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Return to Hicksville: Best of Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, The Blue Thumb Years 1971-1973

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Lovingly reviving Western swing, Dan's band earned a rabid cult following in the early '70s. Here are 18 prime cuts: I Feel Like Singing; News from up the Street; Where's the Money; Reelin' Down , and more!

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • ASIN: B000005KPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,160 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Roger Gordon on October 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I met Dan in a bar in Philadelphia in '71, it was just before his show. He seemed quiet and pensive. The show began and he transformed the place with his palm tree backdrops and the Lickettes. Their music style was unique even back then, melding 40's swing with country, rock and humor. 30 years later I listen to the songs, a smile spreads across my face and my feet start bopping. As musicians they're really tight. The music is, so from the heart, honest. Attitude is a little Steve Martin with a lot of soul. Treat your self to this album it will definately lift you!
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a mixture of studio tracks from the earlier "Strikin it Rich" album and several live tracks. Lots of variety, difficult to categorize but worth the listen if you are into a jazz, country, rock, folk, blues thing - with a twist. The violin solo on the "I Scare Myself" track would shut down both the devil and that kid from Georgia! This CD kept me awake on a long, late night drive down I94 and for that, I am grateful. It may be the most fun to listen to CD in my collection.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "janem345" on March 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
30 years ago (yikes!) I saw Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks at a bar on the Hill in Boulder called Tulagi. Bought the album and listened to it until it died.
Last night "The Sopranos" closed out with "Where's the Money". I went to Amazon to see if just possibly, I could find the CD. How cool that there are 4 to choose from! Still fresh, still toe-tappin', feelin' good music.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Katherine C. Grier on March 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The spring I graduated from high school, my boyfriend and I saw these guys open for Elton John of all people. We couldn't believe our ears. They were the hippest, tightest, swinging-est band we'd ever heard. In fact, most of the audience didn't know what to make of them, but I found a lifelong favorite. Give this disk a listen.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 1999
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I have enjoyed this musician and entertainer since the 70's. I may put him on the shelf for a while, but I always come back. If you ever get a change to see him, do it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on January 3, 2007
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Great performance by a tight hip band and solo artist. Dan's "I Scare Myself" is the best cut on this disk. You'll enjoy it! Dan still got it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet Chandler on June 2, 2013
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"Return To Hicksville- Best Of Dan Hicks' and His Hot Licks" is a greatest hits album for the group covering their years that they were with the Blue Thumb label. That would be from around 1971 to 1973. All three albums that Dan and the group made during that time have songs on this best of CD. "Where's The Money" has six songs on the disc while "Striking It Rich" has seven. "Last Train To Hicksville" the last album the original Dan Hicks and The Hot Licks line up would create together has only three songs make it onto the album. If I had any complaints at all about "Return To Hicksville" it would be why just three songs from their third album? The three that are on the disc are great but why did they not include "Payday Blues" at least and maybe "Lonely Madman"? Still this is a good album to get if you are looking for a greatest hits album of the group. The original line up, or classic line up as I like to refer to them, lasted only four albums if you also include the debut album "Original Recordings" which was released in 1969 on the Epic label. Not a big body of work to be sure. But the music that is contained in those four records is nothing short of outstanding. In later years Dan Hicks would start up the Hot Licks again with new musicians and they would put out some really good music. But no matter how good they could be I always felt they never compared to the classic line up. The album sounds sharp and clear which makes listening to this CD all that more enjoyable to listen too. All in all a great album to recommend.
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