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Mando and the Chili Peppers - Rock 'N Roll On The Roaddotdot
artworkAce has put together some fine reissues... some, hell they nearly rule the market! Anyway, this is a collection of singles and eps from Mando and the Chili Peppers out of the Golden Crest archives. This band was an example of the fifties Mexican rock band, perhaps among the earliest of the Tex-Mex genre. Some tracks are very cool, foreshadowing the rise of brilliant bands like Jim Doval and the Gauchos. Lots of fun here. There are two instros, one in the northwest style, and one early Tex-Mex.
Picks: Congo Mombo, Boppin' The Rock

Track by Track Review


Congo Mombo dotdotdotdot
Northwest Rock (Instrumental)

1957 saw this cool track issued from the Golden Crest label, in relatively good sound, and with an unusual structure. The guitar is a tasty blend of styles over really great tribal drums. Pretty snazzy track.

Boppin' The Rock dotdotdot
Tex Mex (Vocal)

Great accordion instrumental from Mando Almendarez as a solo artist. Bouncy and infectious. Not really melodic, but a sure fire party favor.