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Colossal Head

Los LobosAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 19, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002N51
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,428 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If Kiko was Los Lobos' unanticipated definitive statement, as in "You've got to hear this!" Colossal Head is its less focused addendum. It says: "Oh, yeah, and furthermore. The title track, a multi-textured grinder with a Middle Eastern string arrangement mixed in with baritone sax and blues guitar. "Life Is Good" is lazy, infectious '70s pop funk à la War and Sly & the Family Stone "Más y más" is an old-fashioned guitar wank that puts one in mind of the other crucial name in Latin rock--Santana. Los Lobos are known for their ensemble work, but this is just unstrained look-at-me showboating. When you've got David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, why not flaunt 'em? The occasional missteps ("This Bird's Gonna Fly," "Can't Stop the Rain") are just bland songs the band and coproducers Mitchell Froom and Tchad Blake dress up with the kind of offbeat production touches that worked so well with Kiko. --Steven Stolder

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Do The Colossal Head!" January 21, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I was in college in 1996 when this album came out. I purchased it and it became a staple on my college radio show for the next couple years. The band is incredible and the Mitchell Froom/Tchad Blake production added strange character to this eclectic group of songs. Standouts for me are the slow wah guitar driven "Little Japan" and the exuberant "Life is Good", which sounds like listening to a party from the apartment next door. I love the driving "Everybody Loves a Train" with its locomotive rhythm and roaring saxophone. "Mas Y Mas" is a barnburner of the highest order and you don't need to understand the lyrics to have a good time. Colossal Head may not stand up to Kiko as Los Lobos's best, but I still give it five stars for its adventurous spirit. So many albums that came out in 96 were stale, pallid, and forgettable and this was a fresh, lively shot in the arm.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vastly Underrated May 3, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Colossal Head is Los Lobos' "Look how far we can go and still sound great" declaration. "Revolution" is permeated by the tar bubbles of bass and drums and David Hidalgo's effortless vocal style...great stuff. "Maricela" is enough to make the dullest person get up and dance, with it's latin piano and accordian intermingling perfectly in the songs sparse texture. "Can't stop the Rain" is a butt-shaker that really comes alive in headphones. Experimentation is everywhere here, loosening the snare to an ingenious rattle in "Little Japan" and looping the drums in a live-sounding "Life is Good". "Colossal Head" is as gentle as "This Bird's Got to Fly " is bombastic, blaring through with unapolagetic saxaphones that compliment a mean, delay-ridden vocal. "Buddy Ebson Loves the Night Time" closes the album like a meditation, as a lilting lead guitar slinks lazily over a looped bass drum. The music is under-produced, allowing for a difficult to achieve, live sound. A must have for music lovers of all kinds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great weird Los Lobos record October 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The first seven tracks are a kick everytime I hear them. By a funny coincidence I had picked up a War collection about six weeks before I heard Colossal Head, and it was perfect preparation. I read some reviews that knock this record for the presence of some blues. Go figure. That's a big part of the Lobos' musical background and they are very good at playing and singing it. There's also an all-time great tune "Maricela" and some very tasty soul numbers in "Can't Stand the Rain" and "Little Japan". The sound is even stranger than it was on Kiko.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Hot, Chunky Style... May 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Colossal Head" has taken me a couple of listenings to really appreciate; it's heavy on the bass, the aggressive percussion, and the fuzzy guitars, and has some odd bits of noise thrown in. The sound is fatter than I'm used to hearing from Los Lobos, more aggressive and edgy, and for those who are hoping for the traditional Mexican stuff they do so well, it's not on here. "Maricela" is as close as they get, but even it has droning fuzz-toned guitar and heavy-bottomed bass over the accordion.
I wasn't sure I liked "Colossal Head" after the first listening, probably because it confounded all my expectations about what a Los Lobos CD "should" be like. But sometimes it's good to have your expectations stood on their head; once I got over my initial reaction I have found "Colossal Head" to be highly addictive. Play it loud.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rock n' Roll from one of the better bands around. February 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Los Lobos has long been a favorite among their peers. The band is eclectic to say the least. They combine rock with blues, tex-mex into a sound that is all Los Lobos. Colossal Head was released in 1996 and was the follow-up to the very successful Kiko. Colossal Head is one of my favorites in that the band rocks on this CD like no other. Their unique blend of influences gives this CD a rock fusion which works on every track. If you missed this CD the first time around and looking to spice up the collection - give Colossal Head a spin - you will not be disappointed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXTRAORDINARY BAND May 30, 2006
By greg s.
Format:Audio CD
Anyone who is a TRUE music lover, will either know, or would want to know, about the true Los Lobos. They are so very, VERY much more than most people recognize. They are true artists in every sense, and have a dignity (musically, and personally) that few bands have, or could even understand.

Their entire body of work is very worthwhile, and this record ranks near, or at the top, along with KIKO.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uhhh... BRILLIANT! June 21, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Its hard to read some of the negative reviews here including the one endorsed by Amazon but ignore them. This is an incredible album by an incredible band. This album rocks in so many ways from start to finish and will leave you thumbing the bin for more Lobos!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A STEP FORWARD February 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This release seems to me to be the logical follow up to the
amazing KIKO, and I believe that it is easily it's equal. Much
in the way I put KIKO on to go to sleep by, COLOSSAL HEAD is my
usual choice to wake up to. Both releases have moved from being
great music into the realm of magical, musical journeys into the
incredible. This starts us out with REVOLUTION, a song that gives
hint to the trip they will be taking us on. It moves on to the
hard rocking MAS Y MAS and it's excellent guitar work. The Latin
flavor comes through strong on MARICELA, a beautifully crafted
wonder. On to EVERYBODY LOVES A TRAIN, truly original,mixing
sung vocials with the spoken word. Very up beat tempo. A bluesy
number comes along with CAN'T STOP THE RAIN, the light and airy
LIFE IS GOOD, and bass driven LITTLE JAPAN, where layer upon
layer of sound pass through and intermingle with eachother. A
very heart felt offering. MANNY'S BONES, and COLOSSAL HEAD are
fun rockers with interesting lyrics. They end this thing with
some music reminiscient of old time Chicago blues on the final
track. Wonderful stuff. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Thanks and have fun,
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Vinyl helps decode the busy mix
This is solely a commentary on the vinyl released by YepRoc Records. Get it. Digital versions of Los Lobos at this era definitely are muddy & full of the kitchen sink. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Geee!
3.0 out of 5 stars Si a Si
Some of the songs I could listen to all day every day. Others would take a certain mood. It was a 50/50 listen
Published 11 months ago by Torena
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard Grooves Of Many Shades From Los Lobos
Sometimes I wonder why I never took more of an interest in this band. Even though it was considered a novelty remake in some circles,their late 80's remake of Richie Valen's La... Read more
Published on October 10, 2012 by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Colossus
I'm a "Johnny-come-lately" to the artistry of Los Lobos (I discovered them in 2011, so I was "only" about thirty years late to the party! Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by AbbeyRoadkill
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs, Big Mistake in Production
This follow up to Kiko (one of Rock's greatest albums) essentially finds the band recording a superior collection of songs by playing their hearts out and singing their hearts out... Read more
Published on December 24, 2009 by Mark Miller
4.0 out of 5 stars Los Lobos has my respect...
Tired of the WalMart hyped cookie cutter bands. Check out Los Lobos. They offer great variety and really shine when they rock n roll. Read more
Published on October 6, 2009 by NEOPROG RAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Colossal Album
I got this way back on cassette. I liked it so much that I just got it on CD. The moral of the story? It's all good.
Published on September 12, 2007 by C.Wallace
2.0 out of 5 stars A clunker from a great band
I love Los Lobos! I have six of their albums and have had the good fortune to have seen them several times. Read more
Published on March 9, 2006 by SUPERMAN
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Follow-Up!
I could hardly believe my ears when In first listened to this album. I know I may have had too high expectations to this follow-up album to their masterpiece "Kiko". Read more
Published on August 31, 2005 by Morten Vindberg
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