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listen  6. How Big Can You Get? 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  8. The Ghost Of Smokey Joe 5:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (April 21, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B001UGGVBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,644 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2009 release. Cab Calloway was a legendary fireball of talent, whose infectious 'hi-de-hi's', 'ho-de-ho's', scattin' and jivin' became the spirited cry of people wanting to be happy. A truly larger than life figure in American pop culture, immortalized in cartoons and caricatures, Calloway also led one of the greatest bands of the Swing Era. 100 Years later the coolest Swing band around, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, are celebrating the birthday of Calloway with this fantastic album. 11 tracks including 'Minnie The Moocher'.

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Wonderful job as always.
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I think BBVD fans will like this one as will others who might be just now discovering them.
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Highly polished, highly recommended fun.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rawim on April 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I have been a fan of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy going all the way back to their Americana Deluxe album. Since then I have kept up with them, been to a handful of shows and got their albums. This album is not more of the same from them, but more of a concept album dedicated to Cab Calloway. As I consider their album "Save Your Soul" to be a New Orleans inspired concept album, "How Big Can You Get" is in the same vein but with a dedication to the music of Cab Calloway.

All of the song on the album were either composed by Cab Calloway or were staples of his act. With additions to the horn section Big Bad Voodoo Daddy gives their own take on these big band classics. The additional horns give the band a bigger sound then you may be used to hearing; much more of a big band sound as opposed to the smaller sound that we usually get from the band. But the larger sound does no encumber, they play with as much enthusiasm and vigor as before.

Scotty Morris does his best to do justice to Calloway's songs, and he does present his own take and style, but in my opinion despite a valiant effort he comes up short in vocal performance. But then again I don't think anyone can match the fervor and excitement that Cab could bring to a song. Bassist Dirk and Saxophonist Andy make cameos in backing vocal roles, always great to hear them.

The song list is a great mix, covering many of Calloway's biggest hits and some of his most fun tunes. We are also treated to a new recording of "Minnie The Moocher" with the new big band sound. I find it on par if not better then the recording from Americana Deluxe.

So if you really like the old Big Bad Voodoo Daddy sound, you may not enjoy this album too much. But if you like the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy style and want to hear it applied to some "Big" new material then I will think you overlook the few shortcomings and enjoy this album as much as I do.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Ray59 on April 23, 2009
Format: Audio CD
"...calling all jitterbugs....calling all jitterbugs...."

I am very happy to report that swing music is alive and well in the 21st century! This CD arrived in my mailbox only a few days ago, and I have already played it through at least five times. It is jumpin' to say the least!

The mighty Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is in fine form on this, their latest studio album. The songs are a bit faster than their last two studio releases - which should please the dance crowd. And they play these Cab Calloway covers with such energy and enthusiasm that you can't help but get swept away by the music.

There are so many good tunes here...some standouts being "How Big Can You Get?" (with vintage lyrics that are oddly appropriate in today's economy, as the band mentions in the liner notes), "Reefer Man" and "Tarzan of Harlem". And I love the vintage 1960s style record sleeve back cover layout on this CD. Well done, gentlemen!

These new tunes are going to fit so well into their live set of previous BBVD hits...I can't wait for the next show! So guys, if you are reading this, why no Pennsylvania dates this year?

If you are a fan of jump-swing this new CD is a must-have. Highly polished, highly recommended fun.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marc McCutcheon on July 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This is BBVD's best album ever, and it so richly deserves a wide audience. A highly danceable toe-tapper that would make an absolutely electrifying movie soundtrack. When you get tired of the stale offerings on top 40 radio, give this a spin and turn it way up.
Refreshing and exciting doesn't begin to cover it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rick from Boston on October 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The band sounds great on this disc. The arrangments are great and guaranteed to get your feet tapping! And lets face it,that is what swing music is all about. Tapping the feet! But, then the vocals come on and the singer just doesn't have a strong enough voice to pull it off. In my opinion, it hurts the overall impact of the recording. But if it gets a few people into the music of Cab Calloway, then good!!
The songs are fun and deserve to be heard again.
Now get out your copy of Stormy Weather and watch Cab in all his glory!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Reavley on September 25, 2009
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Having been a fan of BBVD ever since 1997 when I saw them in Vegas, I was pleased to buy this and get it delivered to the UK, and listen to their latest sounds - or rather that of Cab Calloway songs.
Not all the songs are what are commonly put on the Cab Calloway compilations in the UK market, so it was great to hear some fresh Cab songs, and also hear BBVD's interpretation of the more familiar ones.
The initial track 'Come On With The Come On' starts with a swinging blast and inspires dancing straight away!! Lovely vocals and harmonies on this, with BBVD's customary flair with the faster beat. Piano introduction to the next track ' Calloway Boogie' makes a delightful contrast and takes the tempo to a nice relaxed pace too, whilst still sounding tight. But then you speed back up to 'The Call Of The Jitterbug' which is just as it should be - played with considerable skill at a fast pace, and Scotty Morris' vocal comes in over the top just right - I have no idea when he gets to breath though!
The title track midway through is where I instantly feel the Cotton Club influence, slightly sleazy atmosphere (as it were), which is superbly played by the band. Following it is a song I've never heard before 'The Old Man Of The Moutain' which is a bit stompy in the style, but a good track nonetheless, and very reminiscent of the Cab numbers.
I've heard versions of 'The Ghost of Smokey Joe' before (my fave probably remaining the very different Lee Press-On & The Nails from 2000) and I did like the BBVD treatment, a little easier to hear the lyrics of, and a medium-tempo, with the drama the song naturally contains being expressed very well.
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