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The Complete Arista Recordings CD

Flaco Jimenez
The Complete Arista Recordings CD

King of Conjunto Music and sideman to the stars, Flaco Jiménez
is responsible for taking the humble, much-maligned accordion
and making it hip. His early regional recordings for a multitude of
labels including Corona, D.L.B., Norteño, Dina and Joey made
him a local music legend in the San Antonio area. But, after
being tapped by fellow Texas icon Doug Sahm to play on the
landmark album Doug Sahm and Band, Flaco quickly became
the accordionist of choice for everybody from Ry Cooder to
Buck Owens to the Rolling Stones. His celebrated status
among fellow musicians did not escape notice from the major
labels. Warner Bros. signed him for 1992’s Partners, and Arista signed him
shortly thereafter, at first attempting to make a crossover country star out
of the conjunto master. Flaco Jiménez, his 1994 self-titled debut for the
label, featured such guest stars as Raul Malo of the Mavericks (singing lead
on “Seguro Que Hell Yes”) and Radney Foster (singing a duet with Flaco
on “Jealous Heart”), supplementing Flaco’s core band of Oscar Tellez on
bajo sexto and vocals, Fred Ojeda on vocals, Max Baca on bass and Flaco’s
son David on drums. Perhaps due to its mix of country and conjunto styles,
the album didn’t chart, but it did win a Grammy for Best MexicanAmerican/Tejano
Performance. It’s also prime Flaco, as the tension
between the country and conjunto stylings actually makes for a very
engaging and intriguing album. When it came time to make 1996’s Buena
Suerte Señorita, however, all thoughts of building a bridge between
Nashville and San Antonio were out the window, and Flaco and his core
band settled in to make, as co-producer Cameron Randle put it, “a 100%
turbo conjunto record.” (Another choice quote from Randle: “How long
does it take to listen to this record? To paraphrase Flaco, about a six-pack
and a half.”) Fan favorite “Borracho #1” leads off the album, followed by
one propulsive, kick-ass conjunto song after another, highlighted by the
title tune that features a rare solo vocal turn by Flaco. Both of these
albums have long been out of print, and for this Real Gone reissue, we’ve
added liner notes by Randy Poe that feature quotes from Flaco taken from
Poe’s fresh interview with the legend. Essential stuff, and a key, missing
part of the Flaco Jiménez discography!

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King of Conjunto Music and sideman to the stars, Flaco Jiménez
is responsible for taking the humble, much-maligned accordion
and making it hip. His early regional recordings for a multitude of
labels including Corona, D.L.B., Norteño, Dina and Joey made
him a local music legend in the San Antonio area. But, after
being tapped by fellow Texas icon Doug Sahm to play on the
landmark album Doug Sahm and Band, Flaco quickly became
the accordionist of choice for everybody from Ry Cooder to
Buck Owens to the Rolling Stones. His celebrated status
among fellow musicians did not escape notice from the major
labels. Warner Bros. signed him for 1992’s Partners, and Arista signed him
shortly thereafter, at first attempting to make a crossover country star out
of the conjunto master. Flaco Jiménez, his 1994 self-titled debut for the
label, featured such guest stars as Raul Malo of the Mavericks (singing lead
on “Seguro Que Hell Yes”) and Radney Foster (singing a duet with Flaco
on “Jealous Heart”), supplementing Flaco’s core band of Oscar Tellez on
bajo sexto and vocals, Fred Ojeda on vocals, Max Baca on bass and Flaco’s
son David on drums. Perhaps due to its mix of country and conjunto styles,
the album didn’t chart, but it did win a Grammy for Best MexicanAmerican/Tejano
Performance. It’s also prime Flaco, as the tension
between the country and conjunto stylings actually makes for a very
engaging and intriguing album. When it came time to make 1996’s Buena
Suerte Señorita, however, all thoughts of building a bridge between
Nashville and San Antonio were out the window, and Flaco and his core
band settled in to make, as co-producer Cameron Randle put it, “a 100%
turbo conjunto record.” (Another choice quote from Randle: “How long
does it take to listen to this record? To paraphrase Flaco, about a six-pack
and a half.”) Fan favorite “Borracho #1” leads off the album, followed by
one propulsive, kick-ass conjunto song after another, highlighted by the
title tune that features a rare solo vocal turn by Flaco. Both of these
albums have long been out of print, and for this Real Gone reissue, we’ve
added liner notes by Randy Poe that feature quotes from Flaco taken from
Poe’s fresh interview with the legend. Essential stuff, and a key, missing
part of the Flaco Jiménez discography!

Details

Flaco Jiménez (1994)
1. Seguro Que Hell Yes
2. El Pesudo
3. Por Las Parrandas
4. Por Una Mujer Bonita
5. Jealous Heart
6. Open Up Your Heart
7. Que Problemas
8. Carolina
9. Que Lo Sepa el Mundo
10. Cat Walk
Buena Suerte, Señorita (1996)
11. Borracho #1
12. Mala Movida
13. Tico Taco Polka
14. En Avión Hasta Acapulco
15. Buena Suerta, Señorita
16. El Gallo Copetón
17. Dos Cosas
18. Contigo Nomas
19. Mis Brazos Te Esperan
20. Swiss Waltz