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Neighborhood

Los LobosAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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.
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  • Audio CD (August 21, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Off Roster
  • ASIN: B000002LKO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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The Neighborhood continues Los Lobos' gift for melding American musics--R&B, conjunto, C&W, rock, and the rest--into a sound that's entirely its own. The longing swing of "Emily" is kick-started by driving fiddle, the delicate "Little John of God" features the Arkansas drawl of Levon Helm, and "Jenny's Got a Pony" sounds like a house partyin' blend of Mitch Ryder and Gary Bonds. The best of the bunch, "Down by the Riverbed," employs striking imagery ("A monster cloud like a big black hand") to propel a narrative about the fear of commitment. The record weakens near the end, due mainly to self-consciously poetic lyrics, but The Neighborhood is still a place worth spending some time.--David Cantwell

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Friendly "Neighborhood" July 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For my money, "The Neighborhood" is the best Los Lobos studio album. Recorded and released after the all their mid-1980s hype in the music press had died down, it is a strong, rocking album full of excellent songwriting and performances. The up tempo single "Down By the Riverbed" starts things off with a bang. After that comes a set of consistent songs that vary from the spritual "Little John of God," to the funky "Angel Dance," to the rollicking fun of "Deep Dark Hole" and "Georgia Slop." What really sets this album apart is its sense of fun. The band displays a fine sense of humor without ever being cheeky. Their Latin roots are displayed subtley, enhancing their sound without being overbearing.
Overall, "The Neighborhood," is an overlooked gem that deserves a wider audience.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Considerably underrated April 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
That critical comment by Philip Thomas above is rather bizarre. He seems to want Los Lobos to pigeonhole themselves into some faux-authentic, token Chicano box. As if they're somehow not Hispanic enough for him. I may be mistaken--it has happened--but that seems to be the implication. And it seems to me a condescending one: sing in Spanish, guys, make sure you sound Hispanic enough, leave the rock and R&B alone. But the very strength of Los Lobos--and the reason I consider them my favorite American band (not just Hispanic/Latino/Chicano band), period--is their breadth and ambition: the fact that they know where their feet are placed, where they come from, but they see no need to limit their reach. As for this particular record, to me it's not quite as fine as Kiko, but it's excellent and has been overlooked by a lot of folks. Underrated and worth picking up.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I LIKE THIS NEIGHBORHOOD February 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The Neighborhood is probably Los Lobos least popular and most underated albums. After 10 years and countless spins in the walkman, this album still sounds as fresh as the day I bought it. Although It doesn't quite live up to their 2 classic albums "Will The Wolf Survive" and "By The Light Of The Moon", it comes in a close third. This was really the last album Los Lobos did before they started moving their music into experimental territory with Kiko and the rest of their albums. I prefer the kinder, simpler Los Lobos of the first 3 records. The Neighborhood is by far their bluesiest album, with songs like Georgia Slop, "I Can't Understand", which Cesar Rosas co-wrote with blues giant Willie Dixon, who happened to also produce the soundtrack to La Bamba, which Los Lobos appeard on. Another good blues song is "I Walk Alone", which has got some of the most ferocious, hard rockin drivin' blues Los Lobos has ever done. But they also do a 180 on here and show they can still write some of the most beautiful ballads this side of Gene Pitney. With songs like "Angel Dance" and "Little John Of God", which features some great singing by Levon Helm. Just beautiful. I also like the celtic sounding "Be Still", that's got some very creative violin playing in it. And my favorite on here is "The Giving Tree", which still ranks as one of the best songs The Wolves have ever written. I had the pleasure of seeing Los Lobos live at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas. And they put on one of the most unforgettable shows I've seen. They're just a great band. But to hear these guys playing their best no gimmics roots rock, you have to get their first 3 records. You can't go wrong with any of em. They're all good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the band's highest peaks August 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
A brilliant recording that expands on the band's early mix of 50s Latino rock, rockabilly and traditional Mexican sounds. With this disc Los Lobos pushes harder in the r'n'b (heavy on the B) and rock directions. The accordians are played down in favor of some very soulful blues singing and wailing distorted guitars. Which isn't to imply that they've abandoned their roots, there are still acoustic guitars and bajo-sextos, hawaiian steel guitars, 5-string acoustic basses and more. The latter are simply de-emphasized.
There's a good deal of diversity within the 45 minutes of these 13 tracks, ranging from the country fiddle and acoustic guitars of "Emily" (with vocals reminiscent of a Traffic-era Stevie Winwood) to the electric country of "Deep Dark Hole", to the raging blues of "I Walk Alone" (featuring a distorted guitar line that sounds like e electricity crackling out of your speakers) and Steve Ray Vaughn-esque "I Can't Understand", to the soulful "Angel Dance", and the more traditional acoustic "Be Still."
Guests include Jim Keltner playing drums on a few tracks and Levon Helm playing drums and mandolin and adding a beautiful harmony vocal on one track. Steve Berlin adds his sax on a few of the upbeat pieces.
One of those rare records that has you racing to repeat songs on first listen.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to fault that which you don't get May 1, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Kudos to rlindsey above for hitting the nail on the head regarding THE NEIGHBORHOOD. If this album had been recorded by any other band the issue of race/culture/vision abandonment would never have been raised. Of course, no other band could have recorded this album...it's Los lobos, through and through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Accessible and Worthy of Being Called One of their Best.
I would say this album cracks the top three of Los Lobos albums. You are drawn in from the very start with the blues tinged "Down on the Riverbed" and never really... Read more
Published 4 months ago by SUPERMAN
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Published 15 months ago by William Massy
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch R&B, Country, and Garage Rock
This is some really high quality songwriting and execution. These guys know what they are doing and have been around long enough to deliver the goods. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Anders Whitefish
5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfect Album.
Los Lobos continue on "The Neighborhood" the artistic development, the group embarked on "How Will the Wolf Survive" and continued on "By The Light of the Moon. Read more
Published on November 2, 2011 by Morten Vindberg
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Album
This album is a classic, exemplifying Los Lobos' unique voice. Although all of the songs on the album are good, for my money, two songs really stand out: "Emily" and "The Giving... Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars There's Something Missing
These guys are good musicians. They know their craft. That's why it seems like something is missing. Their skill is evident on this album but there is no excitement. Read more
Published on August 3, 2005 by John A Lee III
4.0 out of 5 stars the good songs are REAL good, but overall its not consistent
I think this album is kind of a mixed bag, because you have good songs like the title track, "Angel Dance," and "Down on the Riverbed. Read more
Published on April 11, 2005 by tupac wayne gacy
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD!
"Emily" and "Little John of God" are wonderful tunes, the best on the CD. I also like "Georgia Slop"..it's pure fun and a good dancing tune at my wedding ten years ago. Read more
Published on September 4, 2004 by J. McAndrew
4.0 out of 5 stars JUST ANOTHER GREAT RELEASE
Wonderful stuff. This one starts out with a kind of folkish
rocker on DOWN ON THE RIVER BED,and continues with a touch of
country on EMILY. Read more
Published on February 27, 2004 by Thomas D. Christianson
5.0 out of 5 stars a real alternative
this is one of those recordings that when you listen to it the first time it must be listened to again and again. Read more
Published on December 19, 2003 by bro-d
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