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Just Another Band from East L.A.: A Collection Box set

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Just Another Band From East L.A.: A Collection by Los Lobos

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Even the title of this terrific two-disc compilation--a play on the title of an early-'70s recording by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention--displays just how clever and hip this great L.A. band has always been. Just Another Band is everything an anthology should be, touching on all the best-known moments ("Don't Worry Baby," "Will the Wolf Survive?," "One Time One Night," "La Bamba," etc.), spanning their career from its origins through Kiko (six tracks from which are featured here), arguably their finest hour. Musically, you get hard R&B, Tex-Mex, pure traditional Mexican music, pop-rock, gorgeous ballads, and pure, raucous rock & roll. Actually, pure is the operative word here--and fans who already own all the albums proper will probably still want this for the soundtrack cuts, live versions (including a performance of their great "Let's Say Goodnight"), unreleased outtakes, cool live cover versions (from both Marvin Gaye and Cream!), and even their terrific "I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song)," originally performed by Louis Prima in The Jungle Book, from the late-1980s, Hal Wilner-produced Disney tribute, Stay Awake. How will the wolves survive? Damn well, from every indication on this fine collection. --Bill Holdship

Disc: 1
1. Volver, Volver
2. El Cuchipe
3. La Feria De La Flores
4. Sabor A Mi
5. Let's Say Goodnight
6. Anselma
7. Will The Wolf Survive?
8. A Matter Of Time
9. I Got To Let You Know
10. Don't Worry Baby
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Someday
2. Down On The Riverbed
3. Be Still
4. The Neighborhood
5. I Can't Understand
6. Angel Dance
7. Bertha
8. Saint Behind The Glass
9. Angels With Dirty Faces
10. Wicked Rain
See all 19 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: August 31, 1993
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Slash / Warner Bros. Records
  • Run Time: 73 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002MLY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Russell Diederich VINE VOICE on February 4, 2002
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.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Doris K. Rodriguez on May 12, 2000
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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mambo on August 25, 2010
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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.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By N. D. A. Grie on April 9, 2003
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.
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