Los Fabulocos

Los Fabulocos

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Tex-Mex is a recognized subgenre of Americana that features rocking blues mixed with accordion and R&B. Los Fabulocos, however, refer to their music as Cali-Mex, yet the only difference between the two seems to be the state referenced in the prefix. Led by the accordion and vocals of ex-Blazers Jesus Cuevas, this is all very much in the vein of Sir Doug Sahm with the primary difference being Kid Ramos' driving guitar replacing Augie Meyers' pulsing keyboards. It's a colorful stew that never disappoints, even if it isn't as unhinged as you might expect from the "loco" in their name. Imagine a combination of the Fabulous Thunderbirds (with whom Ramos played) and the Hacienda Brothers and you're close to the soulful sound of this quartet. Cuevas is a good but not great vocalist who tries his best yet just doesn't have a distinctive or powerful enough voice to push these songs over the top. For his part, Ramos sure has the chops, but primarily stays in the background adding flavor, only occasionally taking the spotlight. When he does step it up with reverb-heavy picking on the hot sauce instrumental "Burning the Chicken," it's a taste of what we're missing on the rest of the disc. Clearly he is here as support for the Texican approach of the group, which features the accordion of Cuevas more than Ramos' bluesy guitar. The set is a solid mix of originals and covers, the latter providing the disc's highlights. Tunes from Huey "Piano" Smith ("Educated Fool"), Rockin' Dopsie ("You Ain't Nothin' But Fine," also famously done by the Thunderbirds), Clifton Chenier ("All Night Long") and Lloyd Price ("Just Because") jump out due to their familiarity and strong performances. But Cuevas' originals, such as the midtempo "If You Know" and the bluesy romp "Day After Day," are nearly as good. Fans of the style will flock to this since there just isn't much Tex, err Cali-Mex music made these days, especially with the talent of this lineup. It sounds to be live in the studio, but you get the feeling that Los Fabulocos' home is really on-stage and this is only a warm-up for a typically sweaty show.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2008
Label: Delta Groove Prod
UPC: 0850021001278
catalogNumber: 125
Rank: 116504

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fabulocos   Primary Artist
Eddie Baytos   Percussion
John Bazz   Upright Bass
Richard Innes   Drums
Lorenzo Martinez   Drums
Jesus "El Gordo" Cuevas   Accordion,Vocals,Button Accordion,Group Member
Kid Ramos   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,spanish guitar,Bajo Sexto,Guitar (Baritone)
Ron Felton   Percussion
Mikel Molina   Drums,Group Member
Mike Molina   Drums
James Barrios   Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping

Technical Credits

Clifton Chenier   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Johnny Burnette   Composer
Randy Chortkoff   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
David Z.   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Rumel Fuentes   Composer
Floyd Soileau   Composer
Sidney Semien   Composer
Samuel Morales   Composer
Jesus "El Gordo" Cuevas   Composer
Gene Maltais   Composer
Ron Dziubla   Engineer
Mortimer   Composer
David Ramos   Composer
Jim Hanft   Artwork
Joshua Temkin   Artwork

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