The original recordings of hip, swinging, Latin music from the southwest of the 1940's! During and after World War II a new sound and a new look in Chicano culture evolved in Los Angeles, characterized by hard-driving dance music with R&B and Mambo roots, and zoot suits. Here are the pioneers of this cultural phenomenon, Don Tosti and Lalo Guerrero! With roots in Latin and Mexican music, as well as in big band jazz, R&B, and of course the Boogie Woogie craze, this is music that MOVES!
1. Pachuco Boogie by: Cuarteto Don Ramon Sr. (actually Don Tosti's Pachuco Boogie Boys)
2. Guisa Gacha (Mambo) by: Cuarteto Don Ramon Sr. (actually Don Tosti's Pachuco Boogie Boys)
3. Wine-O-Boogie by: Don Ramon Sr. y su orquesta (actually Don Tosti's Pachuco Boogie Boys)
4. El Tirili by: Don Ramon Sr. y su orquesta (actually Don Tosti's Pachuco Boogie Boys)
5. Pachuco Mambo (Mambo) by: Los Chucos
6. Los Pachucos (Canción) by: Las Hermanas Mendoza
7. El Bracero Y La Pachuca (Corrido) by: Dueto Taxco con Mariachi Caporales Del Norte
8. Solido Joaquin (Guaracha) by: Dacita & Her Orquesta
9. Frijole Boogie by: Jorge Córdoba
10. Muy Sabroso Blues by: Lalo Guerrero Y Sus Cinco Lobos
11. Los Chucos Suaves by: Lalo Guerrero Y Sus Cinco Lobos
12. Chicas Patas Boogie by: Lalo Guerrero Y Su Orquesta
13. Buena Vista Swing by: Conjunto Alamo
14. El Pachuco Alegre (Boogie) by: Los Hermanos Yañez y Pedro Ayala
15. Las Pachuquitas (instrumental) by: Conjunto San Antonio Alegre
16. Mi Dolorcito (Boogie) by: Conjunto San Antonio Alegre
17. Guisa Guaina by: Don Tosti Y Su Trío
18. Pachuco Boogie - (2nd recording) (2nd recording) by: Orquesta Don Ramon (actually Don Tosti's Pachuco Boogie Boys)
19. Los Blues by: Don Tosti y su Trío
20. Mambo Del Pachuco by: Don Tosti y su conjunto
21. Chicano Boogie by: Cuarteto De Ramon Martínez (actually Don Tosti's Quartet)
ZOOT-SUIT RIOT: Ever probing the margins for fascinating music, El Cerrito, Calif.-based Arhoolie Records is issuing a revelatory compilation, Pachuco Boogie, as volume 10 of its "Historic Mexican-American Music" series.
Students of Latino culture will be astonished by this compilation of gutsy small-band bop-, swing-, and R&B-flavored commercial recordings from the late '40s, which were aimed at the rebellious, zoot-suit bedecked youths known as pachucos. Such trend-setting tunes as Don Tosti's 1948 "Pachuco Boogie" are included, as well as three numbers by pachuco icon Lalo Guerrero (though, sadly, not "Marijuana Boogie"). The collection also includes some anti-pachuco ditties (directed at older Mexican-Americans who considered the zoot suiters little better than bums) by traditionalist acts like Los Hermanas Mendoza, the trio that included border-music icon Lydia Mendoza.
This music ‚ some of which inspired director Luis Valdez's '70s play Zootsuit, which focused on post-World War II conflicts between pachucos and servicemen in Los Angeles ‚ is the root of Latino hipsterism.
(Chris Morris — Billboard Magazine)