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Save My Soul
     

Save My Soul

4.8 7
by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
 
The last survivors of the mid-'90s swing revival haven't deserted their roots. In fact, Save My Soul is as jam-packed with lurching horns, jitterbug-inducing rhythms, and good old-fashioned goofy fun as any of this combo's four previous efforts. Scotty Morris and company haven't appreciably changed their attitude since the days when they were hailed as Next Big

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The last survivors of the mid-'90s swing revival haven't deserted their roots. In fact, Save My Soul is as jam-packed with lurching horns, jitterbug-inducing rhythms, and good old-fashioned goofy fun as any of this combo's four previous efforts. Scotty Morris and company haven't appreciably changed their attitude since the days when they were hailed as Next Big Things -- which offers ample proof that this is the kind of music they'd be playing even if they never made it past the local bowling alley. "Zig Zaggity Woop Woop," which appears in two parts that bookend the disc, flows with the sort of boozy jump-blues groove BBVD have made their trademark, while "Don't You Feel My Leg" gives a wink and a smile before blasting off into honky-tonk bliss. The band pull off a few new steps here, notably the Latin spin they give "You Know You Wrong" and the surprisingly subtle New Orleans shimmy of "Simple Songs." So while you don't need a zoot suit to appreciate Save My Soul, a little wardrobe change never hurt anyone.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
For their first album in four years, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy realized they needed to switch gears since the freak, late-'90s big band craze had become about as hot as yesterday's scrambled eggs. Thankfully, a trip down to New Orleans to play Jazzfest (recounted in this album's title track) reinvigorated and reinvented the group's sound. Gone are the smarmy Vegas charts, replaced with a swampy Crescent City, slinky Bourbon Street swagger. Add Latin mambo on the percussive "I Like It" and "You Know You're Wrong," along with some second-line funk straight out of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on "Zig Zaggity Woop Woop, Pt. 2" and you've got a swinging, finger-popping disc that should keep the band's established fans happy, while expanding their previously limited, and nearly dead-ended scope. Most of the tunes are originals -- if derivative ones -- except for a cover of Blue Lu Barker's "Don't You Feel My Leg" (also a moderate '70s hit for Maria Muldaur). However, the barroom swagger turned Dixieland jazz of "Simple Songs" seems a bit forced and frontman Scotty Morris' voice hasn't improved. This material would benefit from a gruffer approach. But Save My Soul is a surprisingly enjoyable and fresh album from a band many might have written off as already expending their allotted 15 minutes of fame. The disc's CD-ROM content includes three live tracks, information, pictures of each band member, and shots from the making of the album.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/08/2003
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707974226
catalogNumber:
79742

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy   Primary Artist
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Ira Nepus   Trombone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet,Soloist
Karl Hunter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Andy Rowley   Baritone Saxophone,Vocals
Scotty Morris   Guitar,Vocals
Joshua Levy   Piano
Dirk Shumaker   Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Kurt Sodergren   Drums
Glen "The Kid" Marhevka   Trumpet,Cornet
Ron Blake   Trumpet,Soloist
John Noreyko   Tuba,Sousaphone

Technical Credits

Tom Peterson   Arranger
Mark Ross   Engineer
Andy Engel   Direction
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy   Arranger,Producer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Scotty Morris   Producer
David Boucher   Engineer
Dustin Dean   Multimedia Producer

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Save My Soul 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just heard Big Bad Voodoo Daddy perform live for the first time with the Nashville Symphony. I cannot believe that I had not heard of a band this great before, but now I am hooked. I bought this CD, and it is incredible. This is the only CD I keep in my car now.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having waited for several years for a new CD, I was not disappointed with BBVD's latest venture. The New Orleans influence is great and makes this a fun listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've been a dedicated fan of BBVD for six years now and I'm really excited about this upcoming album. I got to meet the guys on their last tour visit where I live (Boston) and we really hooped it up! That was the most fun I'd had in years. Most of the time I lay around my apartment and watch TV. I'm pretty much addicted to the gameshow network. I weigh 400 lbs and my craps are so big that I can't use the toilet. I have to go outside and go in a hole. Then I load the feces on a catapult that I built and launch it three houses down into my neighbor's pool. This is all done under the cover of night, of course. Love me tender, Tony Danza. I enjoy masturbating to animal planet. You know nothing of this if they ask you. BBVD is one of the true swing bands to stick with the real sound for so long, so I really admire them and wish them well with the new release. From what I've heard, it sounds great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Yeah, yeah, yeah - I know there are other musical elements at work on this element, but when you get to the heart of the music here it's all swing, baby! Big Bad VooDoo Daddies have put together another great album here and if you're looking for a good time, foot tapping, care-free fun record then you owe it to yourself to check this one out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, They did it again! This album jumps and bumps and gets you moving! I've played it five times in a row already and I got the album yesterday! It's a must have CD if you're a fan of swing or not! What great songs...Buy this album
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