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Cab Calloway Swinging at His Best

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Shout "Hi-De-Hi" and "Ho-De-Ho!" Dust off that zoot suit! The outrageous and flamboyant Cab Calloway is back in rare, vintage performances, singing and swinging as only he can, in some of his greatest numbers!

Songs include Hi-De-Ho, Jitterbug Party, St. James Infirmary, and - of course - the trademark Minnie the Moocher, amongst many other Calloway favorites.

No fan of jazz or pop music should be without CAB CALLOWAY SWINGING AT HIS BEST.

1. Mama, I Want to Make Rhythm 2. Blues In The Night 3. Minnie the Moocher 4. Virginia, Georgia & Caroline 5. The Skunk Song 6. Hi De Ho 7. St. James Infirmary 8. Dawntime 9. Righteous Riff 10. Hey Now 11. Caravan 12. Little Old Lady From Baltimore 13. Nettie 14. Blow Top Blues 15. I Can't Give You Anything But Love 16. Cab's Delight


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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: PASSPORT VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2005
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006A9IIY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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By Steven Hellerstedt on January 30, 2005
Format: DVD
About an hour's worth of musical numbers featuring Cab Calloway and orchestra. Although the numbers are presented in music video format (song title, star, etc.) the source is not given. Most appear to come from MANHATTAN MERRY-GO-ROUND (1937) and HI-DE-HO (1947). Acceptable but varying video and audio quality. Annoying, sporadic appearances of company watermark throughout.

Calloway was a world class entertainer, and watching him perform his standards is infectious fun. In fact, I think I'd probably avoid an audio only cd because I'd much rather watch than listen to him. Modern audiences probably remember him best for his performance of "Minnie the Moocher" in THE BLUES BROTHERS. At its best, a fun peek back at one hep jive cat.

Track list -

1- Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm

2- Blues in the Night

3- Minnie the Moocher

4- Virginia, Georgia and Caroline

5- The Skunk Song (featuring the Cabliers)

6- Hi De Ho

7- St. James Infirmary

8- Dawntime

9- Righteous Riff

10- Hey Now

11- Caravan - (instrumental)

12- Little Old Lady from Baltimore (Peters Sisters)

13- Nettie

14- Blow Top Blues

15- I Can't Give You Anything But Love (featuring Jonah Jones)
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There are flaws with this DVD, primarily having to do with video. Many of the numbers are quite murky, especially the 2 songs featuring Billie Holiday (which are available in pristine video on other DVDs). Nevertheless, NOBODY swings like Basie. You get 17 songs in 37 minutes, some with Big Band (4 trumpets, 4 trombones, 5 saxes, piano, bass and drums) and more with a smaller combo (piano, bass, drums, clarinet, sax, trumpet, guitar). Vocalists include Helen Humes, Ethel Waters and Jimmy Rushing. On bonus tracks, Fats Waller's mugging and playing is shown in 3 numbers: "Your Feets Too Big", "Ain't Misbehavin'" and "Honeysuckle Rose".

Several of the selections have excellent video, especially the Big Band selections. There is a slight discrepancy in the synching of the sound and the video, but it is close enough to not be irritating. Despite the flaws, which would normally drop the star rating to a 3 or 4, Basie's PLAYING is worth a 6 or 7!!!
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A fun look back at the talented Mr. Calloway. His music, slick style, and physical agility are amazing and fun to watch & listen. He is the precurser of modern hip-hop and jive, and brings to life the excitement and energy of the Harlem Renaissance. This is a compilation of performances- and the quality of some are better than others. But for the price, this is worth adding to your music-history library. LOOOOVE "Minnie the MOOCHER," that "low-down hoochy-koocher", and the racy lyrics that hint at "forbidden" escapades.
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This DVD appears to have been compiled from very old tapes or films. No effort was made to enhance the video or the audio; as a result, the final product has marginal quality. I would not recommend this DVD to anyone.

J Dalton
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