Live [Bonus DVD]

Live [Bonus DVD]

by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
     
 

To a certain extent, retro-swing is always at its best in a live setting, whether it's in a packed club or a concert hall. There it's possible to get swept in the energy of a performance, feeding off the performance of the band and the vibe of the crowd. During the live show, it's all about having a good time, and it's possible not to care about whether the music is… See more details below

Overview

To a certain extent, retro-swing is always at its best in a live setting, whether it's in a packed club or a concert hall. There it's possible to get swept in the energy of a performance, feeding off the performance of the band and the vibe of the crowd. During the live show, it's all about having a good time, and it's possible not to care about whether the music is derivative if the attitude is smirky and if the musicians are more flash than skilled. And that's why even if retro-swing makes for a good live experience, it doesn't necessarily make for a great live album, because it can fall apart under the scrutiny of a close listen, as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's 2004 double-disc Live illustrates. Containing one 17-track CD and one 17-track DVD, it captures a full set from May 15, 2003. Live finds the band in solid form, running through songs from their three albums. On-stage, they're a little looser than they are in the studio, which means to a certain extent they come across a little bit better, since they sound livelier, but at home, the listener is as removed from the band as he would be with a studio platter. The kinetic energy of the live show falls away, and it reveals that while the musicians can pull of their big-band pastiche they have limited chops as musicians and that their persona is too silly and kitschy to play outside of their fan base. Those fans, however, will likely enjoy this disc since it's crisply produced and professionally performed -- plus, the DVD has a 5.1 Sound mix and a 15-minute documentary chronicling their "Early Years," complete with lots of home video footage -- but this is strictly a release for the fans and the fans alone.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/03/2004
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707977029
catalogNumber:
79770
Rank:
7755

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Intro
  2. The Boogie Bumper
  3. Jumpin' Jack
  4. I Wanna Be Just Like You (Jungle Book Song)
  5. You Know You Wrong
  6. Big Time Operator
  7. Minnie the Moocher
  8. Oh Yeah
  9. King of Swing
  10. You and Me & The Bottle Makes 3 (Tonight)
  11. I Like It
  12. Please Baby
  13. Mr. Pinstripe Suit
  14. Go Daddy-O
  15. Simple Songs
  16. So Long-Farewell-Goodbye
  17. Always Gonna Get Ya

Disc 2

  1. Intro
  2. The Boogie Bumper
  3. Jumpin' Jack
  4. I Wanna Be Just Like You (Jungle Book Song)
  5. You Know You Wrong
  6. Big Time Operator
  7. Minnie the Moocher
  8. Oh Yeah
  9. King of Swing
  10. You and Me & The Bottle Makes 3 (Tonight)
  11. I Like It
  12. Please Baby
  13. Mr. Pinstripe Suit
  14. Go Daddy-O
  15. Simple Songs
  16. So Long-Farwell-Goodbye
  17. Always Gonna Get Ya

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy   Primary Artist
Karl Hunter   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Andy Rowley   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Scotty Morris   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joshua Levy   Piano,Group Member
Dirk Shumaker   Upright Bass,Group Member
Kurt Sodergren   Drums,Group Member
Glen "The Kid" Marhevka   Trumpet,Group Member
Ron Blake   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Cab Calloway   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Brian Stanley   Engineer
Lance Vardis   Engineer
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy   Producer,Executive Producer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Scotty Morris   Composer
Benny Rodriguez   Band Technician,Stage Manager
Amy L. VonHolzhausen   Art Direction
Michael "Mahavir" Drumm   Director
Ann Smalley   Cover Design

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