Vale Callampa

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
This four-song teaser from Mexico's artiest pop band proves, as their 1996 gem Avalancha de Exitos did, that Café Tacuba are at their best in the relaxed, no-pressure realm of the covers band. While it doesn't say much for the band's notoriously labyrinthine creative process or quixotic approach to selling records, Vale Callampa will satiate fans left out in the cold by their sprawling, largely instrumental double album, Reves/Yosoy, which featured the band swapping instruments, jettisoning lyrics, and then wondering why their record label was less than thrilled. Pressure's off from the title onward -- it's Chilean slang for not being worth much -- and it's a relief. ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
This four-song teaser from Mexico's artiest pop band proves, as their 1996 gem Avalancha de Exitos did, that Café Tacuba are at their best in the relaxed, no-pressure realm of the covers band. While it doesn't say much for the band's notoriously labyrinthine creative process or quixotic approach to selling records, Vale Callampa will satiate fans left out in the cold by their sprawling, largely instrumental double album, Reves/Yosoy, which featured the band swapping instruments, jettisoning lyrics, and then wondering why their record label was less than thrilled. Pressure's off from the title onward -- it's Chilean slang for not being worth much -- and it's a relief. Four songs from Tacuba's alterlatino cohorts Los Tres deliver harmonies, guitars, and assertive and soulful yelping from vocalist Ruben Albarran, these days known as Rita Cantalagua. The doo-wop harmonies on "Olor a Gas" match the campy cover art perfectly, but all four tracks are strong. In short, these are songs, with choruses, hooks, and bridges, and for the first time in a while, Café Tacuba sound like they're happy to be playing them.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This four-track EP is a tribute record, all of the songs taken from the repertoire of the Chilean band Los Tres. The songs combine aspects of romantic Latin pop, sweet soul harmonies ("Olor a Gas"), disco, and electro-pop ("Amor Violento"). It's pretty eclectic for an EP, but it's not a release that seems destined to endure as a notable venture in the Café Tacuba discography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2002
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811396626
  • Catalog Number: 113966
  • Sales rank: 118,643

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Déjate Caer (0:18)
  2. 2 Olor a Gas (0:30)
  3. 3 Amor Violento (1:08)
  4. 4 Tírate (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Café Tacvba Primary Artist
Quique Rangel Bass, Background Vocals
Emmanuel del Real Percussion, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Jarana
Joselo Rangel Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Anibal Kerpel Engineer
Gustavo Santaolalla Producer
Luis Román Engineer
Emmanuel del Real Programming, Engineer
Tom Baker Mastering
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