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Alive & Lickin [Live, Import]

Dan Hicks, Dan Hicks And the Hot LicksAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (August 22, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live, Import
  • Label: Jvc Japan
  • ASIN: B00005J4E3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,105,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro - Alive & Lickin'
2. Where's The Money?
3. I Got Mine
4. Shootin' Straight
5. How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away?
6. The Piano Has Been Drinkin' (Not Me)
7. My Cello
8. Wild About My Lovin'
9. I Feel Like Singin'
10. Comes Love
11. Payday Blues
12. Caravan/4 Brothers
13. Four Or Five Times
14. Buzzard Was Their Friend
15. I Scare Myself

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Japanese version featuring a bonus track: 'I Scare Myself'

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lickin' Tongue In Cheek January 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Dan Hicks always gives you a good time. He's relaxed, smooth and having a good time on this great live set. The set opens with a scratchy intro like an old phonograph record that tells us the flavor is retro. The songs smoothly sway. "Where's the Money" is great jazz swing. "I Got Mine" blows soft and breezy. "Shootin' Straight" is a sweet samba. Hicks punctuates the set with his wry brand of humor. For "How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away" he tells us, "This is the four billionth time I've done this one." -- And practice makes perfect! He handles a heckler with a little bathroom humor describing the cleanup that will make you chuckle when you brush your teeth! :) He has great live banter for Tom Waits' gem "The Piano Has Been Drinking." "My Cello" is Dan Hicks meets surf music. His version of "Wild About My Lovin'" polishes the beautiful melody and is a great update from Jim Kweskin's or the Lovin' Spoonful's version. Scat singing fuels "I Feel Like Singing." "Comes Love" is a great silly blues song for manic depressives. Dan has some country/western fun on "Payday Blues." "Caravan" and "Four Bathers" are jumping little tunes. "Four or Five Times" has some way silly singing. The CD ends with a jazzy bit of whimsy, "The Buzzard Was Their Friend." Susan Rabin and Annabelle Cruz add great backing vocals. My only complaint is directed to Surfdog that tracks the CD so each song introduction is with the preceding track which makes shuffle play mode irritating. But Hicks is in fine form and sure to put a smile on your face and set your toe to tapping with this fine live set. Enjoy with tongue in cheek!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "They're Back, Better Than Ever" August 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks happened back in the early seventies. From that point on, I was totally hooked, playing the life right out of his albums. Hoping that someday I'd get a chance to see them in concert. Well, here it is the twenty-first century, and I finally got the next best thing, the newly released album by Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks called, "Alive & Lickin'"(2001 Surfdog). A live performance that was recorded earlier this year, while on his 2001 U.S. Tour. This is the first live album recorded by Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks, since his "Where's The Money" album released back in 1971. I'm not a big fan of "live" recordings, there's usually too much background noise, or the artist goes off on these long drawn tangents, either way, it takes away from the music. You won't find any of that here with "Alive & Lickin'", the sound quality is sharp and clear, as if your sitting at a front table close to the stage. Any buzz from the crowd, is part of the banter and audience participation that make a Hicks concert so special. This new album is laced throughout with witty observations and the driest of humor that Hicks is so well known. The music itself, is a mix of the old favorites, "How Can I Miss You, When You Won't Go Away?"(yodel along), "I Feel Like Singin'", and new tunes like, "Wild About My Lovin'". The strength of this new album is the unique style of the music itself, which you can hear on every track. A blending of jazz with country, ragtime with doo-wop, swing with honky-tonk, and folk with blues, resulting in a smoothly delicious, toe-tapping good time. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Swing shift October 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Dan takes a licking and keeps on ticking. This fun CD is a worthy companion to the lost 1971 classic "Where's the Money," chronicling Hick's live shows just after the release of "Beatin' the Heat." Hicks' deadpan commentary is hip and humorous, and the songs enjoy first-rate musical backing. The ladies don't quite have the sass and swing of the original Lickettes, but they get the job done. Hicks, shooting straight these days, is in fine voice. Aside from the usual highlights, check out the band's swinging take on "Caravan" and Hick's downhome version of "Wild About My Loving."
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is why you listen to Dan Hicks December 12, 2007
By Bruce
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Dan Hicks for 30 some years. There is a major difference between his studio-produced albums and his live albums. Whereas Hicks and his Hot Licks have great lyrics, melodies, and musicianship on every studio album, none of the studio works come close to matching the energy they bring to the stage. The other advantage to live recordings is that you get to skip the weaker songs given try-outs in the studio. I love this album and it gets heavy airplay in my various music players.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too-hasty follow-up to Beatin' the Heat January 15, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I could be wrong, but this disc seems like a hasty effort to follow up on the surprise success of Beatin' the Heat. Taken from one show, the tunes are a little uneven. Low points are How Can I Miss You (When You Won't Go Away?); Dan sounds like he's sick of doing this one, and he adds an annoying country drawl to the tune (this happens elsewhere on the album). Fans of the original recording will not be happy. Four or Five Times is done as a sing-along with some sloppy scatting, and The Buzzard Was Their Friend sounds hurried. On the plus side, the band is sweetly melodic on Cello, The Piano Has Been Drinking, and Wild About my Loving. Wild About My Loving and the Duke Ellington instrumental Caravan are the two most pleasant surprises on the album. I Feel Like Singin' and Where's the Money retain their freshness after 30 years, and Comes Love has a lovely subdued, bittersweet feel reminiscent of songs like News From Up the Street.
It's hard to be objective about this release, since it comes hard on the heels of the very excellent Beatin' the Heat. Hardcore fans will buy it, of course, for the previously unrecorded tunes, but first-timers and casual fans would do better to arm themselves with Beatin' the Heat, or a classic like Where's the Money?, Last Train to Hicksville, or Strikin' It Rich.
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