Way before there was Ms. Gomez, another Selena stormed the charts with a unique blend of Tejano and Latin rhythms. Tragically, her 1995 murder cut everything short and prevented us from hearing that gorgeous voice sing new music…until now. This past week, Selena’s father, Abraham Quintanilla confirmed that there are unreleased tracks in the vaults and they will be made public within the next year.
“I own 5 Selena tape masters from pre-EMI times,” Quintanilla said. “There’s a total of 50 [unedited] songs. We picked 10 of those songs and we’re currently working on refreshing the music. We want to rejuvenate their sound, bring them up-to-date.”
Keep in mind, the “lost” Selena tracks were made when she was in her mid-teens and may lack the maturity of the songs she recorded shortly before her death. But for her die-hard fans (and there a lot of them), that won’t matter.
It is being reported that Selena’s brother A.B. Quintanilla is helping to oversee the project and may even be incorporating a few new cumbia elements into the songs. Apparently the game plan is to spread the 50 tracks across five CDs, the first of which should appear by early 2012.
By Michael Lopez