Hermanas Segovia

Punaladas de Amor

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These dozen sides were issued by the Ideal and Falcon labels between 1950 and 1956, the six earlier sides featuring the duo of Aurelia Segovia and Sara Segovia, with Lucita Segovia taking sister Sara's spot on the half-dozen numbers of later vintage. Most of these are swaying, plaintive rancheras with typical 1950s norteño backing, spotlighting the close and cheerful harmonies of the sisters (in varying combinations). A couple of tracks, however, really stick out for their incorporation of different pop influences. "Ya Me Voy," a bolero from 1953, has a most attractive rhumba-like beat, along with tooting horn and smooth, beguiling electric guitar, reflecting Cuban and Latin American pop music trends of the era. "Tu Diras," while less unusual, benefits from a smoky sax, as does "Carnito Idolatrado," which uses a melody and sultry vocal approach akin to the vocal jazz-pop of the 1940s and early '50s.

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