The Very Best of Lila Downs

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Having spent her younger years bouncing around between Mexico and Minnesota -- her mother was a Mixtec Indian who sang cabaret and her father an American professor -- Lila Downs naturally developed a performing style that drew from both cultures, and then took it further. Not easily pinned down, she studied and absorbed Mexico's indigenous folk music but also spent time as an itinerant Deadhead in the States. She also studied opera and married a jazz pianist, all of which allowed her to expand her sound -- a Lila Downs album might incorporate reggae, soul, rock, and jazz as well as acoustic Mexican folk, all of it seamlessly fused into something completely her own. All of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Having spent her younger years bouncing around between Mexico and Minnesota -- her mother was a Mixtec Indian who sang cabaret and her father an American professor -- Lila Downs naturally developed a performing style that drew from both cultures, and then took it further. Not easily pinned down, she studied and absorbed Mexico's indigenous folk music but also spent time as an itinerant Deadhead in the States. She also studied opera and married a jazz pianist, all of which allowed her to expand her sound -- a Lila Downs album might incorporate reggae, soul, rock, and jazz as well as acoustic Mexican folk, all of it seamlessly fused into something completely her own. All of Downs' albums have been worthwhile, but for someone not familiar with them, or just looking for a tidy summation, this compilation is the place to start. The 18 tracks are drawn from Downs' previous releases spanning 1999's La Sandunga through 2006's La Cantina, and the non-chronological sequencing makes it a cohesive listening experience that samples the best of what this powerful vocalist has released thus far.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/30/2009
  • Label: EMI INTERNATIONAL
  • EAN: 5099996493229
  • Catalog Number: 64932
  • Sales rank: 6,491

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Cama de Piedra (4:00)
  2. 2 Naila (3:12)
  3. 3 El Venadito (2:30)
  4. 4 Paloma Negra (4:32)
  5. 5 La Cucaracha (4:41)
  6. 6 La Llorona (5:30)
  7. 7 Agua de Rosas (4:22)
  8. 8 Dignificada (3:47)
  9. 9 La Niña (3:08)
  10. 10 La Martiniana (5:49)
  11. 11 Arenita Azul (2:51)
  12. 12 La Cumbia del Mole (4:13)
  13. 13 La Linea (5:02)
  14. 14 Cielo Rojo (3:59)
  15. 15 Tu Recuerdo y Yo (3:20)
  16. 16 Un Poco Más (4:16)
  17. 17 Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (4:46)
  18. 18 Canción Mixteca (2:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lila Downs Primary Artist
Yayo Bateria
Rob Curto Accordion
Samuel Torres Percussion
Booker King Bajo Sexto
Celso Duarte Violin, Jarana, Arpa
Paul Cohen Clarinet, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Alvaro Carrillo Composer
José Alfredo Jiménez Composer
Osvaldo Farrés Composer
Michael Ramos Arranger
Ernesto "El Canella" Anaya Arranger
Aneiro Taño Arranger
Tony Taño Arranger
Tomas Mendez Composer
Traditional Composer
Lila Downs Arranger, Composer, English Translations
Celso Duarte Arranger
Pepe Cielo Producer
Paul Cohen Arranger, Composer
Sergi Almiñana Executive Producer
Rudy Kernspeck Producer
José Antonio Belchí Producer
Juan DeDios Cruz translation
Lorena Pérez DelPostigo Producer
Nacho Jiménez Producer
Gabriel Moedano Navarro Contributor
Salvador Soto Producer
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