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THE RIGHT TO ROCK - THE MEXICANO AND CHICANO ROCK & ROLL REBELLION 1955-1963*

BEAR FAMILY RECORDS



cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 4th Dec 2020

£18.99


The United States of America have always been considered the land of opportunity - if it weren't for the barriers of racial segregation that affect Mexican-Americans as much as African-Americans.

Although racial segregation was abolished by law, it still exists in a subtle way and sometimes even in an offensive way until today. Therefore, 'The Right To Rock' owns current references, including musical roots of famous artists like Herb Alpert, Carlos Santana and Los Lobos! This compilation documents the musical rebellion of Latin American society in the USA in the 1950s, especially of the young people who proudly called themselves 'Chicanos' and gave new meaning to the former insult. After the 'Riots' in California during World War II, the movement was the first liberation in the 1950s - and this was achieved exclusively through music; because Chicano rockers like Ritchie Valens and Chris Montez made themselves heard worldwide and thus culturally paved the way for the constantly growing Chicano movement, which acted similarly to the civil rights movement of African Americans. Hippy Hippy Shake If A-Wop-Bop-A-Loo-Bop-A-Lop-Bam-Boom! from Little Richard's 'Tutti Frutti' is regarded as the rock 'n' roll battle cry of a whole generation, Chan Romero's Hippy Hippy Shake embodies the parole of the Chicanos in America of the '50s. This statement describes the concept of this extraordinary compilation. Admittedly, this is also about rare recordings that are important for the collector. Furthermore, these songs describe the rebellion of young Latinos, Mexicans and Chicanos in those days. The focus is on the rougher side of rock 'n' roll, songs that were written on both sides of the Mexican-American border, but which are not opposed to each other. Just as US-American rock 'n' roll influenced Mexico, so it resonated back, Mexican style. Artists from both countries developed their own but common Mexicano/Chicano rock 'n' roll culture. This describes 'The Right To Rock' with famous artists like Trini Lopez, Freddy Fender, Chris Montez and last but not least Ritchie Valens, but also with many less common names like Tony Casanova, the Carlos Brothers and Chan Romero, who are in no way inferior to the greats. Among the Mexican artists in this compilation we find names that were extremely popular in Mexico at the time, but remained almost unknown in the USA and Europe. We are going to change that! Los Xochimilcas, for example, proves that Mexican bands did not only create their own creative style. Their music is as unusual as their name: on the basis of a thundering slap bass with crashing drums, mariachi trumpet and accordion cavort, played with real enthusiasm, a lot of tempo and humor: a highlight of this compilation! Just like the Good Rockin' Tonight adaptation of Los Gibson Boys, one of Mexico's top bands of the time, clearly influenced by the young Elvis Presley. This is how Rockabilly goes Mexican! The CD in a digipak comes with biographies of each artist, a detailed introduction to historical, cultural and political backgrounds, as well as many photos and illustrations in the 36-page booklet.

THE RIGHT TO ROCK - THE MEXICANO AND CHICANO ROCK & ROLL REBELLION 1955-1963*

Tracklist

  1. Bailando El Rock & Roll - Freddy Fender
  2. The Right To Rock - Trini Lopez
  3. Showdown - Tony Casanova
  4. Come Dance With Me - Eddie Quinteros
  5. The Hippy Hippy Shake - Chan Romero
  6. Fast Freight - Arvee Allens (Ritchie Valens)
  7. Maybelline - Armando Almendarez
  8. No Seas Cruel (Don't Be Cruel) - Baldemar Huerta con Los Romancero
  9. Rock De La Noche (Good Rockin' Tonight) - Los Gibson Boys
  10. Pound Dog (Hound Dog) - Lalo Guerrero
  11. Chicken Little - Pico Pete
  12. La Paloma - Tito Guizár & His El Rancho Rocks
  13. Rock Rollin' Rock - Los Xochimilcas
  14. Don't Go Pretty Baby - Danny Boy (Chuck Rio)
  15. Sarah Lee - Bob Orrison
  16. Lindy Lou - Eddie Quinteros
  17. My Little Ruby - Chan Romero
  18. Rockin' Blues - Chris Montez
  19. Rock Little Darlin' - Max Uballez
  20. El Rock De La Carcel (Jailhouse Rock) - Baldemar Huerta (Freddy Fender
  21. El Vampiro - Los Gibson Boys
  22. Juque - The Downbeats feat. Johnny Amelio
  23. Ooh! My Head - Ritchie Valens
  24. Denise - Chuck Rio
  25. Come On, Let's Dance - The Carlos Brothers
  26. Dooby-Dooby-Wah - Ritchie Valens
  27. Hi Yo Silver - Augie Garcia Quintet
  28. Jo Ann, Jo Ann - Johnny Amelio & The Downbeats
  29. Yea! Yea! Come Another Day - Tony Casanova
  30. Slow Down Sandy - Eddie Quinteros
  31. La Plaga (Good Golly Miss Molly) - Los Teen Tops
  32. I Want Some More - Chan Romero
  33. Boogie Woogie Feeling - Tony Casanova
  34. La Chica Alborotada (Tallahassee Lassie) - Los Locos Del Ritmo
  35. Be-Bop-A-Lula - Los Gibson Boys
  36. South Of The Border - Mando & The Chili Peepers
  37. Mexican Rock & Roll - Unknown Singer