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Isidro Lopez - 15 More Original Hits Vol. 2

CAT. #: 9047

Price: $10.00

CD 9047

Isidro Lopez - vocals and alto sax with accompaniment by his orchestra - unless otherwise noted.
Isidro "El Indio" Lopez (his father was a full-blooded Apache Mescalero from New Mexico) is one of the founding "fathers" of Tejano Music. He began to record in the late 1940s with Narciso Martinez, Tony De La Rosa, and Eugenio Gutierrez's Orchestra for the pioneering, regional IDEAL recording company. His appealing, smooth yet emotional voice, charismatic personality, and superb saxophone work soon made him very popular and encouraged him to front his own, distinctly hot Tejano dance orchestra. Isidro Lopez in no time became the brightest star on the emerging Tejano music scene. This CD contains 15 more early hits recorded at the height of his long career.

1.Traigo Mi 45 (Ranchera) & his orchestra
2.Al Ver Que Te Vas (Ranchera) & Mariachi Ideal
3.Como Arbol Torcido (Ranchera) & his orchestra
4.Amor Perdido (Bolero) & his orchestra
5.Alejate (Ranchera) with Conjunto Ideal de Amadeo Flores
6.Cuartro Vidas (Bolero) with Mariachi Ideal
7.Andando En La Parranda (Ranchera) & his orchestra
8.Descupaste Mi Carino (Bolero) with Conjunto Ideal
9.Donde Estas (Rock N' Roll) & his orchestra
10.Echame A Mi La Culpa (Ranchera) & his orchestra
11.Mi Rosita (Polka Ranchera) & his orchestra
12.Mi Soldadita (Bolero) & his orchestra
13.Por Tu Carino (Polka Ranchera) with conjunto Norteno
14.Sabor A Mi (Bolero) & his orchestra
15.Nunca Creas (Ranchera) with Mariachi Ideal


“The great Tejano innovator Isidro Lopez died in August of 2004, so it seems fitting that a second volume of his hits — 15 More Original Hits — was released later the same year. All of these selections have been taken from the recordings Lopez made for IDEAL between 1954 and 1964, capturing the singer/saxophonist in his prime. Lopez is accompanied by fairly large arrangements, featuring horns, strings, and accordion in various combinations, but his penetrating vocals — smooth, romantic, and deeply felt — are always front and center. There are fun songs like "Andando en la Parranda," which vacillates between uptempo instrumental sections and slower-paced vocal segments, and simple romantic-styled fare like "Desocupaste Mi Carino." There are fun throwaways like "Mi Rosita" and laid-back fare like "Mi Soldadita." While one might guess that IDEAL chose material they believed would be popular, the songs on 15 More Original Hits never succumb to the cheesy production values one finds with a number of more mainstream bandleaders like Henry Mancini during the '60s. For anyone wishing to trace the roots of Tejano music, or perhaps just pick up an enjoyable collection of well-played and sung songs by Lopez, 15 More Original Hits is a fine place to start.”

-Ronnie D. Lankford Jr., AllMusic.com