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Today on Ecléctico you're listening to East Los Angeles rock and soul band Los Lobos. This song is a cover, as all the songs on this album are, Native Sons being a tribute to the L.A. bands and musicians they grew up listening to. The original version of this song is by the band War from 1972. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Hal Horowitz on American Songwriter.
"The World Is a Ghetto" by Los Lobos
2021 | Just another band from East L.A.
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Taken at face value, this is a collection of cover songs from artists originating around Los Lobos’ home base of L.A. But, as the liner notes advise, to pigeonhole it as just that is to miss a bigger story.
These 13 nuggets were chosen, recorded, and often pieced together during the pandemic. That downtime gave the veteran band (now approaching its 50th anniversary with all the original members intact) time off the road which they dedicated to finding the right selections to record.
As any fan of the East L.A. band knows, Los Lobos’ music is as eclectic as the inhabitants of the city that birthed them. Soul, rock, folk, blues, rockabilly, Latin, jazz, and Chicano sounds all appear in both their originals and the classics by others they habitually unveil on stage. So it’s little surprise that when pulling together tunes for this release, those genres would all be represented. Few other collectives, let alone ones that claim 50 years as a working concern, are accomplished and diverse enough to credibly recreate/reimagine the music of acts ranging from Buffalo Springfield, The Blasters, War, The Beach Boys, and Willie Bobo.