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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B003097B5U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,354 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let's Say Goodnight (Album Version)
  2. Walking Song (Album Version)
  3. Anselma (Album Version)
  4. Come On Let's Go (Album Version)
  5. How Much Can I Do? (Album Version)
  6. Why Do You Do (Album Version)
  7. Ay Te Dejo En San Antonio (Album Version)

Disc: 2

  1. Don't Worry Baby (Album Version)
  2. A Matter of Time (Album Version)
  3. Corrido #1 (Album Version)
  4. Our Last Night (Album Version)
  5. The Breakdown (Album Version)
  6. I Got Loaded (Album Version)
  7. Serenata Nortena (Album Version)
  8. Evangeline (Album Version)
  9. I Got To Let You Know (Remastered Album Version)
  10. Lil' King of Everything (Album Version)
  11. Will the Wolf Survive? (Album Version)

Disc: 3

  1. One Time One Night (Album Version)
  2. Shakin' Shakin' Shakes (Album Version)
  3. Is This All There Is? (Album Version)
  4. Prenda Del Alma (Album Version)
  5. All I Wanted To Do Was Dance (Album Version)
  6. Set Me Free [Rosa Lee] (Album Version)
  7. The Hardest Time (Album Version)
  8. My Baby's Gone (Album Version)
  9. River of Fools (Album Version)
  10. The Mess We're In (Album Version)
  11. Tears of God (Album Version)

Disc: 4

  1. Down On the Riverbed
  2. Emily
  3. I Walk Alone
  4. Angel Dance
  5. Little John of God
  6. Deep Dark Hole
  7. Georgia Slop
  8. I Can't Understand
  9. The Giving Tree
  10. Take My Hand
  11. Jenny's Got A Pony
  12. Be Still
  13. The Neighborhood

Disc: 5

  1. Dream in Blue (Album Version)
  2. Wake Up Dolores (Album Version)
  3. Angels With Dirty Faces (Album Version)
  4. That Train Don't Stop Here (Album Version)
  5. Kiko and the Lavender Moon (Album Version)
  6. Saint Behind the Glass (Album Version)
  7. Reva's House (Album Version)
  8. When the Circus Comes (Album Version)
  9. Arizona Skies (Album Version)
  10. Short Side Of Nothing (Album Version)
  11. Two Janes (Album Version)
  12. Wicked Rain (Album Version)
  13. Whiskey Trail (Album Version)
  14. Just A Man (Album Version)
  15. Peace (Album Version)
  16. Rio de Tenampa (Album Version)

Customer Reviews

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Many thanks to Rhino for putting this set together. Until recently I didn't own anything from Los Lobos but had been meaning to get into them via the 4 disc best-of set. However when I did eventually delve into Amazon to buy it, I discovered this particular set and bought it instead, since it seemed like a better deal for my purposes. Much cheaper than the box set but still containing a lot of material including lots of stuff that was in the set. It also held out the promise that, if I was to go on to purchase other Los Lobos albums then I wouldn't have to worry about overlap. I certainly haven't been disappointed.

So, what did I get?

In sequential order, the first "official" release from Los Lobos, which was the 7 track EP, "A Time to Dance". It's a great little album. Tight and sprightly music broadly covering tex-mex, R'n,B plus some good old fashioned rock'n'roll, sometimes with touches of all three of these genres in the same number. Guitar driven with accordion and sax. A great bunch of musicians who really knew their instruments backwards. You get the impression that this was what they sounded like, live. As the title emphasised, they were a dance band and it showed. Oh, and that's a great picture on the sleeve.

The first official full length album "How will the Wolf Survive" is the next disc contained in this set. While the sound didn't vary significantly from "Time to Dance", the increase in length allowed for a greater variety of material. Ears were picking up in the critical world at this release and it still gets mentions as one the best Los Lobos albums.

This was followed by "By the Light of the Moon", disc 3 in this set. By this time the Mexican influence appeared to be waning, with only one specifically Mexican number in the set.
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By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2010
I saw Los Lobos last year at the Cambridge Folk Festival. They were a great live act, although suffered a little from trying to follow an incredible set from Booker T and his band (which also had the band's own brilliant David Hildago guesting).
I'd bought the compilation : Wolf tracks-which draws from all five of the albums included here as a primer, and while a liked it and enjoyed the set, I wasn't too sure about shelling out for the first five albums even at this reasonable reissue price. After all 5 albums is a lot to work through (even if the first is ep length). Well I'm so glad I went for it. I understand that How will the Wolf survive is reckoned to be their classic but the others are really not far behind.
The early albums are essentially guitar driven, and reminiscent of a variety of styles although predominantly blues and early garage/rock n' roll. I have to say I was relieved there is very little Mexican roots as such, I know that may be politically incorrect, and I can cope with it live but really its their Americana roots side I like. There is plenty of that here. So much so I played all 5 cds straight through. OK there are a few weaker tracks at first listen but the depth of the song writing and the energy of the music really surpassed my expectations.(I also had no idea how much the excellent Alejandro Escoveda owes to this group).
The compilation by no means exhausted the gold-mine that this reissue represents, and the albums work much better in their original context. A pity there is no booklet, but then I have the one in Wolftracks.....and you can't expect more for the price.(The cds come in individual replica sleeves)
A great value introduction to this great band, which will leave you wanting to investigate their later stuff.
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A great value box set. You might not know Los Lobos beyond "La Bamba", but don't let that put you off. In my case, I started with "Kiko" and have never looked back. A truly excellent band with a surprising variety of styles, superb songs and very little filler.
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I had all the vinyls, but since they're not easy to listen to in my car or ipod, I bought this great collection of their first albums, it's so cheap for what it offers that you could buy it even if you don't like them! Which is difficult, in my opinion.
Get yourself one of these boxes, adding "Colossal Head" and "This Time".
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Since the first time I heard Los Lobos I was smitten with their style and delivery. I have followed them for quite a few years but due to moving I found that I had no vinyl albums left in my collection. This then had my heart pumping when I realised that I could now, once again, own my 4 favourite Los Lobos albums plus one that I was not that familiar with. I can recommend this box set to anyone who has an interest in or wants to discover the band and assure you that you will not be disappointed. Enjoy!!!!
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Really enjoyable listening, great guitar work and vocals and Excellent value. Have a listen, I am sure you wont be disappointed !
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Excellent recap of the first five band releases (excluding the "La Bamba Soundtrack & the Spanish language "La Pistola y El Corazon releases)...love the cardboard sleeves and the sound on all five CD's is great...I ordered this from the U.S. and total with shipping & handling only came out to $23.11, a fine deal indeed...I ordered this primarily to have a hard copy of "A Time To Dance"...it was never released on CD in the U.S. and I had a chance some years ago to buy a used London label UK version but passed because of the price...I am VERY HAPPY WITH THIS PURCHASE!!!
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