El Cancionero Mas Y Mas Box set
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There's plenty on this four disk retrospective for every Los Lobos fan, from their touching, acoustic Mexican ballads, to the driving rock and roll that they've been blowing the roofs off bars, clubs, and theaters with for years.
It's so rare to find a band that doesn't have a weak link. Every member is an outstanding musician in his own right, and this collection admirably showcases their many talents.
I've had the pleasure of seeing Los Lobos a number of times since ~1984, and they just keep getting better. If you hear that they're going to be playing in your area, don't miss the chance to see one of America's greatest bands. You won't be disappointed!
El Cancionero tracks the band from its early East L.A. stages playing , essentially mexican/american folk music flavored with a little all-american rock-a-billy.
The set then demonstrates the bands eclectic talents in rock, soul, country, and of course, muchos rancheras,corridos, cumbias, as well as the band's ventures into mariachi style music as documented on its critically-acclaimed release La Pistola y El Corazon.
The set comes complete with a full-color booklet documenting LL's history as well as track by track notes from Louis Perez.
A definite must for any Los Lobos fan.
Combine that with great extras and covers like "What's Going On" and "Tomorrow Never Knows", and it adds up to a first-rate collection and a must for the roots rock fan.
If you don't have all their stuff, then this one the one to get, a very nice collection of material over the life of the band up to the release date. If you do have all their (other) stuff, then this one is a great choice for the load of outakes, superb covers, assorted unrealeased solo and other project, etc. material. After all, if you already like them enough to already have all the other stuff, then you're sure to enjoy the "bonus" stuff here.
It's also a nice more or less chronologicial collection to put on the layer and just let it ride.
And on top of all that you get hardbound case with lots of liner notes convering the bands history, but don't start reading until you get the discs going on the changer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice box with lots of music spread across their career. I'm glad I bought it. I've seen them live once and wish it was more. Read morePublished on December 22, 2012 by Chris bct
I've been collecting music for almost 50 years. I've got LPs (like How will the Wolf Survive?), cassettes and CDs out the ying-yang (maybe an 8-track or two if I looked hard enough... Read morePublished on June 8, 2011 by Mark Twain in Edo
Excellent overview of an American treasure. The "lost" tracks are particularly pleasing. A box set that gets it right. Highly recommended.Published on March 25, 2008 by Trivia John
EL CANCIONERO is without a doubt one of the best box sets to be released in a long time. We have over 80 songs that stretch from the very beginnings of LOS LOBOS until the present... Read morePublished on December 18, 2002 by Martin Lemos
I'll make this short and sweet, because this box set (CD4, track 12) is playing and the music is just too good to pass by and waste my time writing stuff... Read morePublished on September 14, 2002 by james2774
Since its early Winter release, this has been on my turntable, I mean CD player more than anything else. An amazing collection that shows the vastness of the Los Lobos legacy. Read morePublished on March 8, 2001 by Mazzy
Last weekend, I loaded these four CDs into my car's deck and drove from DC to New York. The drive was an absolute joy. This set is a continuing series of wonderful surprises. Read morePublished on February 23, 2001