Kiko [20th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Los Lobos 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 demonstrated the full 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 drum boxes, and the arrangements are often unusually spare, most powerfully in the ghostly spaciousness of "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" and "Wake Up ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Los Lobos 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 demonstrated the full 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 drum boxes, 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 aural personality than in Los Lobos' previous work, with the guitars sounding 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 Hildalgo and Louie Perez's superb, evocative 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 achievement, and the most rewarding album in the group's catalog. [In 2012, Los Lobos reissued Kiko in an expanded and remastered edition that included five bonus tracks. Two of the bonus numbers are early demos that present "Whiskey Trail" and "Rio de Tenampa" in simpler, more stripped-down form (the latter also features an additional English-language verse), while the other three were taken from a live-in-the-studio session recorded for National Public Radio in December 1992. While these additional cuts capture the band in fine form, they don't add that much to Kiko as a listening experience, though the new edition sounds splendid, and Luis Torres' thoughtful liner notes offer a welcome perspective on how Los Lobos and Mitchell Froom turned this set of songs into the band's masterpiece.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2012
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663133875
  • Catalog Number: 13387
  • Sales rank: 36,733

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Los Lobos Primary Artist
Alex Acuña Percussion
Steve Berlin Organ, Synthesizer, Flute, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Melodica, Group Member
Victor Bisetti Percussion, Drums
Fermin Herrera Veracruz
David Hidalgo Banjo, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Accordion, Vocals, Group Member
Conrad Lozano Bass, Background Vocals, Guitarron, Fretless Bass Guitar, 5-string Bass, Group Member
Cesar Rosas Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Pete Thomas Drums
Gary Mallaber Drums
Louie Pérez Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Tchad Blake Engineer
Paul DuGre Engineer
Mitchell Froom Producer
David Hidalgo Composer
Kevin Killen Engineer
Los Lobos Producer, Reissue Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Dave McNair Remastering
Leroy Preston Composer
Cesar Rosas Composer
Luis Torres Liner Notes
Dave Collins Digital Editing
Tom Recchion Art Direction
Kelly Ray Set Construction
Louie Pérez Composer, Art Direction
Brian Hunt Guitar Techician
Derek Dressler Reissue Producer
Kassondra Monroe Art Direction, Reissue Design
Melissa McMahon Art Direction, Reissue Design
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  • Posted November 22, 2012

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    A Good Retrospective

    Kiko is considered to be Los Lobos’ landmark album. This 20th anniversary edition adds a few enjoyable bonus tracks that neither add to or detract from the original CD. My favorites of the studio numbers are Kiko and the Lavender Moon, Wicked Rain, That Train Don’t Stop Here Anymore, and Peace, which should have been a hit. Personally, I think The Ride is equal to this set. Buy them both.

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