Various Artists

Historia Musical Norteña

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Latin music is really the final frontier when it comes to authoritative releases -- fans are left to wade through the vast discographies of hundreds of artists over the course of a century of music with very little help from labels or critics. Univision, the American broadcasting giant, attempted to rectify the situation with the 2004 release Historia Musical Norteña. A musical grab bag of recent norteño favorites, the disc does include a lot of worthy music -- los Tiranos del Norte ("Hasta la Miel Amarga"), los Cadetes de Linares ("No Hay Novedad"), los Cardenales de Nuevo Leon ("Compre una Cantina"), and los Originales de San Juan ("El Jardinero").

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