November 30, 2011 – 4:56 pm

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Holiday House Party 1992 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Capitol Records Studio, Hollywood, CA. Guests include Dave Alvin, John Hiatt, Rickie Lee Jones, Leo Kottke and Syd Straw. Excellent NPR (FM) broadcast on December 25, 1992.

Those who enjoyed Los Straightjackets playing Christmas tunes should not give this a miss. And, given the guest list, this is holiday cheer for everyone.

This is the report by Chris Willman that the Los Angeles Times ran in 1992:

Baby boomers bemoaning the dearth of good, old-fashioned Christmas variety shows on TV these days can instead tune into National Public Radio for a nice fix in the semi-frolicky form of “Holiday House Party With Los Lobos,” a two-hour music special taped before a live L.A. audience and starring the band whose latest album, “Kiko,” just topped the annual Times critics’ poll. No cardigans required…

Disappointingly, Los Lobos hasn’t worked up a single Christmas number as a band, not counting saxman Steve Berlin and guitarist Cesar Rosas’ instrumental duet of “The Christmas Song.” But what they have produced for their portion of the proceedings isn’t slack - not with a wealth of traditional Mexican music played to music-box perfection, or such unlikely but fitting holiday-time choices as Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin’ On” and their own depressively patriotic spiritual “One Time, One Night,” most everything leaning toward a delectably, collectibly acoustic vein.

Ironically, all the guest stars have managed to come up with some Christmas chestnuts to roast on an open FM frequency. She may not be Claudine Longet - quite - but Syd Straw probably comes off best of anyone here, beginning with an achingly lonely and gorgeous “In a Golden Dream,” being joined by Rickie Lee Jones for an a cappella “O Holy Night” and winding up with the host band on her good-rockin’ childhood composition “The Christmas Twist”…

As hosts, the shy-ish Lobos are reticent at best, so a pair of wiseacre voiceover narrators, Comedy Central’s Nick Bakay and Steve Higgins, have been ubiquitously grafted on throughout the show.
Click here for the full article.

Thanks to ninehi who shared the tracks on the net in 2005.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.

Disc 1
DJs intro (2.5MB)
Peace - Los Lobos (7.6MB)
Arizona Skies/Borinquen Patria Mia - Los Lobos (sung by Louis Perez) (9.1MB)
Canto Veracruz - Los Lobos with Fermin Herrera (Veracruz harp) (4.0MB)
DJs (1.6MB)
Louis Perez introduction/Mario From The Barrio - Lalo Guerrero (3.9MB)
Pancho Claus - Lalo Guerrero with Los Lobos (3.7MB)
DJs (1.1MB)
Beat Angel - Rickie Lee Jones with Leo Kottke and John Leftwich (bass) (5.6MB)
Running Up The Stairs - Rickie Lee Jones with Leo Kottke and John Leftwich (6.7MB)
The Christmas Song - Los Lobos (3.7MB)
One Time, One Night - Los Lobos (7.6MB)
DJs/Buffalo River Home - John Hiatt (7.3MB)
Drive South - John Hiatt/Happy Christmas (War is Over) - John Hiatt with Los Lobos (10.2MB)
DJs (2.4MB)

Disc 2
DJs (1.7MB)
Paul Rodriguez/DJs (5.9MB)
Colas - Los Lobos with with Fermin Herrera (5.0MB)
El Zapateado (instrumental) - Los Lobos with Fermin Herrera (3.1MB)
La Iguana - Los Lobos with Fermin Herrera/DJs (10.3MB)
Available Space/June Bug/Vaseline Machine Gun/Jack Fig - Leo Kottke (10.6MB)
I’ll Be Home For Christmas - Dave Alvin with Rick Solem (keyboards)/DJs (5.1MB)
Dry River - Dave Alvin with Syd Straw (5.9MB)
DJs (894k)
In A Golden Dream - Syd Straw with Dave Alvin (4.7MB)
O Holy Night - Syd Straw with Rickie Lee Jones (3.2MB)
The Christmas Twist - Syd Straw with Los Lobos (4.9MB)
DJs (404k)
La Pistola Y El Corazón - Los Lobos (5.8MB)
Kiko And The Lavender Moon - Los Lobos (5.2MB)
What’s Goin’ On - Los Lobos (7.8MB)
DJs outro (352k)

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  1. 9 Responses to “LOS LOBOS - HOLIDAY HOUSE PARTY 1992”

  2. Christmas just came early in the form of a wonderful gift from BIG O with this show..
    thanks everyone!

    By sluggo on Nov 30, 2011

  3. Nice! Los is always a class act. THANX!!!!!!!!

    By Timmy on Nov 30, 2011

  4. Great. Just what i need. Los lobos!

    Thank you.

    By shadreck on Dec 1, 2011

  5. Nice to see Leo Kottke on here. I’ve got him on lp but nothing on disc. I saw Los Lobos for 5 dollars at the Orange Show/Swing Auditorium in San Berdoo. Next night for 5 more dollars I saw Texas Tornados. Good times. Upbeat tunes. Cheap prices. Good old days.

    Gracias BigO! Bueno Trabajo.
    Don’t be El Seven,

    Louie Louie

    By Sking on Dec 1, 2011


    Did you see this?
    We were there!!!


    By The Russian Assassin on Dec 1, 2011

  7. Great show! Great band! But it’s hard to stand those DJs. Anyway: Thank you guys!
    Cheers Tony

    By tony lauber on Dec 1, 2011

  8. The DJs do suck, but these versions of One Time, One Night and What’s Going On? make this worth the effort. Thanks BigO!!!

    By steve22 on Dec 2, 2011

  9. Thanks for the Lobos Merry Christmas dudes!

    By texmarc on Dec 5, 2011

  10. Thanks. Just heard some of the tracks on the new disc of Kiko!

    By Sean on Sep 8, 2012

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