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Sir Douglas Presents Lone Star Jukebox: Two Decades of Texas Treats

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There are no hits on WestSide's double-disc, 40-song set Sir Douglas Presents Lone Star Jukebox: Two Decades of Texas Treats. That doesn't mean that it's not worth hearing, or even owning, however. The collection draws from Huey P. Meaux's Crazy Cajun label, finding highlights that range from pounding rock & roll and greasy blues to tear-in-my-beer honky tonk and soulful stomps -- or the occasional track that brings it all together. None of this made the national charts, but that's the charm of it. This is pure Tex-Mex music, and while nothing here might be among the most seminal works in the genre (even if it does feature such heavy-hitters as T-Bone Walker, Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet, Roy Head, Barbra Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Ivory Joe Hunter, Freddy Fender, Mickey Gilley, and Moe Bandy), it's all really enjoyable, especially for listeners that already have a fondness for Tex-Mex. Yes, this collection is for the already converted, since it doesn't just collect lesser-known cuts from the '60s and '70s, it never gives specific recording or release dates. This is the kind of thing that will frustrate collectors, but they'll still like having these songs, since they're all very good. It may not be perfect, but it sure is fun.