Tuesday, March 26, 2013
One of the biggest acts to come out of East Los Angeles, Cannibal and The Headhunters could very well hold their own on rockers and ballads alike. Ballads on this release are "Please Baby Please", "Here Comes Love", I'll Show You How To Love Me" and their cover of The Temptations' "My Girl".
7 out of 10
The Ritchie Valens influence on Chris Montez is well known and heard on some of his rocking tunes on this CD. The ballads with Kathy Young are what drove my need for this CD. Highlights include "All You Had To Do Was Tell Me", "Tell Me (It's Not Over)", "You're The One" and "It Takes Two".
6 out of 10
One of the greatest Chicano rockers of all time, Ritchie Valens is known more for his smash hit rockin' cover of "La Bamba" than the few ballads he recorded. Included in this release you get a couple of very good tracks, "Donna" and "We Belong Together". "Big Baby Blues" is a nice slow instrumental. If you like "Where Lovers Go" and "Duffy's Blues" you will surely like this one.
5 out of 10
Monday, March 25, 2013
I quickly snatched this CD when I first saw it available. Thee Dupremes have some killer tunes in "I'm So Happy", "Your Are My Girl" and "Misery". That alone makes this CD a must.
The Nights count with "Country Girl", "Face In The Crowd" and "Lovers Can Never Be Friends". The sound quality varies.
8 out of 10
The two complete LP's of Ruben And The Jets courtesy of Edsel Records. The strong R&B/Doo Wop influence is evident in their music. Highlights include "Show Me The Way To Your Heart", "To Be Loved", "Wedding Bells", "A Thousand Miles Away/You Send Me" and can't forget "I Wanna Know". A nice mover in their cover of Speedo". A must for the collection.
7 out of 10
One and done for me with Malo. After "Suavecito" I found myself hitting the skip button often. Best to find a nice compilation and pick up that track and hopefully get a few more ballads with it. Again I only like ballads so don't let my rating surprise you.
2 out of 10.
It is essential for any "lowrider" music fan to have some Ralfi Pagan in the collection. The Ralfi Pagan & Joe Bataan CD has good tracks but the sound quality is poor. The "Come Back Baby" release counts with the title track plus Joe Bataan with "Super Girl" then mostly other tracks we've seen in below releases and the Sweeter Side Of Latin Soul compilations. The sound quality varies a bit here also.
For the best sound quality go for the Fania and Japanese import. Highlights are many, my top picks include "To Say I Love You", "Don't Stop Now", "Make it With You", "Just One Of Your Kisses", "Who's The Girl For Me" and " Loneliest Loneliness"
9 out of 10