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Brian Setzer, Brian Setzer OrchestraAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Pennsylvania 6-5000 (Album Version) 3:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Jumpin' East Of Java (Album Version) 3:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen11. That's The Kind Of Sugar Papa Likes (Album Version) 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (August 1, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 1, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B00004U8KD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
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Brian Setzer may have been vilified by purists and progressives for daring to "modernize" rockabilly and swing, but the pompadoured Long Islander has now laughed all the way to the bank twice at their expense--and in two different decades, no less. Like its predecessor, the surprise hit The Dirty Boogie, this collection won't win points with music academics, but then Setzer's having too much fun to give a flying (musical) fifth. Though he clearly idolizes his forerunners, Setzer never lets his reverence for form get in the way of his sense of joy, committing frolicsome heresy on some classics along the way (injecting surprisingly effective looped samples and hip-hop beats into "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and giving "In the Mood" a rap!). His take on Bobby Darin's "Mack the Knife" is a bit slavish, only reinforcing the hit's perfection. But as he's admitted, Setzer's a rockabilly writer/guitarist by nature, a notion reinforced here by his own tunes and a flashy take on the instrumental "Caravan." His band charts are both serviceable and modern, but might benefit from a different arranger's perspective. And if his notion of fusing swing and rockabilly still seems marketing driven, recall that this is largely a joyously amped-up version of what Bill Haley was up to way back in his pre-"Rock Around the Clock" days. --Jerry McCulley

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot as Lightning Rocks Like Thunder! August 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This CD is an absolute work of art. It is one of the most amazing things I have ever heard. As a die hard swinger and Brian Setzer fan since his days in the Stray Cats, I have to give this CD two thumbs up and say it is his best work ever. Revamped songs like "Pennsylvania 6-5000" and "Caravan" sound better than they ever have before, and the new stuff is out of this world. I first heard "Drive Like Lightning" at his 1999 stop in Denver, I heard it again two nights ago, and now love it more than any song Brian ever played before. "Americano" is one of sharpest most swinging songs ever and has the potential to blow up bigger than "Jump Jive an' Wail." The slow songs like "Gloria" are even more romantic and more swinging than classics like "Sammy Davis City" (on Guitar Slinger). If you are a Setzer fan, you already own this CD. If you are checking him out for the first time BUY IT RIGHT NOW! I promise you will not be disappointed. The Dirty Boogie was amazing, but this is the real stuff. Setzer swings better than ever before. P.S. Brian, if you ever read this, how about covering "Rag Mop" on the next album? It would rule!
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
The Brian Setzer Orchestra outdoes their previous release of 'The Dirty Boogie' with high octane performances on 'Vavoom!' The Orchestra shines on Brian's originals, including a trumpet/guitar laced rendition of 'Jumpin East of Java'; a 'Rumble in Brighton'-esque 'Drive Like Thunder'. I also love the more laid back songs '49 Mercury Blues' and 'Jukebox'.
Another issue, however, is the BSO's version of old standards on this CD. As musical performances, these songs are as solid as any other song on this CD. However, as a jazz purist, I cannot really approve of adding a rap verse and heavy guitars to Glenn Miller's dance classic on the BSO's 'Gettin In The Mood'. Another Miller classic is covered with 'Pennsylvania 6-5000'. Brian shines here, but again takes too many liberties with an old standard.
However, i absolutely love the BSO's rendition of 'Americano', familiar to viewers of "The Talented Mr. Ripley. I was relieved to hear Brian stay true to Bobby Darin's version of 'Mack the Knife'. There is no way you can mess with a classic like that. I also found the BSO's version of the Ellington classic 'Caravan' to be very interesting.
All in all, this disc far surpasses 'The Dirty Boogie'. If you liked that one, you will love this one. As a jazz purist, i can only give it four stars, but to a BSO fanatic, this CD deserves five stars.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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I unashamedly say from the start I have great respect for those who try something new ,and also for the career of Brian Setzer,in all of his manifestations,from rock abilly through to guitar player and swingster techno hip hop arranger.This new CD is different from the excellent and infectious,* Dirty Boogie*,but does not suffer from this.This CD has taken originals and classic swing era songs and added that Setzer touch.The Band sounds great,and everytime I put this on,my spirits are lifted I want to move and sing...if that makes it *ugly * to the purists and *unattractive* to progressives so be it..i dont care..and neither should you in buying this outing. Music is feeling and emotion ,as much as it is the recognition of the technical correctness of form and the arrangements of an era.This is Setzers interpretation of the swing era,and he has made classic songs of a bygone era accessible agian to a new audience.
He has put a zing and injection into the Glen Miller classics,with hip hop and rap and techno is innovative.His own originals continue on with his own love of the genre,and he even tackles *Mack The Knife*,with a genuine and respectable tribute to the original.I personally love *Ride Like Lightning..* and *49 Mercury Blues*.*Caravan* is competent and Grammy winning,but not my favourite.Taken as an entirity this is an excellent party and feel good collection.*Americano and for that matter,the first 5 or 6 offerings flow along *swingingly*,you cant but help to enjoy this.I think that the Brian Setzer enjoyed making this,I enjoyed paying my money for it,and i think you will to.I would give this a 4 to 41/2..and 5 stars if you want to get your party started.Highly recommended.Swing on!.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BSO Gets a Little Adventurous August 2, 2000
By Flipkid
Format:Audio CD
What can I say? This album may not get Brian Setzer any new fans, but it will certainly please those who already enjoy him.
I do think that this is Brian's most "adventurous" album since forming the BSO. Yes, the classic "BSO Sound" is there ("Jumpin' East of Java", "If You Can't Rock Me", "Footloose Doll"), but so is a little surf/car music ("Drive Like Lightning [Crash Like Thunder]", "'49 Mercury Blues") and some really cool do-wop ("That's the Kind of Sugar Papa Likes", "Gloria").
But most impressive (and possibly offensive to "purists") is Brian's decision to update several classics ("Pennsylvania 6-5000", "Gettin in the Mood", "Americano") with techno and hip-hop flavoring.
Round it out with a true-to-the original version of "Mack the Knife" (continuing Brian's habit of covering a Bobby Darin song on each of the BSO albums) and a guitar-focused version of the Duke Ellington classic "Caravan", and you've got a teriffic, if somewhat not-quite-as-mainstream, BSO effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Blend of Selections and Styles
An 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 Brian Setzer BOOGIE TIME>
Once again I love boogie woogie. If this is what you are lookin for, then get it going.Good sounds now.
Published 16 months ago by Nevin Selke
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME HIGH ENERGY
Never heard of Brian Setzer, then a friend at work described his style "Big Band meets 50's Rock-n-Roll". Bought it on Amazon and played it nonstop for weeks. Read more
Published 20 months ago by J D Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Vavoom, Indeed!!
I hope your Fuelie Heads are screamin' by the time you get up on the highway with this one blastin' out your stereo! Brian, Brian, Brian, you are the BEST!! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lyle Webster
5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Setzer
I bought it for a xmas gift and it made my grandson very happy. I choose the rating based on how much he listens to it. He would recommend the whole world buy it. Must be good!
Published 22 months ago by Mill2
5.0 out of 5 stars Fan-freakin'-tastic
Vavoom is Brian and the gang at their very best. That's the kinda sugar papa likes really stands out, as does the BSO version of Mack The Knife. Read more
Published on August 17, 2009 by Js Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Home Run for Setzer
Brian Setzer knocks another one out of the park with this album. I'm pretty sure I haven't come across a bad Brian Setzer album yet. Read more
Published on January 30, 2009 by Justin Abbott
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid swingin sound
I was a stray cats fan, and it was the Gap ad with Jump Jive and Wail that clued me in to BSO. Great sound, although their live double disk from Montreal and Tokyo is solid five... Read more
Published on January 13, 2007 by Big Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really underrated
I don't understand all the negative comments regarding Vavoom. It's an excellent cd and I recommend it for any swing/rockabilly fans. Read more
Published on December 19, 2006 by Mitty
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Brian, I Love you Man !!!!!
What can I say from Brian?

This cd is great !!! For me is in the same level of "The Dirty Boogie" or maybe is better !!! Read more
Published on July 12, 2006 by Hendrix Come Back !
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