The Best of Lydia Mendoza

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Arhoolie Records has put out several collections of Tex-Mex music giant Lydia Mendoza's recordings, though these are usually focused on a certain era or concert from her lengthy career. The Best of Lydia Mendoza, as you'd expect from a compilation bearing such a title, is different from those other anthologies in that it draws from recordings she made over the course of several decades, spanning 1934 to 1982. This might not represent Mendoza's most important work; many would consider her recordings in the 1930s and the 1950s (which do comprise more than half this 17-track CD) her best. If you do just want one Mendoza survey or introduction, however, this is a very ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Arhoolie Records has put out several collections of Tex-Mex music giant Lydia Mendoza's recordings, though these are usually focused on a certain era or concert from her lengthy career. The Best of Lydia Mendoza, as you'd expect from a compilation bearing such a title, is different from those other anthologies in that it draws from recordings she made over the course of several decades, spanning 1934 to 1982. This might not represent Mendoza's most important work; many would consider her recordings in the 1930s and the 1950s (which do comprise more than half this 17-track CD) her best. If you do just want one Mendoza survey or introduction, however, this is a very good one, and you can always move on to the other more specialized collections in the Arhoolie catalog if you want more. In addition to presenting Mendoza performing both solo with just her own 12-string guitar and (less often) with band accompaniment, it also has a booklet with an informative overview of her life and music, with lyrics to the songs in both Spanish and English. While a little limited in scope -- all of the tracks were done in 1934-1938, 1952-1954, 1964, 1979, and 1982 -- Mendoza's singing and guitar playing are unfailingly moving, making this a good representation of her huge contributions to 20th century Mexican-American popular music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2008
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297053621
  • Catalog Number: 536
  • Sales rank: 101,745

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mal Hombre (3:30)
  2. 2 Tú Dirás (3:14)
  3. 3 Adiós Muchachos (2:28)
  4. 4 Delgadina (2:58)
  5. 5 Piensa en Mi (2:58)
  6. 6 Se Murió La Cucaracha (3:13)
  7. 7 Medalla de Dios - Lydia Mendoza y Su Conjunto (3:08)
  8. 8 Contestació a "Amor Que Malo Eres" (2:43)
  9. 9 Aunque Me Odies - Lydia Mendoza y Su Conjunto (2:43)
  10. 10 Enredaste Mi Vida - Lydia Mendoza y Su Conjunto (2:54)
  11. 11 Si Fue por Eso - Lydia Mendoza y Su Conjunto (2:42)
  12. 12 No Es Culpa Mia (2:45)
  13. 13 Besando La Cruz (2:55)
  14. 14 Luis Pulido (2:40)
  15. 15 Amor Bonito (3:02)
  16. 16 Flores Negras (5:16)
  17. 17 Pero Ay Qué Triste (2:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lydia Mendoza Primary Artist, Violin, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Tony de la Rosa Accordion
Narciso Martínez Accordion
Francisco Mendoza Vocals, Pandeiro
Lenor Mendoza Guitar, Vocals
Maria Mendoza Mandolin, Vocals
Gilberto Lopez Accordion
Enrique Rodriguez Requinto
Technical Credits
Lydia Mendoza Arranger, Composer, Cover Photo
Jose Morante Composer
Chris Strachwitz Liner Notes
Lucina Rodriguez translation
Pedro Galindo Composer
Julio César Sanders Composer
Sergio de Karlo Composer
Antonio "Hombre Bala" Cuellar translation
Morgan K. Dodge Graphic Design
Garth Cartwright Liner Notes
Haley Ausserer translation
Yolanda Hernandez Mendoza Cover Photo
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  • Posted October 10, 2010

    Nothing else like it - Got to have it!

    QEPD: Lydia Mendoza (1916-2007) The first track - "Mal Hombre" - the ultimate Spanish language anthem for every womin who has been hurt by a man. Lydia and her 12 string guitar producing the tango rhythm for the expression of betrayal felt by wimin everywhere, ".eres un canalla, eres un malvado, eres un mal hombre." (my translation, "...you are a swine, you are a villain, you are a wicked, cold-hearted man." These feelings are still as universal today as in 1934. It's unfortunate that the sample doesn't feature this line of the song because she adds the emphasis "eres un..Mal Hombre." This collection also has other Tejano music legends. Tracks 7 & 11 feature "El Huracan de Valle," Narciso Martinez(acordión). Track 8 features Enrique Rodriguez(requinto). Track 9 features Tony de la Rosa(acordión). Track 10 features Gilberto Lopez(acordión). You may have difficulty finding these specific tracks somewhere else. Lydia's own sweet love song ranchera "Amor Bonito" is also in this collection. The last two tracks recorded at UC-Berkeley, Wheeler Auditorium, leave you wanting more Lydia live and in concert. Thank goodness there is - La Alondra de la Frontera: Live!

    **the "i" for womin and wimin is intentional, also why not spell words how we pronounce them"**

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