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Los Lobos, The Town and the City

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Los Lobos, The Town and the City

Audio CD

Disk ID: 1045460

Disk length: 53m 55s (13 Tracks)

Original Release Date: 2006

Label: Unknown

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“The Town and the City” Tracks & Durations

1. The Valley 4:33
2. Hold On 4:30
3. The Road To Gila Bend 4:41
4. Chuco's Cumbia 3:32
5. If You Were Only Here Tonight 2:54
6. Luna 3:27
7. Two Dogs And A Bone 2:26
8. Little Things 4:49
9. The City 4:21
10. Don't Ask Why 5:25
11. No Puedo Mas 4:59
12. Free Up 3:22
13. The Town 4:47

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Review

After variously celebrating their 30th anniversary with the star-studded The Ride, documenting their bracing live shows on Live at the Fillmore and doing a little intimate musical retrenchment on the self-released Acoustic En Vivo, Los Lobos returned to the studio with creative exploration on their minds. The result is their most sonically adventurous, thematically taut collection since the heady days of Kiko and Colossal Head. With lyrics penned mostly by multi-instrumentalist Louis Perez, the album's first-person narrative views a myriad of larger issues through slices of local life, from the immigrants' physical and spiritual travails of "The Valley" and "Hold On" to the liturgical grace of "Little Things" and the haunting impressionism of "The City." The musical tack is even more adventurous, a melange of diverse flavors that ranges from the infectious calo Spanglish patois of Cesar Rosa's "Chuco's Cumbia" and neo-norteno "The Road to Gila Bend" to the chunky r&b groove of "Don't Ask Why," the Caribbean-Latin fusion of "No Pueda Mas" and the shadowy, jazz reflectiveness of the "The Town." The Lobos blend it all into a compelling sonic landscape, one that's tamed the playful, psychedelic spirit of Perez and David Hidalgo's free-spirited Latin Playboys side project and focused it into a band context with rich rewards at every turn. -- Jerry McCulleyThe 13-track set--fittingly, the disc is the 13th studio album of the band's 30-year-plus career--was recorded over the last several months, with the band doing its own production work. Tchad Blake, who's worked with the group for many of its past albums, handled mixing duties. The album partially reflects the East Los Angeles roots-rockers' experience as de facto immigrants in their own country, as well as unease with the current political situation in the land. The band is currently on an open-ended touring schedule, which is typical of their roadwork.

Other Versions

Albums are mined from the various public resources and can be actually the same but different in the tracks length only. We are keeping all versions now.

Los Lobos - The Town and the City

Tracks: 13, Disk length: 54m 47s (+0m 52s)

Los Lobos - The Town and the City

Tracks: 15 (+2 tracks), Disk length: 60m 22s (+6m 27s)

Los Lobos - The Town and the City

Tracks: 16 (+3 tracks), Disk length: 1h 3m 15s (+9m 20s)