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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 8/3/2004
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707977029
  • Catalog Number: 79770
  • Sales rank: 10,856

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:23)
  2. 2 The Boogie Bumper (1:16)
  3. 3 Jumpin' Jack (3:19)
  4. 4 I Wanna Be Just Like You (Jungle Book Song) (4:13)
  5. 5 You Know You Wrong (4:44)
  6. 6 Big Time Operator (3:56)
  7. 7 Minnie the Moocher (5:17)
  8. 8 Oh Yeah (4:53)
  9. 9 King of Swing (5:29)
  10. 10 You and Me & The Bottle Makes 3 (Tonight) (3:57)
  11. 11 I Like It (5:05)
  12. 12 Please Baby (5:24)
  13. 13 Mr. Pinstripe Suit (3:53)
  14. 14 Go Daddy-O (4:28)
  15. 15 Simple Songs (5:08)
  16. 16 So Long-Farewell-Goodbye (6:16)
  17. 17 Always Gonna Get Ya (3:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Intro
  2. 2 The Boogie Bumper
  3. 3 Jumpin' Jack
  4. 4 I Wanna Be Just Like You (Jungle Book Song)
  5. 5 You Know You Wrong
  6. 6 Big Time Operator
  7. 7 Minnie the Moocher
  8. 8 Oh Yeah
  9. 9 King of Swing
  10. 10 You and Me & The Bottle Makes 3 (Tonight)
  11. 11 I Like It
  12. 12 Please Baby
  13. 13 Mr. Pinstripe Suit
  14. 14 Go Daddy-O
  15. 15 Simple Songs
  16. 16 So Long-Farwell-Goodbye
  17. 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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