Ay Califas: Raza Rock of the 70's & 80's

Ay Califas: Raza Rock of the 70's & 80's

     
 
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Mexican-American listening experience could be impressively eclectic. Soul music was huge in Chicano communities, and quite a few Chicanos were also avid rockers. Chicanos on the whole weren't nearly as into salsa as Cubans and Puerto Ricans, and yet, such Mexican-American innovators as Santana, the Escovedo family and El Chicano were more

Overview

In the 1970s and 1980s, the Mexican-American listening experience could be impressively eclectic. Soul music was huge in Chicano communities, and quite a few Chicanos were also avid rockers. Chicanos on the whole weren't nearly as into salsa as Cubans and Puerto Ricans, and yet, such Mexican-American innovators as Santana, the Escovedo family and El Chicano were more likely to be influenced by salsa and Latin jazz than mariachi and ranchero music. The richness of California's Chicano music scenes of the 1970s and '80s is illustrated by Ay Califas, a diverse collection ranging from Santana's mega-hit interpretation of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" and El Chicano's haunting jazz-fusion classic "Viva Tirado" to the angry East L.A. punk rock of Los Illegals' "El Lay" and the smooth soul-pop of Sapo's "Can't Make It," Malo's "Suavecito" and Tierra's 1980 remake of the Intruders' "Together." Although War was a predominantly Black soul/funk band, the inclusion of its 1975 hit "Low Rider" is highly appropriate, given that this song is an ode to West Coast "vato loco" culture and how phenomenally popular War was among Chicano audiences. This unpredictable CD is without a dull moment.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/13/1998
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227292027
catalogNumber:
72920

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheech & Chong   Track Performer
Plugz   Track Performer
Tower of Power   Track Performer
War   Track Performer
Azteca   Track Performer
Malo   Track Performer
Santana   Track Performer
Cold Blood   Track Performer
Cruzados   Track Performer
Sapo   Track Performer
Tierra   Track Performer
Yaqui   Track Performer
Chicano   Track Performer
Illegals   Track Performer
Daniel Valdez   Track Performer
Lobos del Este de los Angeles   Track Performer
Ruben & the Jets   Track Performer
Con Safos   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Producer
Plugz   Producer
Tower of Power   Producer
Lee Oskar   Composer
Azteca   Producer
Santana   Producer
Lonnie Jordan   Composer
John Simon   Producer
Coke Escovedo   Producer
Papa Dee Allen   Composer
Harold Brown   Composer
Ron Capone   Producer
Fred Catero   Producer
Jeff Eyrich   Producer
Jerry Goldstein   Composer,Producer
Rodney Mills   Producer
Denny Randell   Producer
David Rubinson   Producer
Stevie Salas   Producer
Howard Scott   Composer
Luis Torres   Producer
Ritchie Valens   Composer
Kwaku Eddie Lynn   Producer
Art Brambila   Producer
Charles Miller   Composer
Rudy Salas   Producer
Billy Watson   Producer
Morris Dickerson   Composer
Luis Martínez Serrano   Composer
Alan Kutner   Producer
Eddie Davis   Producer

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