Squeeze Box King

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Flaco Jimenez is best known for his energetic pop conjunto accordion style as a member of the Texas Tornadoes with Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, and Augie Meyers and for his impressive session work with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, Ry Cooder, the Clash, Willie Nelson, and many others. On Squeeze Box King, Jimenez drops the pop sheen and steps out into more traditional grassroots territory with a selection of polkas, boleros, and rancheras, all done with a sparse and genuine conjunto swing. The album opens with a well- known party polka, "En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza" "In Heaven There Is No Beer", but the version here is truly unique, with verses sung in English, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Flaco Jimenez is best known for his energetic pop conjunto accordion style as a member of the Texas Tornadoes with Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, and Augie Meyers and for his impressive session work with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, Ry Cooder, the Clash, Willie Nelson, and many others. On Squeeze Box King, Jimenez drops the pop sheen and steps out into more traditional grassroots territory with a selection of polkas, boleros, and rancheras, all done with a sparse and genuine conjunto swing. The album opens with a well- known party polka, "En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza" "In Heaven There Is No Beer", but the version here is truly unique, with verses sung in English, Spanish, and Dutch, making it undoubtedly the first tri-lingual polka ever attempted. The Cumbia beats on "Ojitos Negros" mark it as a highlight, and the Afro/Cuban boleros are striking, as well, particularly the haunting "Tan Sola." The heart of the album, though, is Jimenez's Tex-Mex approach to the four rancheras "De Donde Has Sacado," "Tumbo Sin Flores," "La Rosa Negra," and the album's closer, "La Tormenta". Rancheras are nostalgic songs of loss and betrayal and strong romantic nationalism, sort of Mexico's version of straight country & western music. The rancheras presented here are lovingly done, and are obviously close to the heart of this fine musician.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Compadre Records
  • UPC: 616892548027
  • Catalog Number: 925480

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flaco Jiménez Primary Artist, Accordion, Vocals
David Jimenez Drums
Max Baca Bajo Sexto
Roy Paniagua Bass
Lou Chavez Saxophone
Roger "Rabbit" Garza Guitar
Arturo Jimenez Percussion
Raul "Nunie" Rubio Vocals
Technical Credits
Ottmar Liebert Composer
Steve Berlin Composer
Flaco Jiménez Arranger, Producer
David Hidalgo Composer
Conrad Lozano Composer
Jose Morante Arranger
Pedro Rocha Composer
Cesar Rosas Composer
John Morthland Liner Notes
Jose Rosario translation
Louie Pérez Composer
Dario Silva Composer
Oscar Garcia Engineer
Traditional Composer
Chris Burns Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Tejano music Icon his the mark again

    Flaco Jimenez has always been a pioneer in the world of Conjunto and Tejano music with his incredible musicianship and unique stylings .He is famous for blending the traditional Tex-Mex and Tejano style music by adding flavors of country and Rock and Roll guitar. This, together with his talking accordion, creates a new sound of music. Flaco’s newest album “Squeeze Box King” , which he produced himself, is no different. There are very traditional sounding songs such as “En El Cielo No Hay Cervaza” which has a polka-like beat and a very strong accordion sound. Other tracks such as “La Rosa Negra” and “Soy Romantico” mix in more of a country flavored guitar sound with Flaco’s traditional accordion sound. With such ingenious musical stylings it is no wonder that Flaco Jimenez has established himself as an icon in the world of Tex-Mex and Tejano music. I highly recommend this album to any Flaco Jimenez fans or any one who is a fan of Tex-Mex and Tejano music.

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