6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2001
The album opens with a very loud "Pow!" noise at the start of the first track. Don't have your stereo turned up too loud! This single noise sums up the album: fast paced, high energy, neo-swing music that'll wake you up.
This is a very good selection of the music being created by the new wave of swing bands. No band gets more than one track, and all the tracks are good. Swing dancers should be warned that many of these tracks are fast and challenging, and that the tremendous enthusiasm with which the music is played is likely to infect their limbs with dangerous vigour.
The lyrics of neo-swing are often a bit rude, but have a lot of humour. I think my favourite comes from track two:
"Ding Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line,
Had a thing for the ladies, for which he did time.
He reaped a little more than he could sow,
Of the pleasures the Mormons of Utah know."
A couple of the tracks stray a bit into rock and roll, and most are clearly written after the fifties, having a rock and roll influence, but the brass sections blast, the singing is smooth, and you'd swear you can hear the zoot suits.
A top album, highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2003
Most compilation CD's comprise of a few good songs and a lot of padding but Swing This Baby really does offer a collection of great songs and if you've found yourself drawn into the world of big band swing then just listen to this album and learn.
Everyone who's anyone is on this including the Revue and the Voodoo Daddy, although 'Jumpin Jack' isn't there best. 'We Still Talk' is one of my favourites that is just fun to listen to. 'Datin With No Dough' sums up the attitude of this genre and 'Night Out' was an unexpected treat (hunt down Blue Plates album). I could go through the whole track listing.
This is the CD that really enabled me to find the best of swing, especially seeing as it never gets played on any radio station. Every song is good and typifies the bands. In terms of swing collections only the 'Swingers' soundtrack comes close. This is real value for money, and just money, period.