First Queen of Tejano Music

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In the early '50s, after taking some years off to raise her family, Lydia Mendoza returned to recording. First Queen of Tejano Music has 26 songs that she recorded for the Ideal label between 1950 and 1964. In contrast to her sparse, guitar-accompanied sides from the '30s, these have a fuller band sound, with backup by several different orquestas. Although much of this is in the conjunto mainstream of jaunty, emotionally delivered tunes with guitar-accordion arrangements, there's some variety as well that finds her occasionally in more of a pop, jazz, or torch song mold, along with some straight mariachi settings, boleros, and tangos. For the money, it still works ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
In the early '50s, after taking some years off to raise her family, Lydia Mendoza returned to recording. First Queen of Tejano Music has 26 songs that she recorded for the Ideal label between 1950 and 1964. In contrast to her sparse, guitar-accompanied sides from the '30s, these have a fuller band sound, with backup by several different orquestas. Although much of this is in the conjunto mainstream of jaunty, emotionally delivered tunes with guitar-accordion arrangements, there's some variety as well that finds her occasionally in more of a pop, jazz, or torch song mold, along with some straight mariachi settings, boleros, and tangos. For the money, it still works best when the melodies are sad and the arrangements tend toward the more simple, putting the focus firmly on Mendoza's assured vocals. It's still quality material, however, reflecting the increasing sophistication of conjunto music instrumentation as the century passed the halfway mark.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/1996
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297039229
  • Catalog Number: 392
  • Sales rank: 164,840

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Amor Bonito (2:42)
  2. 2 Contestación a Amor Que Malo Eres (2:46)
  3. 3 El Deber de los Dos (3:14)
  4. 4 Soy Rebelde (2:31)
  5. 5 Volver a Vivir (2:49)
  6. 6 Te Quieres Ir (3:12)
  7. 7 Amor con Amor Se Paga (2:43)
  8. 8 En Cada Copa (2:43)
  9. 9 Seguiré Tus Pasos (2:44)
  10. 10 Infame Traición (2:57)
  11. 11 A Ti Madre (3:14)
  12. 12 Prisionera (2:25)
  13. 13 Acabame de Matar (2:40)
  14. 14 Cariño Ciego (2:38)
  15. 15 Amor en Duda (2:48)
  16. 16 Tu Sabes Bien (2:56)
  17. 17 Tinieblas (2:42)
  18. 18 Qué Hiciste con Mis Besos (2:46)
  19. 19 Cuando Se Pierde la Madre (2:57)
  20. 20 VI Pasar (2:38)
  21. 21 Sin Querer (2:31)
  22. 22 Hoy Que Vuelvo (2:43)
  23. 23 Porque Piensas en Ti (2:42)
  24. 24 Enredaste Mi Vida (2:56)
  25. 25 Amor Maldito (2:45)
  26. 26 Pa' Que Me Dice Cosas (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lydia Mendoza Primary Artist, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Tony de la Rosa Accordion
Narciso Martínez Accordion
Reynaldo Barrera 6-string bass
Lorenzo Caballero Double Bass
Jose Morante Vocals
Enrique Rodriguez Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Requinto
Technical Credits
José Alfredo Jiménez Composer
Los Rebeldes Contributor
Lorenzo Caballero Composer
Armando Marroquín Producer
Chris Strachwitz Contributor, Reissue Producer
Elizabeth Weil Artwork, Photo Tinting
Leticia del Toro Liner Notes
Beto Villa Y Su Orquesta Contributor
Mariachi Ideal Contributor
Esteban Oritz Composer
F. Cuellar Composer
Manuel Imperial Composer
Mariano Pena Composer
M. M. Carreon Composer
J. Ramos Composer
Aurelio Garcia B. Composer
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