'Heard It On The X ' is the third album from the Grammy Award winning Los Super Seven project. Telarc. 2005.
This supergroup with ever-changing personnel (no longer limited to seven) is less a band than a bilingual concept and boundary-crossing vision. The third and most rambunctious release under the Los Super Seven banner takes its title from the ZZ Top
anthem celebrating the Mexican border radio of the 1950s and '60s. With the title track sung by Tejano mainstay Ruben Ramos
, the transgenerational duet on "Cupid" by Freddy Fender
and Rick Trevino
, and the alcohol-fueled mariachi of "The El Burro Song" performed by the Mavericks
' Raul Malo
(a ringer of Cuban descent), the Hispanic imprint on the project remains much in evidence. From the northern side of the musical border, Lyle Lovett
revives Bob Wills
's "My Window Faces the South," Rodney Crowell
renews Buddy Holly
's "Learning the Game," and Joe Ely
covers Holly acolyte Bobby Fuller
's "Let Her Dance."
Perhaps the album's dominant influence is that of the late Doug Sahm, whose Sir Douglas Quintet was a Tex-Mex trailblazer. Sahm's spirit is channeled here through two songs he wrote--"I'm Not that Kat (Anymore)," sung by John Hiatt, and the jazzy "The Song of Everything," performed by Raul Malo--and another one he recorded, "Talk to Me," given a soulful reading by Delbert McClinton. However wide the musical range, the results rarely fall short of super. --Don McLeese