Trini Lopez – Trini Lopez At PJ’s


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Track Listing:
1. A-Me-Ri-Ca 4:01   2. If I Had a Hammer - 2:59   3. Bye Bye Blackbird - 2:18   4. Cielito Lindo - 2:02   5. This Land Is Your Land - 3:50   6. What'd I Say - 3:12   7. La Bamba - 4:36   8. Granada - 3:20   9. Gotta Travel On - 2:06   10. Down by the Riverside - 1:30   11. Marianne - 1:04   12. When the Saints Go Marchin' In - 0:46   13. Volare - 1:08   14. Unchain My Heart - 3:04


1. AllMusic - Richie Unterberger
This was the album that made Lopez explode nationally, reaching number two, staying in the Top 40 LP charts for about a year, and yielding the hit "If I Had a Hammer." All of this seems to have been largely forgotten today, but at the time Lopez was ubiquitous indeed. What he did, at the head of a trio withMickey Jones (later to play briefly with Bob Dylan) on drums and Dick Brant on bass, was to make folk-pop swing. There is certainly some folk music on here, including "If I Had a Hammer," "This Land Is Your Land," and "Gotta Travel On." It could be surmised that by treating such material in this fashion,Lopez had a tiny influence upon the subsequent folk-rock movement; Marty Balin of the Jefferson Airplane has said as much. In truth, however, Lopez was more the all-around entertainer with a Latin lilt than he was a folk singer, so you also get "America" (from West Side Story), "La Bamba," Ray Charles' "What'd I Say," "Volare," and "When the Saints Go Marching In." The live party-a-go-go atmosphere did much to put Lopez's likable energy over, and likely influenced the similar live-in-a-small-club ambience on Johnny Rivers' early hits, especially as Jones played with Rivers as well.