Thursday, October 29, 2009

Spinning backward: mariachi

Thanks to the wonderful people at Audio Systems, vinyl's on the turntable again now that it's cooler, and we're checking out some of the free and dollar-a-big-carton LPs that have gone unheard. Taking repeated spins has been Miguel Aceves Mejia, volume X, with the Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, RCA Victor, MKS-1519. All but one track is in excellent condition. On my mental jukebox is "No volvere," which has been recorded over and over again, along with "Mundo sin guitarras," which was a big hit fairly recently for a Tejano group, La Diferenzia. There are many albums promoted on the back of this compilation, including one by Agustin Lara singing and playing the piano and one by Libertad Lamarque, who as an old lady was one of my favorite soap-opera actresses. That one is called "musica de la pelicula Amor en la sombra y otros exitos." CBS was really the big label in Mexico.


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