quintet),
country singer Freddy Fender, and conjunto music star Flaco Jiménez.
Freddy Fender was very popular in the 1970s with having many Country hits,
including "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and the #1 "Before The
Next Teardrop Falls." Doug Sahm started out in the Sir Douglas Quintet
("Mendacino," "She's About A Mover"). But Sahm's solo career has been
outstanding, and his original early solo albums are not reissued on CD here in the
U.S. Sahm would feature Country, Blues, and Tex-Mex music throughout his solo
career. And with the Texas Tornados, he would form Tex-Mex music with full
force, blending Country, Blues, Mexican, and Polka music all together, forming
an incredible sound of music, that should NOT be ignored.
The Tornados' debut, released in 1990, is truly an outstanding and excellent
CD. CDNow.com (now merged with Amazon.com) has some of the
Tornados' work on CD, and they are definitely
worth checking out.
The album's opener, "Who Were You Thinking Of" has lyrics that are
truly worth listening: Who were you thinking of, when we were making love
last night..." It's a regular favorite, and with its funny lyrics, it
should be a regular song on any radio station's playlist.
"(Hey Baby) Que Paso," and "Laredo Rose" have the
Mexican/Polka sound, where "Soy De San Luis" is more Polka (the
accordion gets the full treatment on this one...), and it has Mexican lyrics.
Freddy Fender's "A Man Can Cry" is another great tune, where a mixture
of Blues and Country blends extremely well.
"Adios Mexico" has the great Rock & Roll three-chord boogie, and is
a great jumping song for any bar band. Freddy Fender returns on the lead vocal
on "If That's What You're Thinking," a beautiful relaxing ballad.
The Mexican sound returns in great form on "She Never Spoke Spanish To
Me." Mexican-Polka with the country steel guitar and accordion are a-jumpin'
on "Dinero," another great Polka "rocker." The album's closing tune,
is in the same style as "A Man Can Cry," another great tune, with Doug
Sahm and Freddy Fender alternating on lead vocals.
Call it Polka, call it Mexican, it's Tex-Mex music in its finest form,
with Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender providing the main vocals. The Texas Tornados
is a force to be reckoned with -- Their music is truly outstanding, and a
Greatest Hits compilation just isn't enough. Highly recommended, The Texas
Tornados' music is a wonderful blend of Country, Blues, Mexican and Polka
music, all "tornado'd" into one.
God Bless Doug Sahm: Sahm passed away recently in 1999, yet his musical
legacy lives on. If you have never experienced Sahm's music (especially his
solo output), his mixtures of different sources of music is phenomenal, and
why his early solo releases are not reissued here is beyond any fan's
imagination. Yet, his LPs and later CD releases are found on
ebay.com. Doug Sahm is certainly missed, yet we can always enjoy his
music, for generations to come.
Doug Sahm's website: DougSahm.com
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