Chango Man's Tino Ortega smuggles a full 30 wildly varied discs onto his desert island.
Chango Man's Tino Ortega smuggles a full 30 wildly varied discs onto his desert island.

Tino Ortega's Matagorda Island Discs

This week's installment finds bassist-singer Tino Ortega of local cumbia funkestra Chango Man waxing both wildly eclectic and utterly indecisive.

"This is the list. I have comments for every CD, since I own all of them and have listened to all of these 1,000 times. But this is NOT my final list."

The White Album, The Beatles

Morph The Cat, Donald Fagen

20 Greatest Hits, James Brown

Birth of The Cool, Miles Davis

Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili ­Peppers

Cosas de Enamorados, Juan Gabriel

Super Estrella EXITOS Vol. 1, Super Estrella

OK Computer, Radiohead

Yield, Pearl Jam

Mad About Mozart, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Orpheus Chamber Orchestra/ The London Symphony Orchestra

And true to his word, Ortega sent a second list:

Revolver, The Beatles

Songs for Swinging Lovers, Frank Sinatra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra

The Essential Charlie Parker, Charlie Parker

Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin

Kid A, Radiohead

Citizen Dan (boxed set), Steely Dan

Exit Stage Left, Rush

Past Masters Vol. 1 (Or Vol. 2), The Beatles

Anything by Willie Nelson

Anything by Elvis

Wait a minute, Ortega's not done yet:

Rubber Soul, The Beatles

Bitches Brew, Miles Davis

Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder

Pop, U2

Hot Shots, The Beta Band

Ill Communication, Beastie Boys

A Hard Days Night Soundtrack, The ­Beatles

Trompe le Monde, The Pixies

Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A.

Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles

"And I have a fourth and a fifth list also. There is just too much good music.

"This may take awhile for me..."

We'll be waiting...

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