Cirilo Marmolejo - vocals and guitarrón with his mariachi. The Mariachi Coculense de Cirilo Marmolejo arrived in Mexico City in 1920 brought to the capital by a Dr. Luis I. Rodríguez to add "color" to a get-together of important revolutionary politicians. Marmolejo's group was a tremendous success and these are the group's rare first electrical recordings made between 1926 and 1936.
Added to this collection are four sones by Cuarteto Coculense recorded acoustically in 1908 which constitute the very first recordings ever made of mariachi music (the last four cuts on the CD).
Includes booklet with historical notes by John Clark, photos, transcriptions and translations of some of the songs.
4.Las Cuatro Milpas
7.El Durazno Mariquita
14.Blanca Palomita (Ando En Busca)
16.La Cantinera (Ando Borracho)
“Today mariachi is synonymous with a large group of musicians, beautifully dressed as charros. Standing in a semi-circle around their leader, lush violins sweep away in answer to sweet trumpet calls, all to support a gloriously trained voice. There are mariachi orchestras all over the globe. That's now. In the beginning, mariachi had its heart in Jalisco. This collection of early recordings show it was once a raw-edged folk style. Don't buy this disc expecting the golden throat of Vicente. These songs are one of the Mexican answers to hillbilly singing. The earliest show a variety of songs that seem to have withered away-one tune could easily be passed off as a field-recorded tarantella. Today it is a disgrace for a mariachi to be out of tune or rhythm. In the earliest recordings it seemed not uncommon, but the enthusiasm of the players makes those false steps of minor importance. Though those who are strictly fond of the modern mariachi may be bewildered by all the `new and strange' sounds, this is a fascinating recording for any person with historical interest in mariachi or Mexican culture.”
(Mary Armstrong — Sing Out!)