Pachuco Boogie

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
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: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297704028
  • Catalog Number: 7040
  • Sales rank: 168,117

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pachuco Boogie (3:11)
  2. 2 Guisa Gacha (Mambo) (2:31)
  3. 3 Wine-O-Boogie (2:58)
  4. 4 El Tírili (2:34)
  5. 5 Pachuco Mambo (Mambo) (2:43)
  6. 6 Los Pachucos (Canción) - Las Hermanas Mendoza (2:46)
  7. 7 El Bracero y la Pachuca (Corrido) (2:37)
  8. 8 Sólido Joaquín (Guaracha) (2:40)
  9. 9 Frijole Boogie (3:03)
  10. 10 Muy Sabroso Blues (3:00)
  11. 11 Los Chucos Suaves (3:06)
  12. 12 Chicas Patas Boogie - Lalo Guerrero (2:50)
  13. 13 Buena Vista Swing (2:15)
  14. 14 El Pachuco Alegre (Boogie) (2:37)
  15. 15 Las Pachuquitas (Instrumental) - Conjunto San Antonio Alegre (2:06)
  16. 16 Mi Dolorcito (Boogie) - Conjunto San Antonio Alegre (2:04)
  17. 17 Guisa Guaina (2:57)
  18. 18 Pachuco Boogie (2nd recording) (3:32)
  19. 19 Los Blues (3:01)
  20. 20 Mambo Del Pachuco (2:55)
  21. 21 Chicano Boogie (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Don Tosti Primary Artist, Bass, Vocals
Las 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2013

    This is a fantastic album. A genre of American-Mexican-Zoot-Swin

    This is a fantastic album. A genre of American-Mexican-Zoot-Swing I had never heard before. There are a few more-Mexican roots tunes on it too, like "Los Pachucos" by Las Hermanas Mendoza, where they sing about the Pachucos who were the creators and audience of this music. This is a genre that got the attention of Ry Cooder for his album Chavez Ravine - on which an older Lalo Guerrero revisits "Los Chucos Suaves", the original of which is on this album.

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