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  • Audio CD (11 Sept. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000002PD5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,026 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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  9. Sure Beats Me (Album Version) 2:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
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13. It's Not My Time To Go (Album Version) 3:30£0.79  Buy MP3 

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. J. Morris on 28 Aug. 2009
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John Mendelsohn,writing in Rolling Stone on 3 July 1971 said,

'DAN HICKS is a person of no mean strangeness, a genuine original, and one of the greatest superheroes in all of 20th century popular music. Only an imbecile could be excused for not getting hep to Dan and his torrid accompanists, His Hot Licks, at his earliest convenience.'

I bought Striking it Rich in 1974 and also rate Dan Hicks as a true original in a world stacked full of mere product. 35 years later I find his blend of Western Swing, Hot Club de France and downhome country as wonderfully evocative of backporch America as it was back then and a refreshing antidote to a musical world still stacked full of mere product. Back then, being a player myself, my reaction was, 'boy these guys can really play' now I can see the true craftsmanship that has gone into albums such as Last Train to Hicksville. Striking it Rich has the slightest edge although Last Train has some of the most beautifully crafted, wittiest cameos in the history of popular song. Don't you just want to be nice to the waitress in the doughnut shop? She'll be a grandma by now but ooh that sexy voice- she could give me a rough time anytime she wanted! 'I asked my doctor' is one of the funniest (and weirdest) songs I've heard and 'sure beats me' the number that follows it is the sweetest of Hot Club hokum- what a juxtaposition! What can anyone say about 'The euphonious whale'? Obviously a live tour de force this song begins with down home country blues laced with slide Dobro and mandolin, played utterly convincingly only to change into... but then I shouldn't spoil it for you- when I heard it I laughed out loud.
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The title of this, Hicks third official studio album with his band, turned out to be prophetic, as after this Hicks disbanded the group. This was the first time the Hot Licks included a drummer, which is alright with me, as I'm primarily a drummer. It's also quite intriguing, as Hicks had himself been a drummer for a while, playing drums with legendary early San Fran psychedelic scenesters The Charlatans. Having joined that group in 1965, he had moved up front from behind the kit, playing guitar and singing in order to do his own compositions, only to leave in 1968 to found his own group.

One of the reasons Hicks has cited for disbanding the group was that he was the leader, and wasn't enjoying that role, especially as the group grew more democratic. I can sympathise, having run my own bands! Here we can hear what this might have lead to, because there are two numbers by other members of the group: Vivando, and Succes, the former written by the groups guitarist and dobro player John Girton, and the latter by backing singer (or 'Lick-ette') and second violinist Naomi Eisenberg (and John Mullins), who also takes the lead vocal on her song. Striking it Rich had featured one Eisenberg song and some 'standards', but was mostly Hicks' songs.

Hicks' humour, and his generally oddball/loner personality, are, as usual, welcome ingredients in the musical gumbo, ranging from the gentle humour of Cheaters Don't Win or Payday Blues to the nutty I Asked My Doctor or Euphonius Whale. There are also the sly self-references: is he perhaps the Lonely Madman, or the hipster Viper? Like The Charlatans, who dressed up as dusty cowboys, and reflected in the music itself - e.g.
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This was a favourite of mine in the 1970s, and it's great to hear it again. The tunes are strong, the playing slick, the harmony vocals are great, and the songs are eccentric but catchy. It has stood the test of time, and is still very listenable. I wouldn't like to define its genre, but it has elements of jazz, country and western swing. At the end of the day, it's great music!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Dan and the crew ride the mellow train to yesterday 17 Jun. 1998
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" A voice keeps calling to me, so loud and so clear....I'll just pretend I'm not here" Classic Dan Hicks lyrics with toe tapping post-hippie mountian swing. The group was able to steer clear of pre-disco rumblings, mainstream "western" twangy, and lost rock taint. It's a musical picture of Hogie Carmicheal with a roachclip. Hey, Skylark.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
You know it's good, it's good to be back. 5 Oct. 2001
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I (just to be really self-indulgent about this) first heard this group on the old Tonight Show when George Carlin was "filling in for Johnny." Not long afterward they appeared on The Flip Wilson Show. I was hooked. I bought this album on LP way back when, listened to it a lot for a while, then for some reason put it away. I'll crank it up these days, and you know what happens next - the rush of memories is almost overwhelming.
Dan's voice was never all that great, but the Lickettes make up for that. His songwriting can't be faulted, though. There's a little more variety here than on their previous albums. I'm not a big fan of country music (let's face it, I can't stand it), but "Payday Blues," a real crying-in-your-beer number, is tolerable: I hear it as a parody. Everything else is even better -- an eclectic mix of jazz, swing, nostalgia, even a little bluegrass. "Sure Beats Me" is straightahead jazz, reminiscent of QHCF. Sid and John are superb instrumental soloists.
Each of the Lickettes gets her own well-deserved solo spot. Naomi sings and plays some violin. Maryann has, for me, a more appealing voice. Compare her version of "Sweetheart" with Maria Muldaur's.
The missing star is for the skimpy information in the CD packaging - you get a list of the songs and the personnel, and that's it. With the original LP you also got composer credits (they're not all by Dan), photos of each of the band members, and, on the inner sleeve, all the lyrics! The latter might come in handy with something like "`Long Come A Viper." This band could do so much, and probably should have been even more popular than they were. "In dreams I can make you my own." Ahh...the memories...
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not the Last VW to Hicksville 6 Jun. 2006
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I was soooo stoked when my ex-boyfriend Joe popped this tape in my car one day. It never, ever, never ever EVER came out of there again....until we broke up (it WAS his, I'm not cruel!) And besides, I found it on Vinyl up in Portland 2 years later! Delicious, Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks, how can you NOT like everything this guy does? Even my grampa likes this record, and BTW I'm 24, he's 84. :)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A Classic! 13 Dec. 2002
By "burby5" - Published on
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First heard this music as a freshmen in college (1974) and loved it for it's quirkiness then. Then sometime in the late 80's, i found a copy of the CD in a bargin bin somewhere and bought it on the spot. Though my wife of the time couldn't stand it, my young son requested it often (he particularly liked "Euphonius Whale"). And though i've bought and sold many CD's in later years, this one will always be a keeper. "Payday Blues" is the corniest of honky tonk country, like telling a joke with a straight face, and a classic of the genre. My personal fave has always been "Sure Beats Me" which reminds me of Bob Wills with Django Rheinhart. In fact, this music has so many facets it's hard not to find something to make you smile. I read somewhere that Ricky Lee Jones guested on a later Dan Hicks appropriate. Highly recommended!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Poor sound quality detracts from an otherwise good album 23 May 2008
By kireviewer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Released in 1973 this was Dan Hicks' fourth album and last for awhile. It is 37 minutes.

The problem with these MCA CD releases is that the sound quality is poor. The sound can be fuzzy, muted and lack dynamic range. This was transferred to CD in the early days of CD's, when CD sound quality was typically poor. That is why you see so many "remastered" CD releases today. This is CD in big need of remastering. This album would be so much better if the sound quality were improved.

This album is a very nice collection of songs, but it doesn't have any of the monster songs that were on the early Dan Hicks albums. Nothing on it compares to Music From Up the Street, I Scare Myself or Canned Music. But, it still has good songs.

What I do like is that the band's sound has evolved. This was needed, or this album would be a tired repeat of earlier work. There are some electric instruments and drums, adding some depth to the music. But, they are used sparingly and do not overtake the patented Dan Hicks sound.

The other nice thing is that the Lickettes take on some of the lead vocals. This adds some interest to many of the songs.

Agian, it is unfortunate that the CD has such poor sound quality. If you have the LP, you should cherish and buy a new needle for your turntable.

If you want to hear how good the band can sound, get the CD, The Most of Dan Hicks. It contains most of the songs from Hicks' first album, Original Songs, plus other unreleased recordings and has excellent sound.
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