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Texas Tornados
"Texas Tornados"

© Reprise Records

Year of Release: 1990

track listing
  • Who Were You Thinkin' Of
  • (Hey Baby) Que Paso
  • Laredo Rose
  • A Man Can Cry
  • Soy De San Luis
  • Adios Mexico
  • If That's What
    You're Thinking
  • She Never Spoke
    Spanish To Me
  • Dinero
  • Baby Heaven
    Sent Me You

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    The Texas Tornados were a supergroup (so to speak) -- of merging different artists from various groups -- Doug Sahm & Augie Meyers (Sir Douglas Quintet), country singer Freddy Fender, and conjunto music star Flaco Jiménez. Freddy Fender was very popular in the 1970s with having many Country hits, including "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" and the #1 "Before The Next Teardrop Falls." Doug Sahm started out in the Sir Douglas Quintet ("Mendacino," "She's About A Mover"). But Sahm's solo career has been outstanding, and his original early solo albums are not reissued on CD here in the U.S. Sahm would feature Country, Blues, and Tex-Mex music throughout his solo career. And with the Texas Tornados, he would form Tex-Mex music with full force, blending Country, Blues, Mexican, and Polka music all together, forming an incredible sound of music, that should NOT be ignored.

    The Tornados' debut, released in 1990, is truly an outstanding and excellent CD. (now merged with has some of the Tornados' work on CD, and they are definitely worth checking out.

    The album's opener, "Who Were You Thinking Of" has lyrics that are truly worth listening: Who were you thinking of, when we were making love last night..." It's a regular favorite, and with its funny lyrics, it should be a regular song on any radio station's playlist.

    "(Hey Baby) Que Paso," and "Laredo Rose" have the Mexican/Polka sound, where "Soy De San Luis" is more Polka (the accordion gets the full treatment on this one...), and it has Mexican lyrics. Freddy Fender's "A Man Can Cry" is another great tune, where a mixture of Blues and Country blends extremely well.

    "Adios Mexico" has the great Rock & Roll three-chord boogie, and is a great jumping song for any bar band. Freddy Fender returns on the lead vocal on "If That's What You're Thinking," a beautiful relaxing ballad.

    The Mexican sound returns in great form on "She Never Spoke Spanish To Me." Mexican-Polka with the country steel guitar and accordion are a-jumpin' on "Dinero," another great Polka "rocker." The album's closing tune, is in the same style as "A Man Can Cry," another great tune, with Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender alternating on lead vocals.

    Call it Polka, call it Mexican, it's Tex-Mex music in its finest form, with Doug Sahm and Freddy Fender providing the main vocals. The Texas Tornados is a force to be reckoned with -- Their music is truly outstanding, and a Greatest Hits compilation just isn't enough. Highly recommended, The Texas Tornados' music is a wonderful blend of Country, Blues, Mexican and Polka music, all "tornado'd" into one.

    God Bless Doug Sahm: Sahm passed away recently in 1999, yet his musical legacy lives on. If you have never experienced Sahm's music (especially his solo output), his mixtures of different sources of music is phenomenal, and why his early solo releases are not reissued here is beyond any fan's imagination. Yet, his LPs and later CD releases are found on Doug Sahm is certainly missed, yet we can always enjoy his music, for generations to come.

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