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Los Lobos — Angel Dance
Album: The Neighborhood
Avg rating:
7

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Total ratings: 1682









Released: 1990
Length: 3:08
Plays (last 30 days): 4
Good night, sleep tight
The big bright sun has gone away
Done gone away
Goodbye, don't cry
Tomorrow will bring us a brand new day
We can run and play

And they'll laugh up and down the hall
Don't you go shout when you hear them fall
Let them fly across the wall
Let them cry 'til the morning calls
Little two step angel dance

Big night, bright lights
Time now to lay them all to rest
Put 'em all to rest
Bad guys, mean eyes
All gone away to where they belong
Let's just sing our song

And they'll laugh up and down the hall
Don't you go shout when you hear them fall
Let them fly across the wall
Let them cry 'til the morning calls
Little two step angel dance

Good days, new ways
Let go of all things when you sleep
When you're all asleep
Good night, sleep right
Tomorrow is gonna bring us another day
So we can run and play

And they'll laugh up and down the hall
Don't you go shout when you hear them fall
Let them fly across the wall
Let them cry, 'til the morning calls
Little two step angel dance
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These guys consistently get high ratings from me. They have an uncanny sense of tempo! Rich harmonics. Lyrically authentic. Great live performers too πŸ‘πŸ½ 
 Signwrtr61 wrote:
Google says differently. Claims Mr. R. Plant as original artist. 



Google says way at the bottom of page one "This is the first single from Band of Joy, an album by the British rock singer Robert Plant and his band the Band of Joy. It was released on September 13, ..." and stops before saying 2010, in their short snippet from Song Facts, but if you go to the link used it says originally by Los Lobos ( in 1990) covered by Plant et al, and deeper tells you that David Hidalgo and Louie Perez of Los Lobos appear in the Plant & Band of Joy video for the single.
Also, Google Bing, and any that rely on them are getting worse and worse at finding info. Pags that contain what you are looking for either are now many pages into the search results, or not that at all anymore.
Such outstanding songwriting 🎼🎢
 Signwrtr61 wrote:
Google says differently. Claims Mr. R. Plant as original artist. 



Plenty of misinformation on Google. Writers are David Hidalgo and Louis Perez of Los Lobos. This track appeared on Los Lobos' 1990 album The Neighborhood. Robert Plant covered it on his 2010 album Band of Joy and it was the lead single from the album. 

About the song Plant told Mojo magazine in an interview : "Los Lobos play with such great cool, Hispanic poly-rhythms. I kept thinking this song is like a nursery rhyme but the compulsion of the rhythm seems like it could be a reflection of the way they deal with their forefathers". 

As a further tribute to Los Lobos Plant featured Hidalgo and Perez in his video for the song. 
 Bullymac wrote:


6 years on....people like myself still checking to see if this is Steve Winwood!
I bet S. Wineood could likely do this tune justice. Ain't nobody does it like R. Plant though. IMHO, of course. 

 William wrote:

As noted elsewhere, this was written by David Hidalgo of Los Lobos & was later covered (nicely) by Mr. Plant.
Google says differently. Claims Mr. R. Plant as original artist. 

 wtango wrote:

LOVE LL!



Me too!
The whole album is excellent. I actually bought it from a cassette cut-out bin at the grocery store.
Los Lobos is awesome.  However, I will say I saw them twice.  First concert was awesome; second one not so much!
 max_p wrote:

yes lil Winwood on that upper note, had to look here to see who this is!
 

6 years on....people like myself still checking to see if this is Steve Winwood!
YEP!   {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Dancingbanana_2}{#Bananasplit}
 jbuhl wrote:

I  think they are one of the most talented bands in the USA (AKA  United States of Fear Mongering Assholes)

 
Not all that many angels dancing here in USFMA. 
LOVE LL!
Robert Plant's version is also good.
 misterbearbaby wrote:
This is a band that's never, repeat: never, done a single bad tune. Amazing music for decades.

 
I  think they are one of the most talented bands in the USA (AKA  United States of Fear Mongering Assholes)
 sid1950 wrote:
This is one of my favourite Robert Plant tracks, but these guys nail it. Why aren't they more famous? 10 from me.

 
As noted elsewhere, this was written by David Hidalgo of Los Lobos & was later covered (nicely) by Mr. Plant.
 WonderLizard wrote:
I have to think that Plant's layered sound on the original appealed to David Hidalgo. It's something perfectly suited to Los Lobos' approach to their own sound.

 
I'm pretty sure this was a Los Lobos song originally (from a 1990 album). Plant only covered it on his Band of Joy album some 20 years later. 
Love their sound!
Bill!! Today is David Bowie's day!!! Play Bowie and "déjate de hostias" (as in Spanish can said)
{#Drummer}
Posted: Sep 25, 2015 - 08:00
 

 PeterMC3 wrote:
Ditto

  

Ditto ditto. I was just going to write how I had never realized how much the lead sounds like Steve Winwood and then, huh, two someone elses be me to that conclusion.  ;)
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Got my vote too ... good ear(s)! {#Music} 
 PeterMC3 wrote:
Ditto

 

Ditto ditto. I was just going to write how I had never realized how much the lead sounds like Steve Winwood and then, huh, two someone elses beat me to that conclusion.  ;)
 motorichi wrote:

Steve Winwood?....let me join that club too...


  Ditto


Good music, any time, any were. And, it reminded me of Chuck Berry's song.
This is a band that's never, repeat: never, done a single bad tune. Amazing music for decades.
Volume cranked to 10 - simply fantastic. {#Music}
Robert Plant has a version that's pretty much AWESOME!!!!!!!!
 
Wow, Los Lobos!
This is one of my favourite Robert Plant tracks, but these guys nail it. Why aren't they more famous? 10 from me.
{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}{#Bananapiano}
{#Daisy}{#Daisy}{#Daisy}{#Daisy}
Gawd, they are great!  A 9 bordering on 10 ...
 kz1300a1 wrote:
I usually like this band but this sounds very Micheal Bolton to me. 
 
No. Just no...ok maybe...no...ok, maybe
I usually like this band but this sounds very Micheal Bolton to me. 
Love me some Los Lobos. Saw them a few months ago. Still the soul they've always had.
just another band from EAST  L.A. like Clapton is just another guitar player......{#Dancingbanana}
I never got this band...the marble is not falling in the hole....this is the only song I can take...
 janpers wrote:

Wish I knew her. Love to read her comments. 
 

She was a wonderful person, and an excellent writer...

I hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute, janpers...  I enjoy your comments...
 
I have to think that Plant's layered sound on the original appealed to David Hidalgo. It's something perfectly suited to Los Lobos' approach to their own sound.
 Lazarus wrote:


Miss you so much, Cynaera... 

 
Wish I knew her. Love to read her comments. 
 Cynaera wrote:
My favorite version of this song! {#Bounce}  Los Lobos has such a wonderful joyfulness about their music.  Plant's version is good in its own ways - the slower beat and the loosely-tuned drums - but I much prefer this one.  I love Los Lobos, thanks to RP! {#Clap}
 

Miss you so much, Cynaera... 
bounce's along . upbeat needed it thanks R.P.
 ronniegirl wrote:
Just found out an old friend died today.  Tom, I hope you are doing the Angel Dance.
 
ronniegirl...I don't even know you except for around this place. So sorry to hear this about your friend. May the music here help heal a bit.
Very tasty. Very very tasty. Just what I needed.
nice through the headphones. satisfyingly weighty bass line {#Music}
More Lobos! {#Devil_pimp}
Just found out an old friend died today.  Tom, I hope you are doing the Angel Dance.
 jr2571 wrote:
sounds like Traffic- sort of- and that's a good thing
 
yes lil Winwood on that upper note, had to look here to see who this is!
Damn these guys are good ........   {#Music}
Thanks RP!
 bpkengor wrote:
This comes from a fine, fine album.    Highly recommended.   probably my favorite LL album, duking it out with Kiko & Good Morning Aztlan....
 

Saw them at Ravinia, 4th row center......8
 bpkengor wrote:
This comes from a fine, fine album.    Highly recommended.   probably my favorite LL album, duking it out with Kiko & Good Morning Aztlan....
 

 Total agreement there

This comes from a fine, fine album.    Highly recommended.   probably my favorite LL album, duking it out with Kiko & Good Morning Aztlan....
sounds like Traffic- sort of- and that's a good thing
{#Bounce}
Solid 8 :-)
Best version!  Love Los Lobos!

 yodasan_magoo wrote:
First time I've heard LL version.  Much, much better then heir Plant's reload. 
 

{#Yes} Agreed - Plant's version grates on my nerves. This is my first time hearing the more enjoyable original.

Steve Winwood?....let me join that club too...



First time I've heard LL version.  Much, much better then heir Plant's reload. 
 fiddlechick wrote:
a) love this tune.
b) adore this band. Haven't seen them in a few years, but probably have seen them a dozen times. The put on a great live show.
c) nice transition from Iron and Wine
 
d) all of the above

a) love this tune.
b) adore this band. Haven't seen them in a few years, but probably have seen them a dozen times. The put on a great live show.
c) nice transition from Iron and Wine
Love these guys.  They're going on the road with Eric Clapton the next couple of months, can't wait to see it!
 Theo_Bos wrote:

Who wrote this los lobos or robert Plant on his new cd Band of Joy?


 
Los Lobos.    This album came out in 1990.  

Who wrote this los lobos or robert Plant on his new cd Band of Joy?


 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:

From a distance (my PC) this sounds like Steve Winwood


 
That's funny - The first time I heard Kings of Leon's "Sex on Fire", I thought it was an amazing Los Lobos song I'd never heard!  {#Wink}

ditto

 
helgigermany wrote:
I knew, that i know this voice!!  Very nice tune!

 

I knew, that i know this voice!!  Very nice tune!

My favorite version of this song! {#Bounce}  Los Lobos has such a wonderful joyfulness about their music.  Plant's version is good in its own ways - the slower beat and the loosely-tuned drums - but I much prefer this one.  I love Los Lobos, thanks to RP! {#Clap}
OK,now'v learned this is not a Traffic tune that I'v missed ! {#Yes}

Great tune !

Love this song!
I do like Robert Plant's new cover with his Band of Joy which I had the pleasue of seeing live in Mobile recently. Robert's covers are always such a homage to the artists. He has such a good time presenting the music from which his original inspirations were drawn many years ago with Zepp (yes, I know this song had not been recorded at that time). His version is a little bouncier.
That being said, I think this Los Lobos original is superior, but not by much. {#Sunny}




 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:

From a distance (my PC) this sounds like Steve Winwood


 

I agree. Great sound and a great song!
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:

From a distance (my PC) this sounds like Steve Winwood


 
I experienced the same thing the first time I heard them in '84.


 paulmack wrote:


Are you suggesting that Los Lobos is influenced by the Subdudes? This song was originally released in 1990 after the lobos had been in existence for nearly 15 years. I realize the 'dudes had formed a few years prior to that but I hardly think they'd also managed to develop to the point that they would be influencing a veteran band in such a short time. Remember what Mark Twain once said, "Get your facts straight first, then distort them as you please." I do think the 'dudes have one of the cleverest names ever, though.
 
"Remember what Mark Twain once said, "Get your facts straight first, then distort them as you please."
'Nuff said, goodbuddy!


Massively great karma. Only band that just ALWAYS makes me feel GOOD. American treasures.

 boober wrote:
Subdudes anyone?
 

Are you suggesting that Los Lobos is influenced by the Subdudes? This song was originally released in 1990 after the lobos had been in existence for nearly 15 years. I realize the 'dudes had formed a few years prior to that but I hardly think they'd also managed to develop to the point that they would be influencing a veteran band in such a short time. Remember what Mark Twain once said, "Get your facts straight first, then distort them as you please." I do think the 'dudes have one of the cleverest names ever, though.
 coolpeople_rule wrote:
Whenever I feel down in the dumps I throw this on and it brightens up my day!

Thanks RP!
 
Puts a smile on my face too! {#Biggrin}
Subdudes anyone?
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:

From a distance (my PC) this sounds like Steve Winwood


 
You should see them live and hope they do Dear Mr. Fantasy.

They never disappoint!! Lovely tune... {#Heartkiss}
 Dinges,_the_Dude wrote:

From a distance (my PC) this sounds like Steve Winwood


 
This is probably the only song of theirs that does sound so much like Winwood.  Great band, very diverse, saw them live a couple of years or so ago in San Diego and they were a little disjointed, still put out rich music.  One of my favorite CDs is their "Just Another Band From East L.A," originally recorded to LP in 1978.


From a distance (my PC) this sounds like Steve Winwood


Whenever I feel down in the dumps I throw this on and it brightens up my day!

Thanks RP!
SWEEETTT song!
This song deserves a LOT more airplay on RP, though I'm indebted to this station for introducing me to it. My favorite Los Lobos track.
If you are looking to start your Lobos collection, "The Neighborhood" is a great place to start (along with either Kiko or Good Morning Aztlan). This is one of many great songs on this recording, not a bad song on this album. "The Giving Tree" and "Jenny's Got a Pony" still blow me away....

I always thought this was Stevie Winwood. Good song!
Damn I thought I heard Eric Clapton singing... oops. This is nice, much better than that other Los Lobos song RP always plays.
I like this allot. Los Lobos is pretty dang good really!
I thought it was S.W too, good song - almost a really good song.
Great band! Bill, please add "I got loaded" to your Los Lobos line up.
Yes, I thought the same, Stevie is back! Maybe, Los Lobos's lead was or is a fan of his.
jbatwork wrote:
Thats who I thought it was. Some Stevie I had never heard? naw...
I absolutely hear that!!! WOW!
llj4665 wrote:
sounds like steve winwood anyone hear that?
Thats who I thought it was. Some Stevie I had never heard? naw...
One of the best bands ever!
Exactly!! Death_to_Clear_Channel wrote:
Interesting insight. Another example of the chameleon-like nature of this band - one of the greatest rock/folk bands in American History. Bold statement? Yes. But anyone who knows a bit of rock history cannot deny it.
Death_to_Clear_Channel wrote:
Another example of the chameleon-like nature of this band - one of the greatest rock/folk bands in American History. Bold statement? Yes. But anyone who knows a bit of rock history cannot deny it.
Well said.
Hello, nab3arch wrote:
I have this on CASSETTE!! It still rocks the house!
Well, I have it on an LP! A definite 9, in my book. Neil
The more I hear his voice, the more I like it. . .
I said this earlier today, and I'm reminded again with a second Los Lobos song that, I can't wait to see them live at The Gathering of the Vibes Music Festival in August!!!
Times change. That album cover now looks like the front of a brochure for some new condo complex or retirement home. Still a good album though.
I was thinking Peter Gabriel, but when I saw people saying Steve Winwood, I decided I agree with that more. Whatever the case, it's still a 5.
upped this one from a seven to an eight...smooth... S.
I have this on CASSETTE!! It still rocks the house!
...I hear a bit of Stevie in there too...good tune anyways... S.
Been a huge Los Lobos fan for about 15 years now I guess, and I never once thought of Stevie Winwood. Guess he's before my time
goo shi mang
Johray63 wrote:
BTW, Los Lobos doesn't even play that hit live. You should know what you're talking about before you start judging.
They played La Bamba at a free concert last week in Dallas. That was hardly the highlight of their performance, although they do an excellent cover of that tune. It was an awesome show, too.
Yeah, I was like, hooray Stevie's got his groove back!!! Dang. Los Lobos are cool though.
llj4665 wrote:
sounds like steve winwood anyone hear that?
Sure do! From the reviews below, we're not alone
sounds like steve winwood anyone hear that?
you just cant say anything bad about Los Lobos. Solid band. You dont have to like every song, but deserves all the respect.
Govi wrote:
This sounds like a Steve Winwood song to me: the singer and the arrangement. I like it!
Interesting insight. Another example of the chameleon-like nature of this band - one of the greatest rock/folk bands in American History. Bold statement? Yes. But anyone who knows a bit of rock history cannot deny it.
They're brilliant. And anyone who mentions "one-hit wonderism" and Los Lobos in the same sentence doesn't know squat about music. Even I know they're not ephimeral, and I don't know squat, either! Wish I'd hear more Los Lobos here.
Govi wrote:
This sounds like a Steve Winwood song to me: the singer and the arrangement. I like it!
IT DOES! Nice catch...
This sounds like a Steve Winwood song to me: the singer and the arrangement. I like it!