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Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.
Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the ... Read more in Amazon's Los Lobos Store

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LAT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Los Lobos's second full-length album was a transitional affair for East L.A.'s favorite musical sons. On their debut EP, ...And a Time to Dance, and especially on How Will the Wolf Survive?, Hidalgo, Rosas, and crew proved themselves to be Mexican American roots rockers nonpareil. While "Don't Worry Baby" demonstrated that Chicanos could play hard R&B as rough and tough as any down-South funk-soul outfit (Willie Dixon would be writing songs with Los Lobos by the time of their next album), By the Light of the Moon is a much mellower, soul-searching affair. The album was released in the era of Bruce Springsteen, the Blasters, the Del Lords, and other politically and socially aware "blue collar" rockers--which resulted in the Lobos dudes exploring similar lyrical themes. "One Time One Night," the opening track, remains one of the band's all-time classics--yet another exploration of the darker side of the American Dream, with some beautiful music (and musicianship) backing it up. And "River of Fools" remains one of the group's most beautiful ballads. Not that it's entirely a "slow dance" affair. Their Motown cover roots shine through on "Rosa Lee," while "All I Wanted to Do Is Dance" spotlights some pseudo-funk, Lobos style. Fans seem to have mixed reactions to this more than any other Lobos album, either considering it their finest or worst. La Bamba would be next, making them stars of a sort, but the lyrical experimentation on this album certainly set the stage for the musical experiments that ultimately resulted in their masterpiece, Kiko. --Bill Holdship

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One of my favourite albums of all time.
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When they sing "My Baby's Gone," an up-tempo blues, they sound HAPPY about it!
Tom B
Great songs, fine musicians, great music!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rballjones on December 23, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I think this is far and away their best. Their songwriting has never been better. In fact, I've been a little disappointed with each subsequent recording because they're never quite as good as "By the Light of the Moon"
Like a previous reviewer, I'm totally knocked out by the intro to "One Time One Night" which opens the CD. It has a great feeling--always makes me want to dance.
One of Los Lobo's strengths is its ability to take a variety of musical styles and influences and turn them into their own unique music. "By the Light of the Moon" exemplifies this strength. Great songs, fine musicians, great music!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rudizs@hotmail.com on May 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
One of my favourite albums of all time. Each & every track is very different & each one speaks volumes. The diversity is nearly overwhelming, but what is more surprising is how Los Lobos have mastered these musical styles as if they were born playing them. The songs, arrangements, performances & lyrics are all exceptional. Peaks for me are the intro to "All I Wanted To Do Was Dance" and the middle 8 of "River Of Fools".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Eyolf Lund on September 15, 2012
Format: Audio CD
This record by the great Los Lobos,is one of my favorite records. I have been greatly disapointed with a lot of the latest Mofi sacd's, which has a dull and lifeless sound, contrary to what they claim. But I just could not resist trying this release out, bought it from the good guys at Elusive Disc. The cd is old now, so it should be easy to improve the sound. And, yes, the sound IS improved on this sacd! More slam, more clarity, better highs and bottom, better separation. The whole sound spectrum is just better. So great job on this one Mofi, and thank you for making this fanatstic album sound better! PS- The guitar work on this album is just incredible.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom B on October 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Mixing a bit of Tex-Mex with that Old-Time Rock & Roll, Los Lobos keep you tapping your toes, singing along or getting out of your chair to dance. Even the potentially somber "Is This All There Is" is a real sing-along cheerful number. "Shakin' Shakin' Shakes" delivers exactly what the title promises. "All I Wanted to Do Was Dance" moves you to do just that, dance with the guys. "The Hardest Time," nominally a sad ballad, is a tuneful cut that'll get your fingers moving. You'd expect a song called "Tears of God" to be mournful, but you'll find yourself humming harmonies along with its optimistic energy. When they sing "My Baby's Gone," an up-tempo blues, they sound HAPPY about it! In fact, that's the main thing about this whole album: it's got a HAPPY mood. Not a downer on it. There aren't many albums that are just plain good-time music, fun to listen to. This is one of them. These guys are enjoying themselves, and it's infectious. I love it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Los Lobo's "By The Light of the Moon" was my first exposure to the band, and I've been hooked ever since. I'm often mystified by the critics' dismissal of the ballads; perhaps I'm just a mushy sentimentalist. The guitar intro for "One Time One Night" is one of my very favorite instrumental lines. Yes, the lyrics are dark, but the subject is serious, and the music is uplifting. Less experimental than their other efforts, "By the Light of the Moon" is excellent nevertheless. Who wants to be the critics' darling, anyway?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Hawkins on April 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album came out right before "La Bamba" made Los Lobos a household name briefly in 1987. Unfortunately, in all the hubbub over that #1 song, their album got lost along the way, and underperformed commercially. Thus, many people missed a brilliant album with no weak spots anywhere. I have had this cassette since 1987, and am patiently waiting for the band to have Rhino remaster their first few albums. The originals sound pretty good still, but hearing amazing songs like "River of Fools" and "One Time One Night" in glorious Rhinophonic sound would be to die for. For those who want to get this now, find a used CD copy at your local store and hear the sound of a band that has few rivals in American music history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albert Ornelas on March 24, 1999
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This was my first 'LOBOS' album. When I was growing up my musical influences ran the gamut of 50 styles rock, Top 40 and Tex Mex here is a band that has it all on one album. Isn't that a cool cover?BEST SELECTIONSONE TIME ONE NIGHT, SET ME FREE, MY BABYS GONE, SHAKIN SHAKIN SHAKES, IS THIS ALL THERE IS? ALL I WANTED TO DO WAS DANCE AND PRENDA DEL ALMA
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 11, 1998
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The band masters several musical styles, touching soul, raw, gripping rhythm and blues and mexican folk songs, and mixes it all into a unique, distinguisable sound. The best songs are touching, describing the world from a romaticized blue-collar perspective. David Hidalgo's voice goes straight to the heart.
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