10 Doug Sahm/Sir Douglas Quintet Albums You Need to Own
About as shaggy an album released in 1974 and called Groover's Paradise can possibly be, this one is notable for the song "Houston Chicks," which makes a number of salient observations as some fragrant "House of the Rising Sun"-like organ wafts all over the place. Sahm's idyllic "Beautiful Texas Sunshine" is here too, but Paradise is all pretty blissful, with a wonderful cover by Armadillo World Headquarters poster artist Kerry Awn to match.
Doug Sahm and His Band (1973)
Sahm recruited legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler for his first album on the label (and first solo album period), and Wexler didn't steer him wrong. Single "Is Anybody Going to San Antone" and Western swing standard "Faded Love" salute Sahm's honky-tonk past, but "Papa Ain't Salty," "Dealer's Blues," "Don't Turn Around" and "I Get Off" are wicked, wicked soul. Still Sahm's most popular album on iTunes.
Texas Tornados, Texas Tornados (1990)
Restless as ever in the late '80s, Sahm wanted to create a "Tejano supergroup" and boy he sure did, signing up "Wasted Days and Wasted Nights" crooner Freddy Fender, accordionista extraordinaire Flaco Jimenez and old SDQ pal Augie Meyers. Sahm races through a couple of his most bracing rockers, "Who Were You Thinkin' Of" and "Adios Mexico," to go along with Fender's "A Man Can Cry," Meyers' "Hey Baby (Que Paso)" and the Sahm-sung cover of Butch Hancock acher "She Never Spoke Spanish to Me." The whole thing is over in 31 minutes, so play it twice.
Day Dreaming at Midnight (1994)
Sir Doug bangs his head while keeping it in the family on this hard-rocking album recorded with sons Shandon and Shawn, then part of great pre-grunge Austin metal hopes Pariah.