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By the Hand of the Father

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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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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


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 (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Kim Hewson on 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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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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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.

Wow!

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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