Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks - Return to Hicksville: The Best of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks -- The Blue Thumb Years 197

Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks - Return to Hicksville: The Best of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks -- The Blue Thumb Years 197
Release Date:
June 17, 1997
Recording Date:
February, 1971 - March, 1973
Genre:
Duration:
52:04
Album:
Return to Hicksville: The Best of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks -- The Blue Thumb Years 197
Styles:
Country-Rock, Progressive Country, Western Swing Revival

Just where to place the free-range music of Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks -- are they country? jazz? rock? Western swing? comedy? -- has always been a nettlesome problem, confounding the public and hyphen-crazy critics alike. For Hicks and his all-acoustic band were certainly all of those genres and then some, a marvelous amalgam of American music with a large dollop of humor thrown in for good measure. Subtitled "The Blue Thumb Years, 1971-1973," this 16-track collection touches on all of the group's major stylistic bases and more, making this a greatest-hits album on a group who never really had a hit. Pulling half a dozen tracks from their debut album, Where's the Money? (the title track, "I Feel Like Singing," "Reelin' Down," "Dig a Little Deeper," "News from Up the Street," and "The Buzzard Was Their Friend"), seven tracks from Striking It Rich ("Canned Music," "Walkin' One and Only," "The Innocent Bystander," "I Scare Myself" [which later became a hit for techno rocker Thomas Dolby], the wry humor of "Presently in the Past," "You Gotta Believe," Maryann Price's sendup of "I'm an Old Cowhand [From the Rio Grande]"), and three from their swan-song album, Last Train to Hicksville the Home of Happy Feet ("My Old Timey Baby," "Sweetheart [Waitress in a Donut Shop]," and "Long Comma Viper"), this hits almost all the high spots with not a lick of filler anywhere to be found. The transfers to disc sound vivid and dimensional, and the liners by compilation producer and music historian Todd Everett are fun, provocative, and spot-on, getting into just what made this group so special. As all three of their albums are available on compact disc, this compilation makes an excellent first-purchase introduction to this band.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
I Feel Like Singing / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks3:02
News from Up the Street / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks4:05
Where's the Money? / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks3:07
The Buzzard Was Their Friend / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks3:09
Reelin' Down / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks3:34
Dig a Little Deeper / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks3:04
Canned Music / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks3:34
Walkin' One and Only / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks2:45
The Innocent Bystander / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks3:59
I Scare Myself / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks5:36
Presently in the Past / Naomi EisenbergDan Hicks & His Hot Licks3:11
You Gotta Believe / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks2:55
I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) / Johnny MercerDan Hicks & His Hot Licks2:53
My Old Timey Baby / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks2:28
Sweetheart (Waitress in a Donut Shop) / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks2:35
'Long Comma Viper / Dan HicksDan Hicks & His Hot Licks2:07

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