Cuarteto Coculense Mexico's Pioneer Mariachi's, Volume 4...
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- Released: May 19, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Arhoolie Records
- 1.El Periquito
- 2.El Limoncito
- 4.El Carretero
- 5.La Guacamaya
- 6.La Indita
- 7.El Ausente
- 8.Las Abajenas
- 9.El Chivo
- 10.Las Olas de la Laguna
- 11.El Frijolito
- 12.El Cuervo
- 13.Chaparrita de Mi Vida
- 14.El Zihualteco
- 15.El Becerrero
- 16.El Tecolote
- 17.La Malaguena
- 18.El Tejon
- 19.Arenita de Oro
- 20.Las Campanitas
- 21.El Arriero
- 22.El Frijolito
- 23.Arenita de Oro
- 24.Las Olas de la Laguna
- 25.El Chivo
Full Title: Mexico's Pioneer Mariachi's - Vol. 4: The First Mariachi Recordings 1908-1909.
This is Volume 4 of Arhoolie's Mexico's Pioneer Mariachis series.
Compilation producer: Chris Strachwitz.
Liner Note Authors: Chris Strachwitz; Hermes Rafael.
Recording information: Mexico City, Mexico (1908-1909).
Editor: Chris Strachwitz.
Introduction by: Jonathan Clark.
Photographers: Richard K. Spottswood; Elizabeth Weil.
Translators: Leticia del Toro; Jonathan Clark.
This album consists of 25 mariachi songs, recorded mostly for Victor and Columbia (there is also one cylinder made for Edison). As you'd expect the fidelity is pretty minimal -- these were recorded acoustically, onto wax discs or cylinders -- but is actually not so bad, although the limited frequency range means that the bass is virtually absent. The value of these recordings is primarily historical, but it's not impossible to enjoy them on their own merits. Certainly the ebullience, energy, and emotions of the performers on these sones (nineteenth century Mexican country songs) comes through. More material by Cuarteto Coculense is available on Arhoolie's Mariachi Coculense. ~ Richie Unterberger
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