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Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!

Brian SetzerAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Brian Setzer is one of those wild geniuses who keeps the Earth properly spinning on its axis – a consistent institution who you can count on while pretty much everything else comes and goes. If nothing else, he might be saving American history from the scorch of its own warped magnifying glass memory. We’ve screwed up the 50’s – reduced it into one giant goof cartoon ... Read more in Amazon's Brian Setzer Store

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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Surf Dog (Ada)
  • ASIN: B004O9G9OO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,114 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Moon of Kentucky
2. Cherokee
3. Be-Bop-A-Lula
4. Earl s Breakdown
5. Far Noir East
6. Intermission
7. Go-Go Godzilla
8. Lonesome Road
9. Hillbilly Jazz Meltdown
10. Hot Love
11. Pickpocket

Editorial Reviews

After 43 years of honing his craft, Brian is releasing his first all-instrumental album showcasing what has made him one of the most legendary and credible artists in music today. He is universally respected by his peers and some are even calling him the greatest living guitar player today. We stand behind their claims with Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Format:MP3 Music
Two names I suppose I never expected to hear in the same sentence would be the name, Brian Setzer and Bill Monroe or Brian Setzer and Earl Scruggs. However, if there were one artist on the planet whom could make "bluegrass" cool, it would be Brian Setzer.

He proves that on his first all instrumental recording appropriately titled "Setzer goes Instru-MENTAL!" and the only reason for the "bluegrass" reference is because he breaks out his banjo for Earl Scruggs' "Earl's Breakdown" and does one heck of a job on Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky". Bluegrass tunes have never sounded so hip, and probably never will again, unless, of course Mr. Setzer gets a hold of anymore bluegrass classics.

Now before you all start throwing sticks and stones at me for insinuating the bluegrass genre is not cool. Let me just say this. I think this genre is one of the coolest and earthiest of all musical styles, but Mr. Setzer is going to introduce the genre to many who have never given bluegrass a fair chance, and possibly never even heard it before. He is merely bridging a gap that needed bridging.

I personally believe that Mr. Setzer could play a stick if you put a string on it, and he would put together a hip and cool sound with it as well. I'm obviously not the only one on this planet who believes that, evidenced by his 43-year long career.

For this venture, Mr. Setzer assembled a trio consisting of himself on guitar and the fore mentioned banjo, Johnny Hatton on the upright bass, and Noah Levy on the drums. They are very near flawless all the way through this remarkable collection of eleven songs.

It all starts with Bill Monroe's "Blue Moon of Kentucky", followed by Ray Noble's "Cherokee".
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing guitarist April 20, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Brian Setzer is caught in some strange time warp, playing old jump blues and rockabilly and heavens know what else HIS way, with an uncompromising love of rocking. The last oh 50 years of popular music don't seem to have influenced his style too much. What keeps him from being another boring retro act is his guitar playing. He is the genuine item, a virtuoso on electric guitar, able to shift between different styles with astonishing ease and play with intelligence imagination and beauty. He may very well be the world's greatest electric guitarist--he is certainly heads and shoulders above the boring metal players usually ballyhooed in the various guitar magazines.

This CD turns to some the surf instumental sound popular in the early sixties. I must admit I don't particularly care for the original instrumentals--but I have heard them, and frankly, I think Setzer buries them completely. He even dares to take on the bluegrass masters Bill Monroe and Earl Scruggs, electrifying their songs and managing (amazing!) to rock as he bluegrasses. Hate to say it, because I love old bluegrass, but at some level Setzer even wins this battle.

The man is amazing. This may not be his most accessible CD for a first time listener--it has no real vocals--but it blows me away.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Brian Setzer April 19, 2011
Format:MP3 Music
I've been a big fan of Brian Setzer's guitar work for a long time and I'm glad that he released this instrumental cd. I read that he was working on this cd in a guitar magazine that I subscribe to and I think I might have been one of the first to download it today. It's a great cd so if you love that old time great gretsch sound it's a must have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rockin' with Brian June 26, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Being a huge Stray Cats fan, a Gretsch guitar fan, having opened for the Cats with my own band years ago and having seen his big band twice, I have a real soft spot for his work. This new album is great driving music. His playing is always fantastic. It is always fun to see what new licks and chord choices he will choose. My only critique is that it sounds a little like a very good demo of work for consideration for an album. The feel of the album is not as comprehensive as it might be. I think that Brian is a much better song writer than his choices of cover music are allowing. However, don't let that dissuade you from having this gem in your car for hitting the gas with this summer! Excellent musicianship!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best 35 minute instrumental January 3, 2012
By Willee
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I was shocked and pleasantly surprised to hear how one could combine rockabilly, jazz and country pickin together without sounding ridiculous. Dude made the banjo sound like a bad a$$ instrument. Every song just oozes with riffs of coolness. Awesome, awesome effort!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Once in a blue moon, you get a masterpiece August 24, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I am still stunned by this musical blitzkreig that immediately jumped into my all-time Top Ten list. It's the best instrumental album I've ever heard, covering rockabilly, country banjo, and surf's up songs. Brian hit this one out of the park. Too short? Play it again, you'll never be bored.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What Can't The Guy Do With A Guitar?? May 20, 2011
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Though identified with either a rockabilly and/or swing sound, Brian Setzer has always managed to do something a little different with each release, and never seems to go stale. Whether giving his interpretations of classical music or giving tribute to the artists of Sun records, every Setzer album tends to stand alone. Once again he accomplishes this by going instru-MENTAL!! I'm guessing there were alot of us out there who have been waiting for this to happen. I suppose it was inevitable. And I for one am overjoyed that he did. Being a big Setzer fan, as well as a huge fan of instrumental rock, surf, rockabilly, jazz and bluegrass, this is right up my alley.
Setzer tries his hand at a variety of styles here, and though much of it is in a mellower, jazzier vein, it's fiery and never boring. His stab at bluegrass is awesome and his original tune, Go Go Godzilla is a rocker that'll get your rear end up and shakin'.
It's kinda ballsy of Brian to put out an all instrumental album, as no one listens to or cares about instrumental music anymore. Most folks are under the impression that a song never begins until someone starts singing. I simply can't fathom how idiotic that way of thinking is, especially coz in these tunes, Setzer says all he needs to say with his guitar. It does make him respect him even more coz it shows that he's just gonna do what he wants to do, mainstream mentality be damned. He knows there's an audience out there for this.
So, with his instru-MENTAL album, Brian Setzer has once again showed us that he's a master of the strings and there' no sign of him slowing down.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!
A Christmas requested present for my son. He thoroughly enjoys Brian Setzer's music so it was a big hit for him. Easy to order and arrived in plenty of time to get it wrapped.
Published 2 months ago by Chief's wife
2.0 out of 5 stars Average
This is typical Setzer and if you like his playing, this is just right for you. Each tune on this CD sounds alike and after a while it gets old. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Don Aycock
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not my favorite Setzer
Not my favorite Setzer album and I have been playing guitar for 37 years. With that said, Brian Setzer is one of the most underrated guitarist out there. Read more
Published 5 months ago by E. Oskanian
3.0 out of 5 stars Feel he could of better.
Being such a fan, I was disappointed in this effort. It was liked more by friends,
and I am happy they liked it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ted
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Soud
I love Setzer and this is good Setzer. A little less "hot" than my previous album but still good music. This man is one heck of a musician...
Published 7 months ago by D. L. Ritchey
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Setzer!
I bought this CD based on Amazon customer reviews. Big fan of Stray Cats and BSO, I figured it had to be good. Nope, it's GREAT! Brian out does himself on this one!
Published 13 months ago by Renee Mahlman
5.0 out of 5 stars OK, I'm MENTAL!!
God, please never let Brian Setzer's creative well run dry. I will buy every album of his guitar explorations. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Lyle Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, Brian!
The trick to making an album like this is to make sure that the instrumentals you create from pop/rock classics from the golden age don't lose their edginess and lapse into... Read more
Published 19 months ago by sprint
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting mix
There isn't a theme to the music here, it almost seems to be a random mix, however all of the songs are memorable and some are downright quirky. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Samovar
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal best for Brian Setzer
You know those guitarists that just seem to play the right notes every time you hear them? Brian Setzer is the embodiment of this - technique coupled with restraint. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Seymour Butts
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