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Calexico is no stranger to negotiating borders. For the better part of two decades, eight albums, and countless trips around the globe, Joey Burns and John Convertino have crossed musical barriers with their band, embracing a multitude of diverse styles, variety in instrumentation, and well-cultivated signature sounds. Under fences it digs and over mountains it climbs, sometimes into untrodden ... Read more in Amazon's Calexico Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (8 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Vital
  • ASIN: B00004S5ZX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,178 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. El Picador
2. Ballad of Cable Hogue
3. Ritual Road Map
4. Fade
5. Untitled III
6. Sonic Wind
7. Muleta
8. Mid-Town
9. Service and Repair
10. Untitled II
11. Drenched
12. 16 Track Scratch
13. Tres Avisos
14. Hot Rail

Product Description

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Hailing, as you hoped they would, from Tucson Arizona, Calexico offer here what eventually amounts to a musical journey across the vast and varied American interior. "El Picador" begins across the Mexican border, party time in the desert, all piqatas and tequila-frenzied hombres shooting into the air, with the band parping nervously on the brass hoping they're not going to get caught by a stray bullet. "Ballad Of Cable Hogue" is where Serge Gainsbourg meets Leone, a duet between Joey Burns and Marianne Dissard, a mini-Western set "where the snakes and scorpions run". Hot Rails then moves unpredictably from such trad pastiche into more remote, jazz-ambient desert terrain with "Fade" and "Untitled III", reminiscent of Talk Talk in its evocation of vast, desolate space, before reaching the city again on the more urban strains of "Mid-Town" and "Service And Repair". Hot Rails is a fine musical slice of Americana. --David Stubbs

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
These guys seem to have spent too long in Tequila bars south of the border, then drifted home and overdosed on Ennio Morricone and Clint Eastwood. Several of these songs come on like the synopsis of some dusty, languid movie set in a rattlesnake infested tumbleweed-town in New Mexico. Moody and atmospheric, but beautifully played with subtle tempo and timing. Outstanding from start to finish, barring the unfortunate jazz infection that is "Fade". Their "Black Light" album is every bit as good by the way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Jun. 2001
Format: Audio CD
It took a little blind faith to buy this. None of my friends had a copy, and short of walking up to people on the street and asking them to copy it for me, I grudgingly handed over the money for a copy. I was not pulling an unhappy face for long. From the minute I pressed play the album caught me and transported me out of my room into the desert sands of Calexico, where I have stayed smoking Lucky Strikes and drinking vast quantities of tequila ever since.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jan. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album is fun, a little bit tongue in cheek and great to listen to. Its not at all what i expected, but i was pleasently surprised. It sounds like the soundtrack to a road movie, as you listen to it you can just imagine someone driving through the dusty deserts of arizona or nevada. The only problem with the album is that some of the songs are quite similar. But its still a great record.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Is this the most accurately-named band in rock? The first two tracks of 'Hot Rail' land on opposite sides of the border and thereafter Calexico stick to these parameters without ever being formulaic. Though basically a duo, they use a large pool of musicians to create a wide array of musical combinations. My favourite tracks are the 'Untitled' tracks which read as 'The Man With No Name', eerie instrumentals full of tension which is loaded implausibly by accordion. The longest track, 'Fade', is an insidious song that rewards repeated playing. On songs like 'Service and Repair' Calexico show that they can write good quality mainstream songs too. The sound is refined on later albums such as 'Feast of Wire' but this is impressive in its own right.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2001
Format: Audio CD
Calexico are a wonderful band and this album is a perfect record which shows all of their talents.
They transport you to a place that you've only experienced in movies provide a much needed escape from the mundane (for 45 mins or so).
They're romantic, brooding, sexy, and seductive. Always is there a sense of urgency somewhere deep in the music which makes you feel like you're running from bandits...but you're too busy being coaxed with passion to care.
A romantic, escapist journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
Heard of these whilst seeing Flaming Lips at London's Festival Hall. Calexico mix tex-mex murder songs with a guitar flavoured excitiement. Imagine having to drag yourself accross the border with a girlfriend running away from murderous loan-sharks - this is the soundtrack to that chase.
it also means you can think of "me-hi-co" whilst tubing it to north london on a wet July month.
it is brilliant.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By 70Mohican on 5 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Bought this purely because of the cover to find an unforgettable album. Full of luscious melodies with cool but slightly sugary vocals and odd bits of soundscapes that reminds you of Sunday mornings in the summer. I don't know much about the band but I can sing almost all of their songs for you. That's how good this is.
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