Texas Tornados – Adios Mexico: The Reprise Years (2019)

Posted by Green on August 25, 2021as

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The ultimate Tex-Mex supergroup, Texas Tornados were composed of some of the genre’s most legendary figures: Doug Sahm, Augie Meyers (Sahm’s bandmate in the groundbreaking Sir Douglas Quintet), Hispanic country star Freddy Fender, and accordion virtuoso Flaco Jimenez. The group’s infectious, party-ready sound blended country, early rock & roll, Mexican folk music, R&B, blues, and whatever other roots musics crossed their paths. The Tornados first assembled in 1989 at a concert in San Francisco, billing themselves as the Tex-Mex Revue. They enjoyed the collaboration so much they decided to stick with it and generated far more publicity together than they would have solo; Jimenez had released several acclaimed albums by that point, but Sahm had recorded only sporadically during the ’80s, and Fender hardly at all. Their self-titled debut album was released on Reprise in 1990 in both English and Spanish versions to rapturous reviews and also sold pretty well, reaching number 25 on the country charts. The group toured extensively behind it and issued the Grammy-nominated follow-up album Zone of Our Own in 1991, again to hugely positive reviews. By the time of 1992’s Hangin’ on by a Thread, the group’s primary audience was Latino, and Jimenez accordingly took more and more of the spotlight. After more touring, the group went their separate ways to concentrate on other projects and work on new material; most notably, Sahm and Meyers formed a new version of the Sir Douglas Quintet. In the meantime, Reprise issued a compilation, The Best of Texas Tornados. The Tornados reconvened in 1996 for the album 4 Aces, which didn’t attract quite as much attention or acclaim as their previous work. The group’s late-1998 concert at Antone’s in Austin was recorded and released the following summer as Live From the Limo, Vol. 1; unfortunately, it would prove to be the only volume, as Sahm died of a heart attack in late 1999.


01. Who Were You Thinkin’ Of
02. (Hey Baby) Que paso
03. Laredo rose
04.  A Man Can Cry
05.  Soy de san luis
06.  Adios Mexico
07.  If That’s What You’re Thinking
08.  She Never Spoke Spanish to Me
09.  Dinero (English Version)
10.  Baby! Heaven Sent Me You
11.  Is Anybody Goin’ to San Antone
12.  La mucura
13.  Bailando
14.  I’m Not That Kat Anymore
15.  Oh Holy One
16. He Is a Tejano
17.  El pantalon blue jean
18.  Just Can’t Fake It
19. Did I Tell You
20.  Volver
21.  Hangin’ On By a Thread
22.  Tus mentiras
23.  Guacamole
24.  To Ramona
25.  A mover el bote
26.  One and Only
27. Adios mi corazon
28. T La grande vida
29.  Trying
30.  Ando muy borracho
31.  Little Bit Is Better Than Nada
32.  Amor de mi vida
33.  In My Mind
34.  4 Aces
35.  My Cruel Pain
36.  Tell Me
37.  Ta bueno compadre
38.  The Gardens
39.  Rosalita
40.  Clinging to You
41.  Mi Morenita
42. The One I Love the Most
43.  En que pensabas tu
44.  Rosa de amor
45.  El hombre llora
46. T Si eso es lo que piensas
47.  Bonito es el Espanol
48.  Dinero
49.  El cielo un angel me mando

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