Crown Revue - The Contender
quality stuff. These guys are still the "Kings
of Gangsta Bop." RCR is not about being "hip"
- the swing thing is what they do. You wanna talk about
the old school guys, these are the ones. The Revue has
been around since before the days of Cherry Poppin' Daddies
and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (this is their fourth release).
That, in itself is no reason to get excited, except that the
fact that these guys continue to kick ass - album after album.
is Royal Crown Revue's latest CD, and their first release
since swing made it big. They are in a whole new ballpark
here, with the other big names to compete against if they
want to win the hearts of America. Surprisingly, they
do not seem to care very much. There is no difference
in their musical style on this album as compared to their
earlier stuff - they didn't sell out. RCR's love for
the classics is what puts them in a class all their own.
This album is a
mix of new and old material. A lot of the tracks are
new compositions by RCR itself, but their are a few tracks
from the old days. Their covers of such classics as
"Stormy Weather", "Morning Light", and
Dizzy Gillespie's immortal "Salt Peanuts" are my
favorites on this disc. It is great to see bands that
appreciate the fine art of years past - and RCR does excellent
versions of these songs. Each of the songs has little
twists and personalizations to make it more than a simple
cover, but an interpretation as well.
works shine through. Their personal style differs from
that of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Cherry Poppin' Daddies in
the general feeling of their music. Nothing on here
screams "I'm Swing-Pop, play me on the radio!" -
instead we have a lounge-jazz style that still has enough
swing to it to encourage you to move. Other tracks are
closer to a power-swing, reminiscent of late 30's era big
band. Yet others have a salsa beat - like "Port-Au-Prince".
Nothing here is produced to be a hit, instead it is produced
to be great music. The trumpet rips and sax solos are
like nothing you will find on the pop-stars of the 90s swing
revolution. Like I said earlier, they were around for
quite awhile and have been the inspiration of many followers.
I only hope they don't get so big a fan following as to make
it impossible to dance at their shows. I really hate
going to a swing band and being so crowded that I can barely
move my arms. Kind of defeats the purpose, don't you
out of 5.0