Pachuco Boogie

Pachuco Boogie

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by Don Tosti
     
 

The Zootsuit Riots and the Sleepy Lagoon case of the 1940s made Americans aware that a young Latino subculture existed in their country. Thanks to the press slant, however, it was presented as something to be feared. The reality, of course, was quite different. They were no more dangerous than teens anywhere and everywhere. They did, however, have their own music, a… See more details below

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The Zootsuit Riots and the Sleepy Lagoon case of the 1940s made Americans aware that a young Latino subculture existed in their country. Thanks to the press slant, however, it was presented as something to be feared. The reality, of course, was quite different. They were no more dangerous than teens anywhere and everywhere. They did, however, have their own music, a mix of Latino styles and jump blues, a selection of which is offered on this illuminating record, headlined by the title track, a straight-up jump blues that has more in common with African-American music than any rock & roll that might follow. The bandleader, young bassist Don Tosti, would go on to record plenty of similar sides for the pachucos, or young Mexicans, under several different names, like Cuarteto Don Ramon, Sr.. He'd even re-record "Pachcuco Boogie" in the early '50s, quite possibly because the original version is rumored to have sold over a million copies. Most of the other acts here pick up on his small-band, eight-to-the-bar idea, but there's at least one exception, the acoustic "Frijole Boogie," a lovely piece of guitar work from Jorge Cordoba (the genre was elastic enough to include the corrido "El Bracero y la Pachuca," too). Every culture celebrates itself. Some of the tributes come from within, as Tosti's do; some are exploitative. But it's wonderful to see daylight shining finally on this little piece of American history.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/23/2002
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297704028
catalogNumber:
7040
Rank:
91812

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Tracks

  1. Pachuco Boogie
  2. Guisa Gacha (Mambo)
  3. Wine-O-Boogie
  4. El Tírili
  5. Pachuco Mambo (Mambo)
  6. Los Pachucos (Canción)  -  Hermanas Mendoza
  7. El Bracero y la Pachuca (Corrido)
  8. Sólido Joaquín (Guaracha)
  9. Frijole Boogie
  10. Muy Sabroso Blues
  11. Los Chucos Suaves
  12. Chicas Patas Boogie  - Lalo Guerrero
  13. Buena Vista Swing
  14. El Pachuco Alegre (Boogie)
  15. Las Pachuquitas (Instrumental)  -  Conjunto San Antonio Alegre
  16. Mi Dolorcito (Boogie)  -  Conjunto San Antonio Alegre
  17. Guisa Guaina  - Don Tosti
  18. Pachuco Boogie (2nd recording)
  19. Los Blues  - Don Tosti
  20. Mambo Del Pachuco  - Don Tosti
  21. Chicano Boogie

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Don Tosti   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals
Hermanas Mendoza   Track Performer
Lydia Mendoza   12-string Guitar
Eddie Cano   Piano
Freddie Martínez   Percussion
Willie Gonzalez   Bass
Frank Corrales   Guitar
Almendarez   Accordion
Leandro Guerrero   Accordion
Bill Castagnino   Trumpet
Bart Caldarell   Alto
Robert Hernandez   Saxophone
Carlos Guerrero   Bass
Pedro Ayala   Accordion
Jorge Cordoba   Guitar

Technical Credits

Michael Cogan   Mastering
Chris Strachwitz   Reissue Producer
Don Tosti   translation
Zack Salem   translation
Morgan K. Dodge   Graphic Design

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