Description

 

This collection brings together two classic recordings by The American Indians, one of the most innovative bands in the saga of waila, the lively social dance music of southern Arizona¹s Native peoples. Also known as “chicken scratch” waila features the intricately intertwined melodies of saxophone and accordion propelled by the rhythms of guitar, bass, and drums playing polkas, two-steps, and cumbias. While staying true to the traditions of waila, The American Indians played with a highly original flare making them legends of chicken scratch.

Tracks 1-12 were recorded and originally released in 1974 as Canyon Records LP “The American Indians Play Chicken Scratch”, C -6120. Performed by: Alex Gomez (sax), Justin Francisco (sax), John Manuel (accordion), Clarence Flores (drums), Celestine Flores (drums), Jerry Flores (guitar), Simon Cruz (bass guitar).

Tracks 13-24 were recorded and originally released in 1976 as Canyon Records LP “Waila ­ Social Dance Music: The American Indians Album 2”, C-6155. Performed by: John Manuel (accordion), Justin Francisco (alto saxophone), Simon A. Cruz (bass guitar), Jerry Flores (guitar), Clarence Flores (drums), Celestine Flores (drums).

TRACKS: Click below to listen.
1. Cactus Song (3:42)
2. Coolidge Two-Step (3:39)
3. John Special (2:49)
4. Come Home Tonight (2:38)
5. Pisinimo Polka (2:08)
6. El Capitan (3:03)
7. Palo Verde Stands (2:31)
8. Blackwater Polka (2:53)
9. The Sunset (2:48)
10. San Xavier Polka (2:38)
11. Topawa Two-Step (2:40)
12. Desert Polka (3:21)
13. Eloy Two-Step (3:19)
14. E.M.C. Two-Step (2:44)
15. Taverna (3:02)
16. Oh My Darling Clementine (2:13)
17. Arrowhead Two-Step (4:03)
18. Fernando Polka (3:02)
19. J¹s Tune (1:43)
20. Old Timer Two-Step (3:17)
21. Cry Babe (4:15)
22. White Dove Polka (3:45)
23. Song From Way Back (3:17)
24. Coolidge Polka (2:19)
Total Time: 73:32