Various Artists

Totally Tejano, Vol. 2: Old School

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Hacienda Records has been compared to Motown, and that isn't a bad analogy at all. Like Motown and Stax in R&B, Fania in salsa and Def Jam in rap, Hacienda started out as a small mom-and-pop operation and soon blossomed into a major player in its field. Hacienda was launched in 1979, and in the 1980s, its roster boasted many of the big names heard on Totally Tejano, Vol. 2, including La Movida, Pio Trevino, Gary Hobbs, Emilio Guerrero, Grupo Mayo and Bobby Naranjo. Vol. 2, like Vol. 1, focuses mainly on Tejano music's more romantic side. Indeed, gems like Naranjo's "Put Me In Jail," Josefa's "Tus Ojos Castanos," Johnny Hernandez's "Quereme Tal Como Soy" and Hobbs' hits "Mentiras" and "Se Acabo" are about as unapologetically romantic as it gets. The same goes for La Movida's exquisite remake of Carlos Santana's "Europa." No music on earth is more intense in its romanticism than Latin pop, and these classics serve as potent examples.

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