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The HOOKED ON SWING CD by "The Kings Of Swing Orchestra" contains medleys of some of the most popular and classic songs of all time. "The Kings Of Swing Orchestra" went in and re-recorded the music, sometime in the 80s, and provide a snippet of wonderful songs from the past, that just blend seamlessly into one another. Songs in the medleys include "In The Mood," "New York, New York," "Misty," "S'Wonderful," "Lullaby Of Broadway," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," "On The Sunny Side Of The Street," and "Mame," just to name of few. As you can see the medleys aren't limited to just swing songs and include hits from Broadway, love songs, etc. The CD sounds great!
Clocking in at about 40:09-minutes, each medley running about 5-6 minutes with 8-medleys (tracks) in all, the CD is too short! I wish it were longer! Each medley gives the listener just a taste of a classic swing song before moving on to another.
The cover folds open with the individual songs listed (also on the back cover of the CD) so you know what songs were used in the medleys. I highly recommend HOOKED ON SWING. It's a great introduction to some of the most iconic songs of all time.
The musicianship is excellent, the arrangements flawless. Sadly, the tracks suffer from the addition of a click track, an effect added in an attempt to make the music sound modern and contemporary. Sadly, what may have been interesting in the early 1980s sounds positively hideous today.
As an early example of electronic percussion, this particular click track (it actually is meant to sound like clapping) is not nuanced at all, and would sound far more in place with a New Wave title.
And every track on this album has this annoying click track! The same effect on every tune.
If this material were to ever be remastered, even if they simply removed the effect and did nothing else, the album would rate a 5 in my book.
Thanks Amazon for enabling me to purchase these CD's as they are hard to find over this side of the world.
Best wishes from Lorraine
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Used to have these on cassette, glad they brought them back out in cd.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
people don't seem to realize that THE KINGS OF SWING ORCHESTRA was an orchestra from Richmond , Va of the 70s-80s and not larry elhart. its members also held day jobs. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Raymond J. Sutton
Wow I lucked out. Out of all the choices for these kinds of times, my "selective" 96 yr old dad loved this one! Yay!Published 9 months ago by Living in Freedom!
I expected all top billed songs which I've heard since I was little. These were OK.Published 12 months ago by Deborah Crow