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Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks

Dan Hicks, Dan Hicks And the Hot LicksAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 18, 1995)
  • Label: Collectors' Series
  • ASIN: B000005D9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Canned Music
2. How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away
3. I Scare Myself
4. Shorty Takes A Dive
5. Evenin' Breeze
6. Waiting For The '103'
7. Shorty Falls In Love
8. Milk Shakin' Mama
9. Slow Movin'
10. It's Bad Grammar, Baby
11. Jukies' Ball

Editorial Reviews

Dan Hicks, "the Walkin' One and Only," offered a distinct alternative to the turbulent rock scene in the late '60s and early '70s. With his drummerless, violin-driven Hot Licks, Hicks created hip, jazzy, and sophisticated music that found its roots a lot further back than the '50s. The band was in fact modeled on gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt's 1930s quintet, and buttressed by a pair of female vocalists, fondly called The Lickettes. In addition to being a tasteful bandleader and guitarist, Hicks also happened to be a fantastic songwriter, and a handful of these songs--like "How Can I Miss You..." and "I Scare Myself," the latter covered by both Thomas Dolby and Barry Reynolds--are genuine classics. --Michael Ruby

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This 1969 recording has been released on CD several times, but always utilizing the 40-year-old LP-EQ'd masters, which just sounded terrible. The prospect of it actually being remastered, being more of a cult favorite than Top 40 material, were slim.

However, magically, this has occurred. A 2007 Japan mini-sleeve DSD-processed remaster has been made available by Sony. It sounds SO much better than this CD or any previous release.

You have to give Sony kudos for doing this, and for the mastering attention they have given to the rest of their catalog. If this recording had been on Polygram, MCA or especially Warner, it never would have received this type of care.

The only major artist on Sony that I can think of who hasn't had catalog-wide remastering is Springsteen, and you have to imagine that lapse isn't Sony's choice. Just think of all the major albums on Warner alone that they've never bothered themselves to master properly... Oy.

Meanwhile, I'm sitting here listening to an enhanced "I Scare Myself" and marveling at the additional detail Sony has wrung from the master. It's a wonderful thing.

If you love this album, the DSD is the version to purchase. And the `sleeve itself brings back a lot of vinyl memories.


Have you ever lamented the loss of one of the 20th Century's great art forms, the 12" vinyl LP jacket? Then "mini-LP-sleeve" CD's may be for you.

Mini-sleeve CDs are manufactured in Japan under license. The disc is packaged inside a 135MM X 135MM cardboard precision-miniature replica of the original classic vinyl-LP album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How Can I Miss You When You Won't Go Away? December 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Is that one of the best song titles ever? For years I thought of this album as being flatter sounding, less alive and full than the 'Where's the Money'lp that has several of these songs on it done live. Upon revisiting it about 20 years ago I realised this is another classic album. Sure, the production could have made the sound a bit more lively. But the songs, particularly 'How Can I Miss You...' and 'I Scare Myself' are so strong, even the less than jumpin' overall sound they attain on the live lp, that this album, their first, is still very much worth getting. Where else can you find this pure musical sound of violin/smarty pants lyrics/harmony/strong song writing/bluegrass/swing/hint 'o jazz/hint 'o rock combo? Nowhere.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing mix of jazz and country & western & bluegrass September 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A remarkable lyricist, Dan Hicks has managed to combine ornate jazz licks with the smooth sound of accoustic instrumentation. His use of the girl vocalists is particularly subtle... Jazz people can close their eyes and imagine them in place of trumpets in a typical "Big Band". Smoothe and flowing are the best words to describe Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an apology July 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
disregard my first review (above). I am completely mistaken, these are the originals, my ears are getting old and forgetful. Lo Siento Mucho.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Original Recordings, Original Music March 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Original Recordings" by Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks was the debut album for the group. Dan Hicks started the group after he left The Charlatans, a group he helped founded, in 1968. The liner notes to the CD "The Most Of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks" described The Charlatans as a group of "psychedelic Edwardian desperadoes". Dan Hicks was tired of the loud screaming vocals and was looking for something different, something a bit quieter. That lead Dan to create The Hot Licks. The Hot Licks was certainly different. A blended mixure of styles of music that makes it hard to place the group in any one certain catagory. That to me is what makes Dan and his Hot Licks so intriguing and one of my all time favorite groups. There is certainly some country to the music. But there is also a bit of jazz, a dash of rock, a suggestion of folk, a twist of Texas swing with a touch of humour thrown in the music to give it a little extra flavor. The title of this album lives up to being original recordings. It is like nothing you have heard before. The Hot Licks career together would be short lived. Only four albums would be made by them before Dan would break the group up because he was tired of being a leader of a group. But what four albums they were.

"Original Recordings" would be the only album they would release on the Epic label. After its release The Hot Licks would move over to Blue Thumb to record their last three records. Three of the songs on this album would later be re-recored once they started recording with Blue Thumb. "Shorty Falls In Love" would appear on The Hot Licks live performance album "Where's The Money", their first album with Blue Thumb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dan IS the man. December 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I only wish I'd discovered Dan Hicks a long time ago. Thanks to "Austin City Limits", where I happened to see the group, I now have most all of His albums. This one is a favorite of mine.I have enjoyed his transition to the later albums as well.He ranks at the top of my favorite artists.
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