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From the mind of Rich Hopkins, co-founder and guitarist of the Sidewinders/Sand Rubies, one of Arizona’s most accomplished rock‘n’roll exports, comes The Whole Enchilada: The History of Desert Rock, Tucson, Arizona 1978-1994. The Vinyl LP: 978-939050-24-3 (3-disc LP) is officially available on Shopify.

The Whole Enchilada- History of Desert Rock, Tucson, Arizona 1978-1994

This whopping three-LP multi-media set and book, a who’s-who anthology of Tucson’s musical trailblazers and it’s woefully overlooked, arrives March 15, 2022 on Tucson, Arizona’s own San Jacinto label.

The painstakingly compiled collection is a veritable Tucson musical family tree, leading us from from the mid-1970s through the mid-1990s, from the swoony Bob Meighan Band and the honky tonk of the Dusty Chaps (both whom signed to major labels in the 1970’s) to international indie giants Green On Red (Serfers), Howe Gelb and Giant Sandworms, Naked Prey, Al Perry and The Cattle, Desert Rock breakouts The Sidewinders, Yard Trauma, Black Sun Ensemble and many more.

With varying styles covering honky tonk, power-pop, country and cow-punk, fusion, punk rock, eclectic and art-damaged, amped up bluegrass, blues and straight up sunbaked rock‘n’roll, the album is full of pleasant surprises (unsung country great Ned Sutton, for example), collectible rarities, popular numbers and outright gems you’ll wonder how you ever missed.

Accompanying the three-record set is a 70-page companion book with rare photos, obscure histories and anecdotes, and dozens of biographical essays by many of the artists themselves and others by named writers, journalists, photographers and deejays, placing the reader centerstage at Desert Rock’s halcyon days.

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The effort was compiled by Tucson natives Brian Jabas Smith and Douglas “Fini” Finical. In addition, the set includes a code that allows fans to view the 30-minute Whole Enchilada documentary, featuring a handful of stars and coulda-shouldas included in the project, helmed by film-fest winning director Maggie Smith.

One listen will recall for those familiar with the era and area the tangy scent of monsoon-drenched mesquite trees, the dark, top-down drives to Mexico, the murky interiors of neglected old-man-bars-turned-music-venues and all their jovial inmates.

Proceeds from THE WHOLE ENCHILADA benefit Tucson’s Casa Maria Soup Kitchen.

Record One: Side A
1 The Real Me / Ned Sutton
2 Sonoron Bust / Chuck Wagon and The Wheels
3 Only Living Son / Bob Meighan and Central Air
4 Curtis Jon and Sue / Howe Gelb
5 Customs / Los Lasers

Record One: Side B
1 Green on Red / Serfers
2 DC-10 / The Pills
3 Suicide / Phantom Limbs
4 Don't Turn Away / Giant Sandworms
5 Elevator / The Pedestrians

Record Two: Side A
1 Heat Stroke / Dusty Chaps
2 Helping Hand / Rainer
3 Cross of Wood / Giant Sandworms
4 She's Nobody' Friend / Jonny Sevin
5 Lest Call / Chris Burroughs and The Nationals
6 The Light / IF

Record Two: Side B
1 No Place To Be / Naked Prey
2 El Dio / Al Perry & The Cattle
3 We Can Laugh / Suzie Caruze and The Bandeliers
4 Sunnyslope / Fish Karma
5 Too Scared / The Freds
6 No Conclusions / Yard Trauma

Record Three: Side A
1 I'm Not With You Anymore / The Sidewinders
2 Lost Light / River Roses
3 Easter Sunday / The Host
4 Blues for Rainer in C Minor / Black Sun Ensemble

Record Three: Side B
1 Later On / The New Drakes
2 Responsible / Brilliant Fools
3 I Ain't Afraid / Stefen George
4 Steak House / Gila Bend
3 Time On My Hands / Brain Damage Orchestra

Produced by Rich Hopkins
Mastered by Lars Goransson at Sounds Outrageous, Austin
Cover Design & Concept by Douglas "Fini" Finical
© 2021 San Jacinto Records
Hurricane Records

All songs are protected by individual copyright. Published with artist permission. "Curtis Jon and Sue" © 1981, "Don't Turn Away" © 1983, written by Howe Gelb. Published by Sonic Storm Residue BMI.

The Whole Enchilada

CATALOG # 2064 "THE WHOLE ENCHILADA- The History of Desert Rock 1976-94"

Multimedia Package: 978-939050-26-7 (book and 3-set vinyl)
Release date: March 15, 2022

Vinyl LP: 978-939050-24-3 (3-disc)
Album available on Shopify

 Paperback: 978-939050-23-6 (paperback)

Produced by Richard Hopkins
Edited by Brian J. Smith
Designed by Douglas "Fini" Finical

Published by San Jacinto Records, Tucson, Arizona

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