Los Lobos: Kiko Live
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Top Customer Reviews
I'm not sure what the negative reviewer is talking about. The BD is well produced, the editing is very watchable with no quick cuts, shaky cam or ultra close-ups as is fashionable these days. The DTS 5.1 mix is a very good, balanced mix that sounds great on my system. The video is good. Maybe not reference quality but good enough.
The album is preformed in it's entirety and Los Lobos does an outstanding job recreating the studio album on stage. The songs are very true to the originals while some get stretched out a bit and extended. David Hidalgo has been one of my favorite guitarists for some time and this concert does nothing to change that image for me. He really lays it down in several songs and continues to impress. Really, the whole band does an excellent job. Cougar Estrada on the drums is outstanding.
The show can be viewed as the concert only or the concert with interviews in between the songs. I choose to watch the interviews on the first viewing and found them interesting and insightful.
I liked the behind the scene stories of the recording and of the band's history that were interspersed between the musical numbers. And the three bonus songs are a lot of fun.
Bottom line; if you love Kiko, you will love this album.
In short, I believe any fan of good rock'n'roll will want to see this, but if you are a Los Lobos fan, you definitely do not want to miss it. Incidentally, I saw them a few nights before this was filmed, but the performance captured here (in San Diego, I believe) is even better than what I was lucky enough to see.
The DVD gives you the option of playing an entire presentation of songs from the show with short interview segments interspersed, or if you've heard the interviews enough, or don't want talking to slow the pace, then you opt to hear the concert numbers only. Nice feature. Also, really nice to see/hear the acoustic bonus tracks, done with the aid of trad Mexican players. KIKO Live is an excellent collection of material played by great musicians with passion and precision, the same guys (for the most part) who played this music 14 years before this 2006 re-visit.
1- The center channel is mixed way too low. I have to crank up my center +10db for a reasonable balance.
2- harsh sounding recording with too much of the room mixed in. Poor venue sound-wise or mixer doesn't understand surround.
3- Berlin's sax is mixed way too low, have to strain to hear him even when he solos.
I have a reference system in a well treated room. I have double checked other blurays and they sound fine, so no system issues.
I will keep it thought, music is still worthwhile.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Los Lobos > All. Kiko is a great album and I loved this closer look. If you're a Los Lobos fan - don't hesitate!Published 2 months ago by Dale E. Atwater
My favorite record and this just made the whole experience of the band even better. Its great with a great sound system and some beerPublished on December 17, 2013 by Chris Cage
These guys are fantastic, especially live. Buy this, then get tickets to their ubiquitous concerts. You will love their music.Published on May 16, 2013 by LKR
Lots of bands have tried to duplicate, but there is only one Los Lobos. The diverse range and style of their music is something to behold.Published on April 11, 2013 by Douglas Dean
Music great, show very good, interviews were a nice bonus. All in all I would recommend to any fan of their music. Read morePublished on February 9, 2013 by J. Scowcroft
One of the best concerts I have seen. Voices and instruments at Los Lobos peak, BluRay image not at Blurays best but very good. Highly recommend this disc.Published on January 11, 2013 by francisco moll
music was smashing but the interveiws killed the insight of being live , more a documentry , with a los lobos kick .Published on December 4, 2012 by Just me
Purchased as part of the Kiko commemorative set. This video provides great live footage that any Los Lobos fan will enjoy!Published on November 27, 2012 by Stella M. LaPaglia