MTV Video Music Awards

Genetic World

The groundbreaking theater work By the Hand of the Father had its premiere two years ago in Los Angeles. Created by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo, Alejandro Escovedo, and Eric Gutierrez—with so

The groundbreaking theater work By the Hand of the Father had its premiere two years ago in Los Angeles. Created by Theresa Chavez, Rose Portillo, Alejandro Escovedo, and Eric Gutierrez—with songs written primarily by Escovedo—By the Hand of the Father recounts the experiences of Escovedo's father's generation; that is, Mexicans who made their way north to the U.S. to build new lives. By exploring and unearthing these important stories, Escovedo and company keep the past alive. The eloquence of such tunes as "Hard Road" and "Ballad of the Sun and the Moon" is quite stirring, and such spoken-word passages as "59 Years" amplify the impact of this momentous project. One is hesitant to assert that this is the best music Escovedo has ever written, given his remarkable and distinctive discography, but throughout, these songs have a deeply personal resonance. Coinciding with this release are reissues of two classic Escovedo albums (Gravity and Thirteen Years), each with a bonus disc of extra material. Contact 800-962-5837.—PVV