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Hooked on Swing Import

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 13, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hooked on Classics
  • ASIN: B000050K0H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I remember seeing the commercial for HOOKED ON SWING back in the 80s when I was a small kid and because I liked the song "In The Mood," I insisted my parents buy me the cassette. This became one of my favorite things to play on my boom box and now as an adult, I'm so glad to find it on CD.

The HOOKED ON SWING CD by "The Kings Of Swing Orchestra" contains medleys of some of the most popular and classic songs of all time. "The Kings Of Swing Orchestra" went in and re-recorded the music, sometime in the 80s, and provide a snippet of wonderful songs from the past, that just blend seamlessly into one another. Songs in the medleys include "In The Mood," "New York, New York," "Misty," "S'Wonderful," "Lullaby Of Broadway," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "On The Sunny Side Of The Street," and "Mame," just to name of few. As you can see the medleys aren't limited to just swing songs and include hits from Broadway, love songs, etc. The CD sounds great!

Clocking in at about 40:09-minutes, each medley running about 5-6 minutes with 8-medleys (tracks) in all, the CD is too short! I wish it were longer! Each medley gives the listener just a taste of a classic swing song before moving on to another.

The cover folds open with the individual songs listed (also on the back cover of the CD) so you know what songs were used in the medleys. I highly recommend HOOKED ON SWING. It's a great introduction to some of the most iconic songs of all time.
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Larry Elgart released this on record about 25 years ago so I decided to order the CD version! What a great sound quality. If you enjoy big bands then you will want to dance to this. After all these years I am still "hooked"!!
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Todays bands cannot be compared to these big bands of yesteryear (And, no, I'm not a "dinosaur"!) I remember my Mum enjoying this same music! I have "Hooked On Big Bands" as well, and love it!!
Thanks Amazon for enabling me to purchase these CD's as they are hard to find over this side of the world.
Best wishes from Lorraine
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I originally owned this title on vinyl as a child many, many years ago, and I loved it. Listening to it now on CD, it sounds hokey. In fact, it is downright annoying.

The musicianship is excellent, the arrangements flawless. Sadly, the tracks suffer from the addition of a click track, an effect added in an attempt to make the music sound modern and contemporary. Sadly, what may have been interesting in the early 1980s sounds positively hideous today.

As an early example of electronic percussion, this particular click track (it actually is meant to sound like clapping) is not nuanced at all, and would sound far more in place with a New Wave title.

And every track on this album has this annoying click track! The same effect on every tune.

If this material were to ever be remastered, even if they simply removed the effect and did nothing else, the album would rate a 5 in my book.
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I remember seeing this K-tel album in the record stores when it first came out back in 1982. Well, it's a good idea, I said to myself, but who is the bandleader? Sammy Schmidlapp? Pstoink Picklegong? Harry Hankelberger? It had to be some no name studio band that I had never heard of, right? WRONG! I picked up the album and looked for a name and there it was on the bottom: LARRY ELGART! I said Wow, if it's the Larry Elgart band, then I knew it had to be good. Then I remembered all those distinctive Elgart tunes being played back in the 1950s and 60s by both Les and Larry Elgart. If you were around back in those days you couldn't possibly miss them. Their music was everywhere! The Adult Contemporary radio stations played their hit albums constantly. Wherever there was the new FM stereo radio stations playing, you heard them. You heard their smooth, swinging grooves in hotel lobbies, doctor's offices, restaurants, department stores, drug stores, grocery stores, rail stations, I mean everywhere. Never saw them in person, but I remember seeing them on TV, on the Jackie Gleason Show. Well, this record turned out to be a BIG hit, which encouraged more albums to follow. Everybody liked it, and I'm happy about the fact that the Elgart sound is still there. Though musically inactive today, hopefully, Mr. Elgart is still practicing on his alto saxophone. Give his other albums a listen. If you like this one, you'll like them, too.
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I chose the Hooked on Swing and Hooked on Classics for planning a Wedding Reception. Extracting different selections of music was perfect to dance to for the announcing of the Bride & Groom, Bridal Party or a choreographed dance at the reception. The songs are brief, familiar and easy to dance to. Depending on the level of confidence of the people involved, a dance teacher can easily put together a routine to impress guests. Plenty of choices/selections make for lots of ideas that can appeal to all ages. Forget the mundane, go big or go home.
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The CD sounds better than the old LP! A lot of fun and it's great exercise!
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Actually I would rate this with 4 1/2 stars. The album contains several medleys of countless popular classics from the 30's through the 80's. The first medley makes me want to dance. The others are more like background music for me. I love swing, and thus I love this album. I'd give it 4 1/2 stars only because no orchestra can compete with Glen Miller.
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