La Pistola y El Corazón

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La Pistola y El Corazón
artwork by George Yepes
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1988
Recorded"Noon June 13 to Midnight June 17, 1988"
StudioSunset Sound Factory, Los Angeles, California
GenreChicano rock
Son Jarocho
LabelSlash, Warner Bros.
ProducerLos Lobos
Los Lobos chronology
By the Light of the Moon
La Pistola y El Corazón
The Neighborhood
Professional ratings
Review scores

La Pistola y El Corazón (Spanish for "The Pistol and the Heart") is the fourth album by the Mexican American rock group Los Lobos, released in September 1988 on Slash/Warner Bros. Records. The mini-album is dedicated to Tejano/Mariachi folk music. It won a Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Mexican-American Performance.[2]

The cover is a painting by East L.A. Chicano artist George Yepes, who conceived the image after listening to a demo of the album. "It is a perfect marriage between the musical and the visual," said band member Louie Pérez. "George’s painting directs you to the heart of the whole record. It has the same tough image as the music itself." The original painting was purchased by Warner Brothers Records and given to singer Madonna as a gift. Shortly afterwards, the painting was destroyed when a fire burned down Madonna's Malibu home.[3] The cover has won numerous awards and was, in 1999, selected as one of the 100 Best Album Covers of All Time by the editors of Rolling Stone Magazine.[4]


Geoffrey Himes of the Washington Post was positive in his review of the album, saying that it finds Los Lobos "approaching the tunes not as nostalgia or folklorico but as confessional dramas requiring all the individual verve they can muster. The playing and singing is not only technically marvelous ... but also emotionally urgent." Himes added that the album "lacks the grand ambition of Los Lobos' best records, but it succeeds marvelously at what it sets out to do."[5]

In a retrospective review, rating the album three stars out of five, William Ruhlmann of AllMusic wrote, "If this is a band that seems to do too many things well, in a sense they are at their best when they narrow their focus, and they are certainly masters of their style here."[1]

Track listing[edit]

1."La Guacamaya"Traditional2:05
2."Las Amarillas"Traditional3:04
3."Si Yo Quisiera"Romualdo Garcia2:42
4."(Sonajas) Mañanitas Michoacanas"Yolanda Patricia Ayala2:23
5."Estoy Sentado Aquí"Cesar Rosas2:28
6."El Gusto"Elpidio Ramírez2:58
7."Que Nadie Sepa Mi Sufrir"Ángel Cabral, Enrique Dizeo2:30
8."El Canelo"Jacinto Gatica3:27
9."La Pistola y El Corazón"David Hidalgo, Louie Pérez3:27


Los Lobos
Additional musicians
  • Mouse – bells (2)
  • The Lost Tribe Percussion Ensemble – sonajas (4)
  • Los Lobos – producer
  • Larry Hirsch – engineer, mixing
  • Scott Woodman – engineer
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • George Yepes – cover, design
  • Louie Pérez – cover, cover concept
  • Jeri Heiden – art direction


Billboard charts[edit]

Chart Peak
The Billboard 200 179

Grammy Awards[edit]

Award Year
Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance 1989


  1. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "La Pistola y El Corazón – Los Lobos". AllMusic. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "Grammy Awards - Artist: Los Lobos". Retrieved on 11 August 2019.
  3. ^ Katz, Jesse (4 May 1989). "The Arts : His Art Imitates the Life Los Lobos Sings About". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Biography: George Yepes". Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  5. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (14 October 1988). "The Washington Post review - La Pistola y El Corazon". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 11, 2019 – via Rock's Backpages.