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Spanish language music: Ranchera


The ranchera is a musical style from Mexico that draws on traditional folklore and encompasses such sentimental themes as patriotism, love, or nature. The "ranch song" became commercially oriented starting in the early 20th century. It is closely associated with mariachi groups and is usually played with guitars and horns.


Lola Beltrán (Mexico)
CD Boleros y rancheras inmortales [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Antología [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Inolvidablemente [2005] • LISTENBUY CD
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Alejandro Fernández (Mexico)
CD A corazón abierto [2004] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: Ranchera heartthrob Alejandro Fernández polishes up his sound on A Corazón Abierto, his first pop album since 2000's Entre Tus Brazos. That effort was marred by Emilio Estefan's bland production and repetitive instrumentation, but Fernández diversifies on Corazón, enlisting the help of Aureo Baqueiro (Sin Bandera, Aleks Syntek) and Kike Santander, producer of choice for a dazzling roster of artists, including Thalia, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, and David Bisbal. They wrap Fernández's swoon-inducing voice in lush instrumentation, veering from somber ballads ("Para Vivir," "Me Dedique a Perderte") to galloping uptempo tracks ("Se Va," "Canta Corazon"). Fernández's mariachi sensibilities have often been muzzled during his pop-flavored outings, but the flamenco-guitar flourishes and blaring horns actually seem to play up his trademark sound and style. It makes for a confident collection that cleverly straddles both genres and makes the most of Fernández's sexy--and often thrilling--voice. -- Review by Joey Guerra

CD Viento a favor [2007] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Me estoy enamorado [1997] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Niña, amada mía [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Origenes [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | Live CD En vivo juntos por última vez [2003] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mis primeros exitos [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mi verdad [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Muy dentro de mi corazón [1996] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Alejandro Fernández [1992] • LISTENBUY CD | Live CD 100 años de música mexicana en vivo [2004] • LISTENBUY CD
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Vicente Fernández - "King of the Rancheros" (Mexico)
CD Historia de un Idolo, Vol. 1. [2000] LISTENBUY CD, Vol. 2 [2002] LISTENBUY CD | CD 15 grandes con el numero 1 [1990] • LISTENBUY CD | CD La se me hizo tarde la vida [1993] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mexicanisimo [1995] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Mi amigo el Tordillo [1993] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Lástima queseas ajena [1993] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Recordando a los panchos [1994] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Entre el amor y yo [1998] • LISTENBUY CD | CD A pesar de todo [1965] • LISTENBUY CD
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Juan Gabriel (Mexico)
CD Celebracion de los 25 años de Juan Gabriel en bellas artes [1998] • LISTENBUY CD • REVIEW: In the '90s singer Juan Gabriel emerged as Mexico's finest living songwriter of the folkloric genre, specifically, the ranchera. The ultimate master is still the late José Alfredo Jimenez. Here Gabriel delivers another two-CD set of his live performances, very similar to his 1990 En el Palacio de Bellas Artes. The differences: six fewer songs and fewer of his earlier hits like "Hasta Que Te Conoci." Still Gabriel manages to connect with his irrepressible charm and a great cast that includes top string and horn players. Repeat-button faves include his classic "Costumbres" and, of course, his "Amor Eterno," perhaps the most eloquent ode to a lost love. "Amor Eterno" has been covered handsomely by the likes of Rocio Durcal and Vicente Fernández, and in Gabriel's hands here, it is transformed into a solemn prayer. -- Review by Ramiro Burr

CD El Unico: Sus Mas Grandes Exitos [2004] • LISTENBUY CD | CD La Historia del Divo [2006] • LISTENBUY CD | CD En el palacio de bellas artes [1990] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Abrazame muy fuerte [2000] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Incente de ti [2003] • LISTENBUY CD |CD Todo esta bien [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Todo [1993] • LISTENBUY CD | CD 15 años baladas exitos [1987] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Recuerdo [1980] • LISTEN
BUY CD | CD Recuerdo 2 [1984] • 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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José Alfredo Jiménez (Mexico)
CD Las Clasicas [2001] • Vol. 1 LISTENBUY CD , Vol. 2 LISTENBUY CD | CD Lo mejor de José Alfredo Jiménez [1990] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Clasicas de José Alfredo Jiménez [1990] • LISTENBUY CD | CD José Alfredo Jiménez canta sus exitos [1991] • LISTENBUY CD | CD 15 exitos inolvidables [1983] • LISTENBUY CD
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Jorge Negrete (Mexico / USA)
3 CD Set Sus 60 Grandes Exitos [2007] • BUY CD | CD Lo mejor de lo mejor [2001] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Gold Collection [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD 15 exitos inmortales de Jorge Negrete [1992] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Serie platino [1996] • LISTENBUY CD | CD El charro mexicano [1998] • LISTENBUY CD
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Chavela Vargas (Costa Rica)
CD Coleccion de oro [1999] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Grandes exitos [2002] • LISTENBUY CD
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Lucha Villa (Mexico)
CD Coleccion de oro [2002] • LISTENBUY CD | CD Interpreta a Juan Gabriel [1990] • LISTENBUY CD
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