Hangin' on by a Thread

Hangin' on by a Thread

by Texas Tornados Texas Tornados


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Album number three from the Texas Tornados (and the last until a short-lived reunion four years down the line) followed the same path as their first two entries -- which is to say, if it was fun and came somewhere from the great state of Texas, you'll find a taste of it here. With "Guacamole," Augie Meyers finally penned a fitting follow-up to "(Hey Baby) Que Paso"; Freddy Fender shows off his strong but silky pipes on the up-tempo "A Mover El Bote" and the weepy "I'm Trying"; Flaco Jimenez celebrates both the accordion and the bottle on the heartbroken "Ando Muy Borracho"; and Doug Sahm serves up a lot of rock and a little reggae on the title cut and "La Grande Vida." While the Tex-Mex influences dominate more strongly on Hangin' on by a Thread than they had on the first two albums, the album also sounds a bit more cohesive as a result, and Sahm's more rock-oriented material still displays a strong sense of the aural and cultural cross pollination that makes Texas music (and the Texas Tornados) so great. While it hardly sounds like a final gesture, curtain calls were not what this band was about, and Hangin' on by a Thread did make a better final chapter to the Texas Tornados' story than their 1996 reunion album, Four Aces.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/10/1992
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624505822
catalogNumber: 45058
Rank: 72588


  1. Hangin' on by a Thread
  2. Tus Mentiras
  3. Guacamole
  4. To Ramona
  5. A Mover el Bote
  6. One and Only
  7. Adios Mi Corazon
  8. La Grande Vida
  9. Trying
  10. Ando Muy Borracho

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Texas Tornados   Primary Artist
Doug Sahm   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Bajo Sexto,Vocal Harmony
John Jorgenson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Augie Meyers   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vox Organ,Vox Continental
Lewis Bustos   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Durawa   Drums,cowbell
Freddy Fender   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hand Clapping,Vocal Harmony
Flaco Jiménez   Trumpet,Accordion,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Bill Halverson   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Gary Hickinbotham   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jim Horn   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Mike Lawler   Synthesizer
Charles McBurney   Trumpet
Rocky Morales   Tenor Saxophone
Louie Ortega   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Choir, Chorus,Vocal Harmony
Shawn Sahm   Acoustic Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Speedy Sparks   Bass
Harry Stinson   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping,cowbell
Oscar Tellez   Shaker,Bajo Sexto
Willie Weeks   Bass
Henry Brun   Conga
David Jimenez   Drums
John Ferrell   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Louis Terrazas   Bass
Wally Doggett   Drums
Lucky Tomblin   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Neil Walker   Vocal Harmony
Robert Overton   Guitar
Joe Morales   Alto Saxophone
Alan Monsarrat   Bass
David Roach   Piano

Technical Credits

Doug Sahm   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Texas Tornados   Arranger,Producer
Jim Cotton   Engineer
Bill Halverson   Producer,Engineer
Gary Hickinbotham   Engineer
Shawn Sahm   Arranger
Harry Stinson   Contributor
Laura LiPuma   Art Direction
Todd Culross   Engineer
John Ferrell   Engineer
Stuart H. Dill   Executive Producer
Cameron Randle   Executive Producer
Lou Beach   Artwork,Illustrations
Phil Mezzetti   Engineer

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