Picks and Pans Review: The Best of the Texas Tornados
updated 02/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/14/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST
It apparently doesn't take much of an artistic oeuvre to generate a greatest-hits album these days. That said, this collection of 11 Spanish-language and English tracks from the Grammy-winning Tornados' first three albums is a delight, even if it is somewhat premature.
The much-traveled foursome—Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers from the old Sir Douglas Quintet, Tex-Mex maestro Freddy Fender and accordionist Flaco Jimenez—sound as if they were born playing for cantina sing-alongs. The tunes resurrected for this release include rowdy bar stomps like "Guacamole," top-down cruising music ("Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone") and even their remake of Fender's 1975 hit, "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights." Few best-of compilations live up to the promise of their titles, but in the case of this disc, Tex-Mex music fans will have no complaints. This is music that would set even the grouchiest gringo to dancing. (Reprise)