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Folk Era Bud & Travis Latin Album CD

Folk Era BTR1471D

(This is the "Bud & Travis Latin Album" CD , issued by Folk Era, and not to be confused with the remastered edition brought out by The Travis Edmonson Collection , including lyrics in Spanish and English.


If the listener is disappointed by our omission of a favorite Latin song, please understand that we share the disappointment, but had great difficulty in selecting the material on any basis other than variety, because there are so many canciones we love, and because there is room for only twelve songs on one album.

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En De Que Te Vi

This South American tongue-twister is set in the intricacies of the typically Suramericano cueca rhythm, perhaps because of the agitated mood of its message: an almost stuttered proposal of a poor but sincere man to a beautiful girl!

Sin Ti

Always a favorite love song, this gentle but insistent Mexican bolero simply tells what life would be in an empty future "... without you.”

Asi Canta Mi Patria
“ My Country Sings Like This”

Brought to Bud & Travis' attention by the artistry of Paraguayan singer Luis Alberto de Parana, this song, with brilliant imagery, calls up visions of clear mountain streams and a deep love of the flower-perfumed air and the "dream of faith" which is Paraguay.


No collection of Latin music would be complete without at least one baeao (Portuguese), bayon (Spanish), or, in this case, Anna.


Very little more need be said than that this is Bud's and Travis' favorite song. In an age of growing complexity, this is still the love song.

El Abandonado

“You abandoned me, woman, because I am very poor and have this misfortune to be married. What am I to do if  I`m the Abandoned One? Abandoned I shall be, for the love of God; I have three vices which are my rights: to be drunk, playful, and in love -What am I to do?" A song which has brought many a cantina to tears.


As irresistible as the built-in "swing" of the Caribbean guajira itself, originally a paean of praise for a girl from Guantanamo Bay, tradition has infused this song with an obvious freedom of improvisation.


From the llanos or plains of South America, this standard proclaims the singers' kinship with the flowers, the sun, and the crystal soul of their beloved plains.

Noche De Ronda

Song of a man singing to the moon, asking if it, too, is like his lady, going to leave him in solitude with his unheard serenade and let the night end in tears. From the pen of one of the living poet-laureates of the Spanish-speaking world, Augusti Lara, this has long been a song no serenata could do without.

No Me Quieras Tanto

Releasing the one who loves him to spare her further suffering, pleading with her to forget him, the singer cries, "Ay! my love, don't love me so much any longer.  My love has gone out like a spark which little by little is left without light!" As pure and as penetrating as only true folk poetry can be, this Latin enigma of love versus integrity is as haunting as its lyric.

Caminante Del Mayab

One of the greatest Latin American composers, Guty Cardenas, who died, ostensibly of a broken heart, at the untimely age of twenty-four, wrote this song for the jungle of Yucatan, its proud people, and their Mayan forebears, whose "white cloud of greatness" still casts its shadow on the hearts of the living - ".. .the sad song of the blue dove .… the cloud which still sings with the voice of woman, on the old highway of the Mayan world ..”

La Bamba

Often misinterpreted both in feel and meaning by today's folk and popular singers, this wedding song from Veracruz, Mexico has become a trademark of the Bud & Travis' flair for maintaining a song's original intent while adding their own originality.

We wish to dedicate this album to our good friend and accompanist for many years, Carlos Gonzales.

A nuestros amigos latinos: Creemos que el alma y el aire de la canción latina es uno de los más verdaderos y nobles sentimientos del mundo entero, de todas las expresiones humanas, y por eso queremos dedicar este álbum, de nuestra modesta labor al mundo latino donde nació, y especialmente a nuestro buen amigo y ayudante por muchos años, un guitarronista y músico sin par, el bien estimado caballero Don Carlos Gonzales de Guadalajara, México, con gracias y amor.

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June 2004 marked the official release on CD of the best ever Bud & Travis record, “The Latin Album,” a pet project of Travis Edmonson when it was released in 1965, and considered by the artists and their fans as their finest effort both musically and technically.

Travis Edmonson welcomes the re-release of the LP he lovingly produced, and says, “I think it's high time that someone from the  American community spoke clearly and cleanly  to the Hispanic community of Mexico, and I can't think of a better way to do that than with music.”

An aspect of the recording he particularly likes is the balance and range of material from the intense to the romantic, and from the lively to the sublime.

He FEELS that the Latin American people will respond to THE  CD, because  “it deals with things that they run into every day - interpersonal relationships and all sorts of other life situations,” adding “I think it will be an eye opener to a lot of English speakers to realize where the Latin mind is.  That's very important.”


Bud Dashiell and Travis Edmonson introduced mainstream American audiences to the beauty and passion of Latin American folk music between the years of 1958-1966. Bud & Travis' amazingly authentic  renditions of boleros, serenatas, guajiras and juapengos made them critical darlings and concert-hall favorites the world over. No group other than Trio Los Panchos did more to promote and popularize traditional Latin music at that time, and Bud & Travis'  groundbreaking efforts helped pave the way for the “Latin Music Explosion” recent years.

The duo's first and only all-Spanish record, The Latin Album was recorded and released in 1965, on the very eve of the group's turbulent breakup. Startling in its love-lyric simplicity, awe-inspiring in its musical complexity and sensitivity, The Latin Album to this day remains a landmark. It is an essential Latin music primer and a rare and beautiful example of a recording that completely transcends its era.
The Latin Album is now available for the first time ever on CD, with original liner notes in both Spanish and English. Highlights include the definitive, heart-wrenching version of “Malaguena Salerosa”, the irresistible “Anna”, the swinging “Guantanamera”, and an unforgettable “La Bamba.”
 • The Latin Album set the standard for others to follow, perhaps most  notably, Linda Ronstadt
• The last studio recording Bud & Travis made together
• Available for the first time on CD




En De Que Te Vi
Sin Ti
Asi Canta Mi Patria
Malaguena Salerosa
El Abandonado
Alma Llanera
Noche de Ronda
No Me Quieras Tanto
Caminante del Mayab
La Bamba

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