is a new CD by Manzo Rally, a band led by Malo guitarist Gabriel
Manzo. Gabriel is an excellent lead guitarist and lead
vocalist, who provides some of the lead vocals. He also
wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs on the album.
Sergio Diaz provides some strong lead vocals on the majority of
the songs. Gabriel's wife, Dawn Livingston Manzo,
contributes to the album as an engineer, keyboardist, and
sometimes co-writer. Gabriel's a lucky man! Most of
the songs have a Latin groove, with the exception of
"Something's Coming," which is hard rock bordering on heavy
metal. It's got a nasty guitar riff, a strong rock lead
vocal, and some nice harmonies. The song made me smile, it
rocks! Other favorites are "Dolores Huerta," a montuno about the
great UFW leader and cultural icon; "Don't Come Cryin'," a Latin
rock song with some nice changes and harmonies in the choruses;
and "Set My People Free," an acoustic guitar song sung by
Gabriel and inspired by an experience he had at the Mexican
border seeing a child and the poverty in which he lived.
"Give Love" is a great album with some strong songs and
excellent musicianship. I highly recommend it.
Manzo Rally (2013)
Los Nawdy Dogs
is a new CD by Los Nawdy Dawgs of Tucson Arizona. It's an
album dedicated to my father, Lalo Guerrero who was born and
raised in Tucson, hence the title "Lalo's Town." They do unique versions of three of my
dad's songs on the album, "Los Chucos Suaves," "Tin Marin de do Pingue," and
"Marijuana Boogie." The band does my dad's songs
in their own style, putting a different spin on them. They
do "Los Chucos Suaves" with a two-beat rock drum part behind the
familiar Latin bass line to give the song a rock groove while
keeping the usual cumbia-like feel. They start "Tin Marin
de do Pingue," which they call "El Tin Marin" with a slow swing
beat and walking bass line and before falling into the familiar
up-tempo swing beat of the original version. "Marijuana
Boogie" is done as an up-tempo rock shuffle as opposed to the
original slower swing groove. They also wrote their own
version of my dad's "There's No Tortillas" putting their own
lyric to the melody of "O Sole Mio," becoming "Where's My
Tamales." All the rest of the songs, with the
exception of a traditional song, were written or co-written by
band leader George Landa. Los Nawdy Dawgs can play and
their style encompasses rock, Latin, and a touch of Tex-Mex.
Some of the songs such as "Tranza Town," "Guero Canelo Special,"
and the aforementioned "Where's My Tamales" show the band has a
fun and humorous side. I got a particular kick out of "Tranza
Town," which includes sections which are inspired by The Beatles
"Yellow Submarine." The cover of the CD features the three
Nawdy Dawgs crossing the street in front of Tucson's Fox
Theater, a la The Beatles' Abbey Road cover, led by an 18 year
old Lalo Guerrero. Los Nawdy Dawgs are a fun and creative
Chicano band. Take a trip to "Lalo's Town." You'll
have a good time.
Los Nawdy Dawgs (2013)
"Copas Con El Diablo" is
release by the Tucson-based band who describes itself
on its my space page as "South of the Border Pulp
Fiction Latin Blues Rock." That's a good description
since the songs on this CD includes Latin, blues, and
rock with a hard edge. Virtually all the lyrics
are in Spanish, even on the bluesy title track.
This collection includes "Hey Lupe," which is
a Spanish version of "Hang On Sloopy."
However, the vast majority of songs are written by members
of the band, mainly Jorge Landa. They also sent
me a demo of a recording they did of my dad's classic
song "Los Chucos Suaves." Their version
is very different than others I've heard because they
use a hard 2-beat, rather than the more usual Latin cumbia-style
beat. I assume it will be on a future CD.
For more info on "Los Nawdy Dawgs" go to
"Copas Con El
Los Nawdy Dawgs (2009)
Hear Voices" is a new CD by singer/songwriter Alan O'Day.
Alan, who grew up in Indio, California, had a number one hit
as a solo artist in 1977 with "Undercover Angel."
He also had hits writing for others such as "Angie
Baby" by Helen Reddy and "Rock & Roll Heaven"
by the Righteous Brothers, which he co-wrote. His new
CD spans many styles including rock, blues, country pop and
what he describes as "uplifting spiritual songs."
My favorites are a rocker called "My Rock & Roll
Shoes," the funky "Things That Are Lost," and
the melodic "Please Don't Believe Me." This
collection of songs show his great songwriting ability and
his vocals are excellent, particularly on "Please Don't
Believe Me," on which his voice is silky smooth while
cleanly reaching some impressively high notes. For more
info visit alanoday.com.
"I Hear Voices" is available at amazon.com on the
"I Hear Voices"
Alan O'Day (2008)
to go to the Alan O'Day store at amazon.com
"Romantic & Sexy Guitars"
release from Tri-Lo Productions. It's got 14 tracks
including new versions of "Una Paloma Blanca," "Memories
Are Made of This," "Somewhere Over the Rainbow,"
and "If I Were a Carpenter." Most of the album
is Trini playing various acoustic and/or electric guitars,
percussion, and singing various parts. This technique
works great and Trini is in excellent voice. The only
song that has a full band production is my song, "Oh
Maria." I provided the track and also played lead
guitar. The CD is currently available at amazon.com
at the link below and at
"Romantic & Sexy Guitars" Trini Lopez
to go to the Trini Lopez store at amazon.com
The best Redbone compilation
ever has been released by Sony Records on their Legacy label.
"The Essential Redbone" has 14 of the best songs
Redbone recorded in the early 70s, including their hits "Maggie,"
"The Witch Queen of New Orleans," and their mega
hit "Come and Get Your Love." The recordings
have been digitally re-mastered and sound better than ever!
Pete DePoe, Redbone's original drummer, sent me a copy and
tells me Redbone will soon be out on the road again. You can order "The Essential
Redbone at amazon.com from the link below.
"The Essential Redbone" Redbone (2003)
to go to the Redbone store at amazon.com
Carmen has a great new CD out called "Lovers
& Legends," which she describes as "ballads
of heroes, bandits, causes, and lovers." Her voice
is as great as ever and her songwriting continues to evolve
to new heights. Some of the highlights of the album
are "The Battle of Cinco de Mayo," which chronicles
the history of the legendary event in Mexican history; "You'll
Always Have Sabor a Mi," an English language version
of the classic Mexican bolero; a sexy, bluesy song called
"Working Man's Woman;" the beautiful and jazzy "Ellen's
Song;" a cover of Jack Hanna's "Ballad of Joaquin
Murrieta;" and a beautiful Spanish/English version of
"America O' Bella/America the Beautiful."
This and other Carmencristina Moreno CDs are available at
amazon.com at the link below and on her website,
"Lovers & Legends" Carmencristina
a CD released in 2002 on Arhoolie
Records, which features the pachuco music of Don Tosti.
Also included are pachuco recordings by Lalo Guerrero and
others. Read about it on my article about Don Tosti
entitled "Don Tosti: Master of
Music" and order the CD at amazon.com at the link
below or from ArhoolieRecords.
Don Tosti/Lalo Guerrero/others (2002)
an album released in 1996 on the Dionysus
label on CD. Some of the East L.A. bands and vocalists
featured include The Mixtures, The Premiers, The Romancers,
The Blendells, The Jaguars, The Salas Brothers, The Atlantics,
and Cannibal & the Headhunters. The CD is available
and at the link below on amazon.com.
"East Side Sound 1959-1968
Various Artists (1996)
Sound, Volume 2, Featuring Mark & the Escorts" (compilation)
an album released in 2000 on the Dionysus label on CD and
vinyl entitled "Eastside Sound, Vol. 2, Featuring Mark
& the Escorts." Mark & the Escorts was
my teenage band from 1963 to '66. We recorded four sides for
Crescendo Records in 1965. The songs are reissued on
this compilation album. (We're on the cover and I wrote
the liner notes). Other artists on the collection are
the Blendells, the Premiers, and others. It's available
at Tower Records, Virgin Superstores, etc., or can be ordered
at your local record store. On the internet you can
get it on my website on the
Guerrero Recordings page or go to
Once there, click on "Online Store" and then you
can find it on CD on the "Bacchus Archives CD" link
on the menu and the vinyl album on the "Bacchus Archives
LP" link. Click
to read my liner notes for the album.
"Eastside Sound, Vol. 2"
Mark & the Escorts / others (2000)
a 13 CD Anthology
of 60s US-Punk Garage Psych Box
Set with 13 Discs released by Past & Present Records
in the United Kingdom. My first official recording
is included on Disk 1, "Get Your Baby" by Mark
& the Escorts (1965). Also included in the set
are recordings by artists who were well known in the 60s
such as ? & the Mysterions, The Knickerbockers, The
Seeds, Johnny Winter, The Standells, Mark IV, Rising Sons,
and Music Machine. The other artists included weren't
so well known, but have that exciting punk garage sound
that is a genre which has become more and more appreciated
and recognized with time as a precursor to the punk movement.
The collection is available at amazon.com at the link
The Complete Series: Volumes 1-13 (2007)
On the Lookout" is a new CD by veteran East L.A. band
APB, led by drummer extraordinaire Aaron Ballesteros.
Aaron has played with classic Eastside bands Tierra, Thee
Midniters, and Los Lobos, as well as Latin giants such as
Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, and Willie Bobo. Aaron
wrote most of the songs on this collection and sings lead
on several of them. Also on lead vocals is Gilbert
Stokes, who is a first rate vocalist. The band is
rounded out by guitarist Dennis Alvarez and bassist Steve
Falomir of Tierra. Guest artists on the CD include
Poncho Sanchez, Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, guitarist Bob
Robles of Thee Midniters, and others. Highlights include
the title track "Be On the Lookout," an excellent
reggae song, the clever and humorous "Oranges,"
a political anthem ("Huelga"), the musically sophisticated
"Freedom Jazz Rap," and a ballad called "For
the Rest of My Life." There are also solid cover
versions of "How Long" and Led Zeppelin's "Whole
Lotta Love." Included with the CD is a DVD of
the song "Huelga."
"Be On the Lookout!"
Frankie Firme (compilation)
"16 Golden Treasures from the Vaults of Rampart Records"-
a new eclectic compilation of classic "Eastside Sound,"
r&b, and tex mex recordings from the Rampart Records
group of record labels founded by the late Eddie Davis.
Some of the artists included in the collection are The Heartbreakers,
Little Ray Jimenez, The Salas Brothers with the Jaguars,
The Romancers, and The Atlantics featuring Barry White.
It's very well-packaged with a booklet filled with vintage
photos and information on the artists and recordings.
The CD is available at amazon.com at the link below.
to order CD at EastLARevue.com.