The Mexican Revolution [Box]

The Mexican Revolution [Box]


You can't get much more specialized than this four-CD box when it comes to historical recordings, but it's an impressive accomplishment with great value for researchers into Mexican music and history. The 180-page booklet (informative social history notes, period photos, and full English-Spanish lyrics for all 59 songs) in The Mexican Revolution place the corrido as a people's newspaper (see calypso, rai) in depicting events associated with the early-20th century political developments in Mexico. The songs are mini history lessons and exercises in popular myth-making, which make them a pretty direct link to the current crop of narco-corridos released by Los Tigres del Norte and others. They were almost certainly the vehicle for the vast majority of everyday Mexicans to hear the details of major battles, or events related to the life of Pancho Villa, or the heroism of some local figures who otherwise would have passed into anonymity. The earliest track, "Jes?s Leal" by Rafael Herrera Robinson, was recorded to wax cylinder in 1904 and may be the first corrido ever recorded and a second comes from 1908, so the depth of the research is obvious. The majority come from the so-called Golden Age of the '20s and '30s, with a significant minority from the '60s in what looks like a generational rediscovery. Most were initially divided into parts one and two to fit on both sides of a 78, but are very smoothly united here. It wasn't that hard given the simple structure of corridos -- just stop at the end of a verse to close part one, add a couple introductory bars of the same guitar melody to start part two, and away you go. The problem for most listeners on a musical level is that there are limits to how much of one form and general lyric theme you can take, especially since most of the artists simply tell their tales without many arrangement adornments. Arhoolie wrings the maximum possible variety out of the music via dividing the discs by themes and savvy sequencing ruled by listening flow and not chronology. Following are some thoughts should the discs be available individually.For history freaks, "Outlaws and Revolutionaries" has the two oldest tracks and opens with the most recent one, "Ignacio Parra" from 1972 by Los Alegres de Ter?n. The latter is also among the distinct minority of accordion corridos on this disc, with the majority dating from the '20s and '30s and featuring acoustic guitars backing a couple of vocalists singing in harmony. "Benjam?n Argumedo" (remarkably clear sounding for a 1935 recording) gets an almost 12-string guitar flavor, the fairly uptempo "Nuevo Corrido de Madero" is notable for its long, fast guitar riff, harp (not harmonica) pops in occasionally on "Valent?n Mancera," and "El Cuartelazo" by Las Hermanas Mendoza is one of handful by female vocalists. The professionalism of Lydia Mendoza & Family shines at the end of the disc devoted to "The Francisco Villa Cycle," but the first half is accordion corridos. The fact they date from the '50s and '60s suggests a period shift in instrumentation, and "La Toma de Guadalajara" is doubly novel for being an example of early banda (i.e., Mexican brass band with tuba blats for bajo sexto and French horn skank) and male-female unison harmony singing. After the very lively take by Los Hermanos Chavarria backed by Trio San Antonio, there's a drop back three decades to the guitars on Hern?ndez y Sifuentes -- but both share a common theme of taking great pride in Villa and poking fun in his escape from a U.S. Army expedition led by General Pershing, who crossed the border to capture him. Some of these songs were recorded within mere weeks or months after the event, but the older material sags -- Villa's defeat at Celaya is covered in three corridos, and none of them are particularly exciting. "Local Revolutionary Figures" presents a strong concept and is the best single disc for performance level and stylistic variety for those interested in the music as much or mo

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  • UPC: 096297704127
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Track listings

  • Disc 1: Outlaws & Revolutionaries:
  • 1. Ignacio Parra Los Alegres De Ter N
  • 2. Valentin Mancera Trio Los Aguilillas
  • 3. Corrido De Macario Romero Jesus Abrego Y Picazo
  • 4. Potro Lobo Gateado Mariachi Mexico Del Norte
  • 5. Jesus Leal Rafael Herrera Robinson
  • 6. Jesus Leal (Parts 1 & 2) Pedro Rocha/Lupe Mart¡Nez
  • 7. Heraclio Bernal Tr¡O Nava
  • 8. Benito Canales Hernandez Y Sifuentes
  • 9. Nuevo Corrido De Madero Manuel Camacho/Regina Perez
  • 10. El Cuartelazo (Parts 1 & 2) Las Hermanas Mendoza
  • 11. Fusilamiento De General Argumedo (Parts 1 & 2) Hernandez Y Sifuentes
  • 12. Benjamin Argumedo (Parts 1 & 2) Andres Berlanga/Francisco Montalvo
  • 13. Fusilamiento De Felipe Angeles (Parts 1 & 2) Bernardo San Roman/Lu¡S Vera
  • Disc 2: The Francisco Villa Cycle:
  • 1. Corrido De Durango Los Dorados De Durango
  • 2. Gral. Francisco Villa Cuatezones
  • 3. La Toma De Torreon Los Alegres De Ter N
  • 4. Toma De Guadalajara Las Jilguerillas/Los Hermanos Zermeno
  • 5. La Toma De Zacatecas Dueto Los Errantes
  • 6. Toma De Celaya Conjunto Matamoros
  • 7. Panchovilla Hermanos Chavarria
  • 8. La Punitiva Luis Hern Ndez/Leonardo Sifuentes
  • 9. La Toma De Celaya Los Hermanos Ba¤Uelos
  • 10. Derrota De Villa En Celaya Pedro Rocha/Jose Angel Colunga
  • 11. Rendicion De Pancho Villa Lupe Mart¡Nez/Pedro Rocha
  • 12. Corrido Historia Y Muerte Del Gral Francisco Villa More, Rubi & Vivo
  • 13. Adelita Tr¡O Gonz Lez
  • 14. Valentina Lydia Mendoza
  • Disc 3: Local Revolutionary Figures:
  • 1. Corrido De Juan Vasquez Juanita/Maria Mendoza
  • 2. Corrdo De Juan Carrasco Luis P‚Rez Meza
  • 3. Corrido De Palomon Los Monta¤Eses Del Alamo
  • 4. Corrido De Juan Villarreal Conjunto De Los Hermanos Garza
  • 5. La Toma De Matamoros Agust¡N Lara/A Novelo
  • 6. Corrido De Almazan Andres Mendez/Piporro Gonzalez
  • 7. Amador Maldonado Conjunto Tamaulipas
  • 8. Corrido De Margarito Dueto America
  • 9. Refugio Solano Dueto Sandolval
  • 10. Julian Del Real Hermanos Ya¤Ez
  • 11. Corrido De Inez Chavez Garcia Los Hermanos Ba¤Uelos
  • 12. Quirino Navarro Trio Los Aguilillas
  • 13. Tragedia De Maximiliano Vigueras Emilio Medellin/Lupe Posada
  • 14. Corrido De Cedillo Los Morenos
  • 15. Corrido De Yurecuaro Y Tanhuato Los Hermanos Ba¤Uelos
  • 16. Marijuana, La Soldadera Los Hermanos Ba¤Uelos
  • Disc 4: Post Revolutionary Corridos & Narratives:
  • 1. Revolucion De Adolfo De La Huerta Alcides Briceno/Jorge Anez
  • 2. La Pura Pelada Tr¡O Luna
  • 3. El Arreglo Religioso Duo Coahuila
  • 4. La Nueva Revolucion Bernardo San Roman/Lu¡S Vera
  • 5. Ortiz Rubio La Bella Netty/Jes£S Rodr¡Guez
  • 6. El Corrido Del Agrarista Trovadores Tamaulipecos
  • 7. General Obregon Tr¡O Luna
  • 8. El Radiograma Guadalupe Guzman/J. Rosales
  • 9. Corrido De Toral Trovadores Tapat¡Os
  • 10. General Emilio Zapata Tr¡O Luna
  • 11. Corrido Del General Cardenas Del Valle Y Rivas
  • 12. El Corrido Del Petroleo Ray Y Laurita
  • 13. La Rielera Lydia Mendoza
  • 14. Gral. Porfirio Diaz Dueto Acosta
  • 15. Tiempos Amargos Dueto America
 
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Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
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  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
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