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Boogie Woogie Christmas [2004]

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
With a ringing electric guitar and a brassy big band, Brian Setzer delivers a festive Yuletide on Boogie Woogie Christmas. Like the seasoned hot-rodder he is, the onetime Stray Cat refits stock holiday tunes with some custom parts and revs up the fun. The Grammy-winning guitarist puts his own rockabilly stamp on rockin' renditions of "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride," and "Jingle Bells" the latter originally recorded for the 1996 Schwarzenegger film Jingle All the Way. Setzer pauses for breath on "So They Say It's Christmas," "O Holy Night," and a version of "Blue Christmas" that, while not quite the equal of Elvis's, nonetheless battles the holiday blues with a ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
With a ringing electric guitar and a brassy big band, Brian Setzer delivers a festive Yuletide on Boogie Woogie Christmas. Like the seasoned hot-rodder he is, the onetime Stray Cat refits stock holiday tunes with some custom parts and revs up the fun. The Grammy-winning guitarist puts his own rockabilly stamp on rockin' renditions of "Winter Wonderland," "Sleigh Ride," and "Jingle Bells" the latter originally recorded for the 1996 Schwarzenegger film Jingle All the Way. Setzer pauses for breath on "So They Say It's Christmas," "O Holy Night," and a version of "Blue Christmas" that, while not quite the equal of Elvis's, nonetheless battles the holiday blues with a blazing guitar solo. Setzer scores a nostalgic highlight in a duet with '60s icon Ann-Margret on the romantic "Baby It's Cold Outside," but the artistic triumph of Boogie Woogie Christmas has to be his tackling Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite," which he ignites with his fiery fretwork and his swingin' band's bright effusions. Closer to home is the Chicago-style blues "Santa Claus Is Back in Town," and Setzer offers something of a prayer in the closing, a cappella "The Amens," but for the most part, Boogie Woogie Christmas drives like a lean, mean, holiday-partyin' machine.
All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Brian Setzer takes his horn-fueled big band on a sleigh ride into Christmas/holiday music with generally impressive results. Meshing his rockabilly guitar solos with brassy charts and a lounge/Vegas sensibility that is part tribute and part retro characterization, Setzer dusts off and polishes up obscure nuggets like Kay Starr's "(Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With the Bag" and Lionel Hampton's swinging "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus." He rocks up played-out chestnuts "Winter Wonderland" and "Jingle Bells," slightly altering the latter's lyrics to, "Oh what fun it is to ride in a '57 Chevrolet." Elvis' "Blue Christmas" succeeds despite, or maybe because of, its obvious inclusion, narrowly missing a parody of the original due to Setzer's reverb-heavy guitar solo. A rough, blues-heavy "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" successfully kicks the tune into classic urban R&B territory, with the bandleader's guitar getting down and dirty and the horns blasting away like Doc Severinsen's orchestra. Ann Margaret sounds a little tentative playing the sultry sex kitten next to Setzer's slick Bobby Darin on a nevertheless frisky duet romp through "Baby It's Cold Outside." But the album's obvious highlight is an intricately rearranged, instrumental big band blowout of "The Nutcracker Suite," originally written for Les Brown's orchestra in the '50s. It displays the group's stop-on-a-dime chops and swings like mad. A 30-piece choir backs Setzer doing his best Presley mannerisms on a smarmy "O Holy Night" and closes the album on a serious note with a prayerful "The Amens." [The 2004 edition of the album contains two newly recorded bonus tracks; "Run Rudolph Run" and "Cactus Christmas."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Surfdog Records Wea
  • UPC: 640424404024
  • Catalog Number: 44040
  • Sales rank: 4,360

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Setzer Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Bernie Dresel Drums
Dennis Farias Trumpet
John Hatton Bass
Ray Herrmann Saxophone
George McMullen Trombone
Tim Misica Saxophone
Don Roberts Baritone Saxophone
Kevin Norton Trumpet
Alex Henderson Trombone
Robbie Hioki Bass Trombone
Matthew Zebley Saxophone
Kevin Norton Trumpet
Craig Woods Trombone
Jim Youngstrom Saxophone
Willie Murillo Trumpet
The Caroling Company Background Vocals
Kyle Palmer Trumpet
Technical Credits
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Composer
Leroy Anderson Composer
David Darling Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Leiber Composer
J. Marks Composer
Brian Setzer Arranger, Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Felix Bernard Composer
D.J. Brooks Composer
Diane Burt Director
Frank Comstock Arranger
Mitchell Parish Composer
Jeff Peters Engineer
Leon René Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Hal Stanley Composer
Sir Richard Wentworth Illustrations
Mark Anthony Jones Arranger, Orchestration
Jay Johnson Composer
Traditional Composer
Mike Himelstein Composer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Bill Hayes Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2011

    Different

    Brian Setzer can sing, the musicians are very good, but I can't say I'm enjoying this CD. Some of the tracks are okay. Ann-Margaret does a Marilyn Monroe impression and not a good one. I was very disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Christmas CD

    This is my favorite Christmas CD. We listen to it so much that I need to buy a new copy because my old CD is worn out! The music on this CD is jazzy and upbeat. I highly recommend!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This CD rocks!

    I was looking for some upbeat Christmas music. To me, Christmas music is too often depressing, and I really wanted to enjoy the season. So I bought this CD and it's a lot of fun. Not a dud on it, as far as I can see. You can tell that Setzer actually worked on this CD and the arrangements and didn't just phone it in. Buy it!!!

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