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Spanish language music: Mariachi


Mariachi music originated in the Mexican state of Jalisco in the 19th century. It is played by a group of musicians with a standard minimum of instruments: at least two violins, two trumpets, one Spanish guitar, one vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar) and one guitarrón (a small-scaled acoustic bass). However, a mariachi band sometimes features more than twenty musicians. Apart from their distinctive sound, mariachi bands are also known for their ornate costumes.


Antonio Aguilar (Mexico)
CD Por el amor a mi madre [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Rancherismo, Vol. 6 [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Dicharachero [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Puno de tierra [1998] • LISTENBUY CD
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Paquita la del Barrio (Mexico)
CD Me saludas a la tuya [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Al cuarto vaso [2000] • LISTENBUY CD
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Mariachi Cobre (USA)
CD Mariachi cobre [1991] • LISTENBUY CD | CD 25 aniversario (1971-96) [1996] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Este es mi mariachi [1995] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Mariachi Silvestre Vargas (Mexico)
CD 100 años del Mariachi Silvestre Vargas [1998] • LISTEN BUY CD
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Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán (Mexico)
CD Aniversario 100: Canciones mexicanas que canta el mundo [1997] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Their First Recordings 1937-47 [1992] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mejor de lo mejor [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Serie 20 exitos [1989] • LISTENBUY CD
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Jorge Negrete (Mexico / USA)
CD 15 exitos inmortales de Jorge Negrete [1992] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: He was Mexico's first and perhaps biggest charro cantor (singing cowboy), and he played his role to the hilt. In dozens of movies, Jorge Negrete played the big romantic hero, and with his operatic vocal training, he interpreted the Mexican folk songs with an inspired reading and made them unforgettable hits. Among them, and included here, are "Juan Charrasqueado," "El Hijo del Pueblo," and "Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes," the title track from the popular movie of the same name, the film that first put Negrete on the map. Other tunes on this CD became Negrete signature songs--"Yo Soy Mexicano," on pride and patriotism; "Amor con Amor Se Paga," on the give-and-take in romance; and "Mexico Lindo," whose sad lyrics of dying on foreign soil became prophetic for Negrete when he died in a Los Angeles hospital in December 1953. -- Review by Ramiro Burr

CD Lo mejor de lo mejor [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Gold Collection [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Serie platino [1996] • LISTENBUY CD | CD El charro mexicano [1998] • LISTENBUY CD
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Pedro Infante (Mexico)
CD Románticas de Pedro Infante [1996] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Jorge Negrete may have been Mexico's first cinematic ranchera hero, but perhaps because of his premature death in 1953, Pedro Infante surpassed him in the number of hit movies and recordings. And like that of Negrete, Infante's fantastic recording output has been constantly released in new compilations. This collection has most of his signature hits, including "Cien Años," a heartbreak tune about being abandoned, and "Paloma Querida," an old standard reinvented by Infante when he sings with cool detachment about love's inspiration. Infante was untrained, his approach was simple but emotive, yet he was talented enough to make unforgettable such other classics as Agustin Lara's "Mujer" and "Amor de Mis Amores," and the uplifting bolero "Amor a la Distancia." Infante died in a plane crash in 1957 but is immortalized in his movies and music. -- Review by Ramiro Burr

CD Las mañanitas [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Serenata con Pedro Infante [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Coleccion de oro [1999] • LISTENBUY CD
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Javier Solís (Mexico)
CD La historia de Javier Solís [1992] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Many fine singers have come close, but Javier Solis is still regarded by many as the best bolero ranchera singer Mexico has ever produced. Since his death in 1966, there have been dozens of hit compilations. Luckily, this collection contains most of Solis's biggest hits: "Payaso," "Cenizas," "Sombras," "Media Vuelta," "Lloraras, Lloraras," and "Si Dios Me Quita la Vida." And while Solis got most of the credit, it's important to remember he worked with topflight producers, studio musicians, and, most critical of all, excellent song material from Rafael Ramirez ("Lloraras, Lloraras"), Luis Demetrio ("Si Dios Me Quita la Vida"), and Jose Alfredo Jimenez ("Media Vuelta"). But the combined power of vivid tearjerker songs enveloped in gorgeous mariachi arrangements is nothing without Solis's exquisite vocals and tough but compassionate stance. -- Review by Ramiro Burr

CD Payaso [1990] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Sombras [1987] • LISTENBUY CD | CD 15 autenticos exitos [1990] • LISTENBUY CD | CD 20 años 1966-1986: 15 auntenticos exitos [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mis 30 mejores canciones [2003] • LISTENBUY CD
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