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Native Sons

Los Lobos

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A covers project like Native Sons would under most circumstances be little more than a placeholder. But standard assumptions do not apply when talking about Los Lobos, perhaps the finest and longest-lived American roots assemblage in popular music history. From their big hit cover of Ritchie Valens's immortal, "La Bamba" (recorded for the 1987 Valens biopic of the same name) to the exquisite art rock of their 1992 masterpiece Kiko, this quintet (four of the five members been playing together since high school), are seasoned interpreters who can, cliched as it sounds, literally master any tune from any genre and best of all—still find a lot of joy in doing it. Six years after their last album, Gates of Gold, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Louie Pérez, Jr., and Steve Berlin decided to pay tribute to the Southern California musical roots that have influenced their journey. Sounding revitalized by the experience, they look all the way back to when they played weddings and closed out long nights with the sentimental Chicano soul classic, "Where Lovers Go." Being city boys, they were also attuned to garage rock and here give a rousing rendition of "Farmer John" an early guitar band classic written by Don Terry and Dewey Harris but made famous in 1964 by L.A. garage band, The Premiers. After Rosas makes a flavorful pass through "Dichoso," first done by Willie Bobo in 1966, the '70s are represented by two of Stephen Stills' Buffalo Springfield compositions: "Bluebird" and the emblematic "For What It's Worth." A strummy, dreamy take of "Jamaica Say You Will" with David Hidalgo's amazing vocals leading the way pays tribute to singer/songwriter Jackson Browne. The band finds a creative way to deal with the unavoidable legacy of The Beach Boys by covering "Sail On, Sailor," where David Hidalgo, Jr. plays drums and his father delivers a typical knockout vocal performance. The other looming presence for a band from East L.A. is War, and "The World is a Ghetto," with Conrad's son Jason Lozano on drums, highlights fresh angles thanks to vocals by Rosas, Hidalgo and special guest Little Willie G who was the singer on the original. Finally, in the album's only original, Perez and Hidalgo, the band's longtime songwriting team, salute their Los Angeles home in the easygoing title track. Although it's a term that should be used judiciously if at all, Los Lobos are truly an American treasure, a band whose enduring chemistry, multi-dimensional musical talents and heartfelt instincts are unfailing and irreplaceable. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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1
Love Special Delivery
00:02:22

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Tormid Music (BMI), MusicPublisher - Garcia-Espinosa, Composer

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Tormid Music (BMI)

2
Misery
00:02:33

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Don Juan Mancha, Composer - Jobete Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Jobete Music (BMI)

3
Bluebird
00:03:10

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Stephen Stills, Composer - Ten East-Springalo-Cotillion (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Ten East-Springalo-Cotillion (BMI)

4
For What It's Worth
00:03:28

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Stephen Stills, Composer - Ten East-Springalo-Cotillion (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Ten East-Springalo-Cotillion (BMI)

5
Los Chucos Suaves
00:03:24

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Lalo Guerrero, Composer - Barrio Libre Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Barrio Libre Music (BMI)

6
Jamaica Say You Will
00:03:16

Jackson Browne, Composer - Los Lobos, MainArtist - Criterion Music Corp & Open Window Music, MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Criterion Music Corp & Open Window Music

7
Never No More
00:02:36

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Percy Mayfield, Composer - Don Malone, Composer - Don Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Don Music (BMI)

8
Native Son
00:03:10

David Hidalgo, Composer - Louis Perez, Composer - Los Lobos, MainArtist - Davince Music / No KO Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Davince Music / No KO Music (BMI)

9
Farmer John
00:02:29

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Don Harris, Composer - Dewey Terry, Composer - Venice Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Venice Music (BMI)

10
Dichoso
00:03:36

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Giménez, Composer - Cordon Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Cordon Music (BMI)

11
Sail On, Sailor
00:03:20

B. Wilson, Composer - Los Lobos, MainArtist - R. Kennedy, Composer - T. Almer, Composer - J. Rieley, Composer - V. Parks, Composer - Brother Publishing Co. (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Brother Publishing Co. (BMI)

12
The World Is a Ghetto
00:08:33

Los Lobos, MainArtist - M. Dickerson, Composer - L. Oskar, Composer - C. Miller, Composer - H. Brown, Composer - H. Scott, Composer - L. Jordan, Composer - S. Allen, Composer - Far Out Music (ASCAP), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Far Out Music (ASCAP)

13
Flat Top Joint
00:02:51

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Dave Alvin, Composer - Ron Weiser Publ., Twin Duck Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Ron Weiser Publ., Twin Duck Music (BMI)

14
Where Lovers Go
00:04:32

Los Lobos, MainArtist - Mario Paniagua, Composer - Padua Music (BMI), MusicPublisher

2021 New West Records, LLC 2021 Padua Music (BMI)

Album Description

A covers project like Native Sons would under most circumstances be little more than a placeholder. But standard assumptions do not apply when talking about Los Lobos, perhaps the finest and longest-lived American roots assemblage in popular music history. From their big hit cover of Ritchie Valens's immortal, "La Bamba" (recorded for the 1987 Valens biopic of the same name) to the exquisite art rock of their 1992 masterpiece Kiko, this quintet (four of the five members been playing together since high school), are seasoned interpreters who can, cliched as it sounds, literally master any tune from any genre and best of all—still find a lot of joy in doing it. Six years after their last album, Gates of Gold, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano, Louie Pérez, Jr., and Steve Berlin decided to pay tribute to the Southern California musical roots that have influenced their journey. Sounding revitalized by the experience, they look all the way back to when they played weddings and closed out long nights with the sentimental Chicano soul classic, "Where Lovers Go." Being city boys, they were also attuned to garage rock and here give a rousing rendition of "Farmer John" an early guitar band classic written by Don Terry and Dewey Harris but made famous in 1964 by L.A. garage band, The Premiers. After Rosas makes a flavorful pass through "Dichoso," first done by Willie Bobo in 1966, the '70s are represented by two of Stephen Stills' Buffalo Springfield compositions: "Bluebird" and the emblematic "For What It's Worth." A strummy, dreamy take of "Jamaica Say You Will" with David Hidalgo's amazing vocals leading the way pays tribute to singer/songwriter Jackson Browne. The band finds a creative way to deal with the unavoidable legacy of The Beach Boys by covering "Sail On, Sailor," where David Hidalgo, Jr. plays drums and his father delivers a typical knockout vocal performance. The other looming presence for a band from East L.A. is War, and "The World is a Ghetto," with Conrad's son Jason Lozano on drums, highlights fresh angles thanks to vocals by Rosas, Hidalgo and special guest Little Willie G who was the singer on the original. Finally, in the album's only original, Perez and Hidalgo, the band's longtime songwriting team, salute their Los Angeles home in the easygoing title track. Although it's a term that should be used judiciously if at all, Los Lobos are truly an American treasure, a band whose enduring chemistry, multi-dimensional musical talents and heartfelt instincts are unfailing and irreplaceable. © Robert Baird/Qobuz

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