Crazy for Christmas

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2010
  • Label: Surfdog Records Ada
  • UPC: 640424999568
  • Catalog Number: 525580
  • Sales rank: 112,828

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks Primary Artist
Dan Hicks Indexed Contributor, Harmonica, Percussion, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dave Bell Guitar, Soloist
Gregg Bissonette Percussion, Drums
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
The 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
The Lickettes Vocal Arrangements
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