Gates of Gold

Gates of Gold

by Los LobosLos Lobos


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/25/2015
Label: Savoy Jazz
UPC: 0795041605122
catalogNumber: 16051
Rank: 26569

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lobos   Primary Artist
Syd Straw   Background Vocals
Steve Berlin   Keyboards,Saxophone,Group Member
David Hidalgo   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Conrad Lozano   Bass,Group Member
Juan Perez   Bass
Cesar Rosas   Guitar,Vocals,Bajo Sexto,Group Member
Louie Pérez   Guitar,Jarana,Group Member
Sam Avila   Organ,Piano
Rob Crowell   Alto Saxophone
Oscar Utterström   Trombone
Josh Baca   Accordion
David Hidalgo   Drums
Marcos Reyes   Percussion
Michael Froom   Keyboards

Technical Credits

David Hidalgo   Composer
Lobos   Producer
Cesar Rosas   Composer,Engineer
Joe Trevino   Engineer
Louie Pérez   Composer,Cover Photo
Francisco Vidal   Composer
Jeff Smith   Art Direction
Shane Smith   Engineer
Quattrocchi   Art Direction
Adam Landry   Engineer
David Beeman   Engineer
Stephen Koszler   Engineer

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