Rolling Stone (11/11/93, p.77) - "...[JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM EAST L.A.] captures the full range of [Los Lobos'] sound. Hard core fans may quibble with some of the selections, but the net effect is stunning..."
Spin (11/93, pp.132-133) - Highly Recommended - "...[JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM EAST L.A.] refeshingly leaves some classic numbers aside....Los Lobos resolve[s] their identity crises and start to just play like masters..."
Entertainment Weekly (9/10/93, p.72) - "...plain proof that this is a consummate American band, and that David Hidalgo is one of the most underrated singers in pop..." - Rating: A-
Q (11/93, p.146) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...An ample statement to [Los Lobos'] varied career..."
Dirty Linen (6-7/94, p.59) - "...Los Lobos cuts loose on this superb hand-picked sampling..."
Audio Magazine (12/93, p.112) - "...this two-disc compilation affirms that Los Lobos is in reality the best band to emerge from Tinsletown in 25 years...."
Contains 41 tracks including selections from the privately pressed YELLOW ALBUM (1978), four previously unreleased tracks, 10 live tracks and one new song ("New Zandu"). Also included is a 44-page book with liner notes by Luis Torres and Bill Bentley, a discography and photos.
Los Lobos: Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Louie Perez, Cesar Rosas.
Producers include: Los Lobos, T-Bone Burnette, Steve Berlin, Mitchell Froom, Hal Willner.
Engineers include: Keith Keller, Cesar Rosas, David Wells.
Personnel: David Hidalgo (guitar, cuatro, tres, mandola, violin, percussion); Louie Pérez (guitar, charango, jarana, vihuela, percussion); Cesar Rosas (guitar, jarana, mandolin); Conrad Lozano (guitar).
Audio Remasterers: Kevin Bartley; Cesar Rosas.
Liner Note Author: Luis R. Torres.
Recording information: Associated Recorders, Hollywood, CA.
Photographers: Mary Perez; David Sandoval; Rudy Rodriquez; Cesar Rosas.
It says quite a bit about the grace, dignity and power of Los Lobos that, with just a half dozen albums to their name at the time, they deserved a career reappraisal such as this. Beautifully assembled, JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM EAST L.A. is not to be confused with their self-released debut album of the same name. The two discs follow a fairly chronological course and the set further benefits from the inclusion of live tracks and previously unreleased studio cuts.
From traditional Mexican songs to Marvin Gaye, Los Lobos invest heart and soul in everything they play. They're also able to shine equally on stage and in the studio. Though Los Lobos have found a fair measure of success in the marketplace over the years, they remain sadly under- appreciated. A true American treasure, this band exudes fire, warmth and a breadth of spirit rare in any band. And they've been at it since the early seventies. This is an essential collection by an essential band.