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For the first time in a quarter century, veteran acoustic warrior Dan Hicks reconstitutes his legendarily eclectic combo, the Hot Licks, for a new album. The result, which frames Hicks's distinctive voice with smoothly blended vocal harmonies and supple grooves, was worth the wait. Hicks opens the soulful 15-track collection with "My Cello," an airy, flirtatious bit of business that leads the way to a sizzlingly jazzy duet with Bette Midler on "Strike It While It's Hot." Elsewhere, Rickie Lee Jones weaves shimmering harmonies around Hicks's lead on a new version of the Hicks classic "I Scare Myself." The album's stellar musical cast also includes Brian Setzer, Tom ...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
For the first time in a quarter century, veteran acoustic warrior Dan Hicks reconstitutes his legendarily eclectic combo, the Hot Licks, for a new album. The result, which frames Hicks's distinctive voice with smoothly blended vocal harmonies and supple grooves, was worth the wait. Hicks opens the soulful 15-track collection with "My Cello," an airy, flirtatious bit of business that leads the way to a sizzlingly jazzy duet with Bette Midler on "Strike It While It's Hot." Elsewhere, Rickie Lee Jones weaves shimmering harmonies around Hicks's lead on a new version of the Hicks classic "I Scare Myself." The album's stellar musical cast also includes Brian Setzer, Tom Waits, and Elvis Costello, but it's Hicks's relaxed tenor and edgy, versatile jazz phrasing that form the heart of the music here. As the artist sings while negotiating an outer-space journey in "Hell I'll Go!," this may just be his hippest trip yet.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
He's never stopped playing live, yet Dan Hicks' first album in six years, and his only studio release since 1978's It Happened One Bite, has to be considered a comeback of sorts. Interestingly, little has changed in the musician's idiosyncratic style that effortlessly meshes country, bluegrass, '40s pop, Western swing, folk, and even blues together to produce music completely unique unto itself. The proof of Hicks' low-key genius is that through his decades of making music, few have attempted to mimic his eclectic and often wacky approach. Stylish guest stars Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Bette Midler, and even guitar slinger Brian Setzer drop by to add color, but thankfully they never hog the spotlight from the self-effacing Hicks. Fiddle/mandolin player Sid Page is the only holdover from the original '70s Hot Licks, but not much has shifted in Hicks' rarefied world. His talk/sung/scatted vocals, bone-dry humor, as well as call and response from the Andrews Sisters-styled backing vocalists are in place, and the 15 tracks are among the best, most fully realized he's ever recorded. Intricate yet swinging, Hicks and his band sound loose and relaxed as if this was a jam session in his living room that was accidentally recorded. Song titles like "Don't Stop the Meter Mack," a song about stalking; "I've Got a Capo on My Brain," which is as loony as its name; and a remake of his most covered tune, "I Scare Myself" with Jones on duet vocals, exhibit Hicks at his witty best, but everything here is classic Hot Licks. Even an occasional sample and subtle drum loops don't detract from the distinctively stylized slant. Even with the high-profile visitors it's unlikely to put him on the charts, but Beatin' the Heat is a glorious, superbly crafted return, and arguably the best album in Dan Hicks' slim catalog. It's a perfect introduction for newcomers and a wonderful treat for established fans wondering if Dan Hicks would ever release another album.
Rolling Stone - Parke Puterbaugh
It is a dandy, jumping set, with all the essential elements of Hicks¹ campy cabaret intact: acoustic guitar and stand-up bass, gypsy ­jazz fiddle, female singers repeating and riposting his lines.
Entertainment Weekly - Beth Johnson
While occasionally veering towards NPR nostalgia, Hicks and his sassy music have aged remarkably well.

It is a dandy, jumping set, with all the essential elements of Hicks¹ campy cabaret intact: acoustic guitar and stand-up bass, gypsy ­jazz fiddle, female singers repeating and riposting his lines.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/29/2000
  • Label: Surfdog Records Ada
  • UPC: 720616711328
  • Catalog Number: 67113

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks Primary Artist
Dan Hicks Indexed Contributor, Guitar, Vocals
David Darling Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vibes
Bette Midler Vocals
Elvis Costello Vocals
Rickie Lee Jones Vocals
Tom Waits Vocals
Karla DeVito Vocals
Brian Setzer Guitar
Sid Page Violin
Gary Hoey Guitar
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Stefanie Fife Cello
Brian Godchaux Mandolin, Violin
Jay Leach Banjo, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Paul Robinson Guitar
John Rosenberg Piano
Red Young Keyboards
Brie Darling Percussion
Randy Landas Bass
Novi Novog Violin
James Dorsey Vocals, Background Vocals
Jessica Harper Vocals, Background Vocals
Eugene Hudson Vocals, Background Vocals
Tom Mitchell Guitar
Dave Darling Organ, Guitar, Percussion, Piano
Kevin Smith Upright Bass
Bucket Baker Drums
David P. Jackson Accordion, Keyboards
Wendy Mull Tap Dance
Darrell Reynolds Vocals
Technical Credits
David Darling Producer, Vibe Master
Gary Hoey Arranger, Producer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Gregory Leroy Dewey Composer
Dan Hicks Arranger, Composer, Liner Notes, Illustrations
John Holbrook Engineer
Jeff Peters Engineer
Jim Wirt Engineer
CJ Eiriksson Engineer
Dave Kaplan Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Donat Kazarinoff Engineer
Peter Walberg Art Direction
Jim Danis Engineer
Ciaran Cahill Engineer
Joel Kaufman Engineer
Dave Darling Producer
Laura Pebsworth Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this cat has many lives

    I first saw Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks in Cowtown Ballroom in Kansas City, MO. in the mid 70's. He transformed that fabled concert hall into a new musical dimension. It was swing, it was blues, it was country & it was all rockin'. In Charlie Parker's hometown, he gave us a lesson in musical diversity that I'll never forget. ''I Scare Myself'' is one of the best songs of the last 100 years.

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