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Brian Setzer is not what you'd call a forward-looking guy. For this veteran guitarist and vocalist, the question is how far back he directs his attention. After having spent a major chunk of the '90s delving into the jump-blues and swing of the '40s and early '50s, Setzer returns to the revved-up rockabilly that first earned him a following when he fronted the Stray Cats in the early '80s. Originality has never been Setzer's forte and here the inclination to borrow extends to his songwriting: "5 Years, 4 Months, 3 Days" lifts generously from Dave Dudley's trucker anthem "Six Days on the Road" and Heart fans will recognize the riff that ushers in "Hell Bent." Still, Setzer is ideally suited as a player and singer to stand-in for rockabilly pioneers Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, which he proves here with the high-energy likes of the title track, "Hot Rod Girl," and, especially, the punky album highlight, "Get 'Em on the Ropes." "I guess I'm behind the times," he sings in "'59." With each album, Setzer confirms that's where he belongs. --Steven Stolder

1. Ignition
2. 5 Years, 4 Months, 3 Days
3. Hell Bent
4. Hot Rod Girl
5. 8-Track
6. '59
7. Rooster Rock
8. Santa Rosa Rita
9. (The Legend Of) Johnny Kool part 2
10. Get 'Em On The Ropes
11. Who Would Love This Car But Me
12. Blue Cafe
13. Dreamsville
14. Malaguena

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  • Audio CD (June 12, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Surfdog
  • ASIN: B00005JIWV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy award winner BRIAN SETZER’s ROCKABILLY RIOT! ALL ORIGINAL is a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish. The new album, featuring the high-octane first single “Let’s Shake”, marks SETZER’s first studio album since 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated album, Setzer Goes Instru-Mental. ROCKABILLY ... Read more in Amazon's Brian Setzer Store

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Has become one of my favorite Setzer albums.
I have been a Setzer fan since the Stray Cats and once again Brian Setzer prooves he is the King of Rock a Billy!
The songs are great fun and my kids and I dance around and sing along to the whole CD.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Earley on July 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It's nice to see Brian Setzer back doing what he does best, good straight ahead neo-rockabilly. Coming very quick off the heels of his BS Orchestra cd "Vavoom", I thought this might be a hurriedly slapped together project. But that's not the case at all. As it turns out, this is the best material I've heard from Setzer in many years. This new stripped down trio of his sounds every bit as good and tight as the Stray Cats unit of the 80's. This CD starts out with the good rockin' title tune "Ignition". Then on the next song "5 Years, 4 Months, 3 Days" he veers a little bit towards country. It reminds me a lot of the song "Six Days On The Road", but the guitar sound reminds me of Bill Kirchen from his Commander Cody days. "Hellbent" is one mean rock and roller that contains some of the most fierce guitar licks on the album. I saw him perform this song on T.V. and he just tore the house down doing this song. "Hot Rod Girl" has single written all over it. It reminds me a lot of his music from the Stray Cats days. "8 Track" is a great tune where Setzer offers up his best Slim Whitman imitation, and yodels his way through this song, and at the same time laying down some very hot and cool rockabilly licks. "59" is another song that could be single material. The cheesy lyrics have the 50's written all over it with words like "everything I have is from '59. My first guitar and that girl of mine". But the music, with it's muscular neo-rockabilly sound, is very 21st century. "Santa Rosa Rita" starts out with a nice spanish style guitar, then changes pace and goes into a full tilt rocker. The numerous rhythm changes really give it a unique sound. "Get 'Em On The Ropes" is my favorite song on the album.Read more ›
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By dave dawson on February 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Not being a big fan of swing, I was doubtful of the quality of this CD when asked to listen to it. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The title track is a great way to start off an album, and it only gets better from there, with tracks ranging from the wistful (the album's lyrical standout, "'59") to the scornful ("Get 'Em on the Ropes"). The music wallows in Setzer's trademark bluesy guitar and slide fills, welcome on tracks with goofy lyrics such as "Rooster Rock" (it's literally about being a rooster).
On the whole, the album is a bit of a departure from Setzer's "Jump, Jive and Wail" days, but the change is not bad. My personal favorite track, "(The Legend Of) Johnny Kool Part 2" is an adrenaline-soaked trip through greaser hell, chronicling the misadventures of the doomed title character as he takes on the CA fuzz. The song is great, the album is fantastic, and its a must-have for all fans of Setzer or swing/rockabilly in general.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By P. Rose on July 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Brian Setzer backtracks to the early 80's Stray Cats sound with a rockin' and reelin' new disc. Each tune is made for summer cruises in the drop top 59 Chevy. The album starts with a great opening track "Iginition" and heats it up on "5ys, 4mon, 3 days". My favorite tracks are "hot rod girl" and "59" - a somewhat autobiographical song. In classic BS style, he finishes up with a fabulous cover of "Malaguena"
Brian's guitar playing is very solid and his band provides a great groove throughout the disc. This is a great summer time CD - pick it up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bluesinchicago on June 19, 2006
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This is Brian Setzer showcasing his over the top guitar wizardry and witty lyrical ability in near peak form. After spending most of the 90's with his big band orchestra, he takes a left hand turn back to his Stray Cat roots. Although 68CS is a three piece band, the comparison to the Stray Cats ends there.

From his snarling lyrics in "Get em' on the ropes" and "hell bent" to his country chops in a self parody like tune, "8 Track" to his blues influence in "Hot Rod Girl" and "Rooster Rock" this record is packed with creativity. He even manages to sneak in a little influence from south of the border with "Santa Rosa Rita" and the killer instrumental in "Madaguena" as the final curtain drops.

Brian's real genius is his ability to mix the styles of blues, swing, country, and jazz right on the fly. Add some light hearted lyrics and a nice supporting cast in Bernie Dresel and Mark Winchester, and you've got yourself a great rockin disc.

Although this should be on the shelf of every hard core rockabilly fan, it's friendly enough for casual to sit up and take notice. Brian Setzer continues his quest in keeping great rockabilly alive.

The only thing I wasn't too thrilled about is Brian seems to have no interest in creating another project similar to "Ignition." His follow up record, "Nitro Burnin Funny Daddy" was very personal, almost too bluesy, and the lyrics were a bit dark. In his next solo project, "Rockabilly Riot" Brian takes a whole other direction strips everything down, and gives us nice history lesson on the pioneers of rockabilly.

Although "Nitro Burnin Funny Daddy" and "Rockabilly Riot" have nice highlights, I still hope he taps the creativity he used to make "Ignition" to create another great rockabilly experience. So grease your hair, grab your Gretsch 59' and let Brian Setzer drive us and rockabilly into the future!
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