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Album Review

Fonovisa Records has described as this 2007 release as a 25th anniversary CD for los Rieleros del Norte, which means that the long-running norteño group would have been formed in 1982. However, 1979 — not 1982 — has often been cited as the year in which los Rieleros' original lineup first got together in Pecos, TX. So if 1979 was the year of los Rieleros' formation, Ven y Dime ("Come and Tell Me") would actually be a 28th anniversary CD. At any rate, Ven y Dime is a fine addition to their catalog. After so many years in the trenches, it isn't hard for some groups to become bored. But there are no signs of boredom on Ven y Dime — not at all. Los Rieleros sound as enthusiastic and as focused as ever on this 37-minute disc, tackling polkas ("Mi Linda Tierra," "Defiendeme," "Un Juego," "Leña al Fuego") and a few corridos ("El 3 Dedos," "Vengo a Llevarme a Esa Joven"), as well as Tex-Mex-style cumbia ("Muñeca Preciosa"). Meanwhile, "Pena en Cuesta Arriba" is a textbook example of regional Mexican music incorporating doo wop harmonies. Many times, regional Mexican groups that incorporate doo wop are doing so in an overtly Latin pop fashion; that happens not only in norteño, but in banda and duranguense as well (not to mention grupero and Tejano). But on Ven y Dime, los Rieleros never sound like a group that plays "norteño for people who don't like norteño." They are a hardcore norteño group, not a crossover norteño group. That outlook has been serving them well for many years and continues to serve them well on the engaging Ven y Dime.

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Formed: 1979 in Pecos, TX

Genre: Regional Mexicano

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

Since the '80s, los Rieleros del Norte have been one of the top bands in traditional Mexican music. Their specialty is norteño, an exuberant, often sentimental style that is also known as conjunto or Tex-Mex. Norteño is the Spanish word for "northern" and Mexicans refer to norteño/conjunto as "musica del norte" (music of the north) because it was created north of the Mexican border -- Texas, to be exact. Those who aren't into Mexican music may not be familiar with terms like norteño, conjunto, or...
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