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The Best of Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975

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This Texas roots-rock treasure blended blues, country and rock 'n' roll. Here are 22 favorites, key album cuts and unissued tunes: Mendocino; Is Anybody Going to San Antone; Be Real; In the Dark; Nuevo Laredo , and more!

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The British Invasion of the mid-1960s was so pervasive that it didn't take much more than a modified pudding-bowl haircut and appending "Sir" to your name to make a substantial portion of the record-buying public think you were one of those hip, loyal-to-the-crown blokes just then dominating the airwaves. But "Sir Douglas" was actually Texan Doug Sahm, and the Quintet owed less to the Beatles than to Tex-Mex border sounds--the hybrid of rock, country, and conjunto that Sahm seemingly absorbed like a sponge. This collection picks up after their early regional successes (and the shuffling gem "She's About a Mover"), spanning the period from their national breakthrough, "Mendocino" (with its sparkling Farfisa organ fills by Augie Meyers) through the mid-'70s. In between, Sahm and company mirrored the hippie-driven musical eclecticism of the era in his own idiosyncratic way. In fact, the music herein is the roots of Sahm and Meyers's beloved Texas Tornados, as attested by tracks like "Nuevo Laredo," "Let's Go to Mexico," and "Texas Tornado." If joyous musical border-hopping is your pleasure, look no further. --Jerry McCulley

1. Mendocino
2. Sunday Sunny Mill Valley Groove Day
3. I'm Glad For Your Sake (But I'm Sorry For Mine)
4. Texas Me
5. You Never Get Too Big And You Sure don't Get Too Heavy, That You Don't Have To Stop And Pay Some...
6. Song Of Everything
7. Catch The Man On The Rise
8. At The Crossroads
9. In The Dark
10. Nuevo Laredo
11. I Wanna Be Your Mama Again
12. I Don't Want To Go Home
13. Be Real
14. Papa Ain't Salty
15. The Gypsy
16. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
17. Michoacan
18. Westside Blues Again
19. (Is Anybody Going To) San Antone
20. Texas Tornado
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 14, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001FYT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,923 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David Kinney on January 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Picture this ya'll ; a hippie minivan chopped and channeled lowriding with a '68 Camaro Z-28 front end welded onto it cruising through the Texas border country with a T-Bone Walker-Flaco Jimenez compilation 8 track blasting from the oversize rear speakers. Still with me? I hope so. Of course you'd wanna be along for that ride! Well this is as close as you're gonna get. No compilation short of 10 CDs is gonna capture the magic that was the late great Doug Sahm, but here's a great place to start. From the opening notes on Augie Meyer's Vox organ intro to "Mendocino", through the twin fiddle fun of "Is Anybody Goin' To San Antone",on past naive hippie experiments and honest to god Texas rhythm and blues, Sir Doug was the real deal. His passing last year left a real credibility gap in what passes for American roots music these days. You owe it to yourself to check this man out. When an Okie wishes he was a Texan....well, then some kind of transcendence has taken place. Doug Sahm is that good. Bless ya Doug, and thanks.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jimi Dominguez on April 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are varying opinions as to what exactly is "The Sound of Texas", musically speaking. Is it the prototypical rock & roll of Buddy Holly & the Crickets, the psychedelia of the 13th Floor Elevators, or is it the Texas Boogie of ZZ Top? Is it the rich Texas blues tradition of Robert Johnson (his recording sessions took place in San Antonio & Dallas), T-Bone Walker, Freddie King, Albert Collins, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Lightnin' Hopkins, Johnny Winter, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, or is it the Western Swing of Bob Wills? Is it the classic country of Willie Nelson, or is it the classic country of Townes Van Zant? Is it the conjunto of Flaco Jimenez, or is it the conjunto of Steve Jordan? Is it the virtuosity of a Van Cliburn rendition of Rachmaninov's 3rd Piano Concerto, or is it Joe Ely's hard partyin' South Plains rockabilly? The truth is that all are concrete examples of the many "sounds" of Texas (notice the plural). However, if there is one specific artist who conveys the myriad Lone Star musical styles, mixes them and serves them up big with loads of Texas flavor like a pound of "carne asada con arroz y frijoles" and lots of salsa & tortillas not to mention an ice cold bottle of Pearl beer, then it's gotta be the late great Doug Sahm.
THE BEST OF DOUG SAHM & THE SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET is a remarkable compilation. If your a newbie to this San Antonio native's artistic genius, then this is the collection you'll want to start out with. It gathers the very best of Doug's golden era, 1968 - 1975. Although the Sir Douglas Quintet story actually begins in 1965 with the Tribe recording sessions produced by the Crazy Cajun Huey P.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By "marleyscott" on September 26, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD only because it was the only place to find most of the material from Doug's 1973 Atlantic recording Doug Sahm and The Band. That album featured the likes of David Bromberg, David "Fathead" Newman, Flaco Jiminez, Dr John and the infamous Robert Zimmerman. With a cast of legends such as this, it was nearly impossible to live up to the hype. However, I think that session produced more than it's share of standouts. Faded Love, San Antoine, Dealer's Blues and Dylan's great composition Wallflower are all praiseworthy.
I did find a copy of Doug Sahm and The Band reissued on the Edsel label. So it's out theresomewhere. Until then, look to this Rhino collection to fill in the gaps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jukebox Dave on July 30, 2012
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THE BEST OF DOUG SAHM & THE SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET 1968-1975: This fun-packed collection begins after the SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET's quirky Tex-Mex breakthrough hits SHE'S ABOUT A MOVER and THE RAINS CAME, picking up with their slinky comeback smash MENDICINO and 21 other succulent slabs slathered in feel-good country, RNB, and garage rock groove-ology. Between multi-genre genious DOUG SAHM's raw, reedy vocals, greasy guitar licks, and AUGIE MEYER's trademark cheesy organ stabs, the psychedelic YOU NEVER GET TOO BIG AND YOU SURE DON'T GET TOO HEAVY, spicey rave-up NUEVO LAREDO, and T-BONE WALKER's earthy PAPA AIN'T SALTY brim with uncompromising soul power. Cunning covers of FREDDY FENDER's legendary roadhouse weeper WASTED DAYS & WASTED NIGHTS and CHARLEY PRIDE's wistful IS ANYBODY GOING TO SAN ANTONE, plus SAHM's own rowdy workout I'M NOT THAT KAT ANYMORE sowed the seeds for SAHM and MEYER's later country supergroup THE TEXAS TORNADOS, a heaven-sent collaboration with FENDER himself and legendary conjunto accordianist FLACO JIMENEZ. Roots rock music this passionate and personal deserved to have lightning strike twice.

RATING: FIVE FARFISA ORGANS
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 1999
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Notwithstanding the fact that "She's about a mover" and some of their other early hits are left off, this Sir Douglas Quintet album is a fine collection of original recordings. If one can imagine country/western with a psychedelic, yes, sixties flavor, this is what it would sound like. Doug Sahm is still around himself, perhaps better known for the lively music he makes with Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, and the Texas Tornadoes; but this CD should not be left unbought. I was addicted upon my first hearing of "Mendocino" and "Nuevo Laredo," and I am still listening.
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