Los Lobos – By the Light of the Moon

ARTIST: Los Lobos                             220px-bythelightofthemoonalbumcover

TITLE:  By the Light of the Moon

YEAR RELEASED: 1987

CHART ACTION: #47 US, #77 UK

SINGLES: Set Me Free (Rosa Lee) (#99 UK), Shakin’ Shakin’ Shakes

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: One Time One Night

LINEUP: David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez, Conrad Lozano, Steve Berlin

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A let down after their brilliant 1984 album, but there are some decent tracks here.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: It took a while for Los Lobos to release their second album. “One Time One Night” was under the opening credits for Colors, but the rest of the album didn’t come out until 1987.

They struggled with material, seemingly. It was an attempt to try to replicate the success, but the songs weren’t as vital or fresh as their previous set.

A couple tracks (“Set Me Free (Rosa Lee”) and “One Time One Night” are stellar, and it’s not like the other tracks are bad. But it is kind of disappointing compared to their first full-length.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Their first two full length albums hit the same number on the Billboard charts.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B:  It’s OK, but not one of their best efforts..

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