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By the Hand of the Father

Alejandro EscovedoAudio CD
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"Musically, Alejandro Escovedo is in his own genre." David Fricke, Rolling Stone

Alejandro's whole life has pretty much been documented already and reads like a "How to Make Rock and Roll A Lifelong Profession" primer. Ground Zero punk rock dude with The Nuns (they opened for the Sex Pistols last show, you know), cowpunk progenitor in Rank and File, gutter ... Read more in Amazon's Alejandro Escovedo Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 14, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Texas Music Group
  • ASIN: B000065T22
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. By The Hand Of The Father Theme
2. Wave
3. Did You Tell Me?
4. Dos Hermanos/Two Brothers
5. Ballad Of The Sun And The Moon (with Rosie Flores)
6. Mexico Americano
7. Seven Years
8. Rosalie
9. Hard Road
10. 59 Years
11. Inside The Dance (with Pete Escovedo)
12. Cancion Mexico (with Ruben Ramos)
13. With These Hands
14. Silence
15. And Yet/Theme

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Not exactly Alejandro Escovedo's latest album, this is a partial documentation of a project he's been involved with for the past three years, an exploration of the dynamics of Mexican-American family life in words, music, and pictures. As a stage work, By the Hand of the Father has been performed all over North America to great acclaim, and from the evidence here, a lot of that has to be due to the music, some of which Escovedo fans will recognize from previous albums ("Wave," "Ballad of the Sun and the Moon," "With These Hands"). In addition to some new material, there are also a couple of more traditional Mexican songs ("Mexico Americano," "Cancion Mixteca"), and guest vocalists include Ruben Ramos, Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), and Rosie Flores. The spoken bits link the songs, and the whole thing should definitely whet your appetite to see the full show. This is not background music. --Ed Ward

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's up, Papa? April 29, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a beautiful collection reflecting the journey of various fathers who have passed through the experiences of the immigrant in this century. Highlighting a wide array of musical styles, the music reflects the sentiments of the stories being told. From the perspective of budding romance amidst war to the remonstrations from children to their father in later life, the disc shows the power of story to affect us. The telling of these family secrets allows a glimpse into the joys, difficulties and regrets of the members of the family. It's not always easy to experience, but the music is so rich that it is worth the trip. Plus, we may all learn from the mistakes of the father, learn to forgive him, and save ourselves from making the same mistakes. I, as a father and as a son, appreciate this. Taken as a whole, it is a love story that sounds great, too. Very inspiring. Felicidades, Alejandro y a todo y saludos a las familias!!!!!!!! I can't wait until you artists take this forum to other literature and music. There are plenty of stories out there!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Work November 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Amazing CD!!! A must have for all About Productions fans. I also highly recommend to those interested or searching for the early experiences of Mexican Americans/Chicanos in the United States. This is not a traditional historical material in the way anthropologist gather information but in my opinion a more important and rare source being a historical piece by way of how families/insiders have access to intimate knowledge.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! July 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I won tickets to this theater performance in Arcata, CA from a local radio station KHUM, and it just happened that my sister was coming up to visit that day. We had no idea what kind of a show we'd be seeing.


I had tears in my eyes by the end. Beautiful, passionate, exciting, and profound. I'm buying CDs for both my sister and me.I don't ever want to forget this music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart touching February 28, 2008
Format:Audio CD
"By the Hand of the Father" is a real joy to listen to. Sometimes music has all the same qualities of a fine novel. It's easy to read../the music is sensational/ It's well written../Top notch musicians/ and there is a story line that resonates with real life/..../you feel like you know the people in the song/....This album is a fine tribute to our brothers and sisters who grew up in the border lands. If you feel like they /Mexican Americans/ are just different than yourself, give this album a listen. Could change your mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hand of the Father September 13, 2012
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By the Hand of Father is a classic. It is a masterpiece! This is the album that should introduce you to Alejandro.
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