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Border Wave

Sir Douglas Quintet

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How someone as old wave as Doug Sahm hooked into the new wave of the 80s is not exactly so mysterious if one examines the rich stylistic makeup of the Sir Douglas Quintet repertoire, and how so many of these grooves were finding their way into the sounds of the so-called new wave era. This album was put together as a partial result of Sahm's efforts to revive his group during those times, one that led to an increased touring and release schedule. It all turns out better than expected in the case of this session, which is beautifully recorded and played and features not only good Sahm tunes — some old and some new — but a refreshing brace of cover tunes from Ray Davies to Butch Hancock. Needless to say, Sahm makes each tune his own and is in fine vocal form. The remake of "Revolutionary Ways" is terrific, but the real showstopper is "Old Habits Die Hard," another entry in the long list of cooking rock songs that sound like they should have been hits — and that in reality nobody has ever heard of.

Biography

Formed: 1964 in Houston, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Arguably the greatest and most influential Tex-Mex group ever, the Sir Douglas Quintet epitomized Texas' reputation as a fertile roots music melting pot and established the career of Tex-Mex cult legend Doug Sahm. The Quintet mixed country, blues, jazz, R&B, Mexican conjunto/norteño music, Cajun dances, British Invasion rock & roll, garage rock, and even psychedelia into a heady stew that could only have come from Texas. Although they went largely underappreciated during their existence (mostly...
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