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Crazy for Christmas

Crazy for Christmas

by Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks
     
 
Ever since his time with San Francisco's Charlatans in the late 1960s (he was the drummer in the short-lived but influential group), Dan Hicks has been turning out his fascinatingly wry, hip, and jazzy version of country swing, and while he's had no mainstream commercial success (i.e. no big radio hits), he has a loyal and devoted following

Overview

Ever since his time with San Francisco's Charlatans in the late 1960s (he was the drummer in the short-lived but influential group), Dan Hicks has been turning out his fascinatingly wry, hip, and jazzy version of country swing, and while he's had no mainstream commercial success (i.e. no big radio hits), he has a loyal and devoted following and now, some 40-plus years later, he's released a delightful holiday album that perfectly spotlights his musical strengths. Crazy for Christmas has an easy, unhurried and charming pace to it, with Hicks' assured, relaxed vocals giving this set of skewed originals, parodies, and traditional pieces (albeit run through the Hot Licks wringer) a joyously irreverent charm. The opener, "Christmas Mornin'," sets the stage perfectly, detailing life at the North Pole with Christmas Eve approaching, a place where Rudolph the Reindeer is "finishing up a beer" and Santa has to break up the elves' dice game to get things rolling in the right direction. Then there's "I've Got Christmas by the Tail," which sums up how everyone really wants to feel during one of the most socially demanding and busy times of the year. The traditional holiday fare that Hicks tackles here, like his swinging vocal version of "Carol of the Bells," is wonderfully re-imagined, making this set both a fun and distinctive Christmas album, but also a warm reminder of just how consistent, steady, and poignantly funny Hicks can be; any season of the year.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/12/2010
Label:
Surfdog Records Ada
UPC:
0640424999568
catalogNumber:
525580
Rank:
61299

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks   Primary Artist
Dave Bell   Guitar,Soloist
Gregg Bissonette   Percussion,Drums
Dan Hicks   Harmonica,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
John Rosenberg   Piano
Ken Wild   String Bass
Paul Smith   Bowed Bass,Soloist
Gonzalo Bergara   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Malibu Slim   Violin,Soloist,Fills
Lawrence Juber   Dobro,Guitar,Soloist,Fills
Lickettes   Kazoo

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Gene Autry   Composer
Denver Darling   Composer
Chris Clarke   Back Cover Photo
Dan Hicks   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Liner Notes,Artwork,Vocal Arrangements
Jimmy Hoyson   Engineer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Vaughn Horton   Composer
Dave Kaplan   Executive Producer
Leo Wood   Composer
Marvin Brodie   Composer
Chris Goldsmith   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer
Milton Gabler   Composer
Tommie Connor   Composer
Hot Licks   Arranger
Dennis Scherzer   Cover Photo
Kevin Tetreault   Artwork
Lickettes   Vocal Arrangements

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