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Brian Setzer has spent much of his career revving up already hot retro styles to a booming pitch. While this generally worked in his early years with the rockabilly Stray Cats, it largely fails with his swing orchestra. Louis Prima--whose "Jump Jive an' Wail" is faithfully remade here--wasn't exactly the king of subtlety himself, but even he might have covered his ears at the blare produced by the combination of Setzer's (admittedly sharp) guitar playing and a too-bright horn section. A couple of The Dirty Boogie's cuts are cute ("You're the Boss," an Elvis Presley/Ann-Margret duet, is recast for Setzer and No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani), but fans of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy might think twice. --Rickey Wright
Top Customer Reviews
1. This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof
2. The Dirty Boogie
3. This Old House
4. Let's Live It Up
5. Sleepwalk (Instrumental) *CLASSIC*
6. Jump Jive An' Wail
7. You're The Boss
8. Rock This Town *A TRUE CLASSIC ONE*
9. Since I Don't Have You
10. Switchblade 327
11. Nosey Joe
12. Hollywood Nocturne
13. As Long As I'm Singing
The Dirty Boogie Final Points: 189/189
The Dirty Boogie Final Grade: 100% (A+)
The Dirty Boogie Final Notes: "The Dirty Boogie" rocks this country since The Stray Cats, let Brian Setzer moviated the music and the lyrics appears.
Yes, the overall sound is sharp. I'll grant that most of the songs are not subtle. Having expressed those cautions, let me say that this is a wonderful album. The songs are great fun and played with excellent style and energy. This is a band with some real musical talent. Brian's guitar work is, as always, extraordinary. He is a seriously underrated guitarist.
There are songs on here that do have subtlety, especially "Hollywood Nocturn," "Since I Don't Have You," and "You're the Boss." "Sleepwalk" is absolutely stunning. But mostly it's an album designed to make you want to dance. By now, we've all heard "Jump, Jive an' Wail" but "As Long as I'm Singin'" and "Let's Live it Up" are incredible. Even the remake of "Rock This Town" is a lot of fun (although I prefer the original).
While I think "The Brian Setzer Orchestra" and "Guitar Slinger" are better overall (with "Guitar Slinger" being the best swing album I've ever heard since the days of Enoch Light), "The Dirty Boogie" is excellent. If you like swing, this is a great one to have.
One final note: if you ever get the chance to see Brian Setzer live -- GO! He is a fabulous intertainer.
Setzer himself wrote a number of the tunes--"This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof" and "The Dirty Boogie" among them--but he also covers some classic pieces like Louis Prima's "Jump Jive and Wail" and S. Hamblen's "This Old House" (which opens with a riff that immediately calls to mind early Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash). "Let's Live It Up" might double as Setzer's motto in life--his singing is carefree and garrulous, and it adds to the fun on the whole album. He sounds like he's just having a ball, and his obvious pleasure is contagious. On the instrumental "Sleepwalk," you'll swear you're slow-dancing in a school gymnasium circa 1959. Setzer does a duet with No Doubt's Gwen Stefani on the very sexy "You're the Boss" (it was formerly sung by Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret). Stefani's saucy, kittenish purr melds beautifully with Setzer's warm vocalizing.
"Switchblade 327" may be the most successful Setzer song on the album, opening as it does with a dizzying tornado of electric guitar, drums, and trumpets. "Hollywood Nocturne" is also a winner--this surprisingly sophisticated ballad calls to mind the Brazilian- and Cuban-inflected songs so popular in the 1960s. All in all, this album is a must-have for any Setzer fan or anyone who finds themselves longing for the great music of the 1950s and early 1960s.
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As I said before, and again, you can't go wrong with buying his music. So much variety in the contentPublished on Jan. 30 2014 by Lady J
y'know I was so pleasantly surprised by this album.
I had no idea if i would like it - The 'Cats were a band from the '80s, how did i know how it would be 20 years later. Read more
This is the also perfect for late night drivers, guaranteed to keep you awake! It is a super-charged blend of BigBand Swing, Raucous Rock Guitar, Rockabilly, Surf Band... Read morePublished on June 21 2004 by Hans Castorp
This is the best record of The Brian Setzer Orchestra! Jump Blues and Swing of course. Great! Cover "Jump, Jive, An' Wail" of Louis Prima is great, "You're the... Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Martin 13
This fantastic CD is the work of Brian Setzer. Until recently, Brian was most known for his work with the rockabilly band, the Stray Cats. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Kurt A. Johnson
This includes the song from the Gap commercial! It's a classic! If your a cool rockabilly/swing retro chick like me, than be ultra cool and buy this classic cd!!! Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by Jamie Pascual
Ooh I love sipin' my martini and lounging on my retro 1940's loveseat, in my vintage 1930's silk gown in my retro 1920's California bungalow house, while playing this classic... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2003 by Sexy Suzy
This guy is cool, and I love swing dancing to this cd, though I've never seen him in person, this cd shows loads of energy and a charismatic voice. Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by Laura Franks
I had found this album as of recent in my sock drawer. It had been a while since I had read it and I had loved this album. Read morePublished on July 4 2003 by DJ_Bitter