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|Travis Edmonson||Primary Artist|
|Travis Edmonson||Composer, Liner Notes, Artwork|
|Alan Jay Lerner||Composer|
|Luis Martínez Serrano||Composer|
Posted October 1, 2010
This CD is absolutely a time capsule, and the listener is transported back in time to December 1966, and also in place, to the "Old Ramada Inn" in Tucson. It's easy to imagine onself in Travis' captivated audience. This CD came from a reel-to-reel recording which was rediscovered by Travis more than 30 years later, when an aneurysm and stroke were preventing him from performing at the level he once did. I've probably listened to it at least 100 times (and to certain songs many more times) and am grateful to the radio station owner who made the recording, to Travis for finding it, and to everyone involved in getting it on CD. Travis was a performer who truly connected with his audiences (I know the passion that Tucsonans still have for Travis and his music). That connection was due to a combination of his beautiful and versatile tenor voice, his guitar, his sense of humor, his personality, and his pure love of the music. This CD includes perhaps the best of the many recordings Travis (and Bud & Travis) made of "Malaguena Salerosa," the beautiful Mexican love song that takes full advantage of Travis' incredible vocal range. Travis is a natural for romantic songs like "It Was a Very Good Year," "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine," and "Love Is." It is more difficult for someone with such a great voice as Travis' to sing a blues song such as "Crescent City Blues," and yet he does it very well, making his voice sound a little less than perfect (at least in the second half of the song) and enhancing the blues sound with his guitar. About 1/3 of the songs are Mexican, and the sound is pure because Travis grew up on the Mexican border, in Nogales, Arizona, and absorbed the Mexican culture, beginning as a little boy who would sing with the greatest of Mariachi bands in the fanciest of Mexican restaurants in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. His "La Bamba" is faster than the more popular recordings and takes a while to get used to, but it is the traditional sound from Veracruz, where the song originated. (Now I think other versions of "La Bamba" are much too slow.) Two other especially notable songs: "They Call the Wind Mariah" and "I'm a Drifter." The latter is a song that Travis wrote, a deceptively simple song that peeks into the soul of this singer/songwriter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.