In a perfect world, there would be a lot more live albums by regional Mexican artists. Live concerts are an important part of the regional Mexican experience, but unfortunately, there are too many norteño, banda, mariachi, and duranguense artists who have never provided a live album. Thankfully, one can't say that about Lalo Mora, whose En Vivo Desde Monterrey ("Live from Monterrey) is an exciting, if imperfect, document of the veteran norteño singer on-stage in Monterrey, Mexico. This 2008 release has a few shortcomings: the announcer's introduction of Mora at the beginning of the show is incomplete, and the credits don't list either the venue or the recording date. But all things considered, the arrival of En Vivo Desde Monterrey is good news for norteño enthusiasts. This two-disc set contains both an audio CD and a DVD, but unlike other combined CD/DVD releases, En Vivo Desde Monterrey doesn't offer different material on different discs. The very same 47 minutes worth of performances that are heard on the audio CD are also offered on the DVD, and Mora is in very good form during a well-rounded set (or parts of a well-rounded set) that includes a lot of polkas ("Eslabon por Eslabon," "La Casa de Adobe," "Si Me Vas a Dejar") and waltzes ("Que No Se Apague la Lumbre," "El Hombre Que Mas Te Amo") as well as a Mexican-style cumbia ("La Peinadita") . Mora is highly regarded for his performances of corridos; so it isn't surprising that "El Corrido de Monterrey" and "Laurita Garza" are well received by the Monterrey audience. Bottom line: Mora fans will be happy to have this release -- imperfections and all.
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson
Track Listing - Disc 1
Track Listing - Disc 2