Little Bit Is Better Than Nada: Prime Cuts 1990-1996

A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada: Prime Cuts 1990-1996

by Texas Tornados
     
 
Doug Sahm first used the name "Texas Tornado" in 1973, writing a song and naming an album after it. He first used it for a band in 1976, crediting Texas Rock for Country Rollers to Sir Doug & the Texas Tornados but the Texas Tornados didn't really become a group until 1990, when Sahm formed the Tex-Mex all-stars with his idol Freddy Fender, his

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Doug Sahm first used the name "Texas Tornado" in 1973, writing a song and naming an album after it. He first used it for a band in 1976, crediting Texas Rock for Country Rollers to Sir Doug & the Texas Tornados but the Texas Tornados didn't really become a group until 1990, when Sahm formed the Tex-Mex all-stars with his idol Freddy Fender, his right-hand man Augie Meyers, and Flaco Jiménez. Their first album -- released in two versions, one in English and one in Spanish -- caused a roots rock sensation upon its release, winning a Grammy for Best Mexican American/Tejano Performance for its track "Soy de San Luis" and helping to establish the band as a brand. Three albums followed quickly over the next six years -- the last, 4 Aces, appeared after a rush-released 1994 compilation The Best of Texas Tornados -- then the band faded away, turning into a touring concern and then an everlasting tribute to Sahm and Fender once those two giants passed away. Real Gone's A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada is the first real reckoning of the band's work, collecting highlights from those four albums (five, if you count the Spanish version of the debut separately) and adding some stray songs and unreleased recordings. The producers smartly balance all four Tornados, never favoring Sahm or Fender over Augie or Flaco, and the result not only highlights the band's range -- they slide from rock & roll and tejano to blues and honky tonk with ease -- but also how they make all these sounds seem unified. While each of their records is fun -- the first may be the best -- A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada eclipses all four by making those connections apparent but also underscoring how this sound, which was so innovative in the '60s and '70s, had turned into a deep, lasting tradition by the '90s.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2015
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064003885
catalogNumber:
6400388
Rank:
49932

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. (Hey Baby) Que Paso
  2. Soy de San Luis
  3. Bonito Es el Español
  4. Who Were You Thinkin' Of
  5. Laredo Rose
  6. Adios Mexico
  7. If That's What You're Thinking
  8. Dinero
  9. Baby! Heaven Sent Me You
  10. Soy De San Luis
  11. Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone
  12. La Mucura
  13. Bailando
  14. I'm Not That Kat Anymore
  15. He Is a Tejano
  16. El Pantalon Blue Jean
  17. Did I Tell You
  18. Cuatro Vidas
  19. Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone [I

Disc 2

  1. Hangin' on by a Thread
  2. Tus Mentiras
  3. Guacamole
  4. To Ramona
  5. One and Only
  6. Adios Mi Corazon
  7. Ando Muy Borracho
  8. Guacamole
  9. The Richest Man
  10. Una Mas Cerveza
  11. Wasted Days and Wasted Nights
  12. A Little Bit Is Better Than Nada
  13. In My Mind
  14. 4 Aces
  15. Tell Me
  16. Rosalita
  17. Clinging to You
  18. Mi Morenita
  19. The One I Love the Most
  20. Miller Lite Spot

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