Los Lobos Side Projects: CESAR ROSAS Soul Disguise (1999), HOUNDOG Houndog (1999), LATIN PLAYBOYS Latin Playboys (1994) + Dose (1999), LOS SUPER SEVEN Los Super Seven (1998), Canto (2001)

The mid-to-late 90s found Los Lobos’ creativity spilling over into a series of side projects, off shoots and alternate bands. Here are 4 releases from ’98-’99 (plus a couple of bonuses) to give you an idea of what Los Lobos were up to when they weren’t being Los Lobos.

Cesar Rosas
Soul Disguise

The only solo release from Los Lobos guitarist/vocalist Cesar Rosas is a roots rock throwback boasting a cleaner, more traditionally produced sound than much of Lobos’ late 90s work since Colossal Head. LL fans will hear plenty of familiar elements, from dirty blues riffs (“Tough To Handle”) to accordion-fueled Tex-Mex (“Angelino”) to retro soul/R&B (“E. Los Ballad #13”).

Houndog (1999)
Strange, slow lo-fi blues album from Los Lobos guitarist/vocalist David Hidalgo and Mike Halby (ex-Canned Heat & John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers). Halby handles the vocals here, with an odd, muddy style that often sounds like someone’s thumb is dragging the turntable. Mark II Lobos fans will no doubt dig the on-the-fly atmospherics and no-fuss anti-blues feel. Produced by Hidalgo. Thanks to Jonder, we’ve now included the non-LP track, “Cruisin’ Part 1,” from the Yep Rock Sampler, Outta Sight!

Latin Playboys
Dose (1999)
BONUS: Latin Playboys (1994)
A cool Bizarro world supergroup, featuring David Hidalgo & Louie Perez, along with producers/musicians Tchad Blake and Mitchell Froom. Their second release, Dose, picks up where Los Lobos’ restless late 90s experiments left off, with clanging, trash can percussion, barbed-wire riffs and a pleasing array of slightly
psychedelic found sounds, percolating rhythms and raw invention. Latin Playboys is where Hidalgo & Perez took ideas that were a little too far out for Los Lobos.

Los Super Seven
Los Super Seven (1998)
BONUS: Canto (2001)
This one is an actual supergroup, featuring a host of well known names from the Latin genre. Alongside Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo & Cesar Rosas are Freddy Fender, Joe Ely, Flaco Jiminez, Rick Trevino, Ruben Ramos and others performing sincere renditions of both traditional and original Mexicali material. Lobos’ Steve Berlin produces and provides LSS with a rich, genuine taste from south of the border. This is the first of three albums from Los Super Seven.


  • Capt. Willard
    October 19, 2009 - 01:41 | Permalink

    Search HERE!

    CESAR ROSAS Soul Disguise (1999)
    Little Heaven (3:40)
    You've Got To Lose (3:24)
    Tough To Handle (3:55)
    Angelito (3:19)
    Struck (3:05)
    Shack And Shambles (4:01)
    Better Way (4:17)
    Soul Disguise (4:25)
    Treat Me Right (3:38)
    Adios Mi Vida (3:05)
    Racing The Moon (3:27)
    E. Los Ballad #13 (4:01)

    HOUNDOG Houndog (1999)
    No Chance (4:22)
    I Brought The Rain (3:33)
    I'll Change My Style (3:51)
    Down Time (3:36)
    Lonely Dying Love (3:48)
    Eddie's Gone (4:12)
    All Fired Up, All Shook Down (5:32)
    Somebody (Stop The Bleedin') (5:14)
    Killin' Me (5:22)
    PLUS: Cruisin’ Part 1 (3:48) (Non-LP, from Yep Rock sampler, Outta Site!)

    LATIN PLAYBOYS Dose (1999)
    Fiesta Erotica (3:10)
    Cuca's Blues (3:14)
    Ironsides (1:47)
    Mustard (3:29)
    Nubian Priestess (2:00)
    Dose (2:33)
    Latin Trip (2:58)
    Tormenta Blvd. (2:09)
    Lemon 'N Ice (3:51)
    Locoman (2:48)
    Toro (0:38)
    Paletero (3:14)
    Paula Y Fred (3:06)

    LOS SUPER SEVEN Los Super Seven (1998)
    LOS SUPER SEVEN El Canoero (3:21)
    FREDDY FENDER Piensa En Mí (3:55)
    LOS SUPER SEVEN Mi Ranchito (3:52)
    LOS SUPER SEVEN Un Beso Al Viento (2:32)
    DAVID HIDALGO La Sirena (2:53)
    FREDDY FENDER Un Lunes Por La Mañana (3:19)
    JOE ELY Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Deportee) (3:39)
    LOS SUPER SEVEN La Morena (2:56)
    FLACO JIMÉNEZ Margarita (3:26)
    LOS SUPER SEVEN La Madrugada (2:40)
    CAMPANAS DE AMERICA El Ausente (3:39)
    LOS SUPER SEVEN Río De Tenampa (4:23)
    LOS SUPER SEVEN Las Norteñitas (1:00)

    LATIN PLAYBOYS Latin Playboys (1994)
    Ten Believers (3:17)
    Chinese Surprize (3:07)
    Mira! (1:22)
    Manifold De Amour (2:02)
    New Zandu (3:11)
    Rudy’s Party (2:28)
    If (1:41)
    Same Brown Earth (3:45)
    Lagoon (2:24)
    Gone (2:51)
    Crayon Sun (3:04)
    Pink Steps (2:07)
    Forever Night Shade Mary (3:05)

    LOS SUPER SEVEN Canto (2001)
    Siboney (5:22)
    Calle Dieciseis (2:58)
    El Que Siembra Su Maíz (4:25)
    El Pescador (4:31)
    Me Voy Pa’l Pueblo (5:25)
    Compay Gato (4:22)
    Qualquer Coisa (3:57)
    Teresa (5:12)
    Drumi Mobila (5:27)
    Campesino (3:15)
    Paloma Guarumera (3:03)
    Baby (3:34)

  • Anonymous
    October 20, 2009 - 17:56 | Permalink

    Nice…Thank You,muchly.

  • Dave Bush
    October 20, 2009 - 18:13 | Permalink

    Great post. I'm a pretty big Los Lobos fan, but I wasn't even aware of the Houndog disc. Much thanks.

  • Art Ducko
    October 20, 2009 - 18:14 | Permalink

    Great stuff Willard. Remember the discussions on the best American bands? We forgot these guys. Stellar music.

  • Timmy
    October 20, 2009 - 20:43 | Permalink

    Willard, you are the best! Muchos gracias, AMIGO!

  • Anonymous
    October 21, 2009 - 12:57 | Permalink

    Sweeeeet tunes!! The greatest American band?….May be right!

  • Juan Duque
    October 22, 2009 - 03:37 | Permalink

    Like Rosas says, "Échale tomate!!!"

    Great post!! Los Lobos, to me, are one of the worlds greatest bands ever and a true testament to the triumph of artistry over commerce.


    juan d

  • Anonymous
    October 27, 2009 - 01:42 | Permalink

    Thank you for posting all of these. Mucho gracias!

  • October 21, 2011 - 06:07 | Permalink

    Nice to see these back in circulation. Houndog, Soul Disguise, and Dose are some of my favs. Looks like 1999 was a pretty great year for music lovers, eh?

    • Willard
      October 21, 2011 - 08:33 | Permalink

      It was. Too bad more folks weren’t taking more notice of Los Lobos (and these releases in particular) at the time.

  • Rex Trout
    January 3, 2013 - 15:51 | Permalink

    Thank you!

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    January 16, 2014 - 20:16 | Permalink

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  • February 3, 2015 - 10:18 | Permalink

    Although there are some enjoyable moments (notably, Raul Malo) on the last Los Super Seven record, “Heard It on the X,” I could never give it a place along side the first two. The Los Lobos guys were gone by then and it suffered from a lack of purpose, the magic was gone.

  • February 3, 2015 - 10:26 | Permalink

    BTW, the DVD, “NO BORDERS,” about the making of Los Super Seven’s “CANTO” is essential viewing with amazing live performances from the band, including Raul Malo, Rick Treviño and the Sinatra of Tejano music: the wonderful Ruben Ramos!

  • Jonder
    February 23, 2015 - 12:22 | Permalink

    Here’s a non-LP track from Houndog that appeared on a Yep Roc comp called “Outta Sight”. The comp CD was included in an issue of Harp Magazine, and featured tracks from 2004 Yep Roc releases. The track (“Cruisin’ Part 1”) was described on the sleeve as “from the forthcoming album.” Sounds like a follow-up to the debut album was planned but shelved. http://www39.zippyshare.com/v/XItjau6c/file.html

    • Willard
      February 23, 2015 - 13:21 | Permalink

      Very cool, MANY thanks Jonder. We’ve added it to the rest of the Houndog D/L.

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