Si Se Puede! (album)
Sí Se Puede! (Spanish for "Yes We Can!") is a 1977 various artists charity album featuring Los Lobos and various vocalists, including the Salas Brothers of the band Tierra. Proceeds from the album went towards the United Farm Workers of America. "Sí, se puede" is the motto of the United Farm Workers of America.
|Sí Se Puede!|
|Studio album by |
|Studio||A&M Studios, Hollywood, California|
|Label||Pan American Ent.|
|Producer||Art P. Brambila|
In 1976, Art Brambila, a television and music producer from Los Angeles, was looking for a sponsor for his new Latin music television show, The Mean Salsa Machine. He had heard that Cesar Chavez, president of the United Farm Workers, had a relationship with Coca-Cola and asked him for help to secure a deal with the company. When Chavez succeeded in getting the sponsorship for the show, Brambila wanted to repay him. Brambila decided to put together an album of songs honoring Chavez and the United Farm Workers, and chose Los Lobos, then a local Mexican folk combo called Los Lobos Del Este De Los Angeles, to be the backing band for the project. They would accompany a variety of vocalists performing songs celebrating Chavez's accomplishments and the struggle of farm workers.
Vocalists Carmen Moreno from Fresno, Geri Gonzales of East L.A., the Salas brothers of Lincoln Heights, Ramon "Tiguere" Rodriguez from Phoenix, Brambila's brother Raul, and a Los Angeles school choir agreed to participate. Herb Alpert, President of A&M Records, donated studio time and, in January 1977, Brambila assembled the musicians at A&M’s studio in Los Angeles to record the album. In March 1977, the United Farm Workers Union was presented with 5,000 copies of the album. "I could utilize the talents of many local artists I’d worked with in my earlier years as a record producer and the union could sell [the album] at rallies, marches, and huelgas", Brambila recalled.
The album has been reissued on CD in 1994 and 2005 by Brown Bag Records and digitally in 2014 by Fantasy.
|2.||"Huelga en General"||Luis Valdez, Baldemar Gomez||3:14|
|3.||"Yo Estoy Con Chavez"||Ramon "Tiguere" Rodriguez||2:30|
|4.||"Mujeres Valientes"||Miguel Francisco Barragan||2:20|
|5.||"Mañana Is Now"||Art P. Brambila||3:20|
|7.||"Corrido de Dolores Huerta #39"||Carmen Moreno||4:00|
|8.||"Chicanita de Aztlán"||Rodriguez||4:20|
|10.||"No Nos Moverán"||Traditional, spanish lyrics by Juanita M. Domínguez, Brambila||3:00|
- Alfonso Tafoya – spoken word introduction (1)
- Children from the School of Santa Isabel, East Los Angeles – vocals (1)
- Carmen Moreno – vocals (2, 7, 9, 10)
- Steve Salas – vocals (2, 10), background vocals
- Ramon "Tiguere" Rodriguez – vocals (3)
- Raul Brambila – vocals (4)
- Geri Gonzáles Logan – vocals (5, 10)
- Diana Cruz – vocals (8)
- Rudy Salas – vocals (10), background vocals
- Los Lobos Del Este De Los Angeles
- David Hidalgo – guitar, requinto jarocho, mandola, violin, background vocals, arrangements
- Cesar Rosas – guitar, mandolin, background vocals, vocals (6), arrangements
- Louie Pérez – charango, vihuela, guitar, requinto romantico, palitos, arrangements
- Conrad R. Lozano – guitarron, upright bass, background vocals, vocals (10), arrangements
- Frank Gonzáles – harp, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, background vocals, arrangements
- Additional musicians
- Mark Fogelquist – violin
- Rudy "Bub" Villa – flute
- Arturo Gertz – harp
- Art P. Brambila – producer, cover concept, design
- Steve Katz – engineer
- Ellis Sorkin – engineer
- Ed Thacker – engineer
- Carol Lee Dewey – photography
- Allan M. Galvan – photography
- Rod Dyer – graphics
- Cesar E. Chavez – liner notes
- Philip Sonnichsen – musical consultant
- Luna, Diego (2014). "Sí Se Puede! Press Release – Concord Music Group". mediakits.concordmusicgroup.com. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- Deming, Mark. "Sí Se Puede! – AllMusic review". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- Chris Morris Los Lobos: Dream in Blue 2015 -- Page 30 1477308520 "The Making of Si Se Puede! and Just Another Band from East L.A. -- Art Brambila, the entrepreneur who brought Los Lobos del Este de Los Angeles into the studio for the first time.... According to Mark Guerrero, in 1976 Brambila came up with the idea of creating a benefit album to support the UFW's organizing and community efforts. It would be called Si Se Puede! after the union's longtime motto, “Yes We Can!”"
- "History of ¡Si Se Puede!". ufw.org. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- Guerrero, Mark. "Art Brambila: Brown Bag Productions & the Mean Salsa Machine". markguerrero.net. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- "Sí Se Puede! on Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- Lazarski, Todd (1 July 2014). "Los Lobos, Si Se Puede (Fantasy Records)". OffBeat. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
- Sí Se Puede! (Liner notes). Various Artists. Pan American Ent. 1977. PA-101.CS1 maint: others (link)