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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

Dejame

Jose Roberto Martinez

Matame Con Tu Veneno

Jose Roberto Martinez

Arrancame El Corazon

Ricardo Quijano

Convencerte

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 REGROUPS AND RELEASES NEW ALBUM ON ITS OWN TERMS

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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