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As part of Universal's 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection, the 12-track Best of El Chicano disc highlights the group's best-known material released in the early to mid-'70s. While the group has often been compared to Santana, they were a much tighter outfit, bypassing extended jams and sticking closely to their combined roots of soul, salsa, and Latin jazz. Beyond their two genre-defining hit singles, "Brown-Eyed Girl" (1972) and "Tell Her She's Lovely" (1973), the collection includes such album tracks as "Viva Tirado," "The Latin One," and "Juntos," mixed with boogaloo-tinged Latin jazz written by Tito Puente, Herbie Hancock, and Ray Barretto. Along with Cannibal & the Headhunters and the Premiers, el Chicano were among the first generation of Hispanic rockers to gain national attention and break out of the local East Los Angeles scene of the '60s and '70s. It's encouraging that their music is finally being given the proper attention it deserves.

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Finally!! El Chicano on CD!!

The music is about 35 years old. But it is also timeless. Chicano has a latin jazz influence with more pure spanish roots than even Santana. The music is about half and half vocal/instrumental with all of it being very good. Give this CD or any of The El Chicano CD's listed on I-Tunes a chance. Great music you will be glad you own.


My Nino Leonard Padilla was buddys with Popeye, when I was a kid. My Nino Died, long time ago, But when I hear El Chicano , My Nino Memories Lives On ....Miss Him . I did get to meet the band in Hacienda Hieghts when I was 15 years old, at a Party For CINCO, tell her shes Lovely was just hitting the Charts....... Play On Guys

El Chicano: No Christmas Music!

Until iTunes fixes the typo, disregard them calling this CD "The Christmas Collection"! It's actually "The Millennium Collection" and it's a great collection of El Chicano's hits.


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock y Alternativo

Years Active: '70s, '90s

Over the years, El Chicano has often been compared to Santana and, to be sure, there are a lot of parallels. Both are from California (although different parts of the state), both are led by Mexican-Americans, both have recorded in English as well as in Spanish, and both have favored a very eclectic and unpredictable mixture of rock, soul, funk, jazz, blues, and Afro-Cuban salsa. Further, there is no getting around the fact that El Chicano (whose Spanish name means "the Chicano" or "the Mexican-American")...
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