Tuesday, December 31, 2013

V.A. - Central America In The 1960's and 1970's

When one thinks of the countries of Central America during the 1960's and 1970's the images that come to mind are those of military dictatorships, communist guerrillas, and wars that would have an impact on the region for decades to come. However during this same time period many countries in the region experienced what is often described as a "golden age" of music. Here is a small compilation that I have put together featuring music from various artists and various countries. Throughout you can hear the clear influence that some of the popular western genres like rock an ye-ye had on the local bands sometimes getting mixed with an added tropical flavor. Great download to check out for anyone interested in music from these two decades and for anyone curious about this part of the world that to most outsiders is not really known for its music.

1. Los Jets- Actuar Naturalmente (Guatemala)
2. The Bad Boys de Managua - Espejismo (Nicaragua)
3. La Unidad 5 - Te Quiero (Guatemala)
4. Los Catrachos Boys - Me Voy Para El Puerto (Honduras)
5. Los Traviesos - Aplanadora de Corazones (Guatemala)
6. Grupo Eva - Runaway (Guatemala)
7. Los Flame Boys - Yo Recuerdo (Honduras)
8. Los Music Masters - Karla (Nicaragua)
9. Los Panzers - Mujer Ideal (Nicaragua)
10. Los Jets - Ilusion (Guatemala)
11. Roberto Garcia y Los Speed - Un Lugar En El Cielo (Honduras)
12. Los Panzers - Viajera (Nicaragua)
13. Los Music Masters - Me Piden (Nicaragua)
14. Los Way - En El Ayer (Guatemala)
15. Victor Manuel Porras - La Gallinita Josefina (Guatemala)
16. Los Vikings de Usulutan - Y En Cambio Tu (El Salvador)
17. Los Mauraders - Asesinato En La 10a Avenida (Guatemala)
18. Los Prince - Dulce Dulce (Guatemala)
19. Pastel de Fresa - Tienes Que Volver Este Verano (Guatemala)
20. Los 007 - Tus Ojos Pardos (Nicaragua)
21. Los Jets - Un Sueno Azul (Guatemala)
22. Los Beats - Veronica (El Salvador)


Monday, December 16, 2013

Los Alegres de Teran - Recordando A Los Valientes

I have been very busy with school the past semester and so have not posted much in some time but today we go back to Mexico to listen to one of my favorite artists from the northern part of the country, Los Alegres de Teran. I have posted some of their music before and mentioned that they are the ones who are mainly responsible for making "musica norteña" popular throughout the country as well as internationally. This particular album "Recordando A Los Valientes" (Remembering The Brave Ones) is made up of songs dedicated to some of the various heroes of Mexico. People like Heraclio Bernal who many years before the 1910 Mexican Revolution was already fighting to overthrow the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz. 
This is an excellent album if you enjoy north Mexican music and as in typical "corrido" fashion you would like to learn some history while enjoying your music.

01 Recordando A Los Valientes
02 Heraclio Bernal
03 Ingnacio Bernal
04 Jesús Cadena
05 Juan Charrasqueado
06 Joaquin Murrieta
07 Benito Canales
08 Los Dos Hermanos
09 Corrido De Rafailita
10 Gregorio Cortez