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Striking It Rich

Dan Hicks, Dan Hicks And the Hot LicksAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fontana Mca N'ville
  • ASIN: B000002PD4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Cool Breeze On A Summer's Eve July 10, 2006
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Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks were truly a sport of nature, one of those unique creations that come out of nowhere and defy categorization. Part folk, part Django Reinhardt homage, part Western swing, and part tongue in cheek; this outfit was as marvelously cracked as the palm tree scenery they brought with them everywhere. They were smart - but never condescending to their audience. Overall their music had the gentle, pleasant texture of lazy summer evenings when there is lots of time, little to do, and nothing to worry about.

Hicks is a terrific front man, but the secret of this group is found in the talent surrounding him. The Lickettes (easily the greatest name ever for a team of female back-up vocalists) have exquisite voices, and add smooth sweetness wherever they're found. Maryann Price and Naomi Ruth Eisenberg both sound marvelous when they solo, but the blend of their voices is heaven.

Sid Page on violin (and mandolin) provides the instrumental juice reminding you of Stephane Grappelly and all those Western swingers, check him out on Flight Of The Fly. The humor of Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks ranges from mild, I'm An Old Cowhand, to broad, O'Reilly At The Bar, to goofy, The Laughing Song, but it is never mean. With this outfit, fun is the name of the game.

Despite the hip sensibility that characterizes Dan Hicks, he is never better than when he is overtly sentimental. Songs like I Scare Myself, Canned Music, and the Western lullaby Presently In The Past, are so beautiful that it hurts. Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks always were hard to pigeonhole, perhaps that's why they've weathered the years so well. This one is just pure delight, can't recommend it highly enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hicks' urban hillbilly jive at its peak March 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of the short list of albums I'd be marooned on a desert island with, I've worn out two copies of the LP and one CD so far. Particular highlights are the flawless vocal arrangement on "Canned Music", Sid Page's legendary violin solo on "I Scare Myself", the gorgeous strings work on "Moody Richard" and Naomi Eisenberg's writing and singing on "Presently In The Past"....
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
One of my college roommates had this record and after hearing it a few times it became one of my favorites. After college, I bought it on vinyl. A few years ago, "Moody Richard" leapt into my head and I had to have it on CD. After hearing it again, all of the tunes from the CD are now dancing through my head. This is fun, fun country/pop/folk rock music, with interesting arrangements, good vocals and a very high listenability quotient. I now like to play "The Laughing Song" for my kids and hope to have them hooked soon.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique and fun August 21, 2001
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Format:Audio CD
The only problem with the CD is you don't get the impact of just about the best-designed cover ever to grace an LP. Still, you get one of the most fun albums you can buy. Bouncy, kitschy, surprising. The harmonies are great (you can't help singing along), arrangements are creative, moods range from hysterically funny ("O'Reilly at the Bar") to haunting ("I Scare Myself"). I especially love the wonderful violin work of "Symphony Sid" Page. I wore my LP to shreds, good thing CDs are more durable!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great memories March 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
It was 1973, I was in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. O'Reilly at the bar still sounds as fresh now as it did then. Very interesting vocals which combined with the great playing and arrangements, turn out to be unforgettable music. Dan was at the height of his powers when this was recorded. The band was tight and in the pocket.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, poor sound quality on the CD May 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Released in 1972, this is Dan Hicks' third album. It is the second on MCA and to get wide distribution. It is 37 minutes long.

The biggest problem with these MCA CD releases is that the sound quality is poor. This is probably the worst one. It was transferred to CD in the early days of CD and it must not have been done from a master. It is the type of CD that gave early CD's a bad name and created vinyl snobs.

The sound is fuzzy and muddled. There is no dynamic range. This was a crystal clear recording but does not come out like that on CD.

This CD has the best collection of songs of any Dan Hicks albums. However, the best songs on this CD, Canned Music and I Scare Myself were also on Dan Hicks' first album, Original Songs. Those versions can be found with much better sound quality.

So, if the sound quality was good, I would give this 5 stars. But had to drop it a star because I find the sound annoying.

Dan Hick's first album was called the Original Songs. 9 of the 11 songs of that album are on a CD called The Most of Dan Hicks. That CD also contains 7 unreleased songs. Most of the songs on that CD have been redone and put on other CD's like Where's the Money and Striking it Rich.

The Most of Dan Hicks has near perfect sound. Buy that CD and see how much better songs like Canned Music can be with high quality sound.

Note that Thomas Dolby (Blinded By Science) had a minor hit with I Scare Myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, serious, acoustic and very hot! May 8, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This album is a delight! Like much exceptionally good music, it draws from many sources and resists categorization, but the strongest single influence seems to be western swing, minus the electric guitar (it is entirely acoustic). Here's a blow-by-blow of the best songs (and there are many):
"You Got To Believe": These guys don't need drums to break a rhythm. Just listen to the opening lines - nothing but a bass and a finger-snap, but by the time the guitar comes in, your heart is already beating in time. Depressed? Just play this once, and sing along. You will "simply" absorb the message of assurance and hope. In 1973, the New York Mets, inspired by this song, adopted its title as their motto and promptly rose from last place to the World Series, proving that it works. Dan and "the girls" (Marianne and Naomi) trade lines, as they often do: "Believe in somethin' (What's that somethin'?) That somethin' is love."
"Walkin' One and Only": The beat comes from the guitar this time, and you might even find yourself "clicking your heels a bit". He's a hustler, a man on the make, but you can't help but like him.
"O'Reilly At the Bar": Dan turns his voice into a seriously, hilariously intoxicated character, O'Reilly ("that's me!") whose beer was accidentally drunk by a fellow patron. "You stolen my beer, and that ain't right, you gettin' yourself in a fight. Whoever you are, you pushed me too far, now I'm gonna smash your face." You're smiling, aren't you?
"Moody Richard": The Licks turn serious lyrically on this one, but the vocals are harmonious, and the music is gorgeous, especially the guitar solo. This time the bass provides the rhythmic pulse. It's about an "innocent bystander" who never gets involved. "He's guilty!" the song concludes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good price. Quick delivery.
Published 22 days ago by Ronald C Soricelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves immortality
What can I say? A great album. Hadn't heard it in decades when my S.O. brought it up in conversation and I decided I had to have it again. It's a masterpiece. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rima
2.0 out of 5 stars Not to my Liking.
Not impressed.
Published 2 months ago by Stylin_K
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great, just like I remembered.
Published 2 months ago by Barbara Ness
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan's Best Tunes
This album is a must if you are a Dan Hicks fan. It contains most of his classic Toe-Tappin' Tunes.
Published 5 months ago by Stan Mayer
5.0 out of 5 stars This One's Rich!
Every time I'm listening to Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks I think they're the best band that ever was. This album is one of their best. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Arlee Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great album
Several songs are great and the rest good. But I am biased. I love Dan Hicks' music. If you like Dan or if you want to see what Dan is about, give this a listen.
Published 19 months ago by Boo Hoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Hicks
If you are a Dan Hicks fan this should be in your collection. i bought this CD for one track......Naomi Ruth Eisenberg "Presently in the Past" . Read more
Published 21 months ago by Idahobill
5.0 out of 5 stars Striking It Rich
This title for his 2nd album is a play on words from his first album, Where's the Money? He's very good at wordplay, his songs amply demonstrate that... Read more
Published 21 months ago by chaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Dan Hicks, You Delightful Jazz-Country Weirdo
It was a joy when I was in high school in the early '70s to discover Dan HIcks, a truly unique act who with his Hot Licks helped to preserve the weirdness in the tail end of the... Read more
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