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Released in 1984, How Will the Wolf Survive? is Los Lobos’ second release and the first in which the band composed most of the songs (“I Got Loaded” and the traditional “Serenata Nortena” are the exceptions). Los Lobos didn’t merely draw upon R&B, country, Tex Mex, traditional Mexican folk, blues, soul, and rock influences on this release; they took those styles and crafted their own genre, setting the template that they would expand upon over the course of their long career. Bluesy rockers like “Don’t Worry Baby” fit snugly beside Latin-tinged numbers like “Corrida #1” and the sizzling R&B of “Evangeline” on the strength of stunning musicianship. In particular, David Hidalgo dazzles on guitar, accordion, and pedal steel and Steve Berlin swings mightily on soprano, tenor, and baritone sax. Their song craft is equally strong. On the soulful “A Matter of Time” and especially the timeless title track they explore what it means to be an immigrant in America with the depth and maturity of men twice their age. A classic, and as it turns out, they were just getting started.

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a long strange trip

the American Beatles. They seem to take everything they've heard or seen and put it in accessible music. the surface seems familiar, especially when you realize that they can put Clifton Chenier and Dick Dale in the same song and make it logical. If you can't drive from San Diego to Brownsville and listen to pirate radio stations, then this is the next best thing. put it in the music machine and start thinking about how shallow most of what we listen to on a daily basis is. absolutely essential for anyone with a brain.

Crazy good music

You'll love this album. Don't cherry pick--it's better as a whole.


Best Album Released in The 80s


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 folk sounds,...
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