Nortec Collective Tijuana Sessions, Volume 3

Tijuana Sessions, Volume 3
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  • Released: July 26, 2005
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Nacional Records


  • 1.Tengo la Voz
  • 2.Tijuana Makes Me Happy
  • 3.Funky Tamazula
  • 4.Do Loope
  • 5.Olvidela Compa
  • 6.Autobanda
  • 7.Dandy del Sur
  • 8.Almada
  • 9.Colorado
  • 10.Narcoteque
  • 11.Esa Banda en Dub - (with Calexico)
  • 12.Bar Infierno
  • 13.Revu Rockers
  • 14.Tijuana Bass
  • 15.El Fracaso

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Personnel: Luis Elorza (vocals, bajo sexto, Hammond b-3 organ, Wurlitzer organ); Juan Jose Lopez (vocals, snare drum); Juan Carlos Gonz lez, Nino Estudillo, Luis Humberto Crosthwaite, Isabel Flores, Raul Morales (vocals); Martin Wenk (whistling, vibraphone); Tom Strahle (guitar); Jose Valenzuela (acoustic guitar); Joey Burns (electric guitar); Juan T‚llez, Josue Chaparro (accordion); Ramon Ontiveros (clarinet); Jorge Gonzalez, Jacob Valenzuela (trumpet); Jorge Gomez (trombone); Renato Gijon (tuba); Drew Schnurr (upright bass, electric double bass, background vocals); John Convertino (drums); Willy Negron, Tony Gomez, Marcos Tizoe (percussion); Pedro Cesar Beas (loops); Berenice Elorza, Denisse Elorza, Cristina Velasco (background vocals).
Ensemble: Calexico.
The third compilation from the loosely organized Nortec Collective (whatever happened to volume two?) offers four years of development from the debut, and that's apparent in a greater cohesion of sound. Where the debut offering sometimes seemed to graft Mexican elements onto electronica and dance music almost as an afterthought, here everything is more integrated, as with Hiperboreal's "Dandy del Sur," where village banda meets spaghetti Western. Sometimes it's plain goofy, such as with Fussible's "Tijuana Makes Me Happy," with its silly English lyric, and sometimes it triggers odd associations -- Bostich's "Tengo la Voz" brings to mind Herb Alpert with its trumpet rather than anything more rooted. It's notable that this time around, rather than appearing on the major Palm Pictures, it's on the Mexican-based Nacional label, a good home for this music, which overall succeeds in offering the listener 21st century Tijuana. Not everything is good -- Clorofila's "Almada" seems to get stuck in a monotonous groove, for example -- but some are superb. On "Colorado" Fussible seem to channel the spirit of Talking Heads, while "Narcoteque" from Clorofila and Calexico brings Brian Eno to mind. So, like any compilation, it's a mixed bag. But the unity of spirit brings it all together, and the good far outweighs the mediocre. ~ Chris Nickson

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