Los Lobos - Gates Of Gold (2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/88.2kHz
Artist: Los Lobos
Title: Gates Of Gold
Genre: Rock, Americana, Roots Rock, Heartland Rock, Chicano Rock, Latin Rock, Tex-Mex
Label: © 429 Records/The Savoy Label Group
Release Date: 2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 88,2kHz/24bit
Los Lobos were already East L.A. neighborhood legends, Sunset Strip regulars and a Grammy Award winning band (Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance) by the time they recorded their major label debut How Will The Wolf Survive? in 1984.
Although the album’s name and title song were inspired by a National Geographic article about real life wolves in the wild, the band—David Hidalgo, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas, Conrad Lozano and Steve Berlin—saw parallels with their struggle to gain mainstream rock success while maintaining their Mexican roots. Perez, the band’s drummer, once called their powerhouse mix of rock, Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B, blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican music “the soundtrack of the barrio.” Three decades, two more Grammys, a worldwide smash single (“La Bamba”) and thousands of rollicking performances across the globe later, Los Lobos is surviving quite well -- and still jamming with the same raw intensity as they had when they began in that garage in 1973.
Gates of Gold, the band’s new studio album on Savoy / 429 Records, their first in five years, is an American saga in the rich literary tradition of Steinbeck or Faulkner. Uplifting, hopeful and whimsical, the music touches their diverse musical potpourri, evidenced by the title track, “Mis-Treater Boogie Blues,” “Poquito Para Aqui.”
Produced by Los Lobos, Gates of Gold will be released on September 25th, the night the band will perform at The Beacon Theater in New York City’s Upper West Side. A full national tour will be underway with stops in LA, San Francisco, Chicago, and Nashville.
Gates of Gold follows Disconnected In New York City, a dynamic live album that marked the band’s 40th anniversary and launched their new association with 429 Records.
Los Lobos were already seasoned veterans who had close to a decade of live work under their belts when the 1983 EP ...And a Time to Dance introduced them to an audience outside Los Angeles, and 32 years on, not only are Los Lobos still together, they're playing with the strength, fire, and imagination that have made them one of America's truly great rock & roll bands. Gates of Gold is Los Lobos' 17th studio album, and it arrives as a biography of the group, Los Lobos: Dream in Blue by Chris Morris, has been published, and while some groups might use this as an opportunity to look to the past or sum up their accomplishments, that's not how Los Lobos do business. One one hand, Gates of Gold does offer a healthy sampling of the many things that Los Lobos do well, from the straight-ahead rock of "Too Small Heart" and the raucous blues blast of "Mis-Treater Boogie Blues" to the fiery Latin swagger of "Poquito Para Aqui," the heartfelt folky simplicity of "La Tumba Sera el Final," and the inward-looking experimentalism of "There I Go" (the latter of which could pass for an outtake from Sly & the Family Stone's There's a Riot Goin' On). But on the other hand, even if Los Lobos follow a few recognizable tropes from their songbook, none of these songs or this material sounds rote, and the jazz-flavored space walk through "When We Were Free" confirms this band is a long way from running out of new ideas. The performances are taut and intuitive on Gates of Gold, especially the always outstanding guitar work from David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas (the latter is still a solid blues howler four decades on), and the production revels in new and unexpected sounds, though never simply for the sake of being eccentric. Los Lobos have lasted because they follow their instincts and trust their talents, neither of which seem capable of letting them down; Gates of Gold shows they can contemplate the infinite and chart new paths while still sounding like no one but themselves, and they can do all of this with the force and agility they commanded when half their age. They probably don't have another 32 years of great music left in them, but 21 more may be a safe bet. --AllMusic Review by Mark Deming
1 Made To Break Your Heart 04:45
2 When We Were Free 05:10
3 Mis-Treater Boogie Blues 03:10
4 There I Go 03:16
5 Too Small Heart 03:51
6 Poquito Para Aqui 03:55
7 Gates Of Gold 03:51
8 La Tumba Sera El Final 02:38
9 Song Of The Sun 03:40
10 I Believed You So 04:23
11 Magdalena 04:11
David Hidalgo – vocals, guitar, accordion, fiddle, Requinto jarocho
Louie Pérez – vocals, guitar, drums, Jarana huasteca
Cesar Rosas – vocals, guitar, Bajo Sexto
Conrad Lozano – vocals, bass, Guitarron
Steve Berlin – keyboards, horns
Enrique Gonzalez – drums, percussion
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