Way cool album cover...mono
Album looks like it's unplayed or only once or twice. No original inner sleeve but cover and vinyl are like new.
Written-By – Pepe Guizar* 2:02
A2 Come Closer To Me
Written-By – A. Stewart*, O. Farrés* 2:19
Written-By – A. Dominguez* 2:29
A4 Be Mine Tonight
Written-By – M.T. Lara*, S. Skylar* 2:34
Written-By – E. Madriguera* 1:58
A6 La Virgen De La Macarena
Written-By – B.B. Monterde* 2:25
B1 Besame Mucho
Written-By – C. Velázquez* 2:54
B2 You Belong To My Heart
Written-By – A. Lara*, R. Gilbert* 1:52
B3 La Bamba
Written-By – R. Heaton*, T. Lesslie* 1:58
Written-By – A. Dominguez* 2:48
B5 South Of The Border
Written-By – J. Kennedy*, M. Carr* 2:59
Written-By – A. Lara* 4:25
Design [Cover Design] – Pate/Francis & Assocs.*
Engineer – Eddie Brackett
Guitar – Al Viola, Barney Kessel, Bill Pitman, Bob Bain, Howard Roberts, Jose Barroso, Tiny Timbrell
Guitar, Soloist – Laurindo Almeida
Photography By – Garrett-Howard, Inc.*
Producer – Felix Slatkin
Mfd. by Liberty Records, Inc., Hollywood, CA.
Guitars courtesy of Gibson, Inc. Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Custom die-cut gatefold sleeve.
Tracks A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, B1, B2, B4: Peer Int'l - BMI; Track B3: Simon-Jackson - BMI; Track B5: Shapiro, Bernstein / Peter Maurice Music - ASCAP; Track B6: Southern Music - ASCAP
Laurindo Almeida appears by courtesy of Capitol Records Inc.
Barney Kessel appears by courtesy of Contemporary Records.
Notes from inside sleeve:
All major music producing studios in Hollywood, with one exception, were strangely dark and silent on three evenings last February. Guitars and guitarists, an essential part of any modern recording session, were not available for regular duty. Instead, every guitar virtuoso in the film city had been booked to record en masse in three night-long sessions at Liberty Records.
During those sessions, in a huge studio alive with the sounds of music, Liberty added a chapter to the history of the guitar. That chapter, entitled 50 Guitars Go South Of The Border, recorded the combined efforts of many of the world's most renowned guitar soloists. Playing together for the first time, they produced a new string dimension-the sound of the guitar in depth.
With a guitar perfectionist in each chair, the guts, steels, guitarrones, Mexican harp guitars and rhythm guitars demonstrate that the richest heritage for modern is found in musical history.
The solos of Laurindo Almeida are backed by the elite choir of Mexican and jazz guitarists, including Barney Kessel, Howard Roberts, Al Viola, Bob Bain, Tiny Timbrell, Bill Pitman, Jose Barroso and many others whose exclusive contracts do not allow their names to be included here.
The result is awesome. A bullring overflowing with the world's most outstanding mariachis, flamencoists and classicists could do no more to astound and enrapture a critical listener. The music of these guitars in concert will fill the ears of the aficionado with sounds he had not imagined possible-sounds he had not hoped to hear. Liberty takes pride in presenting Tommy Garrett's fifty guitars.
The Liberty Premier Series ... Specifically designed to please the most exacting requirements of the discriminating music lover as well as the audiophile, each album in this series must meet the highest standards of musical and technical excellence. The most creative innovations in recording techniques, such as the use of a phantom recording channel, have been employed to totally eliminate any distortion of sound, even at the extreme ends of the audible sound spectrum.