Various Artists

Agarron Drango vs. Tierra Caliente

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This 2005 Norteno compilation features many of the style's finest ensembles. Grupo Montez De Durango kicks things off with "Lastima Es Mi Mujer," which shifts from a sensitive ballad to a boisterous, celebratory tune. Other luminaries include Patrulla 81, K-Paz De La Sierra, and Los Horoscopos De Durango, whose fast-paced "Obsesion" is a particular highlight. The collection also presents relative newcomers such as Beto Y Sus Canarios and La Autoridad De La Sierra, who both offer up lively, accordion-driven tunes ("Este Llorando Mi Corazon" and "Me Quede Sin Nadie," respectively). For fans of Mexican music, particularly the "Duranguense" dance style, this mix is sure to be a favorite; for the uninitiated, it's an excellent introduction.

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