Sundazed Offers A Tex-Mex March for 2011…
Sundazed Music has announced 2 releases to get March 2011 rolling. They are both sounds from the mid 60’s to early 70’s in the Tex-Mex style.
I think it’s absolutely fantastic that Sundazed had the guts to just OD us with the Tex Mex sound all at once. It is a sound that is too often overlooked for it’s importance. It’s all good, happy music. The releases are:
1) Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs~The M~G~M Singles (32 tracks in Mono) 2 LP’s on 180 gram.
2) The Sir Douglas Quintet~Mono Singles (1968-1972) (22 tracks in Mono) 2 LP’s on 180 gram.
Ed. Note: Sure wish Sundazed could get the complete rights to Question Mark & The Mysterians two Cameo-Parkway LP’s (1966’s ’96 Tears’ & 1967’s ‘Action’). That will be a real tuff one though, fists are flying over the rights to that, and now Allen Klein is dead…but I love my expensive as heck European re-ish’s from the late 90’s. Question Mark would complete the trilogy of popular 60’s Tex Mex dancable bands….unless you count The Hombres who only had one hit? By the way, The Mysterians were actually from Bay City, Michigan but really fit in with the Tex-Mex/Farfisa Organ sound of the mid 60’s.
Anyways, things you need to know about these releases:
The Sir Douglas Quintet’s catalog was confusing. Their 1st LP was called ‘The Best Of The Sir Douglas Quintet’ in 1966. This LP had more of a garage sound, and included ‘She’s About A Mover.’ This Sundazed compilation covers the time they were with SMASH records (a Mercury subsidiary). Mover is not on this, and Doug Sahm moved the band to San Francisco, so there are varying sounds on this compliation. It’s not a striaght tight sound all the way through the tracks. They did lean towards a country sound in the 70’s. Case in point is the number 1 country track by Freddy Fender ‘Wasted Days And Wasted Nights’ done here in an earlier version by SDQ.
As for both of these reissues, I must say I prefer the Stereo versions so much more. By 1966-1972, Stereo was in it’s prime as a recording experience. Rhino Records (in around 1989), was doing a lot of compilation albums. They were (probably Bill Inglot?) creating the killerest sounding true Stereo mixes of old 60’s songs. When I heard ‘Wooly Bully’ in Stereo, I almost fell out my chair. It sounded like Sam was playing the Farfisa organ about 2 inches from my nose.
Mono or Stereo….these are gonna get you up and dancin’ and are both well worth the money.
Sundazed is also making both of them available on CD. If you purchase the Sam The Sham on CD, you only get 28 tracks instead of 32.
Party! Party! Party!