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Los Relampagos Del Norte

A seminal norteño-conjunto act, Los Relámpagos (literally "The Lightning from the North") set new standards of songcraft and technique, the latter through the astonishingly inventive playing of Ramón Ayala. They brought norteño music into the mainstream, and they did it while maintaining and even intensifying an essential "cantina" loneliness. Try an Internet video search on their classic "El Disgusto" to see the range of acts covering that song's killer accordion riff, and you will get an idea of the breadth of Los Relámpagos' influence. The overwhelming volume of re-released material and the haphazard sound of some discs can be a little daunting, but the group was remarkably consistent, and you can be sure of finding at least a couple of examples of greatness on any CD you pick up.

Cornelio Reyna was born on September 16, 1940, in Coahuila. A bricklayer by trade, he was deeply involved with music by the age of 16. Several years later he was performing in a conjunto at the Cadillac Bar in the border town of Reynosa, which is where he met the 15-year-old Ramón Ayala. Ayala was born in 1945 in Monterrey and had received his first musical education at five years of age from his father, local musician Ramón Cobarrubias. He was already a mature talent on the accordion by the time he met Reyna, having paid his dues in several groups from both Monterrey and Reynosa.

Los Relámpagos del Norte came together in 1961. Reyna played the bajo sexto, a 12-string bass guitar, sang lead vocals, and served as the group's principal songwriter. Often bass and drums were added to their basic sound. Under the management of Servando Cano, the group signed with Paulino Bernal's BEGO Records in McAllen, Texas, and released their first hit single, "Ya No Llores," in 1963.

From the outset, the bulk of Los Relámpagos' fans were migrant agricultural workers on the U.S. side of the border. Their numbers had been steadily increasing in the postwar years through a prevalence of guest-worker programs. Their music, born in the cantinas of "la frontera," had largely been overlooked during the early 20th century by affluent Mexican record-buyers who tended to live further south. Agricultural work gave a sudden jolt of disposable income to a downtrodden and somewhat isolated northern Mexican culture at a time when its cantina artists were achieving new heights of expressiveness and soulfulness.

Los Relámpagos did not invent the conjunto -- such a claim ignores the contributions of Narciso Martínez, Santiago Jiménez, and the Conjunto Bernal, to name a few among many -- but they arguably rode the commercial wave of the '60s with the greatest deserved success. As they gained popularity south of the border, many Mexicans perceived them as the exponents of a new popular style. A smattering of some of the great songs from this period includes "Desconfianza" (with its perfect marriage of speed and delicacy), "Devolucion," "Mi Tesoro," "Tengo Miedo," "Te Traigo Estas Flores," the almost existential "Callejón sin Salida," and "Me Caí de las Nubes."

Los Relámpagos split amicably in 1971 after nearly a decade of hits, with Reyna trying his hand at ranchero singing and movie acting. He used his reputation as a songwriter to gain roles in genre films of variable quality, some of which were actually based on concepts taken from his songs. He rapidly graduated to the director's chair and helmed several vehicles for other Mexican music stars. His post-Relámpagos music career, as a mariachi singer and as the leader of Los Reyes del Norte, was sometimes judged to be inferior to earlier greatness, and by the mid-'90s his star had dimmed slightly. Ramón Ayala meanwhile had formed the wildly successful Los Bravos del Norte, which in the ensuing three decades all but eclipsed his former band with a slicker, more commercially appealing sound.

In 1995 Los Relámpagos del Norte united for the album Juntos Para Siempre, and two years later, in 1997, they were inducted into the Pura Vida Music Hall of Fame. But by that time, Cornelio Reyna was dead -- the victim of a bleeding ulcer. Ayala continued to perform with Los Bravos del Norte well into the 21st century, touring the United States frequently, not disdaining to appear at public open-air festivals and mingle with fans even as he maintained a fairly ubiquitous presence on Latin television. Meanwhile, hosts of performers on both sides of the border acknowledge their debt to his original group. ~ J. Witzgall
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Serie Nostalgia: Exitos Originales

1. Con La Tinta De Mi Sangre

2. Mi Tesoro

3. Disgusto

4. Cobardemente

5. Me Caiste Del Cielo

6. Alma Rendida

7. Calandria

8. Te Fuiste De Mi

9. Caminar Caminar

10. Eso Si, Nunca Podras

11. Tengo Miedo

12. Comprendi Tu Pena

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Track List: 15 Exitos - Los Relampagos Del Norte

1. Baraja De Oro

2. Ahi Perdimos Todo

3. La Calandria

4. El Suspiro

5. Alma Rendida

6. Que Tal Si Te Compro

7. Vida Truncada

8. Anhelo

9. Vengo A Verte

10. Albur Perdido

11. Eso Si Nunca Podras

12. Amor Traicionero

13. Idos De La Mente

14. Con La Tinta De Mi Sangre

15. Carta Jugada

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Track List: 20 Exitos Los Relampagos Del Norte

1. Mi Tesoro

2. Vengo A Verte

3. La Calandria

4. Cobardemente

5. Eso Si Nunca Podras

6. Vuelve Gaviota

7. Ahi Perdimos Todo

8. Me Caiste Del Cielo

9. Amor Traicionero

10. Con La Tinta De Mi Sangre

11. Carta Jugada

12. Baraja De Oro

13. Idos De La Mente

14. Albur Perdido

15. El Suspiro

16. Alma Rendida

17. Que Tal Si Te Compro

18. Vida Truncada

19. Por El Amor A Mi Madre

20. Anhelo

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Puro mex. 100% durango les go down low,sureño asta el tope que viva la raza donde sea,aqi i en China.el brilloso la bigbadefetre c e e l e e s e c a l i a s t a d u r a n g o c h i n g o n i c a b r o n
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Morenaza cuando hoygo A Ramon Ayala,Los hurricanes del Norte , Los Dinamo cos del Norte I a chit Cano siento que Toda via lo tengo aqui.


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orita solo las chelas measenfalta osveli mazariegos
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ayayaya vuenas rolas imas buenos recuerdos saludos amisprimos re cuerdos alla en santarrosa echenleganas y padelante
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Mi niñez cuando.íbamo s al trabajo a ver a.Mi papá.Ya falleció recientement e , y esta rolita me trae su recuerdo pues siempre la oía de el, cantarla
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Musica nortena, la mejor en el mundo! Que nunca se olvide Cornelio Reyna!
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Buenas rolitas de ramon y Cornelio inolvidables
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The best of the best, buena musica lo mejor de lo mejor
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This is the music I grew up on.Real music!!
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I love this type music!!!♡♡♡♡
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Corridos!! Recuerdos
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Mientras sean musicos cien por ciento mexicanos todos son buenos y no como los de este lado (chicanos ) que quieren tocar musica como los verdaderos mexicanos, si o no " nunca lo lograran, por que no tienen talento"
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No se por k pero esta musica cuando estas tomandote unas frias o estas haciendo algo como k te relaja
Estan bien chingonas
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Es el mejor me encanta Ramón Ayala
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Eso dices preciosso..l o v e you!!!
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Puras pistiables. Para amanecer
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todo conjunto Norteño me facina
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Puras para estar en la madrugada grande poray como a las 3:am dijera mi tata aya en mi pueblo Vien amanesido
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this is the best music ever l grew up with all the old songs of all the groups from 1960 - now this is the best all the oldie but goodies ,,they had a story of love and to tell a story please kept this mu
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OK yes jr
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Este grupo canta como si el enjpi cada minuto de la canción, por lo tanto, cuando uno escucha a ella, es realmente bien hecho!
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Las canciones que más llegan,más cuando a cuestas traes una pena de amor
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I love them
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It cool
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Dam they don't make them like they use to. So many memories thank god there's alcohol to num the pain!
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Eso si es musical para pistiar
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I was lucky to see them in Bakersfield; they were bolts of lightning !!!
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Grew up listening to this
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Esto es musica no chingaderas como las de hoy muevimiento alterado corridos
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Lupita felix puro relanpago del norte saludoa a culiacan sin );
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Lupita felix perrooonnnon a cancion
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Saludos pa toa la raza de Nuevo León , Tamaulipas , cahuila y todo el valle de Texas
Saludos guercos y guercas nomas no sean muy mondaos y si pistean demás pos avisen pa compañalos
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No se si esta mudo el bato o esta en el baño porque no habla nomas puja y puja
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Por ESO grito a todo el mundo que tu eres Mi tesoro" Qvole quien anda ay!!
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K. Chulas Canciones. . Gracias Cornelio
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