Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
East L.A.'s most enduring musical purveyors have been churning out their singular brand of barrio roots-rock for more than three decades now -- a span that's lovingly documented on this career-spanning retrospective. Unlike the two box sets previously issued in their name, Wolf Tracks is an all-killer, no-filler set that's as easy for the casual fan to digest as it is for the diehard to groove to. Naturally, the 20-tune collection includes the Ritchie Valens covers -- "La Bamba" and "Come On, Let's Go" -- that provided the band its entrée into the pop mainstream. It also dips heavily into their pool of old-school rock barnburners, highlighted by "Shakin' Shakin' ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
East L.A.'s most enduring musical purveyors have been churning out their singular brand of barrio roots-rock for more than three decades now -- a span that's lovingly documented on this career-spanning retrospective. Unlike the two box sets previously issued in their name, Wolf Tracks is an all-killer, no-filler set that's as easy for the casual fan to digest as it is for the diehard to groove to. Naturally, the 20-tune collection includes the Ritchie Valens covers -- "La Bamba" and "Come On, Let's Go" -- that provided the band its entrée into the pop mainstream. It also dips heavily into their pool of old-school rock barnburners, highlighted by "Shakin' Shakin' Shakes" and "Jenny's Got a Pony." But the band's real wild card -- one that's played to perfection here -- is its ability to adapt traditional Mexican sounds for the rock fan's ear without dumbing things down in the least. That's the key to the universal appeal of songs such as the swaying "La Pistola y El Corazon" and the waltz-time "Volver Volver," presented here in a live version recorded in 1987. And when those two approaches meld -- as they do on the previously unreleased, squeezebox-driven "Border Town Girl" -- the party vibe is so strong that it's easy to believe closing time will never roll around.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ten years after their breakthrough 1983 EP And a Time to Dance, Los Lobos released their first retrospective, the double-disc Just Another Band from East L.A. Seven years after that, the career-spanning four-disc box El Cancionero: Mas y Mas appeared, so there hasn't been a shortage of comprehensive Los Lobos collections. What has been missing is a succinct overview, designed for neophytes and casual fans, and that finally arrives in the form of Warner/Rhino's 2006 set, Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos. At 20 songs, Wolf Tracks is generous, but with a band with such a long, diverse body of work, there will inevitably be some notable songs missing, and there are: "I Got Loaded," "River of Fools," "Tears of God," "The Neighborhood," and "Angels with Dirty Faces" aren't here, nor is anything from 1996's love-it-or-hate-it art-rock opus, Colossal Head, nor are the charting radio singles "Down on the Riverbed," "Bertha," or "Reva's House." But if you're the kind of listener that feels strongly about these omissions, then Wolf Tracks is not for you -- choose either of the previous comps or stick with the original albums instead. For everybody else, Wolf Tracks is not only a sharp, concise chronicle of a unique American rock & roll band, it's a hell of a lot of fun, too. This hints at the breadth and depth of Los Lobos' music, touching on their corridos while emphasizing their foundation in old-time rock & roll, while hitting all their biggest songs along the way: "Don't Worry Baby," "Will the Wolf Survive?," "One Time One Night," "Shakin' Shakin' Shakes," "Set Me Free Rosa Lee," plus the Ritchie Valens' covers "La Bamba" and "Come On, Let's Go." There's enough terrific music here to spark interest in the rest of the band's catalog, but it's satisfying enough as a hits comp to satiate the needs of a casual fan -- a trick that not every hits package can pull off, but that's exactly what Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos does.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/14/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227329426
  • Catalog Number: 73294
  • Sales rank: 11,073

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Los Lobos Primary Artist
John Hiatt Vocals
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums
Alex Acuña Percussion
Steve Berlin Organ, Synthesizer, Flute, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Clavinet, Melodica, Sax (Sopranino), Group Member
Victor Bisetti Percussion
T Bone Burnett Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Mickey Curry Drums
Anton Fier Drums
Mitchell Froom Keyboards
David Hidalgo Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Accordion, Drums, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Koto, Guitarron, Tres, Bajo Sexto, tiple, 6-string bass, Lap Steel Guitar, Requinto, Jarocho Harp, Guitar (Nylon String), Hidalguera, Group Member
Conrad Lozano Electric Bass, Vocals, Guitarron, Fretless Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass, Group Member
Cesar Rosas Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Vihuela, Bajo Sexto, cuatro, Huapanguera, Guitar (Nylon String), Group Member
Pete Thomas Drums
Ron Tutt Drums
Louie Pérez Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Jarana, Quinto
Louis "Chickie" Perez Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Jarana, Vihuela, Quinto, Guitar (Tenor), Fraustophone, Hidalguera, Group Member
Technical Credits
Guadalupe Trigo Composer
James Austin Liner Notes
Steve Berlin Producer, Audio Production, Annotation
Tchad Blake Producer, Engineer
T Bone Burnett Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bryan Cole Contributor
Mitchell Froom Producer
David Hidalgo Composer
Larry Hirsch Producer, Engineer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Keith Keller Engineer
Mark Linett Engineer
Los Lobos Producer, Executive Producer
Dave McNair Engineer
Gary Peterson Annotation
Leroy Preston Composer
Cesar Rosas Composer
Rudy Rosas Contributor
Bob Schaper Engineer
Ritchie Valens Arranger, Composer
Chris Morris Liner Notes
Fernando Z. Maldonado Composer
Robert Sebree Cover Photo
Tony N. Todaro Contributor
César Suedan Composer
Traditional Composer
Chris Tetzeli Executive Producer, Management
Masaki Koike Art Direction
Vincent Hidalgo Contributor
Emily Bryan Contributor
Nathan Carrillo Contributor
Denise Hidalgo Contributor
Sarah Hirsch Contributor
Miguel Larios Contributor
Christina Lozano Contributor
Alicia MacKay Contributor
Vianna Mendoza Contributor
Christin OBrien Contributor
Andria Parra Contributor
Nicole Parra Contributor
Matthew Pérez Contributor
Victoria Rosas Contributor
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Definitive Collection????

    Where does one start with the Los Lobos catalogue? There have been three Los Lobos "Best Of's" (a 4 disc set, a 2 disc set and this single disc) and, although they all give a fair overview of the band, I would suggest that if you are hard-core Los Lobos fan you probably own most of this material already. Los Lobos have been releasing albums now for 30 years and have gone through a number of stylistic changes in this time. They started off as a traditional Mexican music band and have moved through country, blues, atmospheric groove, rock, rock and roll, R&B and pop. What has distinguished them throughout has been superb musicianship, songwriting, lyrics and vocals and an unbending desire to release albums that satisfied the band before a record company. All this has led to many vastly different albums some of which may alienate the casual listener. For example, compare "Will The Wolf Survive" with "KIKO", "La Pistol e La Corezon" with "Colossal Head" or "Papa's Dream" (a superb children's album) with "The Town and the City" and you will see the diversity of the band. This all leads to the difficulty in compiling a definitive "best of" collection for the casual listener. One may love the traditional Mexican stuff but not the hard-core, groove based material or visa versa. Wolf Tracks does a reasonable job of condensing the Los Lobos catalogue into a one disc overview and, as such, is a pretty good place to start. If you like all the music here then I urge you to go get as many albums as you can. However if you like the more accessible material, start with "Will the Wolf Survive" and "By the Light of the Moon" then move forward with care. If you like the rock material, you can't get any better that "The Town and the City" and the previous album, "The Ride". If you like the groove based material, go for "KIKO" and move on from there, including the Latin Playboys albums. Los Lobos have been releasing some of the best American/Mexican roots music available for nye on 30 years and the journey, from start to now, has been exhilirating, if frustrating at times. "Wolf Tracks" is as good a place to start as anywhere and if you do decide to go the journey you will be richly rewarded with some of the finest roots music of the last 30 years.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Greatest hits of one of Americas underrated bands

    These guys are great. This is a good collection of their work. They are so diversified. Rock, blues, jazz, tex-mex, latino it's all good. They're even better live.

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