Big Band Explosion

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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
A big-band album from a Teutonic dominatrix that used to be pictured dressed in PVC and restraining ropes? Sure, why not? Just don't fall for the pretty bindi wear and butterflies flying out of her mouth on the cover. Nina Hagen is still Nina Hagen and time has made her gritty voice even grittier. The lady was born to entertain, and if you're warm to her in-your-face absurdity, Big Band Explosion is a heck of a lot of fun. You'll be on the edge of your seat as the singer delivers the tunes straight-faced, but you just know that any moment she's going to bust out the brash Nina of old. That's the way the most of the songs go -- almost to the point of being formulaic -- ...
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All Music Guide - David Jeffries
A big-band album from a Teutonic dominatrix that used to be pictured dressed in PVC and restraining ropes? Sure, why not? Just don't fall for the pretty bindi wear and butterflies flying out of her mouth on the cover. Nina Hagen is still Nina Hagen and time has made her gritty voice even grittier. The lady was born to entertain, and if you're warm to her in-your-face absurdity, Big Band Explosion is a heck of a lot of fun. You'll be on the edge of your seat as the singer delivers the tunes straight-faced, but you just know that any moment she's going to bust out the brash Nina of old. That's the way the most of the songs go -- almost to the point of being formulaic -- but if anyone is going to pull it off it's Nina. Her greatest moment -- or most grating, depending on your tolerance -- comes at the end of "I Want to Be Happy" when her guttural scatting ends in a cough and an "oh my God!" She's Betty Boop one minute and Godzilla the next, which is why her fans love her. The Leipzig Big Band does a fine job with the accompaniment, but they could have been pushed up a little higher in the mix, and you just have to wonder what the look on their faces was like. Wonder if naughty Nina's untied them yet.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/30/2003
  • Label: BERLINER GERMANY
  • UPC: 693723114323
  • Catalog Number: 1143

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let Me Entertain You - Leipzig Big Band (2:47)
  2. 2 Sugar Blues - Leipzig Big Band (3:26)
  3. 3 I Want to Be Happy - Leipzig Big Band (2:35)
  4. 4 The Lady Loves Me - Leipzig Big Band (4:14)
  5. 5 Rhythm & Romance - Leipzig Big Band (3:06)
  6. 6 Rainbow - Leipzig Big Band (4:28)
  7. 7 If You Ever Should Leave - Leipzig Big Band (2:38)
  8. 8 Fever - Leipzig Big Band (4:52)
  9. 9 Love & Kisses - Leipzig Big Band (3:11)
  10. 10 All Over Nothing @ All - Leipzig Big Band (3:34)
  11. 11 Let's Call the Whole Thing Off - Leipzig Big Band (3:28)
  12. 12 Starlit Hour - Leipzig Big Band (4:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nina Hagen Primary Artist
Michael Arnold Tenor Saxophone
Jack Roth Drums
Wolfram Dix Percussion
Andrea Bauer Baritone Saxophone
Leipzig Big Band Track Performer
Torsten Hell Trumpet
Ralf Schrabbe Piano, Keyboards
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Nina Hagen Concept, Creative Consultant, Cover Photo
Peter Herbolzheimer Arranger
Harold Arlen Composer
Michael Wolff Producer, Vocal Engineer
Roy Bennett Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Andy Jackson Mastering
J.C. Johnson Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Sid Tepper Composer
George Whiting Composer
John Davenport Composer
Eddie Cooley Composer
C. Williams Composer
Nat Schwartz Composer
Lucy Fletcher Composer
Michael Schöbel Concept, Creative Consultant
Ansgar Striepens Arranger
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