The Best of Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975

The Best of Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975

by The Sir Douglas Quintet


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Doug Sahm once sang, "You just can't live in Texas if you don't have a lot of soul," and, as a proud son of the Lone Star state, he seemed bent on proving that every time he stepped in front of a microphone. Whether he was playing roots rock, garage punk, blues, country, norteño, or (as was often the case) something that mixed up several of the above-mentioned ingredients, Doug Sahm always sounded like Doug Sahm -- a little wild, a little loose, but always good company, and a guy with a whole lot of soul who knew a lot of musicians upon whom the same praise could be bestowed. Pulling together a single disc compilation that would make sense of the length and breadth of the artist's recording career (which spanned five decades) would be just about impossible (the licensing hassles involved with the many labels involved would probably scotch such a project anyway), but this disc, which boasts 22 songs recorded over the course of eight years, is a pretty good starter for anyone wanting to get to know Sahm's music. You get two almost-hits ("Mendocino" and "[Is Anybody Going To] San Antone"), a healthy portion of memorable album cuts, and even a few unreleased songs as Sir Doug and his pals (among them fellow future Texas Tornado Augie Meyers and Doug's pal Bob Dylan) swing through vintage blues, country weepers, rootsy hippie jams, and a few cuts that defy convenient description, all dominated by Sahm's warm, expressive drawl, distinctive guitar work, and the loose but emphatic sound he knew how to draw from a band. Put it this way -- there's one guy in a million who could write and record a song called "You Never Get Too Big and You Sure Don't Get Too Heavy That You Don't Have to Stop and Pay Some Dues Sometime" and not sound like a fool. Doug Sahm was that man, and you get to hear him sing it on The Best of Doug Sham, along with 21 other equally cool tunes.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/1990
Label: Mercury
UPC: 0042284658621
catalogNumber: 846586

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sir Douglas Quintet   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Buddy Spicher   Fiddle
David Bromberg   Dobro
Dr. John   Organ
Bob Dylan   Guitar,Vocals
Doug Sahm   Organ,Bass,Fiddle,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
George Coleman   Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Knepper   Trombone
Mel Martin   Horn,Baritone Saxophone
Mike Nock   Electric Piano
Jack Walrath   Trumpet
Charles Owens   Steel Guitar
Pete Drake   Pedal Steel Guitar
Barry Goldberg   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Augie Meyers   Organ,Keyboards
Wayne Talbert   Piano
Atwood Allen   Vocal Harmony
Red Angeli   Electric Piano
Bill Atwood   Horn
Jack Barber   Bass
Willie Bridges   Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Chip Young   Guitar
Kenny Kosek   Fiddle
Ernie Durawa   Drums
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Martin Fierro   Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Flaco Jiménez   Accordion
Jance Garfat   Bass
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Tommy Jackson   Fiddle
Harvey Kagen   Bass
Charley MacBirney   Trumpet
Pancho Morales   Percussion
Rocky Morales   Tenor Saxophone
Frank Morin   Horn
David "Fathead" Newman   Tenor Saxophone
Louie Ortega   Rhythm Guitar
Frank Paredes   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
John Perez   Drums
George Rains   Drums
John Reed   Guitar
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Neal Rosengarden   Flugelhorn
Jim Stallings   Bass
Benny Velarde   Conga
Steve Vargas   Bass
Jack Wilmoth   Trumpet
Link Davis   Keyboards
Leonides Baety   Percussion
Wayne Douglas   Vocals
Hershey Freeman   Bass
Jim Jenkins   Drums
Charlie Owens   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bob Moore   Bass
Louis Ortega   Vocal Harmony
Johnny Perez   Drums
Terry Henry   Horn

Technical Credits

Doug Sahm   Composer,Producer
Atwood Allen   Producer
Jimmy Douglass   Engineer
Wayne Duncan   Composer
Freddy Fender   Composer
Dan Healy   Engineer
Ken Hopkins   Engineer
George Horn   Engineer
Doyle E. Jones   Engineer
Jerry Kennedy   Producer
Bill Levenson   Executive Producer
Arif Mardin   Producer
Huey P. Meaux   Composer,Producer
Frank Morin   Arranger
Gene Santoro   Liner Notes
Mark Snyder   Engineer
Greg Venable   Engineer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Neil Bogart   Executive Producer
Mark Harman   Engineer
Jimmy Douglas   Engineer
Ariane Maclean   Art Direction
Steve VanZandt   Composer

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The Best of Doug Sahm & the Sir Douglas Quintet 1968-1975 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The AMG review says it pretty well. Sir Doug was not the greatest by a long shot, but few musicians have mixed up so many genres of music and done it so well and without pretention. This collection straddles styles from Tex-Mex to Hendrix. It is a good place to sample one of the half-forgotten pioneers of Southwestern music.