Los Lobos

Will the Wolf Survive?

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The title track for their debut album, Will the Wolf Survive?, this song, in just four minutes, paid off all bets that were placed on Los Lobos as one of the finest and innovative bands to emerge in the 1980s. A powerful, chiming folk-rock groove is placed against a strong undercurrent of Latin/bossa nova rhythms, creating a shimmering and unifying effect. Lyrically, it's equally intriguing, with its parable of both an animal and a dignified man from another time surviving in a cold, modern world. A stupendous, minor-chord bridge gives way to a truly exquisite, Latin-tinged guitar solo from David Hidalgo. A song that rightfully gave the band some well-deserved public recognition, not to mention a cult following.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
How Will the Wolf Survive? 1984 Slash Records 3:41
Just Another Band from East L.A. 1993 Warner Bros. 3:43
Spirit of America [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
El Cancionero: Mas y Mas 2000 Warner Archives / Rhino / Warner Bros. 3:42
Rhino Hi-Five: Los Lobos 2005 Rhino / Slash 3:41
Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos 2006 Rhino 3:43