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The Sir Douglas Quintet’s frayed at the edges blend of rowdy Tex-Mex, deep southern soul, and liquor addled philosophizing has influenced everyone from Townes Van Zandt to Uncle Tupelo, and a whole host of latter day alt-country superstars in between. Those looking for proof of their greatness need only look to the music included on Hip-O-Select’s lovingly assembled Complete Mercury Recordings. Between 1968 and 1971 gifted Texas troubadour Doug Sahm led his ramshackle quintet through a host of albums for the Mercury/Smash label that dripped with post-flower child disillusionment and raucous musical camaraderie. Here they take a drunken ramble through British Invasion style rave-ups (“She’s About a Mover”), hardcore honky-tonk (“Be Real”) and straight-up soul (“Sixty Minutes of Your Love”) without missing a beat. The Sir Douglas Quintet has served as an inspiration to musical talents great and small, but few of their followers have been able to recapture the audacious eclecticism and homegrown country-soul exhibited on these early recordings.

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I'm trying to find the original "She's About a Mover", but it's only available as part of the soundtrack for "Boys with Cars". or something like that. The version of "She's..., etc." on this album is ok, but it doesn't have the guts of the original.


Sir Douglas [Doug Sahm, R.I.P.] loved sloppy Tex-Mex music. This box set is a little sloppy too: transposing the titles for "Linda Lou" and "Dynamite Woman" [album version]. They also don't deign to tell us the differences between the multiple versions of the same titles being offered; I had to find out that one of the versions of "Medocino" was in SPANISH all on my own. But this does appear to be ALL the Smash-label recordings of Sir Douglas. Too bad the earlier hits on the Tribe label [like "She's About a Mover" and "The Rains Came"] could not be included.

Great place to get some SDQ online

Thanks to the wonderful folks at Itunes now you can treat yourself to the musical delights of Doug Sahm and the Sir Douglas Quintet one tune at a time. Try one or two songs, perhaps hits like "Mendocino" or "Dynamite Woman," and then feast on the musical variety from one of Texas' greastest musicians ever. Like Lay's chips, you can't just have one track.


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 in...
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