Ritchie Valens In Concert at Pacoima Jr. High

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Ritchie Valens In Concert at Pacoima Jr. High
Live album and Demo by Ritchie Valens
Released December 1960
Recorded December 10, 1958 (Concert)
1958-59 (Demos)
Genre Rock and Roll
Label Del-Fi Records DFLP-1214
Producer Robert Keane
Ritchie Valens chronology
Ritchie
(1959)
Ritchie Valens in Concert at Pacoima Jr. High
(1960)
Ritchie Valens Memorial Album
(1963)

Ritchie Valens in Concert at Pacoima Jr. High is the third and final of the posthumously released "original" albums by Ritchie Valens. It consists of his only live performance ever recorded.

Background[edit]

On December 10, 1958, Valens, having completed a recent tour of Hawaii, gave a performance at his old Pacoima Junior High School. The show was emceed by Gail Smith, a close friend of his who later became president of the Ritchie Valens Memorial Fan Club in Los Angeles. Valens' guitar and vocals were only accompanied by drummer Don Phillips. The concert was taped using a small portable tape recorder.

After Valens' untimely death on February 3, 1959, numerous Ritchie Valens Fan Clubs were formed all over the nation. By late 1960, with no further records released since the "Ritchie" album a year before, his manager Robert Keane received letters en masse from fan club members who were hoping there were more of Valens' songs to be released. Keane responded by obtaining the tape of four songs from the Pacoima Junior High show and pressing it to record. To fill the "live" side of the album, an early demo of "Come On, Let's Go", bearing no resemblance to the released "hit" version, was added with live audience dubbed in. As Valens' entire Gold Star Studios master output had been released on his first two albums, side two was filled with unfinished demos recorded at Keane's home studio. Keane provided narrative descriptions of each track.

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Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ritchie Valens, except where noted. 

Side One (From the Pacoima Junior High School show)
No. Title Length
1. "Introduction by Bob Keane"   1:57
2. "Come On, Let's Go" (Ritchie Valens, Robert Kuhn) 3:20
3. "Donna"   3:05
4. "Summertime Blues" (Jerry Capehart, Eddie Cochran) 2:58
5. "From Beyond"   3:55
6. "La Bamba" (Traditional, adapted by Valens) 4:37
Side Two (Unfinished demos)
No. Title Length
1. "Introduction by Bob Keane"   0:20
2. "Rhythm Song"   1:14
3. "Guitar Instrumental"   1:54
4. "Malaguena" (Marian Banks, Ernesto Lecuona) 3:24
5. "Rock Little Darling" (Ritchie Valens, Robert Kuhn) 1:29
6. "Let's Rock and Roll"   1:46