If you were looking at this as any sort of comparison to the original classical pieces and particularly if you have found offence, I'm afraid you're simply, and egregiously, missing the point. Brian Setzer has no intention of being an inheritor of Mozart's or Tchaikovsky's, but of that great 20th century, the late and long lamentedSpike Jones & His City Slickers
. This album is a total riot, a hoot from start to finish. I only found it quite by accident, searching on spotify for something else (we Brits are far too witless to appreciate this sort of genius on a mass basis). It's also peerlessly performed (there is no better electric guitarist on the planet than Brian Setzer and the band is sublime) and the arrangements are simply out of this world. I'm listening to it on spotify now, and can't help laughing out loud. Brilliant; utterly brilliant.
We knew Setzer was something special when, as a 17 year old ingenue, he made dead-eye Eddie Cochrane and Gene Vincent rockabilly reproductions
in the late seventies - amazing enough - and convinced the new wave post-punks to dig it - extraordinary - and this, very different, album only serves to show how, even so, we were totally under-rating him.