By the Light of the Moon (album)

By the Light of the Moon is the third album by the Mexican American rock group Los Lobos.

By the Light of the Moon
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 19, 1987
StudioSunset Sound, Los Angeles, California
GenreChicano rock, roots rock
LabelSlash, Warner Bros.
ProducerT-Bone Burnett, Los Lobos
Los Lobos chronology
How Will the Wolf Survive?
By the Light of the Moon
La Pistola y El Corazón
Professional ratings
Review scores
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
Orlando Sentinel[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[5]
The Village VoiceA−[6]

Track listing

1."One Time One Night"Hidalgo, Pérez4:48
2."Shakin' Shakin' Shakes"Rosas, Burnett4:13
3."Is This All There Is?"Hidalgo, Pérez4:00
4."Prenda Del Alma"traditional3:21
5."All I Wanted to Do Was Dance"Hidalgo, Pérez, Burnett3:57
6."Set Me Free (Rosa Lee)"Rosas3:35
7."The Hardest Time"Hidalgo, Pérez3:12
8."My Baby's Gone"Rosas3:41
9."River of Fools"Hidalgo, Pérez2:55
10."The Mess We're In"Hidalgo, Pérez3:01
11."Tears of God"Hidalgo, Pérez3:46
Total length:40:29


Writing, performance and production credits are adapted from the album liner notes.[7]


Los Lobos

Session members


  • T-Bone Burnett, Los Lobos – production
  • Bernie Grundmanmastering
  • Larry Hirsch – recording, mixing
  • David Glover, Mike Kloster, Stephen Shelton, Jimmy Preziosi, Doug Schwartz, Tony Chiappa, Magic Moreno – assistant recording
  • Mark Linett – remixing ("Is This All There Is?")

Artwork and design

  • Jeff Price, Jeri McManus – art direction
  • Lendon Flanagan – photography


  1. Deming, Mark. "By the Light of the Moon – Los Lobos". AllMusic. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  2. Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. Duffy, Thom (March 1, 1987). "Los Lobos". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  4. Considine, J. D. (2004). "Los Lobos". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 495–96. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  6. Christgau, Robert (February 24, 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  7. By the Light of the Moon (booklet). Los Lobos. Slash Records. 1987.CS1 maint: others (link)
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