Dig That Crazy Christmas

Dig That Crazy Christmas

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by Brian Setzer
     
 
In a more-than-worthy follow-up to his 2002 Yuletide fest, Boogie Woogie Christmas, Brian Setzer and his Orchestra return for a wild-eyed holiday treat on Dig That Crazy Christmas. He and his troupe roar and swing through 11 evergreens, so to speak, and Setzer contributes two new originals: the horn-driven stomper

Overview

In a more-than-worthy follow-up to his 2002 Yuletide fest, Boogie Woogie Christmas, Brian Setzer and his Orchestra return for a wild-eyed holiday treat on Dig That Crazy Christmas. He and his troupe roar and swing through 11 evergreens, so to speak, and Setzer contributes two new originals: the horn-driven stomper "Hey Santa!," spiced with some sizzling vocal and instrumental interplay, and the roaring blues grinder "Santa's Got a Hot Rod," complete with blaring horns and a fine, growling vocal from Setzer describing the wonders of Santa's new souped-up wheels, which have replaced a "rusty old sleigh." "White Christmas" gets a gently rocking arrangement, graced by honking sax and robust guitar punctuations, while a mid-tempo instrumental version of "My Favorite Things" provides Setzer with a showcase for a jazz-tinged guitar solo, ahead of fanciful flights of brass and woodwinds. For comic relief, consider his mock spooked-out vocal on "'Zat You Santa?" and his generous serving of ham on "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," to which he adds a reverberant top-strings solo that pays homage to "The Munsters" theme song. On an ambitious note, Setzer gets way out there on a breakneck treatment of "Angels We Have Heard On High," its soaring melody developed by, variously, the hearty orchestra and a full-bodied church choir, with enough room for a burst of blaring horns and trebly rock guitar solos. Setzer ties up this holiday gift with a lush, dreamy rendition of "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," which, like the rest of the disc, rings true both in content and spirit.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Surfdog Records Wea
UPC:
0640424410124
catalogNumber:
44101

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Setzer   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Julie Reiten   Vocals
Kevin Norton   Rap

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Brian Setzer   Arranger,Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jeff Peters   Engineer
Leon René   Composer
Andy Engel   Illustrations
Mark Anthony Jones   Arranger
Dave Darling   Producer,Audio Production
Traditional   Composer
Jack Fox   Composer
Willie Murillo   Arranger

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Dig That Crazy Christmas 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Brian Setzer hits the mark again with this energetic collection of Christmas music. His instrumental version of "My Favorite Things" is simply beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago