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The Dirty Boogie

Brian Setzer, Brian Setzer OrchestraAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)

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listen  2. The Dirty Boogie (Album Version) 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. This Old House (Album Version) 3:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Let's Live It Up (Album Version) 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Sleepwalk (Album Version) 3:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Jump Jive An' Wail (Album Version) 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. You're The Boss (Album Version) 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Rock This Town (Album Version) 6:36$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Since I Don't Have You (Album Version) 4:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Switchblade 327 (Album Version) 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Nosey Joe (Album Version) 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Hollywood Nocturne (Album Version) 5:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 23, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: June 23, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000007SAV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (250 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,333 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Brian Setzer has spent much of his career revving up already hot retro styles to a booming pitch. While this generally worked in his early years with the rockabilly Stray Cats, it largely fails with his swing orchestra. Louis Prima--whose "Jump Jive an' Wail" is faithfully remade here--wasn't exactly the king of subtlety himself, but even he might have covered his ears at the blare produced by the combination of Setzer's (admittedly sharp) guitar playing and a too-bright horn section. A couple of The Dirty Boogie's cuts are cute ("You're the Boss," an Elvis Presley/Ann-Margret duet, is recast for Setzer and No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani), but fans of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy might think twice. --Rickey Wright

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Rockin' The Town January 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Brian Setzer since his days with the stray cats, and I'm still a fan. This Cd is definitely a rocker and a swinger, his style stayed pretty much the same, I'll define it as orchestrated rockabilly. There's some good rockabilly stuff here like "This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof", "The Dirty Boogie", "This Old House", his own remake of "Rock This Town", and "Switchblade 327". The boogie and jump tunes are just as great, he does an excellent job with Louis Prima's "Jump Jive An' Wail", a really great duet with Gwen Stefani from the group No Doubt called "You're The Boss", and his own treatment to the Lieber & Stoller tune "Nosey Joe", a nice twangy feel to the Skyliners hit "Since I Don't Have You", a credible version of Bobby Darin's "As Long As I'm Singin'", and a cool rendition of the instrumental hit "Sleepwalk". If you like rockabilly and some jump boogie give this disc a listen to.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the Amazon review above. October 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Yes, the overall sound is sharp. I'll grant that most of the songs are not subtle. Having expressed those cautions, let me say that this is a wonderful album. The songs are great fun and played with excellent style and energy. This is a band with some real musical talent. Brian's guitar work is, as always, extraordinary. He is a seriously underrated guitarist.
There are songs on here that do have subtlety, especially "Hollywood Nocturn," "Since I Don't Have You," and "You're the Boss." "Sleepwalk" is absolutely stunning. But mostly it's an album designed to make you want to dance. By now, we've all heard "Jump, Jive an' Wail" but "As Long as I'm Singin'" and "Let's Live it Up" are incredible. Even the remake of "Rock This Town" is a lot of fun (although I prefer the original).
While I think "The Brian Setzer Orchestra" and "Guitar Slinger" are better overall (with "Guitar Slinger" being the best swing album I've ever heard since the days of Enoch Light), "The Dirty Boogie" is excellent. If you like swing, this is a great one to have.
One final note: if you ever get the chance to see Brian Setzer live -- GO! He is a fabulous intertainer.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swing This Town June 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the best record of The Brian Setzer Orchestra! Jump Blues and Swing of course. Great! Cover "Jump, Jive, An' Wail" of Louis Prima is great, "You're the Boss" of Elvis/Ann Margret (Viva Las Vegas movie) is better than original (Gwen Stefani sings great), "As Long as I'm Singing" is an old Bobby Darin song, "This Cat's on a Hot Tin Roof", "The Dirty Boogie", "Let's Live It Up" and "Hollywood Nocturne" and "Switchblade 327" are his originals, while "Sleepwalk" (orig. Santo & Johnny), "Rock This Town" (orig. Stray Cats), "Since I Don't Have You" (orig. The Skyliners), "Nosey Joe" (orig. Bull Moose Jackson) are very good covers too.
Some excellent musicians are featured here (Tony Garnier - stand-up bass, Mark Winchester (ex. Planet Rockers) - stand-up bass and Eddie Nichols (Royal Crown Revue)-backing vocals). Brian Setzer is winning again!
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Setzer does it again! October 13, 1999
Format:Audio CD
I love this CD. It's not as good as my personal favorite Setzer Orchestra release, 'Guitar Slinger,' which I feel is their best release, but The Dirty Boogie holds its own. One too many rock-style numbers for me; I found that I mostly enjoyed the jazzier, more big-band style songs. I really like "Let's Live It Up;" it sounds like a Sinatra song, a whimsical fantasy. Plus, it has a really good intro (of course, the BSO has some of the best intro's I've ever heard). Though massively overplayed (I still don't like to listen to it because I've heard it enough times to supply me well into my hundreds), "Jump Jive an' Wail" is a catchy, if repetitive song. This version won a Grammy, and if you aren't sick of it, it's a really good song. One fun track is the outrageously sexy "You're the Boss," cut from the final print of Elvis flick 'Viva Las Vegas.' This risque eybrow-raiser, a duet between Setzer and singer Gwen Stefani, has a great arrangement. I love the melody, and the double-entendre lyrics are...well, let's just say they put pretty vivid pictures in your mind. Oddly enough, I'm not sure that I've ever heard the original "Rock This Town," but I'll tell you what, the arrangement offered here is a real winner. With a swinging intro (including a fantastic sax solo) that clocks in at about a minute-four, this is one of the album's best tracks. After all these years, the song is still cool, and the simple-yet-catchy melody leaves me humming time after time. Setzer does a wonderful job on fifties-jukebox-style "Since I Don't Have You." This song is one of the best examples of his smooth crooning voice. Liste for his ventures into falsetto range, particularly at the end. Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect cd for athe perfect cocktail party... December 1, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Ooh I love sipin' my martini and lounging on my retro 1940's loveseat, in my vintage 1930's silk gown in my retro 1920's California bungalow house, while playing this classic rockabilly big band cd. the duet with my fellow retro girl Gwen Stefani is exellent. I can't throw one of my famous cocktail parties without thowing this cd on the aound system(along with some emmett Miller and Leon Redbone, and maybe some Ruth etting). This cd is not only a good companion for drinking piank champaigne, it's alos good for smoking ciagrs, and dancing elegantly across my hardwood floors, ah this cd is a classic! Yuo simply must own it dahhling...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of their best !
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Published 2 months ago by carey nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just what i was looking for.
Published 3 months ago by Steve Pouliot
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish it was recorded with better quality. I was hoping it would have a...
Wish it was recorded with better quality. I was hoping it would have a good image but does not. Other than that it's still a good album to listen to.
Published 3 months ago by PinName
5.0 out of 5 stars SETZER!!
Brian Setzer IS one of most talented AND influencial guitarists you could ever want to hear! Simply the best fusion of BIg Band and Rock n roll music!!!!!!
Published 4 months ago by john marshall
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and intense.
Brian is an amazing musician. The tracks on this album are creative, fantastic, and very well recorded. Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Thinker
5.0 out of 5 stars The guitar slinging master!
Put very simply this is Brian Setter at his very best! One of the greatest albums of all time! Setzer is the jump, jive and wail god!
Published 9 months ago by christian
5.0 out of 5 stars modern swing band w/retro flair and sound
Brian Setzer and his Band have taken old fashioned music and standards and breathed new life and sound into them. Full of energy and pep, and sure to put a bounce in your step. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ms Lea R. Mac Leod
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Interesting Blend of Selections and Styles
Another Interesting Blend of Selections and Styles. The Stray Cats all grown up and still going strong with a new twist.
Published 13 months ago by William A. Soop
5.0 out of 5 stars Boogie
If you have any rhythmic sense at all, you will definitely be bopping to this CD. Brian Setzer knows how to take the old big band stuff and make it fresh and fun.
Published 15 months ago by Rhonda Dudley
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