Mendoza, Lydia / Best Of Lydia Mendoza, The
Album: Best Of Lydia Mendoza, The   Collection:World
Artist:Mendoza, Lydia   Added:May 2008
Label:Arhoolie Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-06-01 Pull Date: 2008-08-03 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Aug 3 Jul 27 Jul 20 Jul 13 Jul 6 Jun 29 Jun 15 Jun 8
Airplays: 2 1 1 3 1 1 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Jul 30, 2008: Emphysema For Emphasis
4. Jul 15, 2008: At the Cafe Bohemian
Enredaste Mi Vida
2. Jul 29, 2008: At the Cafe Bohemian
Tu Diras
5. Jul 11, 2008: No Cover, No Minimum
Tu Diras
3. Jul 23, 2008: A Fine Assortment of Select Blood Diseases
Flores Negras
6. Jul 09, 2008: Emphysema For Emphasis

Album Review
Reviewed 2008-06-01
The undisputed Queen of Tejano Music. Her career spanned more than 60 years, starting in 1928 and going until 1988 when she had a stroke. She died this past December. She has a warm, yet sharp, lyrical voice. Soaring at times, but with a passionate, untrained quality that makes her music just that much more powerful. Mostly just her and her 12-string guitar. Tracks range from early recordings to live performances from her later years. Everything play-worthy, especially:

1. The earliest recording, from 1934. Midtempo vox/guitar.
2. Upbeat toe-tapper, a happy, light sound.
3. Midtempo love song with a classic melody.
4. Upbeat, bouncy. Read the translated lyrics on this one. Twisted.
8. Relaxed, a more contemporary sound, lightly swaying & romantic.
9. Midtempo with a nice accordion accompaniment.
10. Upbeat polka-esque bounce. So good.
13. Slow and achingly passionate love-gone-wrong.
14. Midtempo story song with a great, classic sound.
16. Long, spoken intro in Spanish. Then passionate, mid, then applause

Track Listing
1. Mal Hombre   9. Aunque Me Odies
2. Tu Diras   10. Enredaste Mi Vida
3. Adios Muchachos   11. Si Fue Por Eso
4. Delgadina   12. No Es Culpa Mia
5. Piensa En Mi   13. Besando La Cruz
6. Se Murio La Cucaracha   14. Luis Pulido
7. Medalla De Dios   15. Amor Bonito
8. Contestacion A "Amor Que Malo Eres"   16. Flores Negras
  17. Pero Ay Que Triste