Calexico’s classic album The Black Light turns 20 this year - an album about crossing physical and metaphorical borders that has never been timelier. This limited celebratory anniversary edition includes all new artwork by Victor Gastelum, extensive liner notes, and eleven bonus tracks.
What was surprising about The Black Light (and what set its architects apart from their indie rock peers) was the album’s unusual willingness to wade into the rapids of American and Mexican culture, fully immersing itself midstream. From the outset, with ‘Gypsy’s Curse’, the record combines guitar twang and flamenco flourishes; and by its end, almost an hour later, it’s contrived a skillful and instinctive union of smoky bar room jazz, arthouse indie rock, and compelling mariachi brass in ‘Frontera’. If Calexico falls short as a name, it’s only in the fact that - alongside their mining of Mexico’s fertile musical past - Joey Burns and John Convertino weren’t just digging into California’s songbook...they were unearthing America’s too.
The Double CD version comes in a 3-panel digipak case with a 24-page booklet. The second CD contains 11 bonus tracks.
The Double LP vinyl versions (black vinyl, and limited-edition clear vinyl) are pressed on heavy 180g vinyl and packaged in a gatefold cover with an embossed silver logo, a large format 8-page booklet, and a download coupon.
The Indies only 2LP version is on clear vinyl.
A1. Gypsy's Curse
A2. Fake Fur
A3. The Ride Pt.2
A4. Where Water Flows
A5. The Black Light
B1. Minas De Cobre (For Better Metal)
B2. Over Your Shoulder
B7. Old Man Waltz
Bonus Vinyl Side
C1. El Morro
C2. Man Goes Where Water Flows
C3. Glowing Heart Of The World
C4. Too Much Sprawl
D1. Minas De Cobre (Extend-omix)
D2. Minas De Cobre (Spatial Mix)
D3. Minas De Cobre (Acoustic Mix)
D6. Bag Of Death
1. Gypsy's Curse
2. Fake Fur
3. The Ride Pt.2
4. Where Water Flows
5. The Black Light
9. Minas De Cobre (For Better Metal)
10. Over Your Shoulder
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