Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Latin Playboys

Latin Playboys was a Los Lobos side project, consisting of two fifths of that band, David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez, with the addition of Tchad Blake and Mitchell Froom. They produced a self-titled album in 1994, followed by another, 'Dose', in 1999. At the time these releases were difficult to track down in the UK - available, but unpromoted. The band were difficult to classify - sharing the roots heritage of Los Lobos, but taking the sound to more experimental places. Think post-'Mule Variations' Tom Waits, without Tom - told you they were difficult to classify! If you like 'Kiko'/'Colossal Head' period Los Lobos and are up for something similar, but a little more off-kilter, then hunt down the first album at the very least.

To whet your whistle, here's 'Ten Believers' from the debut and a very fine live version of 'Mustard' from 'Dose' featuring the brilliant Lisa Germano guesting on the fiddle.



2 comments:

Singing Bear said...

Nice grooves. That second song is particularly diggable. Thanks for the tip.

Old Pa's Corner said...

Always been a fan of LL since Will the Wolf Surviven and loved Kiko....never heard of this side project'tho....and thanks for the tip...I will be checking this out...nice one!

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