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Mellowed-Out 1987 Album Showcases Bands Contemplative Side and Virtuosic Musicianship
Los Lobos Sophomore LP Established Group as Worlds Most Diversified, Capable Ensemble: A Perfect Record
Soulful Ballads, Roots R&B, Fiery Funk, Spiritual Folk Pepper Phenomenal LP
Los Lobos might have touted themselves as just another band from East L.A., but its quite likely that even the groups humble members recognized that few if any other artists in the late 1980s rivaled their soulful music, rousing performances, and eclectically blended arrangements. While lacking the commercial status of the quintets subsequent La Bamba release, By the Light of the Moon stands as the bands most enjoyable excursion into American-hued soul, penetratingly reflective lyrics, and earnest roots rock. The music making is simply extraordinary.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited edition 180g LP brings these 11 songs to life and out of the clouded, foggy sonic environment in which theyve remained for more than two decades. For the first time, T Bone Burnetts stripped-back production functions as it should. Namely, Los Lobos sound as if theyre playing at a small, sweaty neighborhood joint late on a Sunday night for an audience of locals, friends, and family.
The groups uncanny ability to switch between instruments and effortlessly play each as if its their innate right listen to the seamless fashion in which electric and acoustic guitars, marimbas, organs, saxophones, harmonicas, and percussion create strikingly memorable soundscapes comes to light amidst a warmer, airier, more organic and deep-black background. David Hidalgos sweet, honeysuckle timbre, he and Cesar Rosas overlapping tremolo guitars, and stacks of interwoven rhythms jump with vibrant electricity.
Shifting into storytelling mode, Los Lobos use By the Light of the Moon as an opportunity to meditate on everyday America and channel the fate of normal communities. Issues of faith, mortality, love, disillusionment, and melancholy inform narratives that are on the same socially conscious level as those of period-era Bruce Springsteen and John Mellencamp. As for the songs, they crackle, waltz, shuffle, dance, tremble, and kick. The band almost dares listeners not to care.
Whether leaning into twangy two-step country-rock (One Night In America), dual-guitar shootout rockabilly (Shakin Shakin Shakes), swinging jump R&B (Is This All There Is?), tequila-spiked East Los Angeles-style rock (Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)), searing Latin-tinged blues (My Babys Gone), or poignant gospel-lined folk (River of Fools), Los Lobos Tex-Mex gumbo continually impresses and delights.
Dont pass up one of the best releases of the 1980s and one of Los Lobos definitive statements. Youll never hear a better pressing. Boleros, rancheros, and more await!
Numbered, Limited Edition
Half-Speed Production and Mastering by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Specially Plated and Pressed on 180 grams of High Definition Vinyl
Special Static Free - Dust Free Inner Sleeve
Heavy Duty Protective Packaging
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Pressed at RTI
1. One Time One Night
2. Shakin' Shakin' Shakes
3. Is This All There Is?
4. Prenda Del Alma
5. All I Wanted To Do Was Dance
6. Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)
7. The Hardest Time
8. My Baby's Gone
9. River of Fools
10. The Mess We're In
11. Tears of God