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The Ride

Los LobosAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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Los Lobos - 40th Anniversary feat. Set Me Free Rosa Lee from the album,Disconnected in New York City


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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Mammoth
  • ASIN: B0001XANOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Venganza de Los Pelados - featuring Cafe Tacuba
2. Rita
3. Is This All There Is? - featuring Little Willie G.
4. Charmed
5. Somewhere In Time - featuring Dave Alvin
6. Wicked Rain/Across 110th Street - featuring Bobby Womack
7. Kitate - featuring Tom Waits and Martha Gonzales
8. Hurry Tomorrow
9. Ya Se Va - featuring Ruben Blades
10. Wreck Of The Carlos Rey - featuring Richard Thompson
11. Matter Of Time - featuring Elvis Costello
12. Someday - featuring Mavis Staples
13. Chains Of Love

Editorial Reviews

After hitting a creative peak in the early '90s, Los Lobos settled into a decade-long groove that was perhaps a little too comfortable. The band's twelfth studio CD, The Ride, tries to shake things up a bit, and mostly succeeds by pairing the group with a string of collaborators similar to Carlos Santana's Supernatural. Only instead of the young hit-makers that propelled Santana's comeback, The Ride matches Los Lobos with early influences (Bobby Womack, Little Willie G) and long-time friends (Dave Alvin, Elvis Costello).

The experimentalism that fueled 1992's Kiko can be found here on a couple of tracks--most notably "Kitate," a deliriously wiggy collaboration with Tom Waits and Martha Gonzales of Quetzal--but generally the focus is on blues, soul, and roots rock. Surprisingly, some of the strongest performances are new versions of songs previously recorded by Lobos: Costello helps the band re-invent "Matter of Time" as a piano and pedal-steel guitar ballad; Mavis Staples turns the folk-blues lament of "Someday" into rousing Stax soul/gospel; and Womack segues effortlessly from "Wicked Rain" into his '70s blaxploitation classic, "Across 110th Street." Of the newer material, the band shines brightest on "La Venganza de Los Pelados," a Latin dance workout with Café Tacuba, and the bluesy soul of "Chains of Love," which shreds 12-bar formula by including a 90-second violin solo. The latter is a tribute to '50s rock & rollers Don and Dewey, proving that the best road to the future is sometimes paved by revisiting the distant past. --Keith Moerer

Customer Reviews

Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply One of the Ten Best I've Ever Heard
Full disclosure the following review is outrageously biased.

Backdrop: First heard the track, "Somewhere In Time", on the coolest radio station - KPIG - I've ever... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mistakesweremade
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a Nice Surprise
I am a huge fan of Los Lobos work from the early days in the 80's, and have listened to some of their recent work the past few years. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Leon Alvarez
5.0 out of 5 stars it grew on me
I wasn't sure about it at first but I loaded it on my iPod and I've realized that many of the songs I keep going back to are from this album. Read more
Published 19 months ago by W. Belka
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Classic
The Ride was accidently thrown in the mailer with another online order. It was a happy accident, as the music on this alb hit me from left field, sounding fresh, soulful, and... Read more
Published on April 15, 2011 by William H. William
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic and great
Sort of a Duets album by Los Lobos. They bring some of their friends in and produce great music. Is This All There Is? Read more
Published on January 7, 2009 by Steven Hirsch
5.0 out of 5 stars Los Lobos Hits the Mark Alone and with Great Guest
Excellent CD by the band featuring great songs and music that matches some of their best. Included are writing and singing collaborations by great artists like Mavis Staples, Elvis... Read more
Published on October 7, 2006 by Daniel Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars This C.D. is one of my " all time favorites"
This might be one of "Los Lobos" BEST C.D.'s. The song, "Somewhere In Time", is an incredible musical arrangement and the vocals are "supreme". I highly recommend this C.D.
Published on August 4, 2006 by L. J. Sleeter
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the most uniquely original bands....ever!
I must confess that I've been having one hell of a time trying to figure out which cd by these guys I should review. I own them all, and I find them all wonderful. Read more
Published on April 6, 2005 by jpchef
5.0 out of 5 stars Appreciation
Is it possible Cesar, Conrad, David, Louie and Steve keep getting better? Or is it just our growing appreciation for 30 years of sharing their music with us? Read more
Published on March 2, 2005 by J. C. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Go For The Ride
I heard of the los lobos from a friend recently, I really didnt think much of buying a record of los lobos until I sampled some of their music at fye. Read more
Published on February 28, 2005 by guitar19
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