The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood

by Los LobosLos Lobos


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In 1987, Los Lobos released their ambitious and contemplative By the Light of the Moon and the surprise-hit soundtrack album La Bamba, while the following year they recorded a low-key set of Mexican folk songs, La Pistola y el Corazón. After making three such disparate albums, it was seemingly anyone's guess what path Los Lobos might follow next, and when they next emerged from the recording studio, 1990's The Neighborhood made it clear they had taken a number of enlightening side trips along the way. While building on the musical and lyrical maturity of By the Light of the Moon, The Neighborhood followed a number of different musical themes, with the musicians seeking (and finding) a common musical ground between the New Orleans R&B stomp of "Jenny's Got a Pony," the country-flavored fiddle of "Emily," the atmospheric late-night pulse of "Angel Dance," the blues-based swagger of "I Can't Understand," and the downbeat jazzy contemplation of "The Neighborhood." Anyone who had been listening already knew that Los Lobos were five singularly gifted musicians, but The Neighborhood found them challenging themselves with an ever-expanded musical palate, and as usual they rose to the occasion very well indeed, especially lead guitarist David Hidalgo, and producer Larry Hirsch gave the performances just the right amount of polish while providing the settings they deserved. And the songs, portraits of moments in lives both great and small, come together in the moving title track, in which Los Lobos return where they started their journey, their own back yard, where folks are still looking for a measure of hope and peace of mind. A genuine step forward for a great band, as well as the jumping-off point to their most experimental period.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/1990
Label: Warner Records
UPC: 0075992613125
catalogNumber: 26131
Rank: 46326

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lobos   Primary Artist
John Hiatt   Vocals
Jim Keltner   Percussion,Drums
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Drums,Shekere
Steve Berlin   Organ,Percussion,Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Clavinet
Mitchell Froom   Harmonium
Levon Helm   Mandolin,Vocals
David Hidalgo   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Violin,Accordion,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,tiple,6-string bass,Hawaiian Lap Steel Guitar,Requinto
Conrad Lozano   Vocals,Guitarron,Upright Bass,5-string Bass,Fender Jazz Bass
Jerry Marotta   Drums
Cesar Rosas   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,6-string bass,Huapanguera
Daniel Timms   Organ,Piano,Wurlitzer
Louie Pérez   Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Jarana,Hidalguera

Technical Credits

Tchad Blake   Engineer
Mitchell Froom   Producer
Clark Germain   Engineer
David Hidalgo   Contributor
Larry Hirsch   Producer,Engineer
Lobos   Producer
Conrad Lozano   Contributor
Cesar Rosas   Contributor
Stacy Baird   Engineer
Louie Pérez   Contributor
Terry Robertson-Mota   Art Direction

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