Mosquitos [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If Raymond Chandler and Raymond Carver had somehow fused their literary sensibilities and branched out into songwriting, they might have conjured a lyrical voice something like Stan Ridgway's, a man with an uncanny knack for capturing the nooks and crannies of life among the lost and lowly in Los Angeles, telling their stories with genuine understanding but no illusions. Mosquitos was Ridgway's second solo album after leaving Wall of Voodoo, and it was a far grander and more ambitious work than anything he'd made up to that point. Produced by Ridgway and Joe Chiccarelli, Mosquitos has a rich, expansive sound compared to the claustrophobic tension generated by Wall of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If Raymond Chandler and Raymond Carver had somehow fused their literary sensibilities and branched out into songwriting, they might have conjured a lyrical voice something like Stan Ridgway's, a man with an uncanny knack for capturing the nooks and crannies of life among the lost and lowly in Los Angeles, telling their stories with genuine understanding but no illusions. Mosquitos was Ridgway's second solo album after leaving Wall of Voodoo, and it was a far grander and more ambitious work than anything he'd made up to that point. Produced by Ridgway and Joe Chiccarelli, Mosquitos has a rich, expansive sound compared to the claustrophobic tension generated by Wall of Voodoo, and in the instrumental fanfare "Heat Takes a Walk," the proto-ska strut of "Calling Out to Carol," the cinematic atmospherics of "A Mission in Life," the woozy horns that weave their way through "The Last Honest Man," and the norteƱo-gone-psychedelic arrangement of "Newspapers," this album gave Ridgway a broader and more colorful musical canvas than he'd been able to work with before. At the same time, the rhythms were as edgy and insistent as Wall of Voodoo's, and these postcards of lives in the balance had more shadings than his previous work, but their bitter emotional impact was as sharp as ever, from the doomed romantic triangle of "Peg and Pete and Me" and the disillusioned barkeep of "A Mission in Life" to the physically and emotionally broken protagonist of "Can't Complain." Mosquitos may have been a bit too subtle and moody for the audience that discovered Ridgway through Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio," but at its best, this feels like the soundtrack to the best, most harrowing, and most heartbreaking film ever made about Los Angeles. [Australia's Raven Records brought out a new edition of Mosquitos in 2012 that added six bonus tracks to a remastered version of the original album. "The Man from Nowhere Special" and "Blue Spook" were outtakes from the Mosquitos sessions that appeared as B-sides on a German 12" single, while the U.K. 12" of "Calling Out to Carol" was the original source of live versions of "Drive He Said" and "Can't Stop the Show," recorded during an Australian tour in support of Ridgway's solo debut, The Big Heat. And home-recorded demos of "Dogs" and "Goin' Southbound" round out the disc, showing that Ridgway's vision for this material was firmly in place from the beginning, even if the later studio recordings are more elaborately arranged and executed. Mosquitos... Expanded adds some welcome rarities to an overlooked landmark, and fans of Ridgway's work should seek it out.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • EAN: 9398800035522
  • Catalog Number: 355
  • Sales rank: 98,279

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heat Takes A Walk (2:42)
  2. 2 Lonely Town (4:09)
  3. 3 Goin' Southbound (4:42)
  4. 4 Dogs (4:05)
  5. 5 Can't Complain (3:51)
  6. 6 Peg And Pete And Me (4:42)
  7. 7 Newspapers (2:41)
  8. 8 Calling Out To Carol (4:08)
  9. 9 The Last Honest Man (4:02)
  10. 10 A Mission In Life (5:55)
  11. 11 The Man From Nowhere Special (3:58)
  12. 12 Blue Spook (2:10)
  13. 13 Can't Stop The Show (3:53)
  14. 14 Drive, She Said (4:41)
  15. 15 Dogs (5:28)
  16. 16 Goin' Southbound (5:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stan Ridgway Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bruce Fowler Trombone, Soloist
Steve Reid Percussion, Conga, Conch Shell
Marc Ribot Electric Guitar
Peter White Accordion
Steve Fowler Horn
Richard Greene Electric Viola
Tori Amos Background Vocals
Joe Chemay Background Vocals
Gregg Arreguin Electric Guitar
Steve Berlin Saxophone
Denny Fongheiser Drums
Walt Fowler Horn
Jim Haas Background Vocals
Jon Joyce Background Vocals
Phil Kenzie Saxophone
Roger Kleier Electric Guitar
Tim Landers Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar, Acoustic Bass
Jim Lang Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Synthesizer Bass
Joe Ramirez Bass, Background Vocals
Eric Williams Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Mandolin, Electric Guitar, Ukulele, Electric Sitar, Hammered Dulcimer, Guitar (12 String Electric), Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Bernard Hall Piano, Background Vocals, Clavinet
Pietra Wexstun Keyboards, Background Vocals
Joseph Berardi Percussion, Accordion, Conga, Drums, Marimbas
Larry Grennan Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks String Arrangements
Joe Chiccarelli Producer
Jim Lang Programming, drum programming
Stan Ridgway Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Warren Barnett Mastering
Ian McFarlane Liner Notes
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