STAN RIDGWAY

Mosquitos... Expanded (RVCD-355)

Raven re-presents a classic alternative rock album by one of the most unique singer/songwriters in American indie music – STAN RIDGWAY. Originally issued in 1989 Mosquitos has long been out of print and with Ridgway still touring and recording, interest in his music remains strong. Ridgway first came to prominence in 1982 with legendary Californian new wave band Wall of Voodoo with their enigmatic ‘Mexican Radio’ a worldwide hit and much loved MTV staple. Raven reissued the Wall of Voodoo 2-for-1 CD Dark Continent / Call of the West (RVCD-309) in 2009. Ridgway issued his debut solo album The Big Heat in 1986, followed by Mosquitos three years later. Ridgway is a master storyteller as well as a fine songwriter and his provocative and highly imaginative stories make for great listening.

Over an eclectic mix of musical styles, Stan spins literate and melancholy tales of intrigue and romance-gone-wrong. These entertaining, occasionally dark songs are highlighted by Ridgway’s distinctive vocal ticks and highly stylised cinematic narratives over the top. Standouts include the singles ‘Lonely Town’ and ‘Calling out to Carol’ and self-proclaimed ‘The Last Honest Man’. Helping out on the recording were celebrated musicians including guitarist Marc Ribot, keyboardist Jim Lang, sax player Steve Berlin, singer Tori Amos on backing vocals and Van Dyke Parks whose string arrangement adorns ‘Heat Takes a Walk’. For this unique Expanded Edition Raven has added six rare bonus tracks not issued on the original album, culled from single B-sides and a couple of Ridgway’s original demos. With superb quality audio, detailed notes, colour booklet.

TRACK LISTING
Mosquitos
1. HEAT TAKES A WALK
2. LONELY TOWN
3. GOIN’ SOUTHBOUND
4. DOGS
5. CAN’T COMPLAIN
6. PEG AND PETE AND ME
7. NEWSPAPERS
8. CALLING OUT TO CAROL
9. THE LAST HONEST MAN
10. A MISSION IN LIFE
Bonus Tracks
11. THE MAN FROM NOWHERE SPECIAL (B-side)
12. BLUE SPOOK (B-side)
13. CAN’T STOP THE SHOW (Live B-side)
14. DRIVE, SHE SAID (Live B-side)
15. DOGS (Previoulsy unreleased demo version)
16. GOIN’ SOUTHBOUND Previoulsy unreleased demo version)

Also available
WALL OF VOODOO - Dark Continent / Call of the West (2-for-1) (RVCD-309)

All prices quoted in AUD$

AUD$ 15.95 (available)


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