Kiko (album)

Kiko is the sixth album by the Mexican American rock group Los Lobos. A year later, Los Lobos performed a spoof of their song "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" known as "Elmo and the Lavender Moon" on the PBS series Sesame Street. With the exception of "La Bamba"'s 2 million units sold, "Kiko" sold more units (albums,cds,cassettes) than any other album in their 46 year career of their original songs. Roughly 450,000 units were sold worldwide.

Kiko
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 26, 1992
RecordedSound Factory West Studio
GenreChicano rock, Roots rock, Tex-Mex, Americana, Psychedelic rock
Length52:29
LabelSlash Records, WB Records
ProducerMitchell Froom, Los Lobos
Los Lobos chronology
The Neighborhood
(1990)
Kiko
(1992)
Just Another Band From East L.A. - A Collection
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Los Angeles Times[4]
Orlando Sentinel[5]
Q[6]
Rolling Stone[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[8]
Spin Alternative Record Guide8/10[9]
Uncut10/10[10]

Track listing

All songs written by David Hidalgo and Louie Pérez except where noted.

  1. "Dream In Blue" – 3:34
  2. "Wake Up Dolores" – 2:55
  3. "Angels with Dirty Faces" – 4:02
  4. "That Train Don't Stop Here" (Cesar Rosas, Leroy Preston) – 3:52
  5. "Kiko and the Lavender Moon" – 3:35
  6. "Saint Behind The Glass" – 3:17
  7. "Reva's House" – 3:04
  8. "When the Circus Comes" – 3:16
  9. "Arizona Skies" – 2:45
  10. "Short Side of Nothing" – 2:57
  11. "Two Janes" – 3:53
  12. "Wicked Rain" (Cesar Rosas) – 3:04
  13. "Whiskey Trail" – 2:41
  14. "Just a Man" – 3:40
  15. "Peace" – 3:55
  16. "Rio de Tenampa" – 1:59

Personnel

  • Steve Berlin - tenor, baritone, and soprano sax, flute, melodica, harmonica, organ, piano, synthesizer, percussion
  • David Hidalgo - guitars, accordion, violin, banjo, piano, percussion, vocals
  • Conrad Lozano - Fender 5-string jazz bass and 4-string precision bass, Godin fretless bass, guitarron, background vocals
  • Louie Pérez - drums, vocals, guitars, percussion
  • Cesar Rosas - electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
  • Pete Thomas - drums
  • Victor Bisetti - drums (15, 16), percussion
  • Fermin Herrera - Veracruz harp (6)
  • Alex Acuña - percussion
  • Gary Mallaber - drums (2)
  • Mitchell Froom and his House of Keyboards La Chilapeña brass band

Billboard charts

ChartPeak
The Billboard 200143

20th Anniversary Edition

In August 2012 Shout! Factory released a 20th Anniversary Edition of the album complete with 5 bonus tracks. Along with the re-issue, a full length concert recorded in 2006 at the House of Blues, San Diego titled Kiko Live was released on DVD, Blu-ray, and CD.

References

  1. Deming, Mark. "Kiko – Los Lobos". AllMusic. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  2. Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. Browne, David (June 12, 1992). "Kiko". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  4. Boehm, Mike (May 24, 1992). "Los Lobos' Long, Troubled Dream". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  5. Gettelman, Parry (June 5, 1992). "Los Lobos". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  6. "Los Lobos: Kiko". Q (69): 96. June 1992.
  7. Okamoto, David (June 25, 1992). "Kiko". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 29, 2016.
  8. 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.
  9. Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  10. "Los Lobos: Kiko". Uncut (184). September 2012.


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