Viva El Chicano! Their Very Best

Viva El Chicano! Their Very Best

by El Chicano
     
 
One of Latin rock's most restless, dynamic groups, El Chicano recorded furious Latin jams and gorgeous pop ballads, covering everyone from Van Morrison to Les Baxter to Ray Barretto, and recording some solid original material as well. Though it includes only ten songs, Viva El Chicano! Their Very Best weighs in at nearly 50 minutes, and tells El Chicano's story

Overview

One of Latin rock's most restless, dynamic groups, El Chicano recorded furious Latin jams and gorgeous pop ballads, covering everyone from Van Morrison to Les Baxter to Ray Barretto, and recording some solid original material as well. Though it includes only ten songs, Viva El Chicano! Their Very Best weighs in at nearly 50 minutes, and tells El Chicano's story quite well. It begins with "Viva Tirado," their biggest hit (one that hit the jazz, pop and R&B charts), a groovy re-engineering of the boogaloo grooves of Willie Bobo and Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers with great interplay between organ and guitar. "The Latin One" gained a degree of fame after being used in the 1997 gangster film Donnie Brasco, and the group's cover of "Brown Eyed Girl" illustrates their way with a tender ballad. "Tell Her She's Lovely," though, is the cornerstone of the group's career and this collection as well, with great group vocals and a breezy summer-day soul arrangement. With none of the group's original albums available, Viva El Chicano! Their Very Best is still the best place to investigate one of the best groups of the '70s Latin rock explosion.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1991
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0076742519728
catalogNumber:
25197

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chicano   Primary Artist
Cruz Baca   Background Vocals
John DeLuna   Drums
Bobby Espinosa   Percussion,Keyboards,Vocals
Max Gardune   Flute,Conga,Background Vocals
Dick Henderson   Bass
Danny Lamont   Drums
Mickey Lespron   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Brian Magness   Bass
Hector "Rudy" Regalado   Percussion,Timbales,Vocals,Chant,Toy Instruments
Jerry Salas   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Freddie Sanchez   Bass,Electric Bass,Vocals
Sherry Williams   Background Vocals
Steve Salas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rudy Salas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Andre Baeza   Conga,Vocals
Eddie Rodrigues   Drums,Vocals
Ersi Arvizu   Percussion,Electric Piano
Max Garduno   Flute,Conga,Background Vocals
Little Mickey Lespron   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Joe Perriera   Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Chicano   Arranger,Producer
Bobby Espinosa   Producer
Val Garay   Engineer
Hector "Rudy" Regalado   Contributor
Lenny Roberts   Producer
Don Buday   Producer
Ruben Guevara   Liner Notes
Vartan   Art Direction
Johnny Musso   Producer
Billy Watson   Producer
Eddie Davis   Producer

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