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Mexico

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Top session bass player Bob Moore (he led Roy Orbison's band on Roy's Monument sessions) hit paydirt with his 1960 album of Latin-flavored instrumentals, here augmented by half a dozen bonus tracks! Includes the hit Mexico , plus La Paloma; Nuevo Laredo; Mexicali Rose; Vaya con Dios , and more.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mexico
  2. South Of The Border (Down Mexico Way)
  3. La Paloma
  4. Cielito Lindo
  5. Nuevo Laredo
  6. My Adobe Hacienda
  7. El Picador
  8. Ninita Linda
  9. Blue Tango
  10. Heart Of Gold
  11. Mexicali Rose
  12. Vaya Con Dios
  13. (Theme From ) My Three Sons
  14. Hot Spot
  15. Autumn Souvenirs (The Four Seasons)
  16. Flowers Of Florence
  17. Cologne
  18. Hooten Trumpet


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 5, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collectables
  • ASIN: B00000093N
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,416 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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THIS CD BY BOB MOORE IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. 18 TRACKS OF MEXICAN FLAVOURED INSTRUMENTALS. THERE IS OFCOURSE "MEXICO", HIS ONLY HIT (& A TOP TEN, AT THAT), PLUS OTHER GREAT INSTRUMENTALS THAT IS GUARANTEED TO GET YOU OFF THE COUCH & DANCING UP A STORM. WITH AN ALBUM LIKE THIS, WHO NEEDS VOCALS?
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This classic MOR disc was made during the Eisenhower administration and has remained in print ever since. Bob Moore is the original Nashville sideman (double bass) and you already unwittingly own many of his recordings, familiar classic albums by Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Roger Miller and George Strait. With Fred Foster, Moore founded Monument Records, and in a discreetly modest way he has remained as influential in Nashville as Don Law, Owen Bradley or Chet Atkins. For Monument's fledgling MOR line Moore assembled top Nashville studio pickers, names we'd recognize, and a scrawny string section into this "Bob Moore Orchestra." It was 1960 and straight out of the chutes Moore had a runaway hit with the catchy title original, driven by twin trumpets playing in unison and a hotshot drummist.

Young mogul-to-be Herb Alpert clearly was influenced by this release, because his early albums mimic the warm Moore/Monument Nashville ambience. Moore, still in his twenties when "Mexico" went viral, had himself been influenced by Billy Vaughn's 1958 bestseller LA PALOMA; Moore substitutes faux-mariachi twin trumpets for Vaughn's twin saxes, and Moore gets less somnolent results on proprietary Vaughn Mexicana such as "Paloma," "Mexicali rose" and "Blue tango." Boots Randolph unmistakably pops up in several signature solos, notably on the nutty "El picador" and on the bonus tracks "My three sons" and "Autumn souvenirs" which sounds exactly like the greatest single Billy Vaughn never made. This is great good-natured musical fun all around; do not miss it. Even authentic mariachis, and Herb Alpert, must admire it for the precision of the virtuoso Nashville trumpeters. (The fiddlers haven't the expertise of Vaughn's smooth L.A. operators, but in Nashville they saw away in an isolation booth, and their rough edges add to the bordertown feel.)
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Bob Loyce Moore, born in Nashville on November 30, 1932, and one of the all-time best session bassists (Life magazine named him the number one in 1994), is one of those legitimate One-Hit Wonders whose career simply doesn't bear out membership in that ignominious club. Sure, his only nationally-charted single was the instrumental Mexico, which became a # 1 Adult Contemporary and # 7 Billboard Pop Hot 100 in August/September 1961 on Monument 446 b/w Hot Spot, but he was an integral part of so many other smash hits by the likes of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Marty Robbins, Roger Miller (that's his bass that opens King Of The Road), Connie Francis, Burl Ives and, to show his diversity in musical styles, Quincy Jones, Sammy Davis, Jr., Julie Andrews, Andy Williams, Wayne Newton Flatt & Scruggs and Bob Dylan, plus too many more to mention.

In 1959 he became musical director for Bob Foster and Baltimore DJ Buddy Deane's Washington D.C.-based Monument Records, and that label got off to a great start hen their first record, Gotta Travel On, became a smash hit for Billy Grammer. He also formed the Bob Moore Orchestra and, in addition to backing most of the label's stars, including the great Roy Orbison, he began to release the odd single here and there himself, starting in 1959 with The Theme From "My Three Sons"/Mais Oui on Monument 406. It didn't chart, but when Lawrence Welk covered it in 1961 for Dot, Monument re-released Moore's version as Monument 437, losing out to the Welk rendition which finished at # 55 Hot 100. Then came the above-mentioned Mexico, which led to the 1961 album Bob Moore & His Orchestra Play Mexico (Monument MLP-8008/SM-14005), which contained both sides of his hit plus My Three Sons.
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I am so elated that I ordered this CD. I remember all the songs especially the one
that struck a chord with me. MEXICO. I was around 8 years old when this song was
playing on the radio. What childhood memories I have. I listen to the CD all the
time in my car. Great choice of songs.
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Such wonderful melodies! I can't believe someone hasn't tried a remake of this music---although there are just some things that cannot be improved!
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By J. Pour on February 25, 2015
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I like it. Really good for creating a south-of-the border ambience. Well played pop instrumental music. A number of very familiar and likable tunes.
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