Los Lobos - Kiko (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Los Lobos - Kiko (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Los Lobos - Kiko (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)
Los Lobos - Kiko (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)

Los Lobos - Kiko (Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering)

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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


1 LP, gatefold jacket

Limited numbered edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-speed Mastering

Gain 2™ Ultra Analog

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : RTI

Label : MOFI

Original Label : Warner Bros

Recorded at Sound Factory West Studio, Los Angeles

Engineered by Paul duGré, Tchad Blake, Wendy Thompson

Produced by Los Lobos, Mitchell Froom

Remastered by Krieg Wunderlich

Originally released in 1992

Reissued in 2014



Side A :

  1. Dream In Blue
  2. Wake Up Dolores
  3. Angels with Dirty Faces
  4. That Train Don't Stop Here
  5. Kiko and the Lavender Moon
  6. Saint Behind The Glass
  7. Reva's House
  8. When the Circus Comes


Side B :

  1. Arizona Skies
  2. Short Side of Nothing
  3. Two Janes
  4. Wicked Rain
  5. Whiskey Trail
  6. Just a Man
  7. Peace
  8. Rio De Tenampa



Reviews :

"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." AllMusic Review by Mark Deming


Ultra Analog™ : The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ Series stems from the use of the Gain 2 system, mastered at half speed from the original master tapes where possible, capturing and uncovering as before undiscovered sonic information.


Half-speed mastering. In half-speed mastering, the whole process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.


Ratings :

AllMusic : 4,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,34 / 5

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