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Songs from Lonely Avenue

Brian Setzer OrchestraAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 13, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Surfdog Records Wea
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Trouble Train
2. Dead Man
3. Kiss Me Deadly
4. Gimme Some Rhythm
5. Lonely Ave
6. King of the Whole Damn World
7. Mr. Jazzer Goes Surfin?
8. Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin?
9. My Baby Don?t Love Me Blues
10. Love Partners In Crime
11. Passion of the Night
12. Dimes in The Jar
13. Elena

Editorial Reviews

A Soundtrack To An Unwritten Film - That's the idea that brought Setzer's 'Songs From Lonely Avenue' into being. Inspired by the great film noir soundtracks from the '40's and '50's, Setzer set out to create songs that would carry a classic cinematic mood completely missing from today's musical landscape. The result is the 3-time Grammy winner's best orchestra album today, and the first in an illustrious 30-year career where Brian wrote all songs on the album.

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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The highest quality release of Brian Setzer's career October 14, 2009
By AHaze
Format:Audio CD
The sophistication and expertise on display in the writing, arranging and performance of "Songs From Lonely Avenue" makes it arguably the most orchestral and highest quality release of Brian Setzer's career, perhaps only in competition with "Wolfgang's Big Night Out." Lonely Avenue takes the lead, however, in that every song is original. Given its uniqueness - lacking the chopped tops and peroxide blondes that Setzer is known for - like WBNO, "Lonely Avenue" may not be a fan favorite. But I hope the hardcore greasers will give it a listen with a wide open mind: this is excellent, excellent music. The total disregard for radio-friendly runtimes, with six of the 13 songs running more than four minutes in length (and three of those over FIVE minutes!), makes it seem as if Setzer is saying, "this music is so damn good that we're gonna take our time with it, we don't care if it ever touches the radio dial, and you're still gonna enjoy every second of it." (Even WBNO had shorter runtimes, and you wouldn't expect that of classical tunes!)

The film-noir movie feel of "Songs From Lonely Avenue" has been discussed and promoted at length, but when I listen to it all the way through, I hear New York's Broadway and London's West End as much as I hear the cinema. These are dark, expressive show tunes from a musical along the lines of "Chicago." There may be little overlap between Broadway and the Drag Strip, but from project to project Setzer manages to step between the two worlds with ease and grace.

The only thing I miss on "Songs From Lonely Avenue," that I was hoping for when learning of the theme of the record, was a bold, original, big band crime-scene instrumental akin to "Peter Gunn," "Mission Impossible" or the absolutely perfect "Man With The Golden Arm.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Total garbage pressing ! November 2, 2009
By Davidm
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Well surfdog really botched this album on Vinyl , very poor quality pressing , very noisy , album came all scratched up & they compressed all the audio to fit 30 minutes per side , I have contacted the Companay & they do admit they compressed it to fit onto 1 lp instead of pressing it onto two ... a real bummer as the songs are stellar! but if you like me are looking for the Vinyl sound you won't get it here .
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brian Setzer and the Rice Krispies Orchestra November 20, 2009
Worst vinyl pressing in the modern era! Do yourself a favor and buy it on CD, NOT VINYL!!! This album is 52:10, and in order to get the entire album on one LP, they decided to use unacceptably narrow groove width making for an INCREDIBLE amount of surface noise. You won't play this LP more than once if you are unfortunate enough to buy it, as I was.

That being said, the CD is fantastic! I wish I had bought it at Target the week it was released for $8.99, but instead I got ripped off buying the LP/CD combo for twice as much.



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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Variety October 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The variety on this cd reminds me of one of Brian's concerts. There is something for everyone on here. First off another reviewer has done a great job of breaking down every song, so no need to do that here. I will say the song Lonely Avenue should be his next grammy. Outstanding vocals that mesh just perfect with the band and guitar. From track to track Brian demonstrates his versatility going from jazz to rockabilly to surf to swing and some Latin. If you want guitar he devotes three instrumental tracks just for you. Everything is on display here great vocals, guitar solo's and of course the big band. All the tracks were written by Brian and I believe he has surpassed all his previous BSO cd's with this one. As a musician and writer you can definitely see that Brian is only getting better with age and that is saying a whole lot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pure Garbage Vinyl Pressing December 8, 2009
I recently picked up this LP right after I saw Brian Setzer Orchestra perform live. Man, what a mistake. I can't believe that this actually was released in such poor quality. I wish I would have read reviews on this pressing before I bought the LP.

Surfdog really really dropped the ball on this one. I've never heard a new pressing this bad! It sounded like somebody took some low bitrate mp3 files and then compressed them somemore and pressed them to vinyl. The sound is at a low volume, muffled, and lacks sound stage. I'm going to contact Surfdog and see if there are plans of a 2x LP repress in the future. I wish I could get my money back but that is a lost cause. At least I have the cd which sounds wonderful. If only the LP could have sounded this way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Made It, Ma!! Top Of The World!! January 26, 2011
Format:Audio CD
There are basically two camps for Brian Setzer-folks who like the Stray Cats type rockabilly and those who got into his whole orchestra swing thing. Then of course there are those who dig both, but from what I read, most folks prefer one over the other.
I've always been in the rockabilly camp, though I never had anything against his orchestra recordings at all. But given this album had the whole noir theme, I just couldn't help but check it out. And I'm really glad I did because I think it's great. Using 40s swing/jazz and injecting a bit of rockabilly, Mr. Setzer has created a fun and enjoyable noir film for the mind. When listening to this I can't help but get images of a dark New York City in the 40s with a bunch of Al Capone-ish gangsters hanging around a nightclub.
The swing sound is much more prominent than the rockabilly here. The rockabilly is there in a few tracks(along with some surf too!), but purchase this album with a more jazzy sound in mind. Setzer's guitar playing has always been much more technical and slick than the average rockabilly guitarist(which does get him some smack talk from some of the rockabilly crowd-but hey, there's enough room in the scene for Brian, let the guy play!), and though the guitar is front and center on only a handful of tracks, he's smokin'!!
Though I liked the Wolfgang album, this is by far the best I've heard from Brian's Orchestra. Bravo!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Love It!
This is a great record to have. I really enjoy putting this on and doing things around the house. Anyone got anymore... let me know!
Published 16 months ago by Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian at his best!
Brian Setzer gets better and better...and this cd shows that. I could not stop listening to this CD for about 6 months after I got it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Old Man Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars yawn
im a huge setzer fan, but i fell asleep with this one. but thats my opinion, and who am i?
Published on March 11, 2012 by blowhohome
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Listening
My husband loves the music from Brian Setzer. This album did it all. Brian is very talented and versitile. It's music to enjoy whenever you need a good music fix.
Published on December 28, 2011 by mommacat
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible vinyl pressing
I ordered this version of the album when it was first released, and looked forward to hearing it once I set my system up (we were between houses at the time). Read more
Published on December 1, 2011 by -=Rudy=-
5.0 out of 5 stars Sinatra with an edge
5 Stars for this gem. I had it on last night, and the guests I had over were all asking what it was and commenting on how much they liked it. And... Read more
Published on February 27, 2010 by Kevin Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars Film Noir meets Rock a billy
As a big Setzer fan for the last 15 years, It was easy to see him tracking in this direction. "Mr. Jazzer goes surfing" is pure guitar mastery but "Kiss Me Deadly" and "King of the... Read more
Published on February 1, 2010 by Lleland Abernathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Lonely Ave
Brian Setzer is a great talent.
"Trouble Train" is like a movie written into a song. It would make a great soundtrack.
The entire album is fun.
Published on December 15, 2009 by MauiSpriit
5.0 out of 5 stars His best work to date
The commentary says Setzer wrote these songs for this CD to be the soundtrack to a noir film that hasn't been made. From the first play, that's what I thought as well. Read more
Published on December 1, 2009 by R. Kyle
5.0 out of 5 stars I cried my contact lens right out of my eye when I heard "Lonely...
This is classic high quality music of a bygone era. My big band lovin' granny would've adored this (and I do, too.)
Published on November 26, 2009 by NH
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