In 1978, when Los Lobos were paying their bills by playing weddings and Mexican restaurants in the greater Los Angeles area, they put out an independent album of their traditional Tex-Mex songs with a pumped-up rock & roll feel. The album, Del Este de Los Angeles, established their sound and provided a jumping-off point for David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez to start writing their own material. The LP is an interesting glimpse into the band on the verge of breaking away from their traditional roots and pushing on to create their own influential style.
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AllMusic Review by Zac Johnson