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Trini Lopez at PJ's Live


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Track Listings 1. A-me-ri-ca 2. If I Had A Hammer 3. Bye Bye Blackbird 4. Cielito Lindo 5. This Land Is Your Land 6. What'd I Say 7. La Bamba 8. Granada 9. Medley: Gotta Travel On 10. Down By The Riverside 11. Marianne 12. When The Saints Go Marching In 13. Volare 14. Unchain My Heart

1. A-me-ri-ca
2. If I Had A Hammer
3. Bye Bye Blackbird
4. Cielito Lindo
5. This Land Is Your Land
6. What'd I Say
7. La Bamba
8. Granada
9. Medley: Gotta Travel On
10. Down By The Riverside
11. Marianne
12. When The Saints Go Marching In
13. Volare
14. Unchain My Heart

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B00005MHUJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,099 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on March 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
With the release of this album in April 1963 Trini Lopez became one of the more unusual singing stars of the Folk Revival. "Trini Lopez at PJ's" made it to #2 on the Billboard charts and stayed in the Top 40 for about a year while the single "If I Had a Hammer" became Lopez's first hit. Lopez was actually the singer and guitar player for a folk trio that had Dick Brant on bass and Mickey Jones on drums. A key part of this album is that it is a live performance, which played to Lopez's strengths as an infectious and likeable performer. Not that Lopez was an overnight sensation. Buddy Holly had tried to get Lopez signed with his label, but prejudice against his ethnicity killed that deal and it was not until Frank Sinatra signed Lopez to his personal label, Reprise, that Lopez was able to record his first album under his own name.
Lopez's reputation as a folk singer was made on the strength of "If I Had a Hammer," which eventually sold five million copies and made it to #1 in over two-dozen countries around the world. A fair share of the songs here are indeed folk songs, such as as "This Land Is Your Land" and his medley of "Gotta Travel On" and "Down by the Riverside," but Lopez also plays on his Latin heritage by doing "A-Me-Ri-Ca" from "West Side Story," his own versions of "La Bamba" (the song that greets you at Lopez's official website), "Cielito Lindo," and "Granada." He even throws in a little Ray Charles by covering "What'd I Say." The common denominator for all these songs is Lopez's high energy.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2000
Format: Audio CD
As a child in the 60's, I fondly remember listening to my parent's Trini Lopez albums. By the time I was old enough to play them myself, they had the familar scratching sounds that almost all our records had! When I was in college in the late seventies, I still had this great desire to listen to Trini Lopez. I went to all the resale shops in town and bought all the old Trini albums I could find! Years later, we now have the luxury of capturing Trini at his best on CD! I never thought the day would come that I could find Trini Lopez on a clear CD! Trini Lopez at PJ's brings back all the cherished memories of my childhood. Now when I listen to the CD, I imagine the PJ patrons sipping their drinks and clinking their glasses to the Latin beat. Yes, we have many new Latin-style singers, but none can compare to Trini's combination of Folk, Latin, and pure fun. No one can sing Bye Bye Blackbird the way Trini can. If you have Trini memories, this CD is a must!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Kay on September 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The one constant thought that crosses my mind when listening to Live at PJ's is how I wanted to be in that audience; to soak up that 1960's nightclub atmosphere. A place where gin, bourbon and cigarettes ruled and no one was ordering Skye Vodka or drinking French wine. This is Trini Lopez at his early and hungry best, before the horns, the orchestra, overproduction, time and big money combined to clutter up his clean and unique sound. This is raw, energetic, live music at its best with just a guitar, bass and drums and no toys in between to mess up the signal. You can hear the obviously well-lubricated crowd drowning out Trini when they join in on the refrains and screaming "one more time" again and again as they clearly enjoy a night they will never forget. This was entertainment before the smoking nazis and health police forever destroyed the classic nightclub scene.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By STORCH on February 14, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For Trini Lopez fans, this is Trini at his absolute best. On this CD, you can hear the audience keeping time to Trini's tunes with their cocktail glasses, fists and feet. If you love Trini Lopez, this is a must have!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Dequesada on September 30, 2006
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In my opinion this was Trini Lopez most popular album of his entire career. Recorded live in 1962 during one of Trini's memorable performances at PJs in Texas, and released by Frank Sinatra's "Reprise" label, this CD a must have for all Trini Lopez and rock music (with tex-mex music influence) fans. In my opinion, the crown jewels of this recorded live performance are definitely the old time hit classics "America" and "If I Had a Hammer". This album includes its original Lp cover and also offers memorable bonus tracks which makes its purchase mandatory for all those of us who remember listening and dancing to it when it was released during 1963 and long after that. Its a wonderful thing that those who think likewise released it on CD format therefore making it possible for us to keep enjoying it today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "suzi_palamino" on March 1, 2001
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Live album's don't always work, but this one certainly does. Trini & his band put in an amazing performance, impassioned but always professional, but where this recording really scores over others is in the sound recording. It's not a technical masterpiece but is done with real love for the music, the performer and the venue. Put simply: fix yourself a cocktail, close your eyes, and you're right there! Wonderful songs, brilliantly performed, this whole record crackles with atmosphere. I defy anyone to listen to this and not at least momentarily project themselves into the PJ's of the early 1960's.
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