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on 30 March 2016
I heard the Dirty Dozen on you tube and opted to buy two albums, this one and 20 dozen. 20 dozen is awesome this one is awful. Don't buy thos album unless its the only one you need to complete the collection.
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on 28 January 2016
great cd by a very underrated band here in the uk
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on 12 January 2017
FUNK-NOMENAL
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on 6 September 2012
If you liked the 2 recent series of 'Treme you will love this brass driven variant on Marvin Gaye's classic album, Chuck B raps throught the opener and various guest vocalist boogaloo their way through the ahead of it's time ecological/environmental slant. Class.
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on 10 August 2012
This is a seriously good album. It has some of the fattest brass I have experienced in many a short summer. Colliery bands take it on board, this is how to make an elephant skid across South Shields sands on a north wind caressed, summers day. When your sheet music is all over the Tyne and your bugle sounds like a car back firing; or me aunty in the bathroom doin an "excuse me". This is as much homage to the resilience of New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina and that tells you what this band brings to its music. It is a good reworking of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On"-which you either love or listen too with indifference. But it has good songs with searching questions set in the lyrics, which were ahead of the time in which they were written. But here, "The Dirty Dozen Brass Band" don't just pay homage-they let rip. There are no misses. All tracks deliver. Different styles, yes-but quality from first note to last. Love the whomping big elephantine brass on "What's Going On". It works for me. Five stars and all of `em gold.
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on 11 January 2011
See my review of Buck Jump for a more general description of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band (ddbb).
What's Going On is a "remake" of the Marvin Gaye record of the same name. I was a bit apprehensive whilst waiting for it to arrive, but I needn't have been: I was always a little bit uneasy with Gaye's album, as I felt that there was too much incongruity between the political/ecological content and its sexy Soul style (whereas Let's Get It On was the perfect MG album for me). But DDBB's remake was motivated by Hurricane Katrina (which had important ecological and political ramifications), and they have made important changes, e.g. rap vocals in addition to the sometimes funkier sometimes jazzier style. I do like it more than the original. Track 9, a rap version of Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) is also covered on Buck Jump in a more Mardi Gras style. Some of this style remains in What's Going On thanks to the sousaphone emphasising the bass line. All in all, I love it.
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