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Ritchie Valens - The Best Ofdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a compilation of the cream of the Valens crop. He was just on the verge of monsterdom in 1959 when he died along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper while traveling on tour. His raw energy and magnetic appeal were unmistakable from his sessions. Richie Valens' name was shortened by Del-Fi from Valensuela to overcome fears of a stigma from the Mexican name.
Picks: Malaguena, Fast Freight

Track by Track Review


Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Surf Flamenco (Instrumental)

This is delightful. Ritchie Valens is accompanied by a piano player tat is unidentified. It's also unclear whether it is really Valens or session guitarist Rene Hall on the axe.

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Latino Rock (Instrumental)

This track has little or nothing to do with surf, but on the other hand, it is a fine rhythmic instro from one of the truly great losses to the rock world. Richie Valens' name was shortened by Del-Fi from Valensuela) to overcome fears of a stigma from the Mexican name. His raw energy and magnetic appeal were unmistakable from his sessions. This track has plenty of his flair, and while not very melodic, and void of any surfisms, it holds attention throughout with it's shear innocent excitement.