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Perennial Favorites [ENHANCED CD]

Squirrel Nut ZippersAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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listen  3. Ghost Of Stephen Foster 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Evening At Lafitte's 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 4, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: August 4, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Mammoth
  • ASIN: B000009PNN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,489 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded over a year before its release and put on hold thanks to the phenomenal ride of 1996's Hot, their third release is where the jazz-hoppin' Squirrel Nut Zippers separate from the rest of the nostalgic Voodoo Cherry Daddy pack. Perennial Favorites covers a lot of ground: aching balladry ("Low Down Man," complete with pedal steel and intoned lovingly by chanteuse Katharine Whalen), hilarious show-tune homages ("Ghost of Stephen Foster"), romping props to the past ("Pallin' with Al," a nod to guitarist Al Casey). Thanks to imaginative arrangements, "The Kraken" and "My Drag" transcend retro hipness to forge unique sonic paths. "Suits Are Picking Up the Bill," a zingy diatribe on capitalism, may not turn out to be a smash hit like the earlier "Hell," but these Favorites should endure. --Don Harrison

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, quirky vocals and arrangements October 4, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Like many reviewers here, it took me a few listens to get into the groove of this CD although some hit the spot immediately, like Ghost of Stephen Foster. I think it is fair to say now though, that I am possessed by it--it's my top pick for studio music. And I have to say, the more I listen to it, the more I am absolutely impressed by this band's headstrong individualistic determination to cut their own path and make it work, damn it, and if you don't get one or two songs then too bad for you--they're there anyway!
It's my understanding that this band is from N.C. and plays around there quite a bit--I sure wish they were a local Boston band because they'd garner themselves a cult following pretty quickly although I'm sure they have a huge one down there. Squirrel Nut Zippers, come up here! I, for one, want to dance to your music in person!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild and Fun July 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I didn't really consider myself a fan of swing, but after listening to this swinging beauty, I'm at least a Squirrel Nut Swing afficionado. There really aren't any bands nowadays that come close to the Zippers in originality or heart. These guys pour their heart and soul into their instruments, and the result is a joyous collection of quirky treasures running the gamot from country ballads to showtune classics. The Djangoesque Pallin' With Al, the merry swing of Suits are Picking Up the Bill and the fun Pallin' with Al are my favorites. This album was a really a pleasant surprise to me, and I'm very glad I picked up a copy of it. Give it a try.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars :) December 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This Cd is the best CD i own! SNZ has its own type of music, a blend of swing, zydeco, jazz, big band and rock. This CD will appeal to almost anyone of any age. All my freinds were skeptical of it at first, but after listening they all want to know where they can get it! A GREAT CD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Antidote to the Same Old Same Old Swing May 23, 1999
Format:Audio CD
This album proved to me that the Squirrel Nut Zippers are the best retro band out there. It's true that there aren't a lot of straight swing tracks on Perennial Favorites aside from Suits are Picking Up the Bill. However, this CD showcases the band's musicianship and sets them completely apart from the other swing clone bands that are out there. It's not an album that you'll like right away as a whole but if you listen to it a few times its genius will become apparent. A truly original album unlike any I've heard in a long time. Put Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, and a little Charleston and tango in the blender and you have Perennial Favorites.
If you like this album and the Squirrel Nut Zippers, you might also check out Lavay Smith and the Red Hot Skillet Lickers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best CDs of the 1990's November 18, 2003
By C. Walk
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just just listened to the CD for the first time in quite awhile and I was reminded once again of how extremely fun & brilliant this recording is. (Of course I am biased having followed the group for several years.)
I wanted to point out that in addition to being an audio CD, "Perennial Favorites" is also an interactive CD-ROM playable in both Windows & Apple operating systems. Considered by many critics to be the most elaborate ECD ever created, this ground-breaking interactive extravaganza created over a three year period contains the following:
18 minutes of live performance video consisting of 15 different live clips including 8 songs from the "Perennial" CD, a backstage montage taken from eight shows, a documentary on recording "Perennial Favorites" at Kensway, the MTV banned "Put A Lid On It" video in its entirety and other funny stuff.
Within the interactive presentation are an additional 22 minutes of audio including audio clips and lyrics to all songs from the Zippers' previously released "The Inevitable," "Hot," & "Sold Out" albums. The "Perennial Favorites" interactive section also accesses the audio tracks from the CD directly so the "Perennial Favorites" audio tracks are playable in their entirety in full CD audio quality.
Also within the presentation is a 363 page interactive book of interviews with the band that recounts the history and formation of the Zippers through a series of interviews conducted by me spanning two years with Katharine Whalen, Jimbo Mathus, Chris Phillips, Tom Maxwell, Je Widenhouse, Tom Maxwell, Ken Mosher, Andrew Bird, Mike Napolitano & Don Raleigh. Also discussed is the creation of all the Zipper songs from "Inevitable" to "Perennial" from a variety of bandmember perspectives. There are also very rare personal photos that have never been seen before throughout the book's sections as well.
Please check out this aspect of both of these discs!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS ALBUM April 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Was looking for something different, and definitely got it here. Katherine Whalen's voice reminds me of Billie Holliday. There's a wide mix of styles here. Ghost of Stephen Foster sounds kindof klezmerish. Pallin' with Al is a little like jazz guitarist Django Rheinhardt. When I first got it, my first impression, was too weird. Put it away for a month. Got it out again and started playing it in the car. After the second or third listen, it REALLY started growing on me. At first, it was just a couple of songs, like the fun Suits Are Picking Up the Bill and Pallin' With Al. Then, I really started getting into the incredibly strange Ghost of Stephen Foster. Now, I just love all the songs on this album. This CD is going to be in my player for awhile, and I'm back looking for more SNZ. If this one doesn't catch you right away, put it away for awhile, then give it another chance when you're in the mood for something really different. Try it, then try it again. If you're up for something really complex and interesting and totally different from pop and top 40, I'll think you'll grow to love it too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty cool
To be honest I only ordered this because I had a little money left over on a gift card and my girlfriend really likes their Hot album. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun.
If you're looking for dark and brooding look elsewhere. Its just smart fun swing music. The production is minimal as is the electricity, but the sound remains rich.
Published 15 months ago by vicwhiskey
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
This is a great album. I bought this disc a long time ago when it first came out and I still listen to it frequently. This type of music is certainly not for everyone. Read more
Published on April 10, 2012 by NA
5.0 out of 5 stars the jazziest garden ever!
In the late 90s I first discovered the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Every time I listen to their CD Perennial Favorites this amazement sweeps over me. Read more
Published on December 30, 2009 by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Zippers' swan song
Perennial Favorites, in my book, is the best album to begin with for a potential fan of the NC-based hot-jazz-jump-blues-dixieland-funk outfit. Read more
Published on April 15, 2008 by James C. McOmber
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a blast from start to finish!!!
I have been a fan of the Zippers since I first saw the video for "Hell" on MTV...back when they still played videos! Read more
Published on May 25, 2007 by Blue Q
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the hardest jazzalbums ever!
Funny ulbum. Easy to listen to, but beware! Dont digg to deep, because it's really very advanced. Straight thru a likeable album.
Published on March 20, 2007 by Kristoffer Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite album by my favorite band!
I cannot express how much I enjoy the Squirrel Nut Zippers and their unique, enchanting brand of delightful swing/jazz reminiscent of the F. Read more
Published on October 9, 2006 by N. Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars pretty good stuff
this is a good CD by The Squirrel Nut Zippers. It combines hot jazz, western swing, torch songs, and also has elements of traditional music, dixieland, klezmer, and a bit of tango... Read more
Published on July 21, 2006 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot 1920s, 30s, and 40s jazz/swing done RIGHT!
Dusting off this, my first Squirrel Nut Zippers album, today and blasting it in my car, I was reminded of how brilliant Perennial Favorites actually is. Read more
Published on June 21, 2005 by Peter LoRicco
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