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Album Review

Lovers of jazz, cabaret, and traditional pop often speak of the Great American Songbook — that is, all the classic songs that George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and others brought to New York City's Tin Pan Alley. And in Mexico and the southwestern part of the United States, there is a different but equally rich treasure chest of material that should be called "the Great Mexican Songbook." José Alfredo Jiménez (who was arguably the Antonio Carlos Jobim of Mexico), Felipe Valdés Leal, Pepe Guízar, and other Mexican songwriters gave listeners a wealth of time-honored standards that continue to receive a great deal of attention from mariachi, ranchera, banda, norteño, duranguense, and tierra caliente artists. In fact, the Great Mexican Songbook is exactly what Los Tigres del Norte pay tribute to on Raíces. Unlike the mariachi bands that play standards exclusively, this norteño powerhouse is hardly a cover band or a repertory act; many of the songs that they are best known for (such as "Contrabando y Traición," "La Reina del Sur," "La Juala de Oro," and "La Banda del Carro Rojo") became famous after Los Tigres recorded them. But on this 2008 release, Los Tigres savor the pleasures of a standards-oriented approach for a change — and that means embracing several songs by Jiménez (including "No Me Amenaces," "Tu Recuerdo y Yo," "El Rey," and "El Hijo del Pueblo") as well as Leal's "Rumbo al Sur" and Guízar's "Sin Ti." These songs have been performed in many different musical settings over the years, but on Raíces, the Great Mexican Songbook is always approached as hardcore norteño — and even though they are recording very familiar songs, Los Tigres always sound distinctive on this pleasing addition to their catalog.

Customer Reviews

Los Tigres son lo maximo!

Este album nuevo de los Tigres esta buenisimo!!! Trae canciones viejitas pero buenas. Son canciones que traen muchos recuerdos y son canciones que nunca pasaran de moda, ademas que ahora estan al estilo norteno e inigualable de los Jefes de Jefes. Rumbo al Sur, Mi Gusto Es y El Rey son mis favoritas. Se los recomiendo!!! Arriba Los Tigres!


Pues este disco me encanta porque nos trae recuerdos a mucha gente y pues estas grandes canciones nunca deben de ser olvidadas! Well I love this CD because it brings back so many memories to many people and well these huge songs should never be forgotten!


Nothing really new here, but nothing really bad. It's a pretty good CD and it deserves a listen.


Formed: San Jose, CA

Genre: Música Mexicana

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No norteño act is more renowned than Los Tigres del Norte, a group of Mexican-American brothers based in California who began their recording career in the early '70s and enjoyed widespread acclaim over the following decades, recording regularly for Fonovisa Records from the '80s onward. The group is centered on lead vocalist and accordionist Jorge Hernández (the oldest of 11 children), who is joined in Los Tigres by his brothers Hernán (bass, vocals), Eduardo (accordion, saxophone, bass, vocals),...
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Raíces, Los Tigres del Norte
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Música Mexicana, Music, Latino
  • Released: Jan 01, 2008

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