Swango

Swango

by Candye Kane
     
 
Candye Kane's sole major-label release, 1998's Swango, isn't one of her best albums. Producer Mike Vernon (who had run the famous U.K. blues-rock label Blue Horizon in the '60s) uses the then-current swing revival to reduce the more authentic jump blues elements of Kane's earlier records. The result is a kind of hipsterrific cocktail-nation cloyingness that

Overview

Candye Kane's sole major-label release, 1998's Swango, isn't one of her best albums. Producer Mike Vernon (who had run the famous U.K. blues-rock label Blue Horizon in the '60s) uses the then-current swing revival to reduce the more authentic jump blues elements of Kane's earlier records. The result is a kind of hipsterrific cocktail-nation cloyingness that makes Kane seem like a novelty act. Kane is singing better than ever, especially on the opening statement of intent, "200 Pounds of Fun," and a terrific version of the standard "Dream a Little Dream of Me," and her songwriting is growing increasingly sharper as well. The title track's a particular gem. (Longtime fans will be disappointed to find, however, that this is by far Kane's least-bawdy record.) So really, the fault comes down to the stiff arrangements and inappropriate production; look past those and Swango is an appealing, entertaining record. It may take a few listens to get to that point, however.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/1998
Label:
Sire / London/Rhino
UPC:
0643443102827
catalogNumber:
31028

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Candye Kane   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mike Vernon   Tambourine,Background Vocals
Bill Elliot   Conductor
Darrel Gardner   Trumpet
Troy Jennings   Baritone Saxophone
Charlie Morillas   Trombone
Andy Paley   Vocals,Background Vocals
Gordon Peeke   Drums
Jeff Ross   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Jonny Viau   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Thomas Yearsley   Bass,Vocals
Dave Stone   Bass
Steve Geller   Percussion,Drums
Steve Wilcox   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Willis   Bass
Sue Palmer   Piano
April West   Trombone
Bobby Lloyd Hicks   Drums,Tambourine
Jay Mason   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

J.J. Cale   Composer
Mike Vernon   Producer,Engineer
Bill Elliot   Arranger
Pleasant Gehman   Liner Notes
Andy Paley   Producer
Jonny Viau   Horn Arrangements
Mark Linnett   Engineer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Adam Kramer   Engineer
Alex Kramer   Composer
John Henry   Composer

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