Live at the Fillmore

Live at the Fillmore

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by Los Lobos
     
 

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This package, recorded in 2004 at the fabled San Francisco club, commemorates the 30th anniversary of this venerable roots-rock juggernaut with a career-spanning performance that's reminiscent of The Last Waltz -- without the bittersweet undertone of an impending farewell, that is. Even three decades on, Los Lobos haven't lost touch with their bar-band roots;…  See more details below

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This package, recorded in 2004 at the fabled San Francisco club, commemorates the 30th anniversary of this venerable roots-rock juggernaut with a career-spanning performance that's reminiscent of The Last Waltz -- without the bittersweet undertone of an impending farewell, that is. Even three decades on, Los Lobos haven't lost touch with their bar-band roots; they've still got the sense of pace and surprise that's invaluable on those long four-set nights. That's evident here, as they move effortlessly from the moody, reverb-laden tones of "I Walk Alone" to the good 'n' greasy rock of "Shakin' Shakin' Shakes." The band pepper the performance with songs that nod to the artier side of their catalog -- notably the spacious "Good Morning Aztlan" -- and a hefty dose of the south-of-the-border vibe that sets them off from the roots-rock competition. They're just as fluid working in Spanish as in English, tugging the heartstrings with "Luz de Mi Vida" and stoking the sensual fires with "Mas y Mas," which features a guest spot from steel guitar whiz Robert Randolph. Even though it's been raging for three decades, Los Lobos' party shows no sign of slowing down.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
While Los Lobos have made a handful of great albums during the course of their career, you have to see them live to fully appreciate their status as one of America's best rock bands. Their material is smart and wildly eclectic, they're superb musicians whose interplay has been honed to a fine edge by years of road work, and they know that great chops will never be as important as a strong dose of sweaty enthusiasm if you want to get over with an audience; put it all together and you get a group that never disappoints a crowd. It's a bit surprising that, after more than thirty years together, no one ever thought to record a Los Lobos live album, but in the summer of 2004, as the band was celebrating their official 30th Anniversary, they brought in a camera crew and a mobile recording truck to document a two-night stand at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium; the results were released as a DVD in late 2004, and now an audio-only version of Live at the Fillmore has come out on CD. Given how impressive a backlog of material this band has, it's almost inevitable that Live at the Fillmore would be a bit of a disappointment, given that there's only so many of los Lobos' many great songs can appear on a single disc, especially since the band puts the strongest focus on their most recent material in this set. But with an eye towards history, they do offer a taste from most of their albums in these 14 songs (going all the way back to 1984's And a Time to Dance), and the recording gear caught the band on a good night -- Los Lobos are clearly having a good time on these tunes, and playing with confidence, style and soul, running the gamut from the flat-out rock of "Good Morning Aztlan" and "Viking" to the soulful Latin groove of "Cumbia Raza," finally closing with an impassioned cover of Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On." Los Lobos are a band who would do well to consider a series of live albums that could capture the full breadth of their capabilities in concert, in the manner of Pearl Jam and the Grateful Dead, but Live at the Fillmore captures a taste of the band's on-stage magic with accuracy and finesse, and both fans and newcomers will find it tasty stuff indeed. The initial pressing also includes a bonus CD including three acoustic tracks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
Label:
Fontana Mammoth
UPC:
0720616251428
catalogNumber:
162514

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lobos   Primary Artist
Steve Berlin   Keyboards,Saxophone,Group Member
Victor Bisetti   Percussion,Drums
David Hidalgo   Guitar,Percussion,Violin,Accordion,Vocals,Group Member
Conrad Lozano   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Cesar Rosas   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Louie Pérez   Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Cougar Estrada   Percussion,Drums
Vincent Hidalgo   Guitar,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

Renaldo Benson   Composer
Cleveland   Composer
David Hidalgo   Composer
Lobos   Arranger
Cesar Rosas   Composer,Producer
Robert Carranza   Engineer,Audio Production
Louie Pérez   Art Direction
Blair Jackson   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer
Tony Zamora   Guitar Techician
Rick Deputy   Monitors
Vincent Hidalgo   Guitar Techician
Eusty Sena   Digital Coloring

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Live at the Fillmore 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
When you buy a live CD from Los Lobos you figure to get your money's worth and this set does not disappoint. Not every song is a radio hit but the group demonstrates why they are some of the best roots rock musicians working. Kiko sounds good and What's Going On is a soulful encore that does justice to Marvin Gaye's original. There is a lot of good music without the crowd pleasing nonsense lesser bands indulge in.