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Swing Patrol

5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chin Chin Records
  • ASIN: B0096Q53WY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After the swing revival of the 1990s, I thought - aside from Ray Gelato - swing was pretty well dead. Not so!

Tape Five, part of the "electro-swing" movement, certainly borrows more from "swing" than "electro." Ice from Russia highlights crooner vocalization, Bunga Book could have been straight out of Louis Prima's songbook. Three Butterflies hints back to The Andrews Sisters. Yet all of the music has a fresh, modern feel as well.

Simply put, Tape Five has quickly become one of my favorite "go-to" bands when I want to kick back and go to my happy place.
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I love that this CD as already said, borrows more from Swing the Electro, and the way the music is put together is just fantastic. Impossible to hold still whether at a desk, in the car, wherever. Feet start tapping, body's swaying, fingers start snapping.
I have played this in the greenhouse where I work, when we are in the back, and while we are all semi- dancing while we work, people come to the door at the back asking what we have playing back there and who the artists are and where to get it. Geraldine's Routine is one of my favorites, but I love them all. Wonderful group of musicians.
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I heard this was big in Europe and wanted to try a sample. The swing tunes are brought into vibrant forms with excellent voices and instrumentation. This was a fine diversion from the usual stuff one finds, and the next one I got as a follow-up made me happy too. There is lots of energy in this, but it is presented with smooth artistry.
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I'm new to what some are calling electro-swing but I've always liked traditional swing and I'm loving this CD and Tape Five. I've been grabbling their other releases as I find them. If you like traditional swing and a bit of kitsch or fun in your retro pastiche it's worth a listen.
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There are maybe 4-5 albums which I would call "Perfect" and of those, this album may top the list. It's a perfect album because every track is flawless. You will not want to skip any. Not all are as infectious as "Geraldines Routine" but all are a delicious mix of oldschool swing and new school electro. It's also a flawless album because of the flow of music. You put in the disc, press play, and suddenly your apartment is transformed into a big band party that would make the Great Gatsby jealous.

I feel bad mentioning standout tracks, because it makes more sense to consider this album as a single performance, but for those who want to sample a few mp3s, here are the ones to get:

- Geraldines Routine - this is the track that probably brought you here. It's one of my favorite songs from the last 20 years.
- Tequila (Swing Patrol Mix) - a great revamp of an old classic
- Fabulous Swing Kid - instrumental, but so great at setting the mood
- Three Butterflies - dripping with Andrews Sisters charm, with the perfect touch of modern, it's a gem
- Peace Patrol - epic instruments, catchy beat, I dare you to not tap your toes

Seriously all the others are fantastic as well, but some are more atmospheric transitions between the bigger numbers. You really need the whole album for the ultimate experience. Get it!!!
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