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Editors’ Notes

La Pistola y el Corazón is an excellent album that stands out from the rest of Los Lobos’ discography for a couple of reasons. First, it’s sung entirely in Spanish and contains a variety of traditional Mexican folk songs and some originals inspired by them, so it reveals their love of the form and that part of their heritage more than other albums. Second, it was released in 1988 in the wake of their popular breakthrough (they recorded 6 songs for the hit soundtrack to the Ritchie Valens biopic La Bamba), and this commercial risk shows how dedicated to their craft they are above other considerations. The joy conveyed on this album is palpable: dazzling nylon guitar solos, soulful violin breaks, and passionate harmony singing. Los Lobos wrote several of these tunes, including the title track, and they’ve mastered the style so completely they blend in seamlessly with the traditional covers. Altogether a thoroughly engaging release and a fine sampling of Mexican folk music by some of America’s best ambassadors of the style.

Customer Reviews

Los Lobos rocks and rules

I don't understand a word they're singing, but I can surely FEEL it! When this first came out, I would put this album on, have my coffee, and get ready for work. I didn't have a better motivator than Los Lobos. I love this album! I am going to buy this and add it to my will be perfect for my walks. I love you guys and the sweet way your music makes me feel!

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Me Encanta!

Viva Mexico! Viva Los Lobos!

I love this album; my dad used to play it for me all the time. Now I am get to make is my own and add it to my album. By far my favorite Mexican folk music band; you can't go wrong with Los Lobos.


Formed: 1973 in East Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the most acclaimed American bands of the 1980s and '90s, Los Lobos were seasoned musical veterans with nearly 15 years of experience under their belts when they scored their first hit in 1987 with a cover of Richie Valens' "La Bamba." Though their time as pop stars was short, the group — who enjoyed calling themselves "just another band from East L.A." — won over critics and a legion of loyal fans with their bracing mixture of rock, blues, Tex-Mex, country, R&B, and Mexican...
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