Squeeze Box King

Squeeze Box King

by Flaco Jiménez
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Squeeze Box King

Flaco Jimenez is best known for his energetic pop conjunto accordion style as a member of the Texas Tornadoes (with Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, and Augie Meyers) and for his impressive session work with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, Ry Cooder, the Clash, Willie Nelson, and many others. On Squeeze Box King, Jimenez drops the pop sheen and steps out into more traditional grassroots territory with a selection of polkas, boleros, and rancheras, all done with a sparse and genuine conjunto swing. The album opens with a well- known party polka, "En El Cielo No Hay Cerveza" ("In Heaven There Is No Beer"), but the version here is truly unique, with verses sung in English, Spanish, and Dutch, making it undoubtedly the first tri-lingual polka ever attempted. The Cumbia beats on "Ojitos Negros" mark it as a highlight, and the Afro/Cuban boleros are striking, as well, particularly the haunting "Tan Sola." The heart of the album, though, is Jimenez's Tex-Mex approach to the four rancheras ("De Donde Has Sacado," "Tumbo Sin Flores," "La Rosa Negra," and the album's closer, "La Tormenta"). Rancheras are nostalgic songs of loss and betrayal (and strong romantic nationalism), sort of Mexico's version of straight country & western music. The rancheras presented here are lovingly done, and are obviously close to the heart of this fine musician.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
Label: Compadre Records
UPC: 0616892548027
catalogNumber: 925480

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Flaco Jiménez   Primary Artist,Accordion,Vocals
David Jimenez   Drums
Max Baca   Bajo Sexto
Roy Paniagua   Bass
Lou Chavez   Saxophone
Roger "Rabbit" Garza   Guitar
Arturo Jimenez   Percussion
Raul "Nunie" Rubio   Vocals

Technical Credits

Ottmar Liebert   Composer
Steve Berlin   Composer
Flaco Jiménez   Arranger,Producer
David Hidalgo   Composer
Conrad Lozano   Composer
Jose Morante   Arranger
Pedro Rocha   Composer
Cesar Rosas   Composer
John Morthland   Liner Notes
Jose Rosario   translation
Louie Pérez   Composer
Dario Silva   Composer
Oscar Garcia   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Chris Burns   Engineer

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Flaco Jimenez has always been a pioneer in the world of Conjunto and Tejano music with his incredible musicianship and unique stylings .He is famous for blending the traditional Tex-Mex and Tejano style music by adding flavors of country and Rock and Roll guitar. This, together with his talking accordion, creates a new sound of music. Flaco’s newest album “Squeeze Box King” , which he produced himself, is no different. There are very traditional sounding songs such as “En El Cielo No Hay Cervaza” which has a polka-like beat and a very strong accordion sound. Other tracks such as “La Rosa Negra” and “Soy Romantico” mix in more of a country flavored guitar sound with Flaco’s traditional accordion sound. With such ingenious musical stylings it is no wonder that Flaco Jimenez has established himself as an icon in the world of Tex-Mex and Tejano music. I highly recommend this album to any Flaco Jimenez fans or any one who is a fan of Tex-Mex and Tejano music.