San Patricio CD (2010)

Artist: Chieftains

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Label Hear Music/universal
SKU 214309795
UPC 888072313217
UPC 14 00888072313217
Format CD
Release Date 3/9/2010
Links
Author Chieftains
Compilation Appearance Streets Of Fire
Compilation Appearance A Toda Cuba Le Gusta
Compilation Appearance Best Of Flaco Jimenez
Compilation Appearance Hooker (Box) (Spkg)
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
Compilation Appearance San Patricio
Compilation Appearance San Patricio
Compilation Appearance Woody Guthrie At 100 Live At The Kenn
Compilation Appearance Soundtracks
Compilation Appearance This Ain't No Mouse Music
Compilation Appearance Discover Carlos Nunez
Compilation Appearance My Blueberry Nights
Associated Artist/Work Bernstein, Elmer
Associated Artist/Work Bernstein, Elmer (Composer/Cond
Associated Artist/Work Chicken Skin Band (The)
Technical Info
Producer Paddy Moloney; Ry Cooder
CatalogID 7231321
Lable Name Hear Music
Released 03/08/2010
Original Release 2010
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 61m : 39s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00888072313217
Musical Guests
Lila Downs
Los Folkloristas
Linda Ronstadt
Los Cenzontles
Carlos N£¤ez
Los Camperos De Valles
Liam Neeson
Banda De Gaita De Batallon
L.A. Juvenil
Moya Brennan
Chavela Vargas
Mariachi Santa Fe De Jesus Guzman
Los Tigres Del Norte
La Negra Grac
Album Notes and Credits
Audio Mixers: Paddy Moloney; Brian Masterson.
Liner Note Author: Paddy Moloney.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
Disc 1
1 Iguana, La
2 Golondrina, La
3 La Orilla de un Palmar, A
4 Danza de Concheros
5 Chivo, El
6 San Campio
7 Sands of Mexico, The
8 Sailing to Mexico
9 Caballo, El
10 March to Battle (Across the Rio Grande) - (featuring Liam Neeson/Banda De Gaita De Batall¢n/L.A. Juvenil/Los Cenzontles)
11 Lullaby for the Dead
12 Luz de Luna
13 Persecuci¢n de Villa
14 Canci¢n Mixteca (Intro)
15 Canci¢n Mixteca
16 Ojitos Negros
17 Relampago, El
18 P jaro Cu, El
19 Finale - (featuring Banda De Gaita De Batall¢n/L.A. Juvenil/Los Cenzontles/Los Folkloristas/Carlos N£¤ez)
Product Attributes
Artist Chieftains
Music Format Compact Disc

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