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Amor Y Sexo

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AmorySexoCP11. Me Mata
2. Seria Mas Facil
3. Quiero Amarte
4. Provocacion
5. A Donde Va El Amor
6. Una Cancion Para Olvidar
7. Toda Dama Lo Amerita
8. No Me Abandones
9. Soy Facil
10. Protegere
11. Amor y Sexo

Album: Amor y Sexo
Rec.L/Disc.: Urbana Records
Year/Año: 2014

Side/Lado [A]

Me Mata

Armandao Larrinaga

Seria Mas Facil

Juan H. Treviño

Quiero Amarte

Pedro Vargas/Yasmil Marrufo


Jorge Luis Piloto

A Donde Va El Amor

Juan H. Treviño

Una Cancion Para Olvidar

Jorge Luis Piloto/Yoel Henriquez

Toda Dama Lo Amerita

Edgar Cortazar/Ernest Cortazar C.

No Me Abandones

Juan Hernandez Barron

Soy Facil

Field William Bruce/Price Thomas Shelton


Juan H. Treviño

Amor y Sexo

Juan H. Treviño

Amor y Sexo was digitaly pre-released on May 05, 2014 and released on CD June 03, 2014. Amor y Sexo entered the Billboards charts Top Latin Albums category at number nine and had a peak position at number 3 June 12, 2014 on the Regional Mexican Billboard charts.

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La Mafia Elevates Amor y Sexo With Elegance

After a long time without a studio album, the Pride of the Northside is back with the much anticipated Amor y Sexo. While the music is “pura Mafia” the playlist is a bit different.

As any Mafioso who grew up with them in the Tejano 80s, weathered their change to a more international sound in the 90s, and have enjoyed them bringing all of their sounds back into play in the 2000s, this new production was still a bit of a surprise.

Sure, there are three rancheras–more than usual; but only one cumbia. That’s right, four ballads, two valseadas and a jazzy dance tune round out a slightly different production, but one that keeps the Mafia sound intact.

“Seria Mas Facil” and “Una Cancion Para Olvidar” are strong horn-influenced and acordeon-infused rancheras. The latter has some powerful harmonies, too. The acordeon-heavy “Protegere Nuestros Recuerdos” is a short, but powerful ranchera about a loves end, but with some great memories stored away in case of a return.

“Quiero Amarte” is the sole cumbia with some pop influences that could make it a fan favorite when played live. It’s already one of my favorites.

Among the ballads, “Provocación” is my favorite with its rising chorus and piano-led melody. A surprise tune is the horn-driven jazzy dance tune, “Soy Facil”, which translated is “I’m Easy.” Great guitar solo in this one. “Todo Dama Lo Amerita” offers a mariachi- and trio-esque international ballad which fans will enjoy. The opener, “Me Mata”, and “Amor y Sexo” are reminiscent of the 90s power ballads that put La Mafia on the international map.

“No Me Abandones”, restyled from a ranchera on 1983s Mafia Mania, is the quintessential booze-it-up valseada to beg a lover not to leave. Its horn and acordeón arrangements are superb. “A Donde Va El Amor” is a similarly-styled vals driven by the bajo and acordeon.

Big kudos to Oscar de la Rosa for continuing to school some of the new talent out there on how to sustain a voice 30-plus years later. Mando Lichtenberger deserves a lot of credit as the producer and arranger, too. These guys just haven’t lost their touch.



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“Amor Escondido”

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The new La Mafia single “Amor Escondido” was mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London. Where The Beatles recorded all of thier hits.

El nuevo sencillo de La Mafia “Amor Escondido” fue masterizado en Estudios Abbey Road en Londres. Estudio de grabacion de Los Beatles.

Side/Lado [A]

Amor Escondido

Jorge Luis Piloto/Gabriel Flores Ramirez

La Mafia - Billboard Top 25

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La Mafia helped detonate the explosion of Tejano music that swept the country in the 80’s and early 90’s. The group notched 13 top 10s and four No. 1s, including “Me Estoy Enamorando,” which spent nine weeks at the top of the chart.


La Mafia Live In The 80's

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1. Nunca, Nunca
2. Devolucion
3. Y Esa Fuiste Tu
4. Perdi La Esperanza
5. Un Bouquet De Rosas
6. Quedate
7. Nada Mas
8. Comprende
9. Tanto Amor
10. Polkas Mafiosas
11. Oh Girl

Album: La Mafia Live In The 80’s
Rec.L/Disc.: Urbana/ South Central Music
Year/Año: 2011

Side/Lado [A]

Nunca, Nunca

Luis Silva


Rafael Martinez P.

Y Esa Fuiste Tu

Luis Silva

Perdi La Esperanza

Juan H. Barron

Bouquet De Rosas

Luis Silva


Juan H. Barron

Nada Mas

Luis Silva


Luis Silva

Tanto Amor

Ruben Amado

Polkas Mafiosas

Mando Lichtenberger, Jr.

Oh Girl

E. Record

La Mafia Live In The 80’s debuted on September 6, 2011.

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Eternamente Romanticos

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1. Eternamente   
2. Ay Amor   
3. El Mundo No Es Igual (Pop)   
4. Sigo Siendo Un Romantico   
5. Amame   
6. Sobrevivi   
7. Me Rompes El Corazon   
8. El Mundo No Es Igual   
9. Eternamente (Balada)   
10. Es El Destino   
11. Sirvame Otra   
12. Me Hace Bien,
Album: Eternamente Romanticos                               Me Hace Mal   
Rec.L/Disc.: ASL / Disa RecordsRecords            13. Dime Donde Y Cuando   
Year/Año: 2008

Side/Lado [A]


Armandao Larrinaga

Ay Amor

Alfredo Martinez

El Mundo No Es Igual

Armandao Larrinaga/Barbara Larrinaga

Sigo Siendo Un Romantico

Claudia Brant/Gabriel Flores


Ricardo Quijano


Jorge Luis Piloto/Yoel Enriquez

Me Rompes El Corazon

Armandao Larrinaga

Es El Destino

Armandao Larrinaga

Sirvame Otra

Ricardo Quijano

Me Hace Bien, Me Hace Mal

Jorge Luis Piloto/Raul Del Sol

Dime Donde Y Cuando

Jorge Luis Piloto/Manuel Lopez

Eternamente Romanticos debuted on August 12, 2008.

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1. Quiero Amanecer Contigo
2. Si Quiere Dios
3. Mi Loca Pasion
4. Yo Se Que Te Iras
5. Tu, Tu Y Solo Tu
6. Nuestra Cancion
7. Para El Pueblo
8. Soy Tuyo
9. De Norte A Sur
10. Estas Tocando Fuego
11. Que Hare Yo
12. Nadie Como Tu
13. Quiero, Quiero
Album: Nuevamente                                               14. Arrancame El Corazon
Rec.L/Disc.: Univision / Urbana Records          15. Me Estoy Volviendo Loco
Year/Año:2006                                                        16. Mandame Un E-Mail

Side/Lado [A]

Quiero Amanecer Contigo

Edgar Cortazar/Rafael Esparza Ruiz

Si Quiere Dios

Juan Hernandez Barron

Mi Loca Pasion

Benjamin Sanchez Mota

Yo Se Que Te Iras

Ricardo Quijano

Tu, Tu Y Solo Tu

Luis Silva

Nuestra Cancion

Homero D. Rodriguez

Yo Se Que Te Iras

Ricardo Quijano

Para El Pueblo

Jose G.Escamilla/Chris Dominguez

Soy Tuyo

Gerardo Olvera Cavazos

De Norte A Sur

Felipe De Jesus, Jr.

Estas Tocando Fuego

Jorge Luis Piloto

Que Hare Yo

E.J. Ledesma

Nadie Como Tu

Jose G.Escamilla

Quiero, Quiero

Luis Silva

Arrancame El Corazon

Ricardo Quijano

Me Estoy Volviendo Loco

Jose Javier Solis

Mandame Un E-Mail

Edel Ramirez

Nuevamente debuted on May 23, 2006.

This CD/DVD is like an anthology of the first 25 years of La Mafia’s carreer, with songs going way back to the early 80s and songs from the 90s albums that propelled La Mafia (and Tejano Music) into the national and international spotlight , and appropiately includes a few songs from “Para El Pueblo” for which they won the Latin Grammy in the same year they celebrated their 25th anniversary and were inducted into the Houston Hall of Fame. The album also contains two brand new songs “Quiero Amanecer Contigo” and “Mandame Un E-Mail.” The only way that all of these songs could be recorded on the same label, was to completely rerecord them with great care to remain true to the original sound. Due to the fact that the original recorded tracks were recorded on various labels who own the catalogs to them.

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Para El Pueblo

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1. Para El Pueblo
2. Dejame
3. Matame Con Tu Veneno
4. Arrancame El Corazon
5. Convencerte
6. Sufriendo El Corazon
7. Yo Se Que Te Iras
8. Tienes Razon
9. Nadie Como Tu
10. De Norte A Sur
11. Sufriendo El Corazon (Cumbia)
12. Tienes Razon (Balada)
13. Para El Pueblo
Album: Para El Pueblo                                                   Urbana Mix (Rap:Juan Gotti)
Rec.L/Disc.: Urbana Records                                14. Tienes Razon (Instrumental)
Year/Año:2004                                                         15. Sufriendo El Corazon (Instrumental)
                                                  16. Para El Pueblo (Instrumental)

Side/Lado [A]

Para El Pueblo

Jose G.Escamilla/Chris Dominguez


Jose Roberto Martinez

Matame Con Tu Veneno

Jose Roberto Martinez

Arrancame El Corazon

Ricardo Quijano


Tony Coriant

Sufriendo El Corazon

Oscar Ivan Treviño

Yo Se Que Te Iras

Ricardo Quijano

Tienes Razon

Felipe De Jesus, Jr.

Nadie Como Tu

Jose G.Escamilla

De Norte A Sur

Felipe De Jesus, Jr.

Para El Pueblo debuted on November 16, 2004.

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LA MAFIA is going Back To The Future in more Ways Than One.

The Houston-based group recently released its first album on its own independent label, Urbana Records. Para El Pueblo is filled with the tender ballads and lilting pop-cumbias that exemplify the band’s sound. It’s all anchored by de la Rosa’s heartfelt vocal style. A notable difference, however, is instrumentation. After giving in to the popular, accordion-laced norteño sound La Mafia is back to keyboard-based songs and arrangements.

“Any of these (new) songs, we can inject into our set, and they’re going to fit right in and keep the energy,” says Lichtenberger, relaxing in the control room of Urbana’s recording studios. “The album just feels fresh to us. It’s so hard to come up with something unique. You’ve got to take pride in what you’ve done, and that’s what we did, I think, on this album. That’s our style. That’s La Mafia.”

Para El Pueblo is hardly a paint-by-numbers nostalgia piece. The album features some surprises (three karaoke tracks) and proves a showcase for new songwriters, including Felipe de Jesús Jr. (who penned the Pesado hit “Ojalá Que Te Mueras”) and Oscar Ivan Treviño, lead singer and songwriter for norteño supergroup Duelo. Ex-Kumbia Kings member Chris Dominguez also pops up, most notably as co-producer on a remix of the album’s title track, featuring local rapper Juan Gotti. Dominguez and Lichtenberger have formed Urbano Dos, a production team dedicated to a more urban, hip-hop-flavored sound.

It’s just a small part of the freedom that comes with an independent label. “We’re in artistic control,” Lichtenberger says. “Our album is coming out with national distribution. We’re going to give it a true national shot, but independently. I feel that here – in our stomping grounds in the central U.S. – we can compete.” The group plans to do promotional rounds in Miami and Mexico, where the album drops this month. The first single, “Tienes Razón”, received substantial play on local stations, and a new single, “Sufriendo El Corazón”, is ready at the gate.

“We’ve always wanted to do this,” de la Rosa says about starting a label. “We had been talking about it for a long time already. We’ve always wanted to own our own music, be our own masters. Most of the time, the record companies own everything.” La Mafia learned that lesson the hard way after it was unable to renegotiate its contract with Fonovisa Records and the label shelved the yet-unreleased Nube Pasajera when the group left in 2002. Fast-forward to October 2004, when Fonovisa decided to release Nube Pasajera – without additional input or approval from La Mafia.

Lichtenberger maintains that Nube Pasajera is a good album, but it isn’t the band’s priority. “We’re going to be behind the Para El Pueblo album,” de la Rosa says. “It might confuse people, because they might go to the store and pick up the wrong one.” Fans will have plenty of time to sort things out. The group plans a long run for Pueblo, capped off by a series of events next year to celebrate 25 years of making music. De la Rosa considers it all part of the journey to get back to where the band started from. “I’m real excited – the whole band’s excited,” de la Rosa says. We’re slowly becoming the group that has always been La Mafia.”

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Nube Pasajera

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• No Se Porque
1. Alejate
2. Nube Pasajera
3. Lloro El Pasado
4. Las Llaves De Mi Alma
5. Llorare Por Dentro
6. No Te Vayas Jamas
7. De Que Valio Quererte
8. Chiquilla
9. Te Estoy Amando Tanto
10. Nube Pasajera (Pop)
11. Nube Pasajera (Cumbia)

Album: Nube Pasajera
Rec.L/Disc.: Fonovisa
Year/Año: 2004

Side/Lado [A]

No Se Porque


Vers. Esp.:

Claudia Brant

Albert Hammond/Marti Sharron

Nube Pasajera

Omar Alfanno

Lloro El Pasado

Gerardo Olvera

Las Llaves De Mi Alma

Vicente Fernandez

Llorare Por Dentro

Tony Coriant

No Te Vayas Jamas

Tony Coriant

De Que Valio Quererte

Manny Benito


Omar Alfanno

Te Estoy Amando Tanto

Alejandro Vezzani

Nube Pasajera debuted on September 21, 2004.

The song “No Se Porque” was supposed to have been the first track of the Nube Pasajera album but was not released in the album.

La canción “No Se Porque” se suponia ser la primer canción en el album de Nube Pasajera pero no fue releasada en el album.

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1. Me Haces Falta
2. Y Que Sera
3. Murmullo De Sol
4. Ayudame Luna
5. Estoy Enamorado
6. Y Ahora Que
7. Destino
8. Mi Otra Mitad
9. Tan Solo
10. Push Push

Album: Inconfundible
Rec.L/Disc.: Fonovisa
Year/Año: 2001

Side/Lado [A]

Me Haces Falta

Armando Sandoval

Y Que Sera

Ricardo Quijano

Murmullo De Sol

Charly Gutierrez

Ayudame Luna

Ricardo Quijano

Estoy Enamorado

Ricardo Quijano

Side/Lado [B]

Y Ahora Que

Roberto Livi/Bebu Silvetti


Armando Larrinaga

Mi Otra Mitad

Mario Cardenas

Tan Solo

Roberto Livi/Ed Wilson

Push Push

Oscar De La Rosa/Mario Cardenas/Rafael Vargas

Inconfundible debuted on October 22, 2001.

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1. Amor Secreto
2. Contigo
3. Sabor A La Fiesta
4. Cuando Tu Me Besas
5. No Puedo Controlarte (Esperando Tu Adios)
6. Llora Conmigo
7. No Llores Mas Corazon
8. Eres (Duet: Lili Arce)
9. Nuevo Amanecer (Podria Decir)
10. Morir Soñando

Album: Contigo
Rec.L/Disc.: Fonovisa
Year/Año: 2000

Side/Lado [A]

Amor Secreto

Edel Ramirez


Ricardo Quijano

Sabor A La Fiesta

Armando Litchenberger, Jr./Edel Ramirez

Cuando Tu Me Besas

Ricardo Quijano

No Puedo Controlarte (Esperando Tu Adios)

Marco Suarez

Side/Lado [B]

Llora Conmigo

Ricardo Quijano

No Llores Mas Corazon

Alfredo Matheus


Edel Ramirez

Nuevo Amanecer (Podria Decir)

Fabrizio Grossi

Morir Soñando

Chein Garcia Alonso

Contigo debuted on October 16, 2000 and entered the Billboard charts Latin Regional Mexican category at number five on November 4, 2000.

Regional Mexican Songs

Name Debut Position Peak Position
Contigo 11/25/00 39 11/25/00 39

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Houston’s Premier Tejano band returns with Tejano-pop album ‘Contigo’

Rumors of the demise of Houston’s premier Tejano band last year were greatly exaggerated. This week’s release of La Mafia’s latest album of Latin-influenced pop, “Contigo,” is proof. Point fingers or say the split was heard on good authority from the band, La Mafia’s members swear they never uttered the word “breakup” at any time over the last two years. “What we announced was that we were taking a break for an undetermined amount of time,” says keyboardist and producer Armando Lichtenberger Jr.

However terminal the condition once was, it now appears La Mafia is on the road to recovery. Gathering in the band’s northside studio in the shadow of the Houston skyline, the members of La Mafia are rehearsing tracks from “Contigo.” The members start and stop their way through the new songs in preparation for an upcoming tour.The two they’re practicing, “Sabor A La Fiesta” and “Cuando Tu Me Beses” are representative of the new album, which is more pop-oriented than previous albums. “Sabor A La Fiesta” has a big electric guitar introduction that settles into a soft island beat. It’s broken by the heavily synthesized balladry of “Cuando Tu Me Besas”. The old accordion-driven cumbia sound is still represented on “No Puedo Controlarte” and “Morir Soñando” but is sparser than on previous La Mafia albums.

Symbolic of the direction La Mafia may be taking is “Contigo’s” cover art. Ditching the gaucho wardrobe of the past, the band is pretty and primped in matching black sweaters. Surrounded by gold and platinum albums from throughout the band’s 20-year career, members are once again excited about the prospects of adding to their 5 million albums sold worldwide. Talk of breaking up is now laughed at. Mentions of past pronouncements of that sort are waved off as words of frustration. La Mafia, they now say, never had any intention of parting ways. They were merely downsizing. “It was the press and everyone else that said we were breaking up,” says keyboardist/backing vocalist David de la Garza. “We just needed time away.”

The problem for La Mafia was never the music. They have always loved the conjuntos and cumbias that helped them revive the norteño sound while adding modern pop elements to traditional Tejano. What the band needed time away from was La Mafia Inc. Following a Grammy for the 1996 release “Un Millon de Rosas,” album sales started to wane. Band members believed this was a result of a lack of support by its record label, Sony Discos, which they felt didn’t know how or where to market them. “In Latin music (the common theory is) you have to be in Miami to make it,” Lichtenberger says. “We weren’t, so we didn’t get supported.” Sony Discos recently merged its Tejano division with its Regional Mexican division, and many of the employees who worked with Tejano bands have been removed or replaced.

La Mafia’s biggest problem might have been its success; it got too big. Complete with entourage, vehicles and ever-expanding overhead; at one point La Mafia – the business – owned a tour bus and two 18-wheelers to haul equipment and had a staff of 30. This was in addition to Houston Sound Studio, the rehearsal and recording space owned by the band. La Mafia – the band – stayed on the road 11 months of the year, sometimes playing four days a week or more, just to keep up. “We became a corporation, and we were working for the company instead of being musicians,” Lichtenberger says. “We couldn’t take a break, so we needed to dissolve it.” The trucks and the bus are gone now. When the band needs to travel, it will rent vehicles. Also streamlined was the payroll. Excluding the band, La Mafia’s staff now consists of eight employees who assist the band on the road and keep the studio running.

The group signed a three-record deal with Fonovisa. Several different mixes of some songs have been recorded, slowing some down and revving others up, in an attempt to make them more appealing to different genres of radio. Lichtenberger says. “Our goal isn’t to match what we’ve done in the past. What’s important is that everything feels new right now.” With a new album, new record label, renewed band harmony, a young fresh image and tour plans, La Mafia feels like greater success is imminent.

Tejano Band La Mafia Starts New On Fonovisa Records

Billboard October 28, 2000

Armed with a new album, a new record label and, perhaps more important, a new sound, the Houston-based pop/Tejano band La Mafia, which retired briefly last year, is back on the scene. “We went in one direction on this new album,” says keyboardist/producer Armando Lichtenberger Jr. “We sort of combined all the pop sounds we have done before. Now, we are just unifying it [the sound] into one record. In the past, our albums have always had a few balladas, a few norteño songs, cumbias, just a mix of stuff,” says Lictenberger. “On this album we worked hard to get a more cohesive sound.”

La Mafia’s new album, “Contigo,” hits retail Tuesday (24) on Fonovisa Records, which signed the band last summer after coaxing them out of retirement. La Mafia has been with Sony Discos since the late ‘80s. The title track, Contigo a midtempo pop ballad supplemented with congas and acoustic guitar picking, was released as a single Sept. 16. A central part of that new sound are the guitar-fueled uptempo songs “Nuevo Amanecer,” “Morrir Soñando,” and “Sabor A La Fiesta.” “Those are a few of the tracks we’re proud of,” Lichtenberger says. “Nuevo Amanecer” is a pop ballad and “Morir Soñando” a tropical/cumbia. This the first time we’ve used the guitar as the leads on these, so I guess you could call them rock/cumbias.” Lichtenberger served as producer for the new album as he has for most of the band’s history.

Lead singer Oscar De La Rosa says a new team at Fonovisa has him excited again. “When we were at Sony before we left, things were just not the same,” he says. “They would say things [about promotions], but I could tell they just were not excited. In other words, we were not a priority to them.” De La Rosa says that the band’s last tour in Mexico, in mid-1998, was the most disappointing. “ We found out our album wasn’t even in the stores, and we felt we were wasting our time.”

In December 1998, La Mafia stunned the music industry when it announced it was retiring. Through the band’s 20-year history, it had sold a ton of records, influenced numerous artists, and earned two Grammys. But the wear and tear of the touring road, plus what De La Rosa called the “lack of any real support” from its record label, convinced the group to throw in the towel. “I just got tired of doing the same thing. All the touring, always away from home,” De La Rosa says “You start doing things because you have to, not because you want to. I want to enjoy myself when I’m performing, and it had gotten to a point where it was like work.”

The group announced it would play the few remaining concert dates in 1999 and break up at the end of that year. According to De La Rosa, the band was approached by several record labels. None of them were convincing, he says, until they spoke with Fonovisa. “Working with this new label, Fonovisa, has been great,” he says. “When they asked us to meet with them, I was impressed. They had everyone there, all the promoters, all the sales staff, the regional directors. It was really something we had not expected. We could tell that they were very serious.” Fonovisa GM Gilberto Moreno says the label was equally impressed with La Mafia’s recording career. “We consider La Mafia to still be one of the most important bands in regional Mexican music,” Moreno says. “I think their music can appeal to many different markets, from the Latin pop and contemporary [radio] stations to Tejano and regional Mexican stations.”

According to Lichtenberger a formal organized tour support for the new album is being planned for early next year. “Right now, we’re on a promotional tour through the end of the year,” he says. As part of the band’s come back strategy, the personnel has been increased. The five-member band (Lichtenberger on keyboards, De La Rosa on vocals, David de la Garza on keyboards, Eutemio “Tim” Ruiz on bass, and Michael Aguilar on drums) has been augmented by two more guitarists, Eugene Barrientos and Marion Aquilina; two backup vocalists, Lili Arce and Pam Mendoza; and percussionist Brian Doria. “This puts us on a level with the international scene, we want to be able to play on any stage any type of entertainment. We felt we needed this kind of band to be that versatile,” he continues. “We have always recorded different styles of music, and we have also used different studio players throughout our career. We felt we needed to make [the band] complete, to be able to play what we have recorded in the past and what we recorded on this album.”

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