MTV Unplugged: Los Tigres del Norte and Friends

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All Music Guide - Mariano Prunes
It took 43 years and millions of albums for Los Tigres del Norte to be recognized as Latin musical royalty. Such seems to be the purpose of their MTV Unplugged show, in which the norteño legends are joined by an A-list of Latin pop & rock luminaries, including Juanes, Andrés Calamaro, Calle 13, Paulina Rubio, Diego Torres, and Zack de la Rocha. Opinions may differ about the ultimate value of this album. Los Tigres del Norte are hardly an electric band, so the unplugged twist is not much of a revelation. Purist norteño fans may also complain about the pop gentrification that some of the tunes undergo in order to accommodate their guests, but to accuse a band who has ...
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All Music Guide - Mariano Prunes
It took 43 years and millions of albums for Los Tigres del Norte to be recognized as Latin musical royalty. Such seems to be the purpose of their MTV Unplugged show, in which the norteño legends are joined by an A-list of Latin pop & rock luminaries, including Juanes, Andrés Calamaro, Calle 13, Paulina Rubio, Diego Torres, and Zack de la Rocha. Opinions may differ about the ultimate value of this album. Los Tigres del Norte are hardly an electric band, so the unplugged twist is not much of a revelation. Purist norteño fans may also complain about the pop gentrification that some of the tunes undergo in order to accommodate their guests, but to accuse a band who has sold more than 30 million albums of selling out is simply too absurd for words. On the other hand, it is also true that Los Tigres del Norte sold all those millions of albums to the same regional audience over and over again, and that the hybrid nature of this album may be a more appealing introduction to the band for the larger international public. Norteño music is, after all, a fairly simple affair that can quickly grow tiresome for the casual listener: stomping two-chord narratives about outlaws be it mighty drug lords or destitute illegal immigrants or melodramatic love affairs. But for the addition of the indispensable accordion, it truly sounds like a very close Mexican cousin to Johnny Cash's Live at Folsom Prison repertoire, especially the faster numbers such as "Cocaine Blues" and "25 Minutes to Go." Los Tigres del Norte kick off the proceedings on their own with two textbook examples of the genre, "Jefe de Jefes" from their seminal 1997 double album and "Contrabando y Traición." It is then turn to introduce their friends, and it is here that the band flexes their muscles and starts to mix it up, with more than a wink to the guest at hand. "Golpes en el Corazón" becomes a pop anthem for Paulina Rubio, "La Mesa del Rncón" welcomes Argentine bohemian Andrés Calamaro as a tango, only to find its way back to its ranchera roots later on, bassist Hernán Hernández -- arguably the musical heart of the band, and in sparkling form throughout -- plays the riff of Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" when Zack de la Rocha joins the stage, and the celebratory closer "América" becomes an altogether different and controversial beast thanks to a typically razor-sharp rap intervention by Calle 13's Residente. Overall, two important conclusions can be derived from MTV Unplugged. First, after 40 years of playing together, Los Tigres del Norte are a cracking live band that still plays and sings its heart out, with plenty more tricks under its sombrero than the old two-chord, alternating bass routine. Secondly, many of the texts, particularly those dealing with the plight of Mexican immigrants some written many years ago, yet all sounding sadly contemporary are remarkable for their intelligence and compassion. Los Tigres del Norte have written many fine, important songs. If this MTV Unplugged signals that they are finally getting some richly deserved recognition outside of their own community, then it is a very good thing indeed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2011
  • Label: Fonovisa Inc.
  • UPC: 808835464420
  • Catalog Number: 354644

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jefe De Jefes (3:23)
  2. 2 Contrabando Y Traición (3:51)
  3. 3 Golpes En El Corazón - Paulina Rubio (4:40)
  4. 4 La Manzanita (3:09)
  5. 5 Mi Buena Suerte - Diego Torres (3:41)
  6. 6 Lágrimas Del Corazón (4:08)
  7. 7 La Puerta Negra (4:29)
  8. 8 La Mesa Del Rincón - Andrés Calamaro (5:06)
  9. 9 Quiero Volar Contigo - Andrés Calamaro (3:50)
  10. 10 Somos Más Americanos - Zack de la Rocha (4:10)
  11. 11 La Jaula De Oro - Juanes (3:01)
  12. 12 América - Calle 13 (4:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Los Tigres del Norte Primary Artist
Peter Kent Violin
Karl Perazzo Percussion
Enzo Villaparedes Trumpet
Arturo Solar Trumpet
Edwin Blas Trombone
Humberto Ruiz Trombone
Robert Incelli Saxophone
Sharon Jackson Violin
Jessica van Velzen Viola
Ezequiel Alara Piano, Vibes
Miguel Ramírez Percussion
Giovanna Clayton Cello
Technical Credits
Los Tigres del Norte Producer
Gustavo Borner Producer, Engineer
Zack de la Rocha Composer
Ivan Dudynsky Director, Producer
Tom Morello Composer
Tim Commerford Composer
Brad Wilk Composer
Enrique Franco Composer
Gustavo López Executive Producer
Teodoro Bello Composer
Rafael Rubio Composer
Enrique Valencia Composer
Victor Valencia Composer
Juan Pablo Fallucca Engineer
Charlie Singer Producer, Executive Producer
Rafael "Rafa" Arcaute Composer
Pablo Castro Arranger
René Pérez Composer
Eduardo Cabra Composer
Ezequiel Alara Musical Director
Jesse Armenta Composer
Ramon Gutierrez Composer
Ángel González Composer
Jesús Lara Producer
Michelle Alberty Executive Producer
Tomâs Gutiérrez Composer
Ricky Perry Art Direction
Marc Zimet Artist Relations
James Connelly Production Design
Henry Quintero Artist Relations
Gabriela Ortega Artist Relations
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