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VARIOUS- TRIBUTE TO DOUG SAHM

SAVE YOUR SOUL

2009-04-15

The late, great Doug Sahm was a musical juke box of sorts playing everything from British Invasion style pop as epitomized by his 1965 hit, "She’s About a Mover", to Country, Rock, Tex-Mex, blues and a side of Psychedelic Cowboy thrown in for good measure. This heartfelt tribute by roots rock “A” listers collects songs from every stage of his career including his solo releases and stints with the Sir Douglas Quintet, Freda & the Firedogs (featuring Marcia Ball) and the Texas Tornadoes. Highlights include Alejandro Escovedo’s rocking rework of "Too Little Too Late", which has a bit of an Elvis Costello snarl to it, Flaco Jimeniz and the West Side Horn’s Tex-Mex groover, "Ta Bueno Compadre (It’s Ok Friend)", Dave Alvin’s honky-tonk take on "Dynamite Woman", Delbert McClinton’s straight country take on "Texas Me", Freda and the Firedog’s soulful, "Be Real", Terry Allen’s rootsy "I’m Not That Kat Anymore", Joe “King” Carrasco & the Texas Tornados’ reprise of the Tornados’ 1990 hit "Adios Mexico" and Sahm’s son Shawn’s dead on version of "Mendocino" which, as in the original, is driven by Augie Myer’s timeless Vox organ. Dig this then go buy the originals. Smitty

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