La Bamba: Sones Jarochos From Veracruz

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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
The title track from Smithsonian Folkways' La Bamba: Sones Jarochos From Veracruz is the instantly recognizable Mexican folk song originally from the early 1800s made popular in the '50s by Ritchie Valens, but here it is transported back to its roots as a son jarocho a type of lively rural folk song from Veracruz. Chiming harp melodies rolling over bright percussion construct this singularly unique sound, led by the skilled hands of harpist Felipe Ochoa and the lively vocals of "caller" Jos? Guti?rrez Ram?n. The songs are almost exclusively romantic in nature, as this recording avoids the more humorous boasting or taunting of sones jarochos, leaving the listener with ...
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All Music Guide - Zac Johnson
The title track from Smithsonian Folkways' La Bamba: Sones Jarochos From Veracruz is the instantly recognizable Mexican folk song originally from the early 1800s made popular in the '50s by Ritchie Valens, but here it is transported back to its roots as a son jarocho a type of lively rural folk song from Veracruz. Chiming harp melodies rolling over bright percussion construct this singularly unique sound, led by the skilled hands of harpist Felipe Ochoa and the lively vocals of "caller" José Gutiérrez Ramón. The songs are almost exclusively romantic in nature, as this recording avoids the more humorous boasting or taunting of sones jarochos, leaving the listener with beautifully poetic passages like "Little bird, you are pretty and of a pretty color/But you would be even prettier if you would do me the favor of taking a little piece of paper to the woman who owns my love." Anyone who has decided that traditional music is stuffy, dusty, or does not apply to modern-day living should be required to listen to this spectacular, vibrant, and life-affirming album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074050521
  • Catalog Number: 40505
  • Sales rank: 200,916

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Bamba - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:10)
  2. 2 Siquisirí - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:53)
  3. 3 Colás - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:26)
  4. 4 La Morena (The Dark Woman) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:00)
  5. 5 El Jarabe Loco (The Crazy Dance) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:18)
  6. 6 El Gavilancito (The Little Hawk) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (2:18)
  7. 7 El Cascabel (The Little Bell) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:29)
  8. 8 Huapanguerito (Huapango Singer) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (2:36)
  9. 9 La Guacamaya - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (4:03)
  10. 10 El Zapateado - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:28)
  11. 11 La Bruja (The Witch) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (2:45)
  12. 12 El Ahualulco (The Man from Ahualulco) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (4:10)
  13. 13 Tilingo Lingo - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (2:49)
  14. 14 Canelo - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:01)
  15. 15 El Coco (The Coconut) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (1:59)
  16. 16 El Pájaro Cu (The Coo Bird) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:41)
  17. 17 Balajú - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:22)
  18. 18 Butaquito - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (4:11)
  19. 19 Cupido (Cupid) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (3:01)
  20. 20 María Chuchena - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (4:02)
  21. 21 Pájaro Carpintero (Woodpecker) - Sones Jarochos From Veracruz (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jose Gutierrez Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Charlie Pilzer Mastering
Dan Sheehy Producer, Annotation
Ritchie Valens Composer
Pete Reiniger Engineering
Luis Martínez Serrano Composer
Traditional Composer
Carolina Santamaría translation
Christer Rosewell Cover Photo
Daniel Sheehy Producer
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