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Town & the City [Import]

Los LobosAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 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 15, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000GIN486
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #813,180 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Valley
2. Hold On
3. The Road To Gila Bend
4. Chuco's Cumbia
5. If You Were Only Here Tonight
6. Luna
7. Two Dogs And A Bone
8. Little Things
9. The City
10. Don't Ask Why
11. No Puedo Mas
12. Free Up
13. The Town

Editorial Reviews

Since They Began as Los Lobos Del Este Los Angeles in 1973, Los Lobos have Evolved Into a Respected Artistic Entity Searching for Themes and Topics that Are an Interpretive Pulse of Our Times. Using Musical Molds Built on the Blues, Rockabilly, Jazz, Latin and their Own Mexican-american Heritage, Los Lobos have Never Beat their Fans Over the Head with Politics Or Agendas. Instead, They Subtly Challenge them with Conscience-raising Songs and Thought-provoking Lyrics. Their Lhollywood Records Release - "The Town and the City" - Certainly Does That. The Epic "The Town and the City" is Told in the First-person, with Each Song Serving as an Episodic Step in a Rough Journey that is in Your Face at Times, Comforting and Nostalgic at Others. Most of the Thirteen Songs Are Co-written by Perez and David Hidalgo; Cesar Rosas Contributes Two Songs.

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Sublime September 20, 2006
By John E
Format:Audio CD
A sophisticated record by a mature band. While traces of their bad boy roots rock remain, this record shows a older, more contemplative group of artists. On their landmark debut album they had an anthem of sorts about the plight, courage, and determination of the Latino immigrant with the soaring "Will the Wolf Survive?" Here, there are no anthems, but the story is now filled in with multiple shades and tones. What the boys kicked in the music scene door with back in the Eighties is now voiced with a tired wisdom, regret, and bittersweet pride.

Standout tracks are all over this record; among the best has to be Hidalgo and Perez's "Little Things." Strongly evoking Procol Harem's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," it's that kind of Lobos tune that can just kill you where you stand. An aching, gorgeous and beautifully sad masterpiece.

Caesar Rosas, goes all George Harrison on us this time out and only gives up two songs. Although his "No Puedo Mas" coming towards the end of the record is clearly its furious blues-rock highlight without a doubt. Anyone bemoaning the lack of "rock" on the record should skip straight to this burner and turn it up nice and loud.

But that's not what this record is about. It's about the desperate, spooky "Hold On," the Will the Wolf Survive-like "Road to Gila Bend," the bone-weary, resigned "If Only You were Here Tonight," (a song in which you'd swear Hidalgo's guitar is channeling the ghost of Jerry Garcia), and the foreboding final track "Town."

All-in-all, an excellent group of songs that is strangely reminiscent of Bob Dylan's recent brooding work. A album that requires multiple listens, your attention and your heart.

A keeper.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victims of their own talent September 28, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If this album had been issued by a band whose name consisted of a number and a noun; and whose members were all in their twenties, decked out in skinny glasses, black leather, little beards, and kinky hair, and whose album art consisted of the band members staring glumly into the eye of a camera,this CD would be HUGE.

So if you've never heard of Los Lobos; or if you think they're just a bunch of pudgy throwbacks to the roots-music movement; or if you liked Kiko but lost interest after that; or even if you love Los Lobos so much you'd buy anything they recorded, why not try a little experiment: buy the CD; take it out of the packaging without looking at any of it; slap it into your audio system; grab a comfortable chair and place it right in the center of the stereo image; turn out the lights; and listen as closely as you possibly can.

Who are these guys? How the hell did they come up with these soundscapes, timbres, moods, and fleeting highlights? How come, just when you're expecting the band to boost the volume over the top, throw the drums in your face, and "like, totally rock out," they drop the volume and add a nuance that is more exhilarating than a rave up would ever be? How, with state of the art recording techniques, do they make their songs sound hazy, intriguingly distant, like old lp's without the scratches? Who knows? Wait, I've GOT to know.

But hey, did you hear that? What the guitars are doing? If he weren't so humble, it would be hard to believe that the lead player could be capable of playing so many styles so perfectly, and yet so personally. I wait in vain for the cliches. He's in the pantheon, allright.

What's with the bass player? What, no funky thumb-wacking, no treble-booster?
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars East LA Sgt Peppers September 22, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the deal. I'd only amplify the previous positive reviews, which I admire: great, great recording, and I'd also mention that the atmospherics, as my music pals call them, are more integrated here than on about any CD I've heard in a very long while, maybe ever. There is just stuff here that continually surprises you, and not in some obnoxious, "clever" way. It's all part of the portrait they're painting, the immigrant life In California. Like the dab of yellow on a great painting that makes you see everything, except the dab of yellow. It's the trigger.

The Playing is explosive when necessary, subtle when appropriate. Probably their strongest lyrics yet. (I'm picky, because I have a book out that deals with immigrant LA, the source of my own writer's inspiration. They kick me real bad here, and for that I'm grateful.)

The guitar performances are especially unbelievably fine. Anyone who has heard "Tomorrow Never Knows" on the box set know that these guys can sound as if George Martin had run the guitar track backwards. But they can run it real time.

Man, what an accomplishment from los veteranos del Norte. And, I say this as a listener for many years, there is NO BAND better than Los Lobos. Nobody. Nowhere. The Beatles of East LA. Not a small accomplishment. Amigos siempre. Amigos de mi corazon.

My Spanish sucks. Forgive me, amigos. Your record is the best of this and many years.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I love this album! Good Los Lobos!!! September 15, 2006
By Nicman
Format:Audio CD
Yeah I still call them albums, and I still think Los Lobos is one of the best bands around. This album grows on you with each listen so, you might have to give it a chance. This time out, Los Lobos(producing), with Tchad Blake (mixing)have created a work that, sonically, is laced with so much detail that it would be hard to digest in one sitting. Through out the album you can hear; Nylon acustic guitar strings against electronic soundscapes, Electronic and acoustic persussion, and a huge rage of guitar tones crunching and strumming, even beautiful organ on a few tracks. At one point, while listening, I took off my headphones because I thought my phone was ringing! There's more to these songs than meets the ear at first listen. I was listening with headphones on my PC. I really want to hear this on my 5.1 Home Theater System!

Overall it's a very strong album, telling the tale of the immigration experince. The songs have a theme of a Mexican immigrant traveling into the USA, and his feelings and experiences,looking at it from different(character)angles. Each song is another story. Their dedicating the album to their parents for "giving all they had" made me think of my own grandfather who was a Mexican immigrant during the 1920's.He was naturalized in Nogales (mentioned in Gila Bend) and married his wife there.

While this album may not "Rock" as much as you might want, the songs are solid. From the rockin "Road to Gila Bend" and the shuffly "Two Dogs and a Bone", the wonderful Mexican dance of "Chuco's Cumbia" the blusey "No Pueda Mas", ballads like "If you were only here with me tonight" the experimental sounding "Luna". "Little Things" does sound heavily influenced by the organ drenching of Procol Harem, another beautiful ballad. But don't be fooled!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Valley
Ordered it for one song and ended up liking 95% of the CD. Will have to listen to more Los Lobos and get other CDs.
Published 5 months ago by Shelly VanWart
3.0 out of 5 stars Five for the band, One for the disc
I looked through the reviews and comments on the poor reviews and decided to chime in. I've been listening to this band since "... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Eliminator Man
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding piece of musical composition
Again, I am just getting into this band and discovering music that I ignored when it first came out. Read more
Published 21 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Start Your Los Lobos Collection Here
This CD is a work of fine art. Dark, but illuminating in nature, Los Lobos revisits the plight of Mexican citizens risking their life to enter the USA and other issues relative to... Read more
Published on December 24, 2009 by Mark Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars why 5 stars?
because this is a great album, and because this band has the upmost integrity, musical talent, soul, heart, very interesting arrangements, and any other element you can think of -... Read more
Published on September 12, 2009 by greg s.
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Enough has already been said. This cd is outstanding. Love this band. You will not be dissapointed with this purchase.
Published on April 18, 2009 by SMF
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired of the same old thing
Don't get me wrong, I love Los Lobos. I just think this theme of Mexican-American victimization has gotten old after about 10 albums and the music on this cd illustrates my point. Read more
Published on January 27, 2009 by Jacob Starr
5.0 out of 5 stars Music for people with souls
I have met the Wolves twice, once during a break between shows in Birmingham, and another, longer conversation in Louisville this last July 4, after a ridiculously short set which... Read more
Published on August 30, 2008 by Karen Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great American Rock Recording
This is a great American rock recording. American music is after all a confluence of influences. Among others, think jazz, blues, zydeco, soul and of course rock and roll. Read more
Published on May 17, 2008 by T. Goodrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Not their best since (insert album here)
This is not Los Lobos's best album since Kiko, By the Light of the Moon, Colossal Head, or any other album you care to name. It's their best album ever. Read more
Published on December 19, 2007 by Clara M Pettitt
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This ranks right up there with KiKO.
Does anyone know why this album is unavailable at Amazon, and whether it will be?
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