If you’re a Los Lobos fan and haven’t listened to Native Sons you should be ashamed.. One of their best compilations of various styles of music and musicians from southern California. Wow!
The Great Randini gave me the CD he’d stolen, I cranked it up in my studio and about half way through my wife comes in with this huge smile and asks is this all on one record?
Look, the Wolves didn’t reinvent the wheel here, “BUT” it’s simply a joy to listen to, from start to finish, 12 great covers and one excellent original! Generally I don’t review music or books, but for this I’m making an exception. Well done Los Lobos.
Los Angeles based band, Los Lobos, have always been inspired by their surroundings and the place they call home. Their music is influenced by rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, zydeco, folk, R&B, blues, brown-eyed soul, and traditional music such as cumbia, boleros and norteños. With Native Sons the band set out to showcase all of these influences with their own take on the songs of Los Angeles from some of the cities greatest songwriters. Native Sons features 13-songs from well known LA artists such as Buffalo Springfield, WAR, Jackson Browne and the Beach Boys as well as deep cuts from the Jaguars, The Basters and The Premiers. The album title track is the sole original composition written by the band. Love Special Delivery Misery Bluebird / For What It’s Worth Los Chucos Suaves Jamaica Say You Will Never No More Native Son Farmer John Dichoso Sail On, Sailor The World Is A Ghetto Flat Top Joint Where Lovers Go