"Dream In Blue"
"Dream In Blue" kicks right in with that great drum beat, and then some bass. There are no band introductions. It sounds great, and they keep it going a bit longer than on the original album, which I appreciate. And then there is a bit of a drum solo at the end, which is wonderful. A great start to this performance.
"Angels With Dirty Faces"
I got a bit mesmerized by the instrumental section in "Angels With Dirty Faces." The mood of those guitars just really got hold of me.
"That Train Don't Stop Here"
And yes, as I expected, this concert includes a kick-ass version of "That Train Don't Stop Here." It got me dancing around my apartment, even in this bloody heat (it's 100 degrees here in L.A. at the moment). There's a very cool guitar section in this rendition that makes it one of the disc's highlights. This version is nearly seven minutes long.
"Saint Behind The Glass"
"Saint Behind The Glass" is my favorite song from Kiko, and it's wonderful to hear the crowd react the moment they recognize it. Clearly I'm not alone in my total love for this song. And there is a beautiful instrumental section added to this version, which put me in a ridiculously joyful mood.
"When The Circus Comes"
There is a slight lyric flub in "When The Circus Comes," but still a pretty great version of one of my favorites from the album. David repeats "You left your name carved on a tree" instead of singing "I'll scratch your name out on that tree." This song is not extended or anything; I was hoping for a longer version.
This rendition of the beautiful instrumental "Arizona Skies" has a groovy percussion section, which is absolutely wonderful.
Another highlight of this concert is an incredibly moving version of "Two Janes." This has always been one of my favorites, but this version still really got to me in a powerful way, as if I were hearing it for the first time.
This concert includes an intense and seriously groovy version of "Wicked Rain" that had me dancing around my apartment again. It's yet another highlight of this live record.
"Just A Man"
At this show, Los Lobos did a really long version of "Just A Man." It's nearly ten minutes. It starts in a slow bluesy way, with that great easy groove and some loose guitar-playing over it. This version features a lively vocal performance. And then the song stretches out, the guitar creating its own path through the blues. Very cool. I don't often think of Los Lobos as a blues band, but holy moly.
And then they stretch out on "Peace" too.
"Rio De Tenampa"
Kiko Live ends with a great version of "Rio De Tenampa," complete with the verses in English, which were not included on the original version, but are included in a demo version in the bonus tracks of the 20th Anniversary Edition.
CD Track List
- Dream In Blue
- Wake Up Dolores
- Angels With Dirty Faces
- That Train Don't Stop Here
- Kiko And The Lavender Moon
- Saint Behind The Glass
- Reva's House
- When The Circus Comes
- Arizona Skies
- Short Side Of Nothing
- Two Janes
- Wicked Rain
- Whiskey Trail
- Just A Man
- Rio De Tenampa
Kiko Live is scheduled to be released on August 21, 2012 from Shout! Factory. Also scheduled for release on that date is the new Kiko 20th Anniversary Edition and the DVD of Kiko Live.