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Kiko

Los Lobos

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Los Lobos had earned a reputation as one of the most intelligent and creative roots rock acts in America with the albums By the Light of the Moon and The Neighborhood, but it was with 1992's Kiko that they really demonstrated the breadth of their sonic ambitions. Produced in collaboration with Mitchell Froom, Kiko exchanged the more straightforward approach of Los Lobos' previous sessions for a uniquely textured sound, with the group's guitars thrown into sharp relief against Froom's collection of vintage tape-loop keyboards, and the arrangements are often unusually spare, most powerfully in the ghostly spaciousness of "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" and "Wake Up Delores." Even the more full-bodied cuts, such as the rollicking "That Train Don't Stop Here" and the hard-rocking "Whiskey Trail," boast a different personality than in Los Lobos' previous work, with the guitars clean but cutting like a switchblade and the drums snapping hard, and the more contemplative selections drip with a mysterious, otherworldly ambience that's matched by the impressionistic imagery of David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez's superb songs. At its best, Kiko sounds like the musical equivalent of a Luis Buñuel dream sequence, balancing beauty and menace with intelligence and a skill that's little short of dazzling; it's a brilliant, singular achievement, and the most rewarding album in the group's catalog.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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1
Dream in Blue
00:03:34

David Hidalgo, Writer - Los Lobos, MainArtist - Louie Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

2
Wake up Dolores
00:02:55

David Hidalgo, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Vocals - Cesar Rosas, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals - Los Lobos, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - KEVIN KILLEN, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Pete Thomas, Additional Drums - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer, Contributor - dave collins, Digital Editor - Steve Berlin, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Harmonica - John Paterno, Assistant Engineer, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Louie Perez, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Gary Mallaber, Drums - Conrad R. Lozano, Background Vocals, Extra Bass, Fender Bass - La Chilapena Brass Band, Contributor - D.Hidalgo, Writer - L. Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

3
Angels with Dirty Faces
00:04:02

David Hidalgo, Writer - Los Lobos, MainArtist - Louie Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

4
That Train Don't Stop Here
00:03:52

Cesar Rosas, Composer, Writer - Los Lobos, MainArtist - Leroy Preston, Composer, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

5
Kiko and the Lavender Moon
00:03:35

David Hidalgo, Writer - Los Lobos, MainArtist - Louie Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

6
Saint Behind the Glass
00:03:17

David Hidalgo, Writer - Los Lobos, MainArtist - Louie Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

7
Reva's House
00:03:04

David Hidalgo, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Vocals - Cesar Rosas, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals - Los Lobos, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Dan Bosworth, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Pete Thomas, Additional Drums - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer, Contributor - Alex Acuna, Additional Percussion - dave collins, Digital Editor - Steve Berlin, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Harmonica - John Paterno, Assistant Engineer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Louie Perez, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Conrad R. Lozano, Background Vocals, Extra Bass, Fender Bass - La Chilapena Brass Band, Contributor - D.Hidalgo, Writer - L. Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

8
When the Circus Comes
00:03:16

Los Lobos, MainArtist

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

9
Arizona Skies
00:02:45

David Hidalgo, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Vocals - Cesar Rosas, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals - Los Lobos, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Dan Bosworth, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Pete Thomas, Additional Drums - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer, Contributor - Alex Acuna, Additional Percussion - dave collins, Digital Editor - Steve Berlin, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Harmonica - Tchad Blake, Mixer - Louie Perez, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Conrad R. Lozano, Background Vocals, Extra Bass, Fender Bass - La Chilapena Brass Band, Contributor - Paul DuGre, Recording Engineer - Wendy Thompson, Assistant Engineer - D.Hidalgo, Writer - L. Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

10
Short Side of Nothing
00:02:56

David Hidalgo, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Vocals - Cesar Rosas, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals - Los Lobos, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Dan Bosworth, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Pete Thomas, Additional Drums - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer, Contributor - Alex Acuna, Additional Percussion - dave collins, Digital Editor - Steve Berlin, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Harmonica - Tchad Blake, Mixer - Louie Perez, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Conrad R. Lozano, Background Vocals, Extra Bass, Fender Bass - La Chilapena Brass Band, Contributor - Paul DuGre, Recording Engineer - Wendy Thompson, Assistant Engineer - D.Hidalgo, Writer - L. Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

11
Two Janes
00:03:53

David Hidalgo, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Vocals - Cesar Rosas, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals - Los Lobos, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Dan Bosworth, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Pete Thomas, Additional Drums - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer, Contributor - Alex Acuna, Additional Percussion - dave collins, Digital Editor - Steve Berlin, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Harmonica - Tchad Blake, Mixer - Louie Perez, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Conrad R. Lozano, Background Vocals, Extra Bass, Fender Bass - La Chilapena Brass Band, Contributor - Paul DuGre, Recording Engineer - Wendy Thompson, Assistant Engineer - D.Hidalgo, Writer - L. Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

12
Wicked Rain
00:03:04

Cesar Rosas, Writer - Los Lobos, MainArtist

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

13
Whiskey Trail
00:02:40

David Hidalgo, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Vocals - Cesar Rosas, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals - Los Lobos, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Dan Bosworth, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Pete Thomas, Additional Drums - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer, Contributor - Alex Acuna, Additional Percussion - dave collins, Digital Editor - Steve Berlin, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Harmonica - John Paterno, Assistant Engineer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Louie Perez, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Conrad R. Lozano, Background Vocals, Extra Bass, Fender Bass - La Chilapena Brass Band, Contributor - D.Hidalgo, Composer, Writer - L. Perez, Composer, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

14
Just a Man
00:03:40

David Hidalgo, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Vocals - Cesar Rosas, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals - Los Lobos, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Dan Bosworth, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Pete Thomas, Additional Drums - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer, Contributor - Alex Acuna, Additional Percussion - dave collins, Digital Editor - Steve Berlin, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Harmonica - John Paterno, Assistant Engineer - Tchad Blake, Mixer, Recording Engineer - Louie Perez, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals - Conrad R. Lozano, Background Vocals, Extra Bass, Fender Bass - La Chilapena Brass Band, Contributor - D.Hidalgo, Writer - L. Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

15
Peace
00:03:55

David Hidalgo, Composer, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Vocals, Writer - Cesar Rosas, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals - Los Lobos, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Dan Bosworth, Assistant Mixing Engineer - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer, Contributor - Alex Acuna, Additional Percussion - dave collins, Digital Editor - Steve Berlin, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Harmonica - Tchad Blake, Mixer - Louie Perez, Composer, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Writer - Conrad R. Lozano, Background Vocals, Extra Bass, Fender Bass - La Chilapena Brass Band, Contributor - Paul DuGre, Recording Engineer - Wendy Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Victor Bisetti, Additional Drums, Additional Percussion - D.Hidalgo, Writer - L. Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

16
Rio de Tenampa
00:01:59

David Hidalgo, Accordion, Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Vocals, Writer - Cesar Rosas, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals - Los Lobos, Producer, MainArtist - Bob Ludwig, Masterer - Dan Bosworth, Assistant Mixing Engineer - MITCHELL FROOM, Producer, Contributor - Alex Acuna, Additional Percussion - dave collins, Digital Editor - Steve Berlin, Flute, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Synthesizer, Harmonica - Tchad Blake, Mixer - Louie Perez, Drums, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals, Writer - Conrad R. Lozano, Background Vocals, Extra Bass, Fender Bass - La Chilapena Brass Band, Contributor - Paul DuGre, Recording Engineer - Wendy Thompson, Assistant Engineer - Victor Bisetti, Additional Drums, Additional Percussion - D.Hidalgo, Writer - L. Perez, Writer

2009 © 1992 Slash Records. ℗ 1992 Slash Records

Album Description

Los Lobos had earned a reputation as one of the most intelligent and creative roots rock acts in America with the albums By the Light of the Moon and The Neighborhood, but it was with 1992's Kiko that they really demonstrated the breadth of their sonic ambitions. Produced in collaboration with Mitchell Froom, Kiko exchanged the more straightforward approach of Los Lobos' previous sessions for a uniquely textured sound, with the group's guitars thrown into sharp relief against Froom's collection of vintage tape-loop keyboards, and the arrangements are often unusually spare, most powerfully in the ghostly spaciousness of "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" and "Wake Up Delores." Even the more full-bodied cuts, such as the rollicking "That Train Don't Stop Here" and the hard-rocking "Whiskey Trail," boast a different personality than in Los Lobos' previous work, with the guitars clean but cutting like a switchblade and the drums snapping hard, and the more contemplative selections drip with a mysterious, otherworldly ambience that's matched by the impressionistic imagery of David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez's superb songs. At its best, Kiko sounds like the musical equivalent of a Luis Buñuel dream sequence, balancing beauty and menace with intelligence and a skill that's little short of dazzling; it's a brilliant, singular achievement, and the most rewarding album in the group's catalog.
© Mark Deming /TiVo

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