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San Patricio (2010)

Artist: Chieftains
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Format: CD
Sku: 214309795
UPC: 888072313217
UPC 14: 00888072313217
Release Date: 3/9/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Iguana, La ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
2. Golondrina, La ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
3. La Orilla de un Palmar, A ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
4. Danza de Concheros ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
5. Chivo, El ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
6. San Campio ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
7. Sands of Mexico, The ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
8. Sailing to Mexico ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
9. Caballo, El ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
10. March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande) - (featuring Liam Neeson/Banda De Gaita De Batall¢n/L.A. Juvenil/Los Cenzontles) ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
11. Lullaby for the Dead ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
12. Luz de Luna ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
13. Persecuci¢n de Villa ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
14. Canci¢n Mixteca (Intro) ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
15. Canci¢n Mixteca ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
16. Ojitos Negros ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
17. Relampago, El ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
18. P jaro Cu, El ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains
19. Finale - (featuring Banda De Gaita De Batall¢n/L.A. Juvenil/Los Cenzontles/Los Folkloristas/Carlos N£¤ez) ~ Ry Cooder/The Chieftains

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Paddy Moloney; Brian Masterson.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Paddy Moloney.
Muze PNote Recording information: Clinton Studios, New York, NY; Good Neighbot Studio, Chatsworth, CA; Hyde Street Studios, San Francisco, CA; Morelos, Mexico; Quinteiro De Nerua, Galicia, Spain; Sage And Sound Studio, Hollywood,CA; Sony Studios, Mexico City, Mexico; Soundscape Studios, Dublin, Ireland; The Audio Dept., New York, NY.
Muze PNote To delve into history is to reach into mystery. Music is a time-honored method for investigating both. The Chieftains' Paddy Moloney has been obsessed with the historical account of the San Patricios, a band of immigrant Irish soldiers who deserted the American Army during the Mexican-American War in 1846 to fight for the other side, against the Manifest Destiny ideology of James Polk's America. Moloney's Chieftains and co-producer Ry Cooder decided to try to tell it musically. The result brings this fascinatingly complex tale to life in the modern world and examines issues of discrimination, conscience, and empire.
Muze PNote The knowledge of Argentinian radio programmer Guadalupe Jolicouer pointed Moloney to traditional Mexican sources -- canciones, sons, norte¤os, rancheras, boleros, and polkas from the period. Moloney sorted them. He then selected, arranged, and added music he knew from the period that echoed the Irish sources. He and Cooder rounded up the numerous players, instruments, and locales necessary. Mexican performers such as los Tigres del Norte, Lila Downs, Chavela Vargas, los Folkloristas, los Camperos de Valles, and many others are featured alongside the Chieftains, Cooder, Linda Ronstadt, Galician piper Carlos Nunez, Liam Neeson, and Van Dyke Parks. Sessions were taped in Mexico, Spain, Los Angeles, New York, and Dublin. Sung in Spanish and English, the collection illumines the San Patricios' chapter in Irish history, which was considered shameful until recently -- though in Mexico they've always been regarded as heroes. Through utterly compelling and ingenious musical preservation and invention, the album asks questions about commonalities between cultures; it offers evidence that history, when told personally enough, reflects shared experiences across territorial and chronological lines, and stands outside any "official" narrative, mirroring back to listeners what they can feel empathy for and sympathize with.
Muze PNote While this album sounds like the Chieftains playing in fusion mode, it is so much more ambitious than anything they've attempted before. Some of the music here is contemporary, though much of it is over a century old; yet it reaches past its settings into the present day, telling of the indelibly rich meeting of two cultures oppressed by a third. It's full of gorgeous songs of heroism, love, tragedy, and loss. San Patricio's songs are sung passionately, without artifice, they're played expertly. The album may jar some listeners initially, but spending a little time with it will remedy that. San Patricio, more than merely satisfying Moloney's obsession, raises more questions about what stories lay hidden under the floorboards of history than it answers, thank goodness. Music this beautifully articulated allows cultures to talk to one another across time, space, language, and other divides. ~ Thom Jurek

Producer: Paddy Moloney; Ry Cooder

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Lila Downs
Muze Guest Artist Los Folkloristas
Muze Guest Artist Linda Ronstadt
Muze Guest Artist Los Cenzontles
Muze Guest Artist Carlos N£¤ez
Muze Guest Artist Los Camperos De Valles
Muze Guest Artist Liam Neeson
Muze Guest Artist Banda De Gaita De Batallon
Muze Guest Artist L.A. Juvenil
Muze Guest Artist Moya Brennan
Muze Guest Artist Chavela Vargas
Muze Guest Artist Mariachi Santa Fe De Jesus Guzman
Muze Guest Artist Los Tigres Del Norte
Muze Guest Artist La Negra Grac

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Hooker (Box) (Spkg)
Muze Music Compilations San Patricio
Muze Music Compilations This Ain't No Mouse Music
Muze Music Compilations Soundtracks
Muze Music Compilations San Patricio
Muze Music Compilations A Toda Cuba Le Gusta
Muze Music Compilations Woody Guthrie At 100 Live At The Kenn
Muze Music Compilations My Blueberry Nights
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Flaco Jimenez
Muze Music Compilations Discover Carlos Nunez

Associated Artists and Works

Bernstein, Elmer
Bernstein, Elmer (Composer/Cond
Chicken Skin Band (The)
Live at the Great American Music Hall, San Francis ~ Corridos Famosos
Ears, Rabbit
Hassell, Jon (Trumpet)
Majumdar, Ronu
Newman, Randy
Original Score
Original Soundtrack
Rabbit Ears
Rio De Janeiro Jazz Trio
Rolling Stones (The)
Segundo, Compay
Theessink, Hans
Toure, Ali Farka

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/08/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7231321
Music Label Name Label : Hear Music
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072313217

Professional Reviews

Billboard - "The lastest collaboration between the Chieftains and Ry Cooder symbolizes more than the union of two of the most respected names in world music; there's also a powerful thematic concept at work here."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Chieftains
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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