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Squirrel Nut ZippersAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 4, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mammoth
  • ASIN: B000004ATE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Media Type: CD
Title: HOT
Street Release Date: 09/05/1997

How clichéd--make that calcified--has the concept of "irony" become in alternative music? When North Carolina's Squirrel Nut Zippers scored an unlikely late '90s hit with "Hell" (from their Hot album), many cynics (and a few critics) thought the band was merely mocking the hot jazz stylings of the '20s and '30s. But having put a couple more albums and some trying times (the defection of singer-guitarist Tom Maxwell and passing of horn player Stacy Guess) under their belts, it's clear that musical affection was no mere passing affectation. The Zippers have honed both their chops and their courage here, with subtle new influences from the 20th-century American musical pantry (a dash of country, a pinch of Spanish guitar, more Crescent City bump) tastefully simmered into the stew. Katherine Whalen's vocal turns are as convincingly smoky as the lighthearted material is jokey--an inviting balance that's equally true to its historical sources. More than mere opportunistic swing revivalists, the restless curiosity displayed on this album argues that the Zippers are in it for the long haul. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but this band is clearly more interested in inspiration, and that's not a bad compliment, either. --Jerry McCulley

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A retro big-band swinging extravaganza April 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In the midst of my jazz kick a few months ago, I decided to pick this album up without ever hearing of the group. I was simply shocked to see that a band surrounded by grunge rockers in the mid-90s was able to pull off post-modern jazz with such precision and success. If anything, I was interested in how the influences compared to the Miles Davis, John Coltrane and The Rat Pack that I was listening to at the time. These guys (and gal) simply hit the nail on the head with this record. It's fun, and full of swinging jazz, as well as possessing a great sense of humor and enthusiasm. Some of the best tracks include "Got My Own Thing Now," "Put a Lid on It," their break-through hit "Hell," and "Blue Angel". The rest of the tracks are just as infectious as "Hell". If you are really into jazz, you may be a little bugged out by their sense of humor; especially when singer Katharine Whalen transforms herself into Billie Holiday. Nevertheless, this record was aimed toward a younger crowd, so it will most likely be overlooked.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone October 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a really fun album with a unique bouncy sound. Some reviewers say it's like swing and not a very good imitation of swing. Others say it was never intended to be swing or to imitate it. It doesn't really matter what you call it. It's very listenable and lots of fun. If you are stuck in a groove and only like a certain type of music, this might not be for you, but if you are like me and you like all good music, this album is a joy to listen to. I think I agree with some of the reviewers that it is a mixing of styles and the 'zippers' have their own unique sound. If you want an album that sounds like every other album out there, don't buy this. If you want something a little offbeat and different, get this and don't think twice about it, as you will enjoy it. The album moves along rapidly and it was over with before I realized it. It sounds like the band is having an absolutely wonderful time playing and aren't worried about perfection. That makes it much more enjoyable and it doesn't sound over-produced, like so many albums. It's more like live music; as we all know live is almost always better than recorded.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Praise Be To The Musical Saviors-Squirrel Nut Zippers! January 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard the song "Hell" I was completely mesmerized by the sound, the music, the lyrics of what I was hearing. I had never before heard music so immediately enjoyable or for that matter so obviously indebted to the talent of the performers. I went out and bought the album the next day and have been a fan ever since. Being born in 1980 I wasn't the slightest bit aware of jazz music's existence and I owe my knowledge and my love of Jazz to the Squirrel Nut Zippers! The sincerity and pure soul of this music makes each and every one of the Squirrel Nut Zipper albums essential to any jazz fan's collection. Compared to the dismal array of so called "musicians" and "bands" out today Squirrel Nut Zippers should be hailed as the saviors of quality, integrity filled music. One of the must have albums of the 1990's!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this whole cd is phenomenal June 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hot is one of those precious few albums where every song is great and i don't feel the need to fast forward through some songs to get to the ones i like-they're all great!!! As for the band, i've been a fan since before anybody knew anything about them and i have been blessed to have seen them in concert a few weeks before Hot was released. I'm sooooo glad other people are discovering what a great group they are and how they put posers like Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Cherry poppin' daddies and Brian Setzer Orchestra to shame. But they're not swing- they prefer to be associated with Jazz more. I also reccommend "Mugzy's Move" by Royal Crown Revue, a more straghtforward swing retro band. It just goes to show that if you heard them on NPR, they must be good.:)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent "trad jazz" album March 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This cd is a mix of dixieland and 1920's/30's "hot" danceband and combo music. Todays listeners who've never heard of the "trad jazz" movement, might think this is "Swing" or "Alternitive", but it is simply excitible 1920's dixieland music, complete with a canarie who sounds like a Billie Holiday, even more thrung out then the original, however it is a nice touch!!! Great early 30's Benny Goodman combo/Helen Ward original sounding imitation on "Put A Lid On It". Great cd, the only out of place song is "H*ll" which is actually a calypso!!! Great cd anyway, and Duke Heighter is the Bubber Miley inspired trumpet player, and Andew Bird plays some hot Eddie Lang like fiddle licks, not to mention ukuleles, banjos and other unique but hot string instruments, to add to the vintage 1920's flapper era sound. Many great tunes more suitible for Charleston dancers then swing dancers, also they imitiate Guy Lombardo and The Royal Canadians on "Twilight". GREAT CD!!! tHEY KNOW THIER OLD 78'S, BUT WHAT IS SO NEAT IS THAT THESE TUNES ARE ORIGINALS, THAT SOUND OLD!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dixieland jazz and speak-easy swing February 29, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being a fan of Royal Crown Review and the Cherry Poppin Daddies I was drawn in by the psuedo-swing sounds of the single "Hell". This album is not a swing album though. The best way to describe this album is more like 20s and 30s style dixieland jazz and pre-swing. This is the kind of music you would expect to hear in a speak-easy during prohabition. Their music has a very unique and fresh sound and is just a lot of fun to listen to. The music ranges from upbeat jazzy numbers such as "Got my own thing now" and "Hell" to sultry slow jazz numbers such as "It aint you" and "Blue angle". All the other songs fall somewhere in between. This is one very unique collections of songs that won't grow old anytime soon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ) So happy to get it in this format finally (though my ...
I used to listen to this album in 8th grade on the bus on the way to school on my cd player! (1997!) So happy to get it in this format finally (though my cd is still going strong... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ashes Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up!
I gave this to my father as a gift. He loved it! Only kind of music he'll listen to.
Published 3 months ago by R. Whisenhunt
5.0 out of 5 stars It's so good, it's dandy.
There is no bad songs in this album and if you love listening to swing then you owe it to yourself to buy this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Greg Holdridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Simply the best. You actually feel like you're in some dingy basement club. The Zippers were magic, and there has been nothing quite like them since.
Published 7 months ago by D.P.F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price Fast Shipping
We need to replace this CD because the old one was broken. What a value! So glad I found this option.
Published 8 months ago by Ryan L Van Dusen
3.0 out of 5 stars Not totally Hot
I like and enjoy this album, but expected that one entitled "HOT" would have more lively songs than this one does. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Donna Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars A little rough
I expected the CD to be in better shape. Actually, the CD itself is just fine, but the cover is not good at all. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ronald
5.0 out of 5 stars swing music
great album. love their take on old classics like prince nez and blue angel. must have if you like swing
Published 9 months ago by raymond nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars The album is great, but WARNING: don't download the digital tracks on...
I've loved this album forever. I lost the physical CD, so I decided I liked it enough to buy it again here on Amazon in digital format. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rosalarian
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended listening
Fun and nostalgic, the Squirrel Nut Zippers are greatly enjoyable. I am so happy I finally learned about this band and know I will buy more of their music in the future.
Published 11 months ago by Slipsydoll
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