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  • Audio Cassette
  • Label: MCA
  • ASIN: B00008FDHM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,790,225 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4. Vivando
5. Success
6. Cheaters Don't Win
7. Payday Blues
8. I Asked My Doctor
9. Sure Beats Me
10. The Euphonious Whale
11. Sweetheart (Waitress in a Donut Shop)
12. 'Long Come a Viper
13. It's Not My Time to Go

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Memorable songs, top-notch playing, and a great sense of humor throughout.
George O'Hara-Smith
Their final effort shows them at their best with their classic sound blend of folk, country, jazz, blues and a dash of humour thrown in.
Janet Chandler
The one thing you can tell is that they sure did have fun making this music.
Vacation Boy

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1998
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 5, 2001
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 By "burby5" on 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 By Super Heroine on 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 By A Customer on July 4, 1998
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 By Chris bct on December 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vacation Boy on 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 By kireviewer VINE VOICE on May 23, 2008
Format: Audio CD
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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