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Last Train to Hicksville

Dan Hicks, Dan Hicks And the Hot LicksAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Mca N'ville
  • ASIN: B000002PD5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The Hot Licks' eccentric blend of folk, jazz, country and rock found its biggest audience in '73, when this LP spent 18 weeks on the pop charts. Check out The Euphonious Whale; 'Long Come a Viper; Sure Beats Me; My Old Timey Baby; Vivando , and more!

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dan and the crew ride the mellow train to yesterday June 16, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
" A voice keeps calling to me, so loud and so clear....I'll just pretend I'm not here" Classic Dan Hicks lyrics with toe tapping post-hippie mountian swing. The group was able to steer clear of pre-disco rumblings, mainstream "western" twangy, and lost rock taint. It's a musical picture of Hogie Carmicheal with a roachclip. Hey, Skylark.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You know it's good, it's good to be back. October 5, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I (just to be really self-indulgent about this) first heard this group on the old Tonight Show when George Carlin was "filling in for Johnny." Not long afterward they appeared on The Flip Wilson Show. I was hooked. I bought this album on LP way back when, listened to it a lot for a while, then for some reason put it away. I'll crank it up these days, and you know what happens next - the rush of memories is almost overwhelming.
Dan's voice was never all that great, but the Lickettes make up for that. His songwriting can't be faulted, though. There's a little more variety here than on their previous albums. I'm not a big fan of country music (let's face it, I can't stand it), but "Payday Blues," a real crying-in-your-beer number, is tolerable: I hear it as a parody. Everything else is even better -- an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, nostalgia, even a little bluegrass. "Sure Beats Me" is straightahead jazz, reminiscent of QHCF. Sid and John are superb instrumental soloists.
Each of the Lickettes gets her own well-deserved solo spot. Naomi sings and plays some violin. Maryann has, for me, a more appealing voice. Compare her version of "Sweetheart" with Maria Muldaur's.
The missing star is for the skimpy information in the CD packaging - you get a list of the songs and the personnel, and that's it. With the original LP you also got composer credits (they're not all by Dan), photos of each of the band members, and, on the inner sleeve, all the lyrics! The latter might come in handy with something like "`Long Come A Viper." This band could do so much, and probably should have been even more popular than they were. "In dreams I can make you my own." Ahh...the memories...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! December 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
First heard this music as a freshmen in college (1974) and loved it for it's quirkiness then. Then sometime in the late 80's, i found a copy of the CD in a bargin bin somewhere and bought it on the spot. Though my wife of the time couldn't stand it, my young son requested it often (he particularly liked "Euphonius Whale"). And though i've bought and sold many CD's in later years, this one will always be a keeper. "Payday Blues" is the corniest of honky tonk country, like telling a joke with a straight face, and a classic of the genre. My personal fave has always been "Sure Beats Me" which reminds me of Bob Wills with Django Rheinhart. In fact, this music has so many facets it's hard not to find something to make you smile. I read somewhere that Ricky Lee Jones guested on a later Dan Hicks album...how appropriate. Highly recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Last VW to Hicksville June 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was soooo stoked when my ex-boyfriend Joe popped this tape in my car one day. It never, ever, never ever EVER came out of there again....until we broke up (it WAS his, I'm not cruel!) And besides, I found it on Vinyl up in Portland 2 years later! Delicious, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, how can you NOT like everything this guy does? Even my grampa likes this record, and BTW I'm 24, he's 84. :)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Hicks at his finest. July 4, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
This release is absolutely one of the coolest around. Sassy is a good word for the female back up singers. And, who sounds smoother than Dan Hicks? No one.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Really, once you're a fan, you can't overlook this album. There's too much on it that delights. More of the same vein of music that the band cranked out to perfection on 'Where's the Money' and their other 70's albums. Light hearted, fun, emotionally involving. It's gotta be a combo of the song writing and the various musicians who blend together to make this magic sound. There's not the same consistency of classic songs here but it's a lovely album nonetheless. Been listening to all their albums from the 70's since the 70's and they all age very well. chrisbct@hotmail.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys meet Manhattan Transfer October 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Or Spike Jones meets Asleep at the Wheel? Cowboy music for city slickers? Dan's band was a revolving door with many permutations and pretty tough to classify. The one thing you can tell is that they sure did have fun making this music. 'Last Train to Hicksville' has always been my personal favorite. It's their tightest (all things being relative--these were pretty loose folks) sounding effort with an eclectic mix of songs for all ages and the best corp of Lickettes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Released in 1973 this was Dan Hicks' fourth album and last for awhile. It is 37 minutes.

The problem with these MCA CD releases is that the sound quality is poor. The sound can be fuzzy, muted and lack dynamic range. This was transferred to CD in the early days of CD's, when CD sound quality was typically poor. That is why you see so many "remastered" CD releases today. This is CD in big need of remastering. This album would be so much better if the sound quality were improved.

This album is a very nice collection of songs, but it doesn't have any of the monster songs that were on the early Dan Hicks albums. Nothing on it compares to Music From Up the Street, I Scare Myself or Canned Music. But, it still has good songs.

What I do like is that the band's sound has evolved. This was needed, or this album would be a tired repeat of earlier work. There are some electric instruments and drums, adding some depth to the music. But, they are used sparingly and do not overtake the patented Dan Hicks sound.

The other nice thing is that the Lickettes take on some of the lead vocals. This adds some interest to many of the songs.

Agian, it is unfortunate that the CD has such poor sound quality. If you have the LP, you should cherish and buy a new needle for your turntable.

If you want to hear how good the band can sound, get the CD, The Most of Dan Hicks. It contains most of the songs from Hicks' first album, Original Songs, plus other unreleased recordings and has excellent sound.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jump on this train!
This was my favorite Dan Hicks album back in the 70s. Saw Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks live this summer, and honestly I thought his voice sounded better than ever and the Licks and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elffan
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and funky
Classic Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks. Fun and funky.
Published 4 months ago by Richard R. Born, Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Just really good music for the fun of it
This album was chocked-full of great songs - fun songs, songs and make you smile songs that make you want to move your feet.
Published 4 months ago by Dr. Larmeister
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Studio Album
Dan and his Hot Licks do there bast work on this set of songs. Lots of tunes to sing along with.
Published 5 months ago by Stan Mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Miss This Train!!
To say that "Last Train to Hicksville" would be in the stratospheric realm of absolutest bestest albums ever would not necessarily be an exaggeration. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Arlee Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars my favourite dan hicks album
Its just a lot of fun with a distinct sense of humour and echos of swing and the andrews sisters I'm the backing vocals
Published 15 months ago by Alison Sexton-Green
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 years later, it's still one of the best
I first learned of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks around the time this album was released, just in time to hear that the band was breaking up. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Chris in OC
5.0 out of 5 stars the swing is the thing !
i have been listening to dan hicks and his hot licks since i played music on a college radio station in the 70's.. what strikes me now ,, is it sounds as great now as it did then. Read more
Published 21 months ago by st.steven
5.0 out of 5 stars Branching out
This Hicks album was certainly very creative, with a song or two being written by one of the Licks - I'm not sure who wrote it any more, my vinyl version is long gone and my CD has... Read more
Published 21 months ago by chaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hicks
I have listened to the LP sine 1974 when I was 14. I was turned on to it by Sister and Bro in Law. I first really listened to it with a pair of Koss headpohones through a Sherman... Read more
Published 24 months ago by spiritquest
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