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Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy award winner BRIAN SETZER’s ROCKABILLY RIOT! ALL ORIGINAL is a straight-ahead rockabilly album from start to finish. The new album, featuring the high-octane first single “Let’s Shake”, marks SETZER’s first studio album since 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated album, Setzer Goes Instru-Mental. ROCKABILLY ... Read more in Amazon's Brian Setzer Store

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Surfdog
  • ASIN: B000U05ITS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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1. Take the 5th
2. One More Night With You
3. Wolfgang's Big Night Out
4. Honey Man
5. Yes We Can Can
6. Swingin' Willie
7. Sabre Dance
8. For Lisa
9. Here Comes the Broad
10. 1812 Overdrive
11. Some River In Europe
12. Take a Break Guys

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Take the biggest hit songs on the planet, add some rockin' swing, scorching electric guitar, put it into a blender with an 18-piece Big Band and you have something pretty mind-blowing. Classical music is the fertile ground of the greatest melodies ever written, and you will know every single one on this CD (even if you don't recognize the titles). As great as these classical melodies are, however, when presented in their original context among long and drawn out movements, they're often very hard for most people to digest. As a result, the majority of music fans don't own any of it. With Wolfgang's Big Night Out Setzer has embarked on the most ambitious undertaking of his career in re-arranging and orchestrating these classical pieces into streamlined hit melodies that are nothing short of WOW!

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Sure, a dozen swinging, rocking Setzer-ized tunes inspired by the most popular themes in classical music seems a little silly--but it also sounds great. As the ex-Stray Cats guitarist blazes his way across the fretboards, Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 becomes "Take the 5th," and Grieg's "Hall of the Mountain King" morphs into "One More Night with You," complete with lyrics that lust both for the joy of rock and the chorus of colleens who sing along with Setzer. The horns play foil to Setzer's ebullient six-string antics, which zing with humor and virtuosity, archly taking on Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," transformed into the finger-popping title track, or rippling through the finger-busting cartoon-speed solos of "Honey Man," a rockabilly rave-up based on Rimsky-Korsakov's "Flight of the Bumblebee." Guitar buffs will also appreciate the variety of tones Setzer employs. He's trad-jazz clean in "1812 Overdrive," rabidly surfy for Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance," and sweetly pure on nylon-string guitar in "For Lisa," his gypsy swing twist on Beethoven's "Für Elise." This may be a lowbrow take on highbrow music, but Setzer keeps his standard lofty, and the results are a blast. --Ted Drozdowski

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Overall, this is a fun album.
B. King
Wolfgang's Big Night Out...this cat's outta the bag.
H. Holland
This music is accomplished and fun!
James

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293 of 294 people found the following review helpful By H. Holland on October 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Well Guys and Dolls, throw the ballet slippers in the corner, and push the easy listening chair out of the way...this classical music has been Dixie-fried and Setzer-ized! This ain't your grandma's classical music, it's high-octane, get up outta your chair, gotta dance classical with a twist of swing and rockabilly.

From the opening track of "Take The 5th", to "Take a Break Guys", WBNO is a fine example of the musical talents of the Brian Setzer Orchestra. Brian's guitar playing is crisp and clear, showcasing his ability, and confirming that he is indeed one of the best guitar slingers of today. The orchestra sounds incredibly tight, and the famous Setzer-style rings true. The vocal tracks on "One More Night With You" and "Honey Man" fit nicely, and compliment the arrangements in a fun, unexpected way. "Honey Man" is one of my favorite tracks on this album, simply because it brings me back to childhood days of watching Batman on TV. Brian's lightning fast fret work, combined with the intensity and urgency of the Vixens vocals, transports me right into the middle one of my beloved superhero's fight scenes...Bam! Crash! Kerpow!

"Sabre Dance" makes me want to drink a whole pot of caffeinated coffee, and take the hot rod out for a spin. Drive fast and frantically through traffic, slow down and take a breather (behind a semi that I can't pass), then pull out into oncoming traffic and start the craziness all over again.

"For Lisa" is a pleasant surprise. I like the introduction of a violin to the orchestra mix. The compliment between clarinet, violin and guitar really give this song a Dixieland jazz feel, something I didn't expect from a Beethoven composition.

"Here Comes the Broad" makes me want to get married again (to my wonderful hubby).
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131 of 132 people found the following review helpful By G. Ubardelli on October 5, 2007
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This time around, Brian Setzer and his orchestra are trying something different. On his latest cd, Wolfgang's Big Night Out, Brian gives classical a try putting it to the sound of swing. Only two of the songs have vocals, One More Night With You and Honey Man. You will be familiar with most, if not all of the songs here, believe it or not, but you now get to hear them done Setzer style. There are plenty of guitar highlights. Check out Sabre Dance and Honey Man for some blazing guitar. Like acoustic? Listen to For Lisa, where you also get violin and clarinet. For some rock style guitar, go for Take A Break Guys. There's even a little bit of banjo in Yes We Can Can. Don't forget about all of those horns, either. They're a kick!

Personal favorites-Sabre Dance (frantic!), Yes We Can Can (peppy, peppy, peppy) and Take A Break Guys (Brian's playing reminds me of some early 70's style rock~that's kinda sexy!). Those are my top faves, but the entire album is a blast!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven Eric Coon on September 27, 2007
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First off, I have everything that Brian has ever put out. I could not wait until this came out, and was it ever worth the wait. Like the first reviewer has said, there is not a bad track. I can't describe in words how good this is. Every time I play this through it just gets better and better. I can't come up with a favorite because they are all so good. As usual the king of the guitar is at a level other guitar players only dream about. Each song is a masterpiece. If you have heard this band play the Nutcracker Suite and MY Favorite Things, get ready for twelve such epic songs. Brian absolutely blazes during Sabre Dance and Honey Man and I mean BLAZES. I could go on about every song, but it would be the same which is SENSATIONAL. This cd should go down as one of the all time greats, I can't imagine any one 10-100 years old not loving this. I will wrap this up by saying, this will be some of the best money you will ever spend. Buy this with confidence!!!!!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chad A. Koenig on October 8, 2007
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As a long time Setzer/ Stray Cats fan, I was skeptical about wether or not a classical album by a band known for recreating songs by Louis Prima, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and the like. There's no question that Setzer likes to take the unorthodox route when releasing his music as it almost NEVER fits into the mainstream. But that's OK. That's what put his bands on the map over the years and this round is no different.
First, ;et me tell you how well that this album is mixed and mastered. In this day and age of everybody wanting to make a quick buck- throwing together any form of rubbish to make a hit that will be forgotten in 6 months, we lose sight of how an album is constructed and the "rare care" that goes into making a great album. That task does not fall solely in the hands of the artists, but the producers and studio engineers. This is not a bad note on this album. The engineers and producers made this album sound as brilliant as anything that I have heard in quite some time. I might even go out on a limb to say that this is the most well- produced album of Setzer's career.
Now for the material- a group of popular classical numbers redone and renamed to fit the swingin' side of the Orchestra. "Take the 5th" is a pleasant surprise and should be compared side by side with the remake of Beethoven's 5th released by the Trans- Siberian Orchestra. Both sounding surprisingly fresh and different but not enough to bore whcih is what I was afraid of. "Honey Man" is a great take on "Flight of the Bumblebee". On this instrumental- heavy album, you have to check out the updated versions of "Sabre Dance" and "1812 Overture", renamed the "1812 Overdrive". This album makes it OK for you to blast out Tchaikovsky out of your 1949 Ford.
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