Category: Los Lobos

Los Lobos – By the Light of the Moon

ARTIST: Los Lobos                             220px-bythelightofthemoonalbumcover

TITLE:  By the Light of the Moon

YEAR RELEASED: 1987

CHART ACTION: #47 US, #77 UK

SINGLES: Set Me Free (Rosa Lee) (#99 UK), Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: One Time One Night

LINEUP: David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez, Conrad Lozano, Steve Berlin

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A let down after their brilliant 1984 album, but there are some decent tracks here.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It took a while for Los Lobos to release their second album. “One Time One Night” was under the opening credits for Colors, but the rest of the album didn’t come out until 1987.

They struggled with material, seemingly. It was an attempt to try to replicate the success, but the songs weren’t as vital or fresh as their previous set.

A couple tracks (“Set Me Free (Rosa Lee”) and “One Time One Night” are stellar, and it’s not like the other tracks are bad. But it is kind of disappointing compared to their first full-length.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their first two full length albums hit the same number on the Billboard charts.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B:  It’s OK, but not one of their best efforts..

Los Lobos – How Will the Wolf Survive

ARTIST: Los Lobos                                     howwillthewolfsurvive

TITLE:  How Will the Wolf Survive

YEAR RELEASED: 1984

CHART ACTION: #47

SINGLES: Don’t Worry Baby (#28 Mainstream, #57 UK), Will the Wolf Survive (#78 US, #26 Mainstream)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I Got Loaded

LINEUP: David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez, Steve Berlin

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut long-player showcases the versatility and chops of the East LA band.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: A first-time listener to this entire album, thinking of just the radio cuts, would definitely be surprised by the breadth and depth of this album.

They know how to play rock, sure, and they can sling guitars. They also can play plaintive ballads. But they’re adept at a more blues based style, and most importantly, native Norteno that to the untrained ear sound like polkas. The accordion is just as important of an instrument to them as guitar.

Vocally, David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas are adept at all of the material, and their guitar playing and Higalgo’s mandolin are excellent. It’s a revelatory record and opened a lot of ears toward Mexican music.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Drummer Louie Perez co-wrote seven of these tracks, collaborating with both Hidalgo and Rosas.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A:  Fantastic album that should open one’s ears at the versatility of the band.

Los Lobos – …And a Time to Dance

ARTIST: Los Lobos And_a_Time_to_Dance
TITLE: …And a Time to Dance
YEAR RELEASED: 1983
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Let’s Say Goodnight
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Come On Let’s Go is on this EP.
LINEUP: David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez, Conrad Lozano
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: An EP snapshot of the East LA Mexican-rock fusion band.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Call this a teaser for their career. This has a great cover, traditional songs, and blues rock influenced originals, plus a Ritchie Valens cover of “Come On, Let’s Go”.

It’s only seven songs, but it’s a great seven songs and well worth having in your collection, especially if you like Los Lobos diversity. The next year they’d release their first full-length rock / Mexican fusion album.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They had two albums out there before. One was a charity release for the United Farm Workers featuring them recording with friends. The other isn’t streaming; it’s a 1978 recording of traditional songs.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: A–: Every kind of everything from Los Lobos is here. It’s a Los Lobos platter platter!