Grupo Montéz de Durango

En Vivo Desde Chicago

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A romping, stomping, triumphant summation of Grupo Montez's first decade as one of the premier Norteno outfits to tour the United States, EN VIVO DESDE CHICAGO is as much fun to listen to as it must have been to experience firsthand. This collection of well-known hits, including "Pasito Duranguense" and "Colonia Hidalgo, Durango Querido," was recorded with the band at full tilt in front of an adoring home crowd, overseen by an exuberant MC--the group's founder, Jose Luis Terrazas.

Terrazas and company tear their way through a catalog that includes the breakout hit "Lagrimas De Cristal," pausing for breath only on the mellow "Hoy Empieza Mi Tristeza," which finds the band in an uncharacteristically reflective mood. Manic percussion, booming tuba two-steps, and boundless energy characterize this wild, celebratory live performance, which should net the group a host of new fans on both sides of the border.

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