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Tall Tales

Hot Club of CowtownAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 3, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: August 3, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B00000JNIQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Emily
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4. I Can't Tame The Wild Woman
5. When I Lost You
6. You Can't Take It With You
7. Wildcat
8. Always And Always
9. I Laugh When I Think I Cried Over You
10. Joe-Bob Rag
11. There'll Be Some Changes Made
12. Red Hot Mama
13. Bonaparte's Retreat
14. Polkadots And Moonbeams
15. Sally Goodin'

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

From the first visceral instant when Elana Fremerman drags bow across fiddle, you know Tall Tales is already an improvement over Hot Club of Cowtown's fine debut Swingin' Stampede. New producer Dave Stuckey (formerly of the Dave and Deke Combo) charges every scratch, twang, and pop from this swingin' fiddle-guitar-doghouse bass trio with the tactile punch of a live gig. The result is that the band's virtuoso mix of old-time fiddle tunes, hot jazz, Western swing, and early-century Tin Pan Alley--everything from "Sally Goodin'" to the Burke and Van Heusen standard "Polka Dots and Moonbeams"--finally comes off as gritty as it is sweet and, consequently, better than ever. Tall Tales confirms that this Hot Club is the only emerging swing-revival band to compare favorably to the masters of swing. And, most impressively, when the group expands beyond a trio by adding trumpet and piano (particularly on an original torch song called "When I Lost You"), its bright future comes into clear focus. --David Cantwell

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HC needs another album June 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As soon as I bought the Hot Jazz CD, I went looking for Tall Tales. Too bad I found it in the pop section rather than the country or near bluegrass where it belongs. I am totally impressed with this group and play these two disks more than the other 70 or so artists I have, combined. The female singer has an awesome 40's type voice and in a way reminds me of Mandy Barnett. The instrumentals are extremely well done, though I wish they had left "Polka dot and Moonbeams" on Tall Tales a complete instrumental. If you are looking for a western swing album, but don't mind a jazz blend, this is the group for you. They need to get their next album out soon!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun playing, but hold the vocals November 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bold, joyous playing, at times precise, at times reckless, make this a treat to listen to. But be prepared for some weak vocals (by two of the three band members). Lovers of old country are not sticklers for staying on key, and know there's a great deal of expressive power in the deliberate roughness of Bill Monroe. Vern Williams and others. But crooning that goes flat provokes more wincing than dancing. Still--a talented and fun group gets my qualified yeehaw.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I have only recently discovered Western Swing, what I've been missing! I come from the UK, and we only hear the commercial country over here - I have only just heard hank Williams Senior and I am 36!
Tall Tales is the finest CD I have bought for many a year, fresh, hot, uplifting and boy does it swing - put on your dancing shoes mumma there's going to be a ball in cowtown. Do yourselves a favour, buy it... when I play it I get a warm, happy glow.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing, upbeat, and infinitely optimistic October 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Hot Club of Cowtown is a spectacular band. I heard them on WHRB (95.5 FM in Cambridge, Mass.), The Hillbilly at Harvard radio show. I have also seen them in concert twice and urge the whole world to check them out! Their music (both live and on CD) is contagious, warm and toe-tapping fun. Unlike most musicians their age (20-something) who are recording dark, whiney and unoriginal scree, Hot Club (two guys and a gal) have re-awakened a true American tradition: Westerm Swing; and reintroduced a new generation to the brilliance of Bob Wills, Cindy Walker and the rest of the Western Swing family. Very very very good stuff. You will play it over and over.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific. September 17, 1999
Format:Audio CD
The only thing better that listening to this CD is hearing them live. More music out of only three instruments than I thought was possible. It's spooky to think that these twenty-somethings can do western swing as well as the traveling bands of the 40's and 50's! If you see them live you will want to adopt the fiddle player.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a cool cd from a good band December 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
this is a very old school sound brought back anew. live show is great too. you've got upright bass thumpin away a country rhythm, a great violin permeates, and a nice rhythm guitar through the middle. something you'd expect to hear in a saloon in the old days. a very good outing by the hot club of cowtown.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
THE BEST CD TO COME OUT IN A LONG TIME!!! This CD will at once bring a smile to your face and a warm sweetness to your heart! Virtuoso musicianship abounds led by Whit Smith, undoubtedly one of the most accomplished young guitarists in the country who also has an impressive and expressive voice on display in his "When I Lost You" a soul searching and searing ballad. Smith's "Emily" is catchy as hell. His version of the classic "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" almost had me in tears. As if his virtuoso performance weren't enough, Elena Fremmerman provides a fiddle playing that will have you shouting. I really can't reccomend this CD highly enough!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Club Rocks September 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Hot Club is one of the best bands playing in Austin right now.They are a fantastic live band with great energy. I thought their debutalbum was solid, but not really noteworthy. Their followup album (Tall Tales), however, is really quite spectacular. The song selection is perfect and the production perfectly matches their music. Tall Tales is the next best thing to being there.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Foot stomping fun!
I absolutely love this band. I defy anyone to listen to this album without feeling uplifted. Dare you to keep the grin off your face!
Published 19 months ago by Leila P. Zimmel
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Club of Cow Town
I first heard the group "Hot Club of Cow Town" in Aspen some years ago. My friends and I followed them to the Tractor Tavern in Seattle a few years later, keeping this... Read more
Published on August 5, 2006 by R. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best one
Fun swing music and great group. If you are only going to buy one album, this would be my pick.
Published on August 13, 2003 by A reader
5.0 out of 5 stars HC rocks my world!
This CD is awesome! It's by the nicest and best group ever! They were just in my town and I performed with them and they are the coolest! Read more
Published on February 3, 2002 by Laura Radloff
4.0 out of 5 stars music for the happy side of your soul
I dunno, like the music a lot, but then i almost like every swing-revivel cd out there. This is the first review i write, i'm writing it because i feel i have to explain why i... Read more
Published on October 28, 2001 by baba de hut
5.0 out of 5 stars real music
I met the band in Austin Tx. Great I'd like to have there new disc.The red one is with me. Munich Records b.v. Alb Schweitzerlaan 9 6721 AW Bennekom Holland Europe
Published on January 7, 2000 by Job Zomer
5.0 out of 5 stars A correction of an earlier review
I heard Hot Club of Cowtown for the first time ever on the Hillbilly at Harvard show-- on the radio, FM 95.3 in Cambridge, Mass (not 95.5 as I said earlier.. oops! Read more
Published on October 29, 1999
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