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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000025JYU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,707 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There is little that Los Lobos hasn't played in the years they've been around. And, with "Just Another Band from East L.A." you can experience this growth from the beginning all the way through "Kiko". This compilation contains more than forty tracks of traditional Spanish music, Tex-Mex, blues and rock.
Few bands honor their roots like Los Lobos does. The beginning of disc one has several Spanish folk songs, including the beautiful ballad, "Sabor a Mi" flavored with Latin guitar runs. The flavor turns a little more rock in the middle of disc one and holds onto it for the remainder of the album. The power of Los Lobos' songs is heard in "River of Fools", "Will the Wolf Survive?" and "On Time One Night". Covers of Ritchie Valens' "Come On Let's Go" and his arrangement of the traditional "La Bamba" helped bring Los Lobos national acclaim.
Things are great on the first disc, but things get better on the second disc. Again the second disc is a mix of rock and blues and songs sung in Spanish. With songs like "Down On the Riverbed", "Angel Dance", the incredible "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" and a live cover of Cream's "Politician" make this album a keeper. The best song on this compilation is the live cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". The guys do a great job on one of the best songs ever written.
Besides getting nearly two and a half hours of Los Lobos, and a great sampling from all their albums pre-"Colossal Head", there are also four previously unreleased tracks and nearly a dozen live cuts. An albums worth of live cuts and never before heard material makes this compilation definitely something to look into even if you already have all of Los Lobos' albums.
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Yes this really is an excellent collection.
The 2 disc album shows Los Lobos' great versatility: from Mexican traditionals to US country music.
It's even better if you understand Spanish.
The album collects a lot of highlights and shows they are much more than just a "La Bamba" fiesta band.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d587444) out of 5 stars 40 reviews
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6c6fcc) out of 5 stars One of the Best Bands 5 Feb. 2002
By Russell Diederich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
There is little that Los Lobos hasn't played in the years they've been around. And, with "Just Another Band from East L.A." you can experience this growth from the beginning all the way through "Kiko". This compilation contains more than forty tracks of traditional Spanish music, Tex-Mex, blues and rock.
Few bands honor their roots like Los Lobos does. The beginning of disc one has several Spanish folk songs, including the beautiful ballad, "Sabor a Mi" flavored with Latin guitar runs. The flavor turns a little more rock in the middle of disc one and holds onto it for the remainder of the album. The power of Los Lobos' songs is heard in "River of Fools", "Will the Wolf Survive?" and "On Time One Night". Covers of Ritchie Valens' "Come On Let's Go" and his arrangement of the traditional "La Bamba" helped bring Los Lobos national acclaim.
Things are great on the first disc, but things get better on the second disc. Again the second disc is a mix of rock and blues and songs sung in Spanish. With songs like "Down On the Riverbed", "Angel Dance", the incredible "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" and a live cover of Cream's "Politician" make this album a keeper. The best song on this compilation is the live cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On". The guys do a great job on one of the best songs ever written.
Besides getting nearly two and a half hours of Los Lobos, and a great sampling from all their albums pre-"Colossal Head", there are also four previously unreleased tracks and nearly a dozen live cuts. An albums worth of live cuts and never before heard material makes this compilation definitely something to look into even if you already have all of Los Lobos' albums.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfa1138) out of 5 stars America's Band 26 Aug. 2010
By Mr. Mambo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I am 60 years old. When I was five I got turned on to rock & roll by Elvis. Then came the Stones, Beatles, Beach Boys, Yardbirds, back to Muddy Waters, Little Walter, then Dylan, Van Morrison, Otis Rush, Charlie Musselwhite, The Band, John Hiatt, Dire Straits, U2, and....Los Lobos. To me Los Wolves are in the same strong roots tradition of The Band. This is music put out by men. Men who care about the music more than anything else. One of the things that set The Band (Levon Helm/Robby Robertson/Rick Danko/Garth Hudson/Richard Manuel) apart way back then was that they consciously set out to be the antithesis of rock stars. It was not a fashion show; it was only about the music. Likewise, Los Lobos. There are no gimmicks here, never have been.

This retrospective two-disk set is endlessly diverse, entertaining, and challenging. It's chock-full of great songs from all of the band's LP's, up through Kiko, a truly stupdendous array of amazingly varied types of music. Of course, they have released many great albums since Kiko, so if this is your first Los Lobos purchase, you've made a wise choice. I like to put this on in my car, especially on longer drives, when I can listen to both disks. David Hidalgo is truly the "Garth Hudson" of the group: inventive, a musical genius, plus a fabulous singer. Like The Band, which eschewed flash guitar solos, you will find few instances of instrumental pyrotechnics here; however, when they do "step out", it's obvious that these gentlemen are master musicians.

Los Lobos are, for me, the band which has been the most consistently great over the past thirty (!!) years. They are a national treasure. We are lucky to have seen them, to have been witness to their incredible talents. They have made the world a much better place simply by passing through it.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfa10a8) out of 5 stars just another reviewer from East LA 13 May 2000
By Doris K. Rodriguez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is the Album that dosen't collect dust. It takes me back to a time long ago in a land far away from today. It is true that for any of us brought up on the east side our music was a blend of our parent's tunes and rock and roll. The liner notes are a faithful description of life for us in the 60's and for 70's. The La Bamba stuff is important because it's good fun music and it honor's Richie Valens. His contribution opened doors showing us that we, (Americans of Hispanic Descent) have a voice. This album can be sumed up as... The music that plays during the family's backyard BBQ when all was right in the neighborhood.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfa12f4) out of 5 stars Best band of the last quarter century 10 April 2003
By N. D. A. Grie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The last quarter century has not generally been an era favorable to bands, except for the brief New Wave of the early 80s. But it was 1978 when "Los Lobos del Norte" put out their first Norteno music that appears on this CD - pricelessly beautiful and skillfully played, and still a feature of their music today. Then came 1984 and "Will the Wolf Survive?", the defining album of their early rock period, mixing Norteno with rock 'n roll and a vision of east L.A. street life. In the 90s, the Lobos turned funky and experimental, and "Just Another Band" captures many songs from "Kiko", their legendary album from that period, and the most recent music represented on the CD. Most recently their CD "Good Morning Aztlan" blends all these styles, and the legend still grows.
No other band today can claim the riches that Los Lobos have given us for these 25 years. No other band can pull together the disparate styles of the American street so strongly and movingly. And there is the paradox that this band that is so particularly of the streets of East L.A. is also the most completely American band of this era, accessible and belonging to all of us.
"Just Another Band from East L.A." does full justice to Los Lobos and their history. All the best tracks I would have wanted from the albums I already knew are here, plus some excellent never released songs (especially the beautifully moving "Someday"), several live tracks, and the smile-inducing Latino version of the King Louis monkey song "I Wanna Be Like You" from the Jungle Book.
To top it off, the boxed package includes great pictures and the story of the band's socio-cultural origins. It deserves a special place on your shelf.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9cfa1444) out of 5 stars The Best Band in the World 7 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This collection shows the tremendous range of this amazing band. Los Lobos shows off their musical chops on songs ranging from traditional Mexican folk tunes to growling post-punk, pulling off every track with a Latin vibe that doesn't quit. Also check out Collosal Head to see what they've been up to since this collection was compiled.
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