April 24, 2009

My Top 5 Los Lobos Songs

So I just got the newest "Saucido Slant" from Paul Saucido in my e-mail box and he runs down his favorite 5 tracks from Los Angeles legends Los Lobos, who are playing two shows at One World Theatre tomorrow. You may have seen his interview with Steve Berlin from Los Lobos in the April issue of INsite. (If not.. go to http://www.insiteaustin.com right now, download the issue, or see the "photo" below.)

He inspired me to write about by own personal top 5. I'll be at the 7:00 show. Woot!

So... here goes:

My personal top 5 from Los Lobos:
1. "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" - The one that started everything for me. Such a multi-layered sound. So complex and entrancing. Opened the door for me to begin to look outside Top40 radio for my music fix

Off - Kiko (1992) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiko_(album)

2. "One Time One Night" - Reminds me of my "hometown" of Laredo, Texas. I had a few "wise men" who helped me learn about life. "A wise man was telling stories to me / About the places he had been to / And the things that he had seen." Yeah.. memories.

Off By the Light of the Moon (1987) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/By_the_Light_of_the_Moon_(album)

3. "Sabor A Mi" - I know.. it's a cover.. but it's a beautiful ballad and I sang it to my wife on our wedding night.

Off Just Another Band from East L.A. - A Collection (1993)- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_Another_Band_From_East_L.A._-_A_Collection

4. "Manny's Bones" - One of those stripped down songs that I envision sitting around a fire and singing with a bunch of people con cervesa.

Off Colossal Head (1996) (http://www.amazon.com/Colossal-Head-Los-Lobos/dp/B000002N51)

5. "Good Morning Aztlán" - Sadly, this is the newest Los Lobos CD I own. This is one of those songs that I listen to that centers me. Los Lobos has always made storytelling an art form, and this song is one of the best examples of this mastery. "A red rooster crows / A little Mexican tune / On the chain link fence by the gate / Somebody's daddy's out there / Honkin' on the horn / Hurry up, we're gonna make him late"

Off Good Morning Aztlán (2002) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Morning_Aztl%C3%A1n_(album)

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Anonymous said...

Sabor A Mi
One Time One Night
Just A Man
La Pistola Y El Corazon

SeanclaesDOTcom said...

Nice list. I'll have to look up "Just A Man." Wonder if that's a newer one...