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Wolf Tracks: the Best of [Best of]

Los Lobos Audio CD
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This triple-Grammy winning group of consummate musicians and songwriters out of East L.A. began their career interpreting Mexican folk music and went on to be a globally renowned purvayor of a diverse and adventurous repertoire of roots-flavored masterpieces. Drawing from rock, country, blues, folk, R&B, Americana, and traditional Spanish and Latin American idioms, Los Lobos continually pushed the boundaries of their sound, while remaining magnificently gritty and graceful throughout. Warner. 2006.

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5.0 out of 5 stars god compalation Sept. 9 2012
Format:Audio CD
after looking at this compalation and the tracks it contains id have to disagree with some of the reviews ive been a long time fan of the band and id have to say this cd catches the best of loslobos has to give id recomend this compalation to anybody must but !!!!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Band BUT a So-So Complilation Feb. 4 2007
Format:Audio CD
This compilation is really not worth it unless you are a only a casual fan of LL with little interest in anything without obvious popular appeal. A much better earlier compilation is "Just Another Band from East L.A.", capturing arguably LL best years (up to 1993). Also, those interested in the newer, also very good, music of LL would be best to check out "Collosul Head" or their new release.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Definitive Collection???? April 7 2007
By Anthony S. Prowse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Where does one start with the Los Lobos catalogue? There have been three Los Lobos "Best Of's" (a 4 disc set, a 2 disc set and this single disc) and, although they all give a fair overview of the band, I would suggest that if you are hard-core Los Lobos fan you probably own most of this material already. Los Lobos have been releasing albums now for 30 years and have gone through a number of stylistic changes in this time. They started off as a traditional Mexican music band and have moved through country, blues, atmospheric groove, rock, rock and roll, R&B and pop. What has distinguished them throughout has been superb musicianship, songwriting, lyrics and vocals and an unbending desire to release albums that satisfied the band before a record company. All this has led to many vastly different albums some of which may alienate the casual listener. For example, compare "Will The Wolf Survive" with "KIKO", "La Pistola y el Corazon" with "Colossal Head" or "Papa's Dream" (a superb children's album) with "The Town and the City" and you will see the diversity of the band. This all leads to the difficulty in compiling a definitive "best of" collection for the casual listener. One may love the traditional Mexican stuff but not the hard-core, groove based material or visa versa. Wolf Tracks does a reasonable job of condensing the Los Lobos catalogue into a one disc overview and, as such, is a pretty good place to start. If you like all the music here then I urge you to go get as many albums as you can. However if you like the more accessible material, start with "Will the Wolf Survive" and "By the Light of the Moon" then move forward with care. If you like the rock material, you can't get any better than "The Town and the City" and the previous album, "The Ride". If you like the groove based material, go for "KIKO" and move on from there, including the Latin Playboys albums. Los Lobos have been releasing some of the best American/Mexican roots music available for nye on 30 years and the journey, from start to now, has been exhilirating, if frustrating at times. "Wolf Tracks" is as good a place to start as anywhere and if you do decide to go the journey you will be richly rewarded with some of the finest roots music of the last 30 years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Can't argue with the song selection.... Feb. 27 2006
By o dubhthaigh - Published on Amazon.com
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... but, essentially this is the third retread of the same canon - Live at The Fillmore, Acoustic en vivos, and now this. It's a slightly better compilation than the other two, but, the wolves have a bit of Costello-itis: retread the same stuff ad nauseum. It doesn't sound particularly remastered.

I, for one, wish they would release some of the really amazing sets I have heard from them (The Fillmore doesn't make the cut). For example, their set at the Philadelphia Folk Festival some years back was maybe the best 45 minutes of live music I have ever heard, and closed with an incendiary take on Neil Young's "Cowgirl In the Sand," over the protestations of the numb-skull mc of that festival. I'm sure you would find it interesting hearing an audience boo a moron who was intruding off the stage - it just leant an extra edge to the whole set. Best part was they wound it up with a segue into "Cinnamon Girl" that exceeded their alotted time considerably. It's great to see control freaks swallow their tongues and reenforces the delicious subversiveness that rock can foster.

None of that is on offer here. Still, if you have not purchased either of the last two live discs, then skip them and buy this, and hope that if LL can't figure out what to do next, perhaps they'll mine their live catalogue for some remarkable shows.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Intro March 2 2014
By Leon Alvarez - Published on Amazon.com
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I would have an impossible time putting such a CD together, as they would need like 3 or 4 CDs to contain all of my favorites. This CD threads the needle in pulling tracks off of almost all of their releases from like 2004 going back to early eighties, quite a feat but it left me wanting more. A great choice for getting acquainted with the Lobos, and believe to this day they still are a terrific band to see live in the small venues they play!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Border Town Girl!!! April 27 2010
By 24hr Coyote - Published on Amazon.com
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Isn't this the spirit of what America should be? Understanding, tolerance and melding? Not building fences, work cards and vigilante militias. Isn't that what America was supposed to be to begin with? Los Lobos have always embodied that ideal musically. Tejano, Norteno, folk music (both American and Mexican), Blues, Rock and Roll, R&B, Country etc. etc.
This "Best Of" is a pretty good grouping, but, as many people have said, it's hard to really compile a best of by a band that so prolifically releases quality music like Los Lobos. I've never heard a "filler" track by this band on any album. It shows that they take a lot of pride and musicianship in what they release. I suppose that "Wolf Tracks" should be considered an "Intro", rather than "Best Of". It's a good place for anyone interested to start. A lot of good music, and only a taste really.
The unreleased track, "Border Town Girl" is a really great, high energy, blues/boogie, kinda like "Dont Worry Baby". Worth the price of the album alone, one of my favorite Los Lobos songs ever.
If you're interested in the band at all, you'll love pretty much everything they've done, and wont regret spending the dollars for this. Buy it/download it, burn it for your friends. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wolf Tracks, Best of Los Lobos Sept. 21 2013
By Evelyn L. Rieffer - Published on Amazon.com
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Great Music. The greatest band of Los Angeles with interest to every one who appreciates Latino and American music Americano style.
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