I own only one Los Lobos album, and that’s 1992’s Kiko, a rich and wide-ranging record that is widely considered their best.
More than ten years ago, when I first wrote about Kiko on the blog, commenter Phil made this suggestion: “Do yourself a favor and pickup Will the Wolf Survive and By the Light of the Moon.”
Well, it took me a decade, but I finally took his advice on one of those titles.
The L.A.-based rock band Los Lobos has released nearly two dozen albums over the past 40+ years, but none has been more celebrated than 1992’s Kiko. It also happens to be the only album of theirs I own, so I guess I chose right.
Kiko is full of off-kilter rock and blues songs, tracks that sound like long-last classics. Today’s random SOTD is one of the most straight-forward cuts on the album but it’s a great listen as well.
I’ve written about this before on the blog, but it was almost five years ago so I don’t mind repeating myself.
I discovered Los Lobos’ Kiko at a listening station in a Blockbuster music store just outside of Coral Gables. I listened to a handful of tracks until I’d heard enough to know I had to buy the thing right then and there. That’s what a spur-of-the-moment music download looked like in 1992.
I just realized I’ve done five straight theme weeks, so I’m going to take a break from the structure and go random this week.
First up is a Los Lobos song from their great 1992 album Kiko. This is the only Los Lobos album I own and it’s so good I don’t know why I haven’t bothered seeking out any others.
My only other exposure to Los Lobos was through their performance of Ritchie Valens’ ‘La Bamba,’ which they performed for the soundtrack of the movie of the same name, and guest spots on albums by Paul Simon (Graceland) and Bob Dylan (Together Through Life).