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Mtv Unplugged Los Tigres Del Norte & Friends

4.4 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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The group was started by Jorge Hernández, his brothers, and his cousins. They began recording after moving to San Jose, California in the late 1960s, when all the members were still in their teens. They were sponsored by a local record company, Discos Fama, owned by an Englishman named Art Walker, who took them under his wing and helped them find jobs and material, as well as recording all of their early albums.

The Tigres were at first only locally popular, but took off after Jorge and Art Walker heard a Los Angeles mariachi singer perform a song in the early 1970s about a couple of drug runners, Emilio Varela and Camelia la Texana. There had been occasional ballads (corridos, in Mexican terminology) about the cross-border drug trade ever since Prohibition in the 1920s, but never a song as cinematic as this, featuring a woman smuggler who shoots the man and takes off with the money. After getting permission to record this song, Los Tigres del Norte released "Contrabando y Traición" ("Contraband and Betrayal") in 1974. The song quickly hit on both sides of the border, inspired a series of movies, and kicked off one of the most remarkable careers in Spanish-language pop music.

In Norteño/conjunto form (a style featuring accordion that originated along the Texas border region), Los Tigres del Norte have been able to portray "real life" in a manner that strikes a chord with people across the Americas. Many of their most popular songs consist of tales or corridos about life, love, and the struggle to survive in an imperfect world. They regularly touch on the subject of narcotics and illegal immigration, but they have also shared stories of love and betrayal between a man and a woman. Together, the band and its public has turned norteño music into an international genre. The band has modernized the music, infusing it with bolero, cumbia, rock rhythms, waltzes, as well as effects of machine guns and sirens integrated with the music.

The band has won five Latin Grammy Awards and sold 32 million records.

On January 9th, 2007, Los Tigres del Norte was honored as a BMI Icon at the 14th annual BMI Latin Awards. Los Tigres, who were saluted that evening with an all-star musical tribute, were being honored as BMI Icons for their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." They joined an elite list that includes such Latin music giants as Juan Luis Guerra and Carlos Santana.

They have performed before the United States Armed Forces in Japan and South Korea

In 2010, the band made headlines by joining in a massive international boycott of the US State of Arizona, in response to the state's new and controversial Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fonovisa Inc.
  • ASIN: B004V7XW94
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,004 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ever since I was a little kid I have always admired Los Tigres del Norte. Growing up listening to so many artists and genres, every chance I get I pop in one of their cd's just to board the time machine and enjoy the true Norteño feeling they impregnate us with. But this is a band that is constantly vanguard and evolving musically; their lenghty trayectory and this project prove it! Yes, there was a big production behind this show, but at the end of the day is these five guys and their instruments who face the crowd and prove to us what they do best, play great music. The arrangements on all the songs in this gem cd/dvd (with the exception of the last track) are priceless. Special honrable mention on #5 "mi buena suerte" with Diego Torres. Great catchy stripped sound. The sound on this unplugged is how every UNPLUGGED show should sound. RAW & BEAUTIFUL. Their acoustic versions here sound way better than the original versions. The richer and deeper sound stands out and provides more feeling compared to their radio play. Diego Torres and Andres Calamaro just gained a new fan with me, as I'm sure fans from the rest of the invited artists will jump on the Los Tigres del Norte wagon from now on as well. Only one complaint. Why only 12 songs? When Tigres and Co. have the means to produce way more material from their extensive repertoire. A message to the producers...Can't wait for BRONCO Unplugged. Another great Norteño band with genius musicianship, the perfect ingredient for an UNPLUGGED.
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I actually purchased this for My Mom and she loved it. She is 81 years old and
from San Antonio Texas. She is responsible for my Good taste in Latin Music.
I will continue to purchase Latin Music because of my Parents.
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I love it, Los Tigres del norte made a great choice to sing with those singers, they gave an excellent opportunity to all those singers to explore musica nortena .
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Very high quality on both the audio and video production and the guest artists were amazing. I would highly recommend this for anyone who enjoys this band.
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Enjoyed every song performed in this production. Wish I had been present, but I have a great recod of singers with Los Tigres del Norte.
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I bought this Cd for my self and I like all the songs that it had. You will not regret it and especially for the price I got it for.
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fantastic co-preformers. Listen to it all the time. It's just as much fun listening to album as it was to watch them preform.
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Love the CD, play it at home and in the car. Feels like being in Mexico again! Came promptly with no hassels.
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