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Dirty Boogie


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 14 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000007SAV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (218 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,763 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
6. Jump Jive An' Wail
7. You're The Boss
8. Rock This Town
9. Since I Don't Have You
10. Switchblade
11. Nosey Joe
12. Hollywood Nocturne
13. As Long As I'm Singin'

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Review

...Setzer puts a Louis Prima-style horn section behind a wailing electric guitar. -- Entertainment Weekly

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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

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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Format: Audio CD
I got my first CD of Brian Setzer Orchestra's multi-platinum blockbuster "The Dirty Boogie". I just can't stop listening to this CD for the rest of my life. He's rockin' away from "This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof" to "As Long As I'm Singing". My favorite song on his multi-platinum album is "You're The Boss" featuring the leader of No Doubt; Gwen Stefani. "The Dirty Boogie" was the *HIT*!
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
Lyrics: A++
Production: A+
Delivery: B
Overall: A+
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.
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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.
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The Brian Setzer Orchestra's "The Dirty Boogie" is a collection of wonderful, danceable music with a late 1950s or early 1960s flavor. The big difference between regular orchestral stuff from that period and the music Brian Setzer puts out is the addition of a stingingly played electric guitar. It adds a lot of zing, while not taking away from the pleasingly retro flavor of the music. Listen for the ribbon of electric guitar yowling briefly in "The Dirty Boogie" and you'll know what I mean about it adding a lot of spice to the tunes.
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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Especially when you see his gaudy getup (as pictured on the cover of "Vavoom"). But in truth the trappings of swing have always been a bit cornball--after all, it's a legitimate ancestor to disco in its dumb fun ethos. And the purists who nostagize over Benny Goodman's clarinet lead would cringe at Setzer's treble-boosted guitar--this is no muted Charlie Christian clone. But we've all heard "Jump Jive an' Wail" on the radio and there's no doubt that this old Prima classic is dead on, even down to the single female harmony doing the Keely Smith part. Let's face it, people--the fascination with swing is a healthy change of pace from gangsta rap for the younger generation. You won't hear Setzer doing songs about beating up on his lady. Tony Bennett recently commented that he has more fans young enough to be his grandchildren than he does those his own age. If a swing based on rock seems to some an abomination, just remember that both are based on the blues. We've had half a century to forget that jazz is the original rock'n'roll. More than once I've told some young kid who's into swing but still says "I hate jazz" as a knee-jerk teen mantra: "Son, swing IS jazz."
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