Swango

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
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.
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  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • UPC: 643443102827
  • Catalog Number: 31028

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Candye Kane Primary Artist, 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, 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
Joe Gastwirt Mastering
Pleasant Gehman Liner Notes
Andy Paley Producer
Jonny Viau Horn Arrangements
Mark Linnett Engineer
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Joan Whitney Composer
Mack David Composer
Adam Kramer Engineer
Alex Kramer Composer
John Henry Composer
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