Album Review

a Orillas Del Magdalena [coll] – [Domino Sound]

Grizzly Adam   2/1/2012   12-inch, International

Accordion on every track, it’s Cumbia with that great bass back beat. An anthology of Colombia Cumbia 1955-1975 this label reissues from the catalog of Discos Fuentes. 2-3 Minute songs. The Women narrate Evil, Loss, Decision Stories, while men seem to narrate what tend to be combinations of reckless abandon like drink, culture like dance, love like a lady, and stories that call one to action or work and consider consequence for example. A1 Spanish Dancehall, man chorus, A2 Some of my favorite accordion riffs and some man narration, A3 Men lead lyric and female/male chorus, A4 A very beautiful melody, A5 Festival! Street party favorite, A6 Tango guitar and more favorite riffs for accordion, Female singer, B1 Woman narration, ehPA ehPA ehPA an’dalee. B2 Man narration, pace ala black Orpheus, and doesn’t really begin or end, B3 Silly, a little polka; this is how Mexico makes them too, B6, Whoya Uwa Whuya, something like phonetic melodies. The Spanish is all clean.
-Eveningly Infinitely Wipes Scrub Sonny Atoms Grizzly Adam

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