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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 (May 4, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Mammoth
  • ASIN: B0001XANOE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,334 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

A great band sharing great songs with great singers.
Mavis Staples in is great form on "Someday" , and Elvis Costello's accapella version of "Matter of Time" is very very good.
Brian Shaw
THE RIDE, the latest from the great Los Lobos is a present for the bands loyal legions.
S. Finefrock

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Bartolone on February 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was really blown away when I first listened to it, and even though my enthusiasm has been tempered a little after a few listens, this is still a great CD. Judging by the tone of some of the reviews below, LL is suffering from that problem truly genius artists have - once you release a few ground-breaking records, if you stay at that level people will say you're lazy and complacent. I personally think it's OK that they have brought some more outstanding music into the world, even if it isn't light years ahead of their past efforts. Every track is solid and a good listen. For me Dave Alvin's baritone bossonova on "Somwhere in Time" and the moody reverb on "Wreck of the Carlos Rey" really stand out.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Mcguire on October 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The Ride is one of those albums that you cannot just listen to once to appreciate. Each time I listen to it, I like it more and more. "Rita" is a gem, a great accoustic classic accented with some very subtle pedal steel. Remakes of Someday (beautiful vocals by Marla Staples), Wicked Rain and Is This all There Is, are superb. This band can play and write songs with the very best of them. One of the great, yet woefully underappreciated bands of our time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paste Magazine on June 7, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Frustrated by my friends. "Los Lobos? That 'La Bamba' cover band? That's, like Latin rock, right?" Um, right. The kind of Latin rock that ranges from Mexican folk to earthy Americana to gritty blues to tape-looped Alternative. The kind that attracts T Bone Burnett to produce a band's first three major-label albums. The kind that features some of the most intelligent combinations of music and word craft, ruminating on everything from love, to socio-economic issues, to community and ethnicity, to the Gospel and existential questions. The kind that features one of the most sought-after session guitarists (Hidalgo) and one of the strongest and most distinctive voices this side of Jay Farrar and Johnny Cash (Rosas). The kind that reinvents itself under Mitchell Froom to produce one of the most sonically creative, well balanced and wholly satisfying albums in modern rock (Kiko). Yes, and U2 is, like, Irish rock.
With the all-star lineup of contributors, The Ride may just garner the most attention for the band since "La Bamba." It's long overdue and well deserved, and not just on the basis of their history or the new collaborations. The Ride showcases a band that only 30 years of seasoning can produce. It stands alongside their best work. It doesn't peak as high as some of their previous work, but it maintains an indefatigable excellence throughout. Highlights include the meshing of the band's "Wicked Rain" with Womack's "Across 110th Street," Tom Waits and Quetzal's Martha Gonzales on the bizarre "Kitate," and Mavis Staples on "Someday."
Pick up The Ride for the guests; then track down the band's back catalog for yourself. (Tim Porter)
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By jpchef on April 6, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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. I might be enjoying a distinct advantage over most people who don't own everything by Los Lobos, and I realize I'm also a bit biased because I love their material so much. To truly appreciate what these five guys do, have done, and are capable of, you'd simply have to be familiar with the band's entire catalog. Nobody is this diverse, and I'll stick my neck out here and make a brazenly heartfelt statement for the record.....Los Lobos is the most talented and engaging band in America.
They are also, at the same time, the most sadly underappreciated band of note that I can think of. You mention Los Lobos to most people and you'll either receive a blank stare in return, or get a response to the effect of, "oh yeah.....those guys who did "La Bamba" way back when....are they still around?" Makes my blood boil sometimes.....
But I digress. For those of us who are "in the know" concerning this fine band, we can take some solace in our enjoyment of one of the best kept secrets in music today. Based purely upon musical diversity, these guys are hella talented. Everything from traditional Mexican folk, blues, jazz, soul, rock, r&b, zydeco, middle eastern, to gospel is covered within The Wolves body of recorded music. These brilliant musicians have the heart, soul, and conviction to deliver all of the above with utmost style and unflinching adherence to what they ably achieve as a band, having performed together for the past thirty-plus years. It's obvious that David, Cesar, Conrad, Louie, and Steve have much respect for eachother on many levels, accomplishing what they have, and they still seem to love working together....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John E on May 6, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Although I love these guys, I'm going to try and be objective here...Here it is: Only two-thirds of this record are utterly and completely worthy and wonderful. There`s some stuff to hear only once and then move on -and then there's the 2/3's of the material you'll want to hear forever. Here's some reasons why: The hot, sexy "La Venganza" that leads off the album; another simply classic Hidalgo gem in "Rita"; the John Lee Hooker/Hendrix swelling meltdown of "Charmed"; the achingly bittersweet "Somewhere in Time," and finally, the 8-minute epic East L.A. barrio meets gritty Harlem soul fest in "Wicked Rain-->Across 110th Street." Fall in love with those and then notice the ones I missed. Enjoy.
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