- Let's Say Goodnight/2:33
- Walking Song/2:51
- Come On Let's Go/2:11
- How Much Can I Do?/2:22
- Why Do You Do/2:40
- Ay te Dejo en San Antonio/2:40
Los Angeles, the employee told me. That's Los Lobos.
I bought the EP ...and a time to dance and uncharacteristically left without browsing every rack in the store. My wife and I listened to it endlessly; when Los Lobos played an Austin club the following summer, the three of us went (she was eight months pregnant at the time). Although the band blew through its entire repertoire, the crowd refused to leave and cheered for more. A sweat-drenched David Hidalgo emerged from the dressing room, picked out "Sleepwalk" on the pedal steel, and confessed that "that's all we know." Reluctantly, we dispersed. I've seen them many times since then, but nothing has matched that show.
As near as I can tell, ...and a time to dance has never been released on CD. But iTunes has it for $6.93, and believe me that's a bargain. The title is no joke: No matter how down the world has you, this music will turn your frown upside down and get your feet moving.
I've dug up live performances of six of the original seven tracks. Enjoy.
"Let's Say Goodnight":
"Come On Let's Go":
"How Much Can I Do?":
"Why Do You Do":
"Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio":
And, for good measure, here's Santo & Johnny performing "Sleepwalk":