Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3

Tijuana Sessions, Vol. 3

by Nortec Collective
     
 
The third compilation from the loosely organized Nortec Collective (whatever happened to volume two?) offers four years of development from the debut, and that's apparent in a greater cohesion of sound. Where the debut offering sometimes seemed to graft Mexican elements onto electronica and dance music almost as an afterthought, here

Overview

The third compilation from the loosely organized Nortec Collective (whatever happened to volume two?) offers four years of development from the debut, and that's apparent in a greater cohesion of sound. Where the debut offering sometimes seemed to graft Mexican elements onto electronica and dance music almost as an afterthought, here everything is more integrated, as with Hiperboreal's "Dandy del Sur," where village banda meets spaghetti Western. Sometimes it's plain goofy, such as with Fussible's "Tijuana Makes Me Happy," with its silly English lyric, and sometimes it triggers odd associations -- Bostich's "Tengo la Voz" brings to mind Herb Alpert with its trumpet rather than anything more rooted. It's notable that this time around, rather than appearing on the major Palm Pictures, it's on the Mexican-based Nacional label, a good home for this music, which overall succeeds in offering the listener 21st century Tijuana. Not everything is good -- Clorofila's "Almada" seems to get stuck in a monotonous groove, for example -- but some are superb. On "Colorado" Fussible seem to channel the spirit of Talking Heads, while "Narcoteque" from Clorofila and Calexico brings Brian Eno to mind. So, like any compilation, it's a mixed bag. But the unity of spirit brings it all together, and the good far outweighs the mediocre.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/26/2005
Label:
Nacional Records
UPC:
0689076374729
catalogNumber:
63747
Rank:
51256

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Performance Credits

Nortec Collective   Primary Artist
Joey Burns   Electric Guitar
Tony Gomez   Percussion
Jorge Gonzalez   Trumpet
Tom Strahle   Guitar
John Convertino   Drums
Calexico   Ensemble
Luis Elorza   Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Bajo Sexto,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Juan Carlos González   Vocals
Jorge Gomez   Trombone
Juan Jose Lopez   Vocals,Snare Drums
Pepe Mogt   Group Member
Ramón Amezcua   Group Member
Jacob Valenzuela   Trumpet
Martin Wenk   Human Whistle,Vibes
Willy Negron   Percussion
Drew Schnurr   Background Vocals,Upright Bass
Marcos Tizoe   Percussion
Cristina Velasco   Background Vocals
Raul Morales   Vocals
Nino Estudillo   Vocals
Isabel Flores   Vocals
Pedro Cesar Beas   Loops
Ramon Ontiveros   Clarinet
Josue Chaparro   Accordion
Berenice Elorza   Background Vocals
Juan Tellez   Accordion
Renato Gijon   Tuba
Luis Humberto Crosthwaite   Vocals
Denisse Elorza   Background Vocals
Jose Valenzuela   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Calexico   Composer
Luis Elorza   Engineer
Fritz Torres   Composer
Pepe Mogt   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Ramón Amezcua   Producer,Audio Production
PG Beas   Audio Production
Jorge Verdin   Audio Production
Roberto A. Mendoza   Audio Production

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