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Live from Chicago
Mighty Blue Kings.
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Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Sony Records, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (approximately 48 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Complete credits on insert.
Buzz me Moneys gettin' cheaper Baby drives me wild Manic depression Grinnin' like a chessy cat Buzz, buzz, buzz Green grass grows all around Sunshine in the rain Meet me in uptown Little too late Don't let go Big mamou Rag mop
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Music CD


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So much of the retro-swing craze is defined by its dynamic performance aesthetic: this stuff doesn't warm you up, it fires you off. Live-gig swing albums thus make sense in ways that studios can't quite capture. The Mighty Blue Kings' lusty, athletic, and completely up-to-the-minute lounge act contributes a vocally dominant, more jazz-based Chicago sound than its, say, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy counterpart. Singer Ross Bon, a competent blues-harp player who contributed to a 1996 Willie Smith album (as did Kings guitarist Gareth Best) fronts this band with decisive adult vocals and a watch-me-work-people onstage attitude. He pulls it off: the audience contributes almost as much on "Buzz Buzz Buzz" as the band. "Manic Depression" has an inclusive, big-band feel, while the clarinet moments on "Big Mamou" round out a boisterous valentine to rock & roll that could have topped charts in the 1960s. Live From Chicago -- featuring cuts from the studio releases Come One, Come All and Meet Me In Uptown, is a timely and intelligent move in the timely and intelligent career of the Kings, who are competent and savvy enough to outlast the bangles of the fad and ride the rails wherever it goes from here. ~ Becky Byrkit