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Gates Of Gold

Review With Gates of Gold, LOS LOBOS bring their powerhouse mix of Rock, Tex-Mex, Country, Folk, and Blues. From start to finish, the lyrics and mood evoke a rich American saga in the tradition of Faulkner and Steinbeck from this truly original multi- Grammy award winning band from East LA on their first studio album in five years.
Lost Time

Review Los Lobos is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Kiko with the release of Kiko 20th Anniversary Edition on CD. The Kiko 20th Anniversary Edition is newly remastered, and features bonus material including demo versions of album tracks and live recordings, and new liner notes written by Los Angeles journalist and longtime friend of the band, Luis Torres.

Released in 1992, Kiko was embraced by fans and hailed by critics as the band s defining moment, the album that put Los Lobos back on the innovation track. Kiko was produced by Mitchell Froom, who received a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year for his work on the album, and who had previously collaborated with the band on La Bamba. Dubbed one of the albums of the decade by The Wall Street Journal, "the album of the year" by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, and one of "The Essential Recordings of the '90s" by Rolling Stone, Los Lobos also took home an MTV Music Video Award for Breakthrough Video for "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" in 1993.
Crosseyed Heart

Review Just Another Band From East L.A.: A Collection by Los Lobos

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Panhandle Rambler

Review Even the title of this terrific two-disc compilation--a play on the title of an early-'70s recording by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention--displays just how clever and hip this great L.A. band has always been. Just Another Band is everything an anthology should be, touching on all the best-known moments ("Don't Worry Baby," "Will the Wolf Survive?," "One Time One Night," "La Bamba," etc.), spanning their career from its origins through Kiko (six tracks from which are featured here), arguably their finest hour. Musically, you get hard R&B, Tex-Mex, pure traditional Mexican music, pop-rock, gorgeous ballads, and pure, raucous rock & roll. Actually, pure is the operative word here--and fans who already own all the albums proper will probably still want this for the soundtrack cuts, live versions (including a performance of their great "Let's Say Goodnight"), unreleased outtakes, cool live cover versions (from both Marvin Gaye and Cream!), and even their terrific "I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)," originally performed by Louis Prima in The Jungle Book, from the late-1980s, Hal Wilner-produced Disney tribute, Stay Awake. How will the wolves survive? Damn well, from every indication on this fine collection. --Bill Holdship
Los Lobos: Dream in Blue (American Music)

Review Wonderful 1984 album from East LA legends, co-produced by T-Bone Burnett. Includes 'Don't Worry Baby'.
Don Henley Cass County

Review Los Lobos's ability to wade through disparate musical styles isn't the stuff of Elvis and the Beatles, but Los Lobos did it on their debut album. And, unlike much of the material Los Lobos cut their teeth on as a Los Angeles Top 40 cover band, there is nothing lowest-common-denominator about the band's original music. "Don't Worry Baby" is a blues rocker gritty enough for John Lee Hooker; rockabilly meets country, courtesy of David Hidalgo's lap steel, on "Our Last Night"; Cesar Rosas pays homage to the band's Mexican roots on the mariachi-style "Corrido #1"; and "Will the Wolf Survive?" is an infectious jangle rocker that became an early MTV hit. Seamless. File under American Music. --Bill Crandall
Kiko (20Th Anniversary Edition)

Review Collection of live tracks assembled by Los Lobos member Cesar Rosas. This is the second volume in a continuing series of limited releases issued by the band. This release contains live cuts recorded by the band in 1997. Los Lobos is a multiple Grammy Awardwinning rock band from East Los Angeles, California. Their music is influenced by rock n roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. They gained international stardom in 1987 when their cover version of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" (from the film of the same name) topped the charts in the US, the UK and in several other countries.
Perfectamundo

Review Originally released in 1996, Colossal Head continues to represent the most adventurous time in the musical life of Los Lobos. Leaving their ''La Bamba'' days behind, the band holds on to their traditional rock and blues roots with Colossal Head, experimenting with the rhythms and sounds of jazz, funk and lo-fi and seamlessly melding their classic grooves with their new influences.
The Ghosts of Highway 20

Review Los Lobos, Los Angeles masterful musicians who catapulted from the East L.A. bar scene to worldwide recognition for their unique sound mixing Latin soul grooves, roots rock, Mexican folk, traditional Spanish, blues and R&B, are celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band with the release of DISCONNECTED IN NEW YORK CITY. Including all their hits and fan favorites (La Bamba, Little Things and Set Me Free Rosa Lee) and recorded live in December 2012 at the City Winery in New York City, the original members, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez, Steve Berlin and Conrad Lozano play with an invigorating, joyous spirit as they revisit four decades of musical magic. This Exclusive Deluxe Set includes 2 CDs and a bonus DVD with 5 Live Performances (Cumbia, Tears of God, Set Me Free Rosa Lee, Venganza and Malaque) filmed from New York City.
Nashville Obsolete

Review 2010 relerase from the Grammy-winning East L.A. band, their first collection of new original material in four years. Featuring powerful Rock 'n' Roll, blistering Blues, two Spanish-language tracks, and even a Grateful Dead cover, the album is classic Lobos through and through.
Tin Can Trust

Review The Neighborhood is the eighth album by the Mexican American rock group Los Lobos. It was released in 1990 and includes contributions from, among others, Levon Helm and John Hiatt. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]
Kiko (20Th Anniversary Edition)

Review The Neighborhood continues Los Lobos' gift for melding American musics--R&B, conjunto, C&W, rock, and the rest--into a sound that's entirely its own. The longing swing of "Emily" is kick-started by driving fiddle, the delicate "Little John of God" features the Arkansas drawl of Levon Helm, and "Jenny's Got a Pony" sounds like a house partyin' blend of Mitch Ryder and Gary Bonds. The best of the bunch, "Down by the Riverbed," employs striking imagery ("A monster cloud like a big black hand") to propel a narrative about the fear of commitment. The record weakens near the end, due mainly to self-consciously poetic lyrics, but The Neighborhood is still a place worth spending some time.--David Cantwell
Gates Of Gold

Review With Gates of Gold, LOS LOBOS bring their powerhouse mix of Rock, Tex-Mex, Country, Folk, and Blues. From start to finish, the lyrics and mood evoke a rich American saga in the tradition of Faulkner and Steinbeck from this truly original multi- Grammy award winning band from East LA on their first studio album in five years.
How Will The Wolf Survive

Review Los Lobos is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their seminal album Kiko with the release of Kiko 20th Anniversary Edition on CD. The Kiko 20th Anniversary Edition is newly remastered, and features bonus material including demo versions of album tracks and live recordings, and new liner notes written by Los Angeles journalist and longtime friend of the band, Luis Torres.

Released in 1992, Kiko was embraced by fans and hailed by critics as the band s defining moment, the album that put Los Lobos back on the innovation track. Kiko was produced by Mitchell Froom, who received a Grammy nomination for Producer of the Year for his work on the album, and who had previously collaborated with the band on La Bamba. Dubbed one of the albums of the decade by The Wall Street Journal, "the album of the year" by the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, and one of "The Essential Recordings of the '90s" by Rolling Stone, Los Lobos also took home an MTV Music Video Award for Breakthrough Video for "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" in 1993.
By the Light of the Moon

Review Just Another Band From East L.A.: A Collection by Los Lobos

When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using CD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


Just Another Band from East L.A.: A Collection

Review Even the title of this terrific two-disc compilation--a play on the title of an early-'70s recording by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention--displays just how clever and hip this great L.A. band has always been. Just Another Band is everything an anthology should be, touching on all the best-known moments ("Don't Worry Baby," "Will the Wolf Survive?," "One Time One Night," "La Bamba," etc.), spanning their career from its origins through Kiko (six tracks from which are featured here), arguably their finest hour. Musically, you get hard R&B, Tex-Mex, pure traditional Mexican music, pop-rock, gorgeous ballads, and pure, raucous rock & roll. Actually, pure is the operative word here--and fans who already own all the albums proper will probably still want this for the soundtrack cuts, live versions (including a performance of their great "Let's Say Goodnight"), unreleased outtakes, cool live cover versions (from both Marvin Gaye and Cream!), and even their terrific "I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)," originally performed by Louis Prima in The Jungle Book, from the late-1980s, Hal Wilner-produced Disney tribute, Stay Awake. How will the wolves survive? Damn well, from every indication on this fine collection. --Bill Holdship
La Pistola y El Corazon

Review Wonderful 1984 album from East LA legends, co-produced by T-Bone Burnett. Includes 'Don't Worry Baby'.
The Neighborhood

Review Los Lobos's ability to wade through disparate musical styles isn't the stuff of Elvis and the Beatles, but Los Lobos did it on their debut album. And, unlike much of the material Los Lobos cut their teeth on as a Los Angeles Top 40 cover band, there is nothing lowest-common-denominator about the band's original music. "Don't Worry Baby" is a blues rocker gritty enough for John Lee Hooker; rockabilly meets country, courtesy of David Hidalgo's lap steel, on "Our Last Night"; Cesar Rosas pays homage to the band's Mexican roots on the mariachi-style "Corrido #1"; and "Will the Wolf Survive?" is an infectious jangle rocker that became an early MTV hit. Seamless. File under American Music. --Bill Crandall
Disconnected In New York City [3 CD]

Review Collection of live tracks assembled by Los Lobos member Cesar Rosas. This is the second volume in a continuing series of limited releases issued by the band. This release contains live cuts recorded by the band in 1997. Los Lobos is a multiple Grammy Awardwinning rock band from East Los Angeles, California. Their music is influenced by rock n roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. They gained international stardom in 1987 when their cover version of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" (from the film of the same name) topped the charts in the US, the UK and in several other countries.
Good Morning Aztlán [Limited Edition]

Review Originally released in 1996, Colossal Head continues to represent the most adventurous time in the musical life of Los Lobos. Leaving their ''La Bamba'' days behind, the band holds on to their traditional rock and blues roots with Colossal Head, experimenting with the rhythms and sounds of jazz, funk and lo-fi and seamlessly melding their classic grooves with their new influences.

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