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These days, everybody and his daddy seems convinced that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, but this former Stray Cat got to that territory first, and still mines it as well as anyone. Guitar Slinger may well be the best of his Orchestra releases, if only because he takes center stage more often on such tunes as a spot-on cover of "A Town Without Pity" and the rousing "Rumble in Brighton." Setzer tips his hat--figuratively, of course, since a hat would mess those famed blond locks--to the original breed of swingin' cat on such tribute tunes as "Hey, Louis Prima" and "Sammy Davis City," both of which make the most of his 17-piece band. It's, like, gonesville. --David Sprague

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These days, everybody and his daddy seems convinced that it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing, but this former Stray Cat got to that territory first, and still mines it as well as anyone. Guitar Slinger may well be the best of his Orchestra releases, if only because he takes center stage more often on such tunes as a spot-on cover of "A Town Without Pity" and the rousing "Rumble in Brighton." Setzer tips his hat--figuratively, of course, since a hat would mess those famed blond locks--to the original breed of swingin' cat on such tribute tunes as "Hey, Louis Prima" and "Sammy Davis City," both of which make the most of his 17-piece band. It's, like, gonesville. --David Sprague

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 23, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: April 23, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000001Y1F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,379 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Russell Diederich VINE VOICE on August 7, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Guitar Slinger is the second installment from the Brian Setzer Orchestra, and like the previous self-titled album, this one rocks as well. Setzer continues with his sound of rockabilly mixed with big band and intense energy. This album is a tour de force of Setzer's talent, from his writing three-quarters of the songs, arranging the orchestration of all the songs, and incredible guitar work. Setzer is one of the most underrated guitarists around, maybe because he's stuck in the past, but he is definitely a master of his instrument.
This album starts off on the right foot with a cover of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan's "The House Is Rockin'". I'm sure Stevie smiled on this jazzed up rendition full of horns. Only two more covers appear on this album, "Town Without Pity" and "(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone". Both frame Setzer's musical ability and that great big band sound. He rocks out with "Hoodoo Voodoo Doll," "Rumble In Brighton" and "Johnny Kool". This is another album that mixes up-tempo rocking tunes with smooth, mellow songs.
If you've been following Setzer for a while, or just enjoy the BSO's rocking big band sound, this is definitely another album to add to your collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 2000
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This cd is not for everyone. If you are one of those trend-followers who only listened to The Dirty Boogie for Jump Jive n' Wail and because of the short-lived swing craze, you might not enjoy this cd. However, if you like good music for what it is, not based on how it sells, give this a listen. I for one (perhaps the only one) first discovered BSO at the time of this release, and was hooked. The blend of big band and rock is just right here; stand-outs include My Baby Only Cares For Me (a cool jazz number), Hey Louis Prima (fast-paced, lots of horns) and That Mellow Saxophone (the sax section alone lends a great sound). Blow Dirty Boogie out of the water. I'm hoping the newest effort will be of this caliber.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glaze on June 26, 2000
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Setzer brought back his version of the 50's sound with the Stray Cat's and he refined it with class in the Brian Setzer Orchestra, he is the king of this sound today(few bands dared go down this road and no band does it better). Brian Setzer easily makes any serious top 100 guitarists of all time list. This album is too cool, it's a keeper and I give it a four out of five. The song, 'Rumble in Brighton' off of this album deserves a ten.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1998
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This CD has a good selection of Swing and Rockabilly cuts. This album also features more of Brian's superb guitar mastery than the previous album and reminds me more of the Brian's time spent with the Stray Cats. Overall a great album I would recommend to anyone with a taste for the Rockabilly.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1999
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This definitely meets my standards for an awesome album. Big band sound with a hint of rockabilly (okay, more than a hint). Lyrics are great (especially in the ballads) and the band is extremely tight. Throw away Dirty Boogie and replace it with Guitar Slinger!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2003
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Setzer continues to amaze. Really great guitar with a gritty
sound that is NOT irritating or 'too' loud. Wonderful to
travel by, you ain't gonna snooze while this cat is lose!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2004
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If you love old fashioned rock and roll, and you love big band swing, nobody brings the two together better than Brian Setzer in Guitar Slinger. Setzer is so talented he IS music.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Martin 13 on June 28, 2004
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Even when he's swingin' he's rockin' too. This is Brian Setzer Orchestra's second album. The House Is Rockin' is absolutely not a swing title, but it's great rock 'n' roll with horns arrangement and one helluva opening title. There is a cover of Stray Cats' song (Rumble In Brighton) and (Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone. Gene Pitney's Town Without Pity is great. With a little help from his friend, joe Strummer (ex. The Clash) he wrote Ghost Radio and Sammy Davis City (which is probably the best title on album). My Baby Only Cares for Me and The Man With the Magic Touch are great swingin' titles. Album is produced by Phil Ramone.
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