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Hotel Child

Ingrid Lucia & The Flying Neutrinos, Ingrid LuciaAudio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: January 25, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Artists Only Records
  • ASIN: B00003XAR4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mr. Zoot Suit
2. Violent Love
3. Cry
4. Some Of These Days
5. Love Is Coming Back
6. Lonely Side
7. Baby's Making Duck
8. Someday You'll Be Sorry
9. Promise
10. I Believe In Miracles
11. Johnny
12. After Hours

Editorial Reviews

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Among the swing revivalists--from the Squirrel Nut Zippers to Royal Crown Revue and Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers--no musician can chart his or her pedigree back the way singer Ingrid Lucia and bassist Todd Londagin can. As kids, the story goes, the pair were members of the Flying Neutrinos Family band, living in hotels, playing swing on rafts, and, likely, storing key data for their own Flying Neutrinos. The Hotel Child is the third effort by Lucia, Londagin, guitarist Matt Munisteri, bassist Matt Weiner, and a handful of assorted horns, drums, and accordion. Their music bumps with a sprightly step, buoyed by Lucia's early-Billie Holiday tinged voice and the band's languid looseness. Their brand of swing isn't hyped up with bombastic horn charts or even slicked up like the Zippers. It's much more relaxed, laid-back like so much music from their one-time home, New Orleans. It's got the sway of a humid afternoon woven through the lyrics, calling out for dancers in a way that's almost completely low-key. The swing's not particularly speedy or complex, but it's heartfelt and, with Lucia's voice, altogether magnetic. --Andrew Bartlett

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop listening to it! February 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Flying Neutrinos are a tough band to classify. They're usually lumped in with the Neo-swing movement, which is unfair. If you're looking for traditional big-band swing, you'll only find one song on this album ("Mr. Zoot Suit"). They're jazzy in some songs ("Baby's Making Duck", "Someday You'll Be Sorry"), torchy in others ("Johnny", "Lonely Side"), but overall I'd have to put them in the Jazz or (gasp!) Easy Listening category. Ingrid's voice (with it's well acknowledges Bessie Smith influence) is superb, Todd's trombone is solid, and every track is a winner. My personal favorites are "Cry", "Johnny", "Baby's Making Duck", and "Lonely Side", which all happened to be penned by the band's guitarist Matt Munisteri.
The Neutrinos have two discs now, and I much as Iloved the first one, I think this one is better. I can't give any higher recommendation for fans of good music! If you like the previews for tracks 2-5, you'll like the album (track 1 is a great song, but is the only song of its type on the CD).
And don't even get me started on how much I like Ingrid's cover photo...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweaty Swing June 3, 2000
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Think New Orleans, in a hotel room thick with humidity and flowers, listening to a Swing band playing across the street, fronted by a woman who sounds like Billie Holiday on pheromones, while your lover draws a fingertip up your spine. That's this CD exactly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Stop Tapping My Toe February 16, 2002
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A great recording by a great group. The first cut, "Mr. Zoot Suit" is an exciting retro-30's big-band tune with a surprising arrangement that will keep you playing it over and over. The retro style carries through much of the CD.
"Hotel Child" is different in style from their debut "I'd Rather Be in New Orleans," so don't expect more of the same.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ingrid is awesome June 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
if you are lucky enough to see this group live (We saw them at Cibar in NYC, no cover!)make plans to see them. The music is terrific and Ingrid herself is very gracious. Voices like this thow me back to the old days in Saratoga after the races. Buy this CD becuase when you play it your friends will undoubtably ask "who is this?, I love it." A must for your CD collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this disc! March 22, 2000
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If you'd like a less-frenetic swing trip than the Squirrel Nut Zippers, you'll flip for Ingrid Lucia and the Flying Neutrinos. Ingrid's voice is reminiscent of Katherine Whalen's [kind of "Betty-Boop-does-Billie-Holiday"], but has smokier undertones that lend poignancy to the easy-to-listen-to material here. There isn't a cut on this that I don't like, and the instrumental support is fabulous.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotel Child January 3, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
So smooth, it's like velvet! Ingrid Lucia's voice is so smooth and sexy. If you like Swing/Jazz this is a CD to get!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very pleasant surprise December 4, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this after reading a review that sounded too good to be true...'a voice somewhere between Ella Fitzgerald and Lady Day'? I must admit I was skeptical but, since the first listen, this c.d. has been in constant rotation on my stereo.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD... January 13, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am so pleased to have a working copy of this CD in my hands! Some years ago my son and I heard the song "Mr. Zoot Suit" in the soundtrack of a movie. I just had to find out who sang it, then had to purchase it.. My son and I fell in love with the entire CD, "stealing" it from each other (I should have bought two), and it tickled me to no end to hear him playing it when his friends were around. We played it so much we wore it out. And it is still one of my favorites. With the unique voice of Ingrid Lucia, and the fantastic sound of The Flying Neutrinos, this is some seriously fun music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Listening!
This is one of my favorite albums. Ingrid Lucia has a smoky, luscious voice. Every song on this album is good....good enough to listen to over and over.
Published 15 months ago by C. Chappell
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, painfully slow, boring, dirges, no swing here.
Mr Zoot suit is o.k. After that, its a woman singing the same song over and over again; a slow, no-tempo dirge, accompanied by a guy playing a muted horn. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by E. shaffer
3.0 out of 5 stars Swing baby
This is a good album despite the somewhat repetitious nature of the cuts and that soumd - a constant nasal that works for a few songs but not for every single one. Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Avid Reader
1.0 out of 5 stars What a disappointment!
To preface my comments, I think it should be known that I absolutely LOVED the "I'd Rather Be in New Orleans" CD and would still give it a 5 star review. Read more
Published on August 15, 2000 by BB2
2.0 out of 5 stars Sounded Better on NPR!
National Public Radio (NPR) did a focus on Ingrid & the "Hotel Child" CD. After repeated playings the CD doesn't hold up. Read more
Published on July 29, 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Anyone who sounds like Billie Holiday can't be too bad...
Anyone who remotely sounds like Billie Holiday can't be that bad, however the backup music isn't that great, especially the rock-a-billy guitar. Read more
Published on July 13, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars A woman's real voice
How great it would be if all women, when swing was grand, could sing exactly what they wanted to sing and say exactly what was on their mind. Read more
Published on June 15, 2000 by "tracyppc"
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