After breaking into the Tejano music circuit as a sideman from 1936-1940, Beto Villa sidelined his musical career when he went into the butcher business with his father-in-law and later joined the Navy. After the war, Villa got back into music full time and eventually became one of the hottest acts in Tejano music. The Texan bandleader's innovative mix of orquesta tipica (a Mexican genre featuring combos comprised of flute, bass, and guitar), mambo, norteño, and American big band music garnered him both critical acclaim and sellout crowds across the country. This Arhoolie collection brings together 24 tracks from Villa's prime 1948-1954 stretch, including his first hit "Rosita." Taking in Villas' usual varied mix of polkas, waltzes, danzons, boleros, guarachas, and mambos, these original Ideal recordings feature a wealth of instrumentals (featuring Villas' fine, if at times antiquated sounding alto saxophone), norteño music legend Narcisco Martinez on accordion, and vocal spots featuring Tejano singing stars Carmen and Laura. For fans of both slick big band mambo and the rougher sounds of Tejano music, this Beto Villa retrospective will definitely not disappoint.