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House of Blues
House of Blues Swings!

You're probably thinking, "Oh no, not another swing compilation!" Ah, but this isn't just some hackneyed attempt to cash in on the swing craze. House of Blues – Swings! brings you more than a dozen of the best swing and jump jive bands out there today. This album isn't just one to buy—it's one to listen to until the CD melts!


Hear Samples of
House of Blues Swings

Blues Jumpers; Chicken Wing
Swingin' Deacons: Conjunction Junction
Bellevue Cadillac: Prozac
The Camaros: Love

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Right off the bat, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers suck you in, as Miss Smith does a great Lena Horne for her rendition of "Blue Skies." Meanwhile, bands like Eight to the Bar and The Savoir-Faire Pistol Pocket Dance Band (say that five times fast) delight listeners with vocal stylings reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters, reminding us all why so many G.I.s went nuts at those USO concerts. An interesting aside: Not a single member of the 17-piece SFPPDB is over 21. But boy, do they give the rest of the groups on the CD a run for their money! (And what have you done with your life?)

Other favorites include the Blues Jumpers performing "Chicken Wing"; Bellevue Cadillac with "Prozac"; and The Swingin' Deacons with "Conjunction Junction" (the old Schoolhouse Rock tune). These bands keep swing contemporary and fun, just like Louis Jordan did in his day.

- Nori Negron-Casimiro

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Big Tubba Mista—Knock One Back
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Swingin' The Century
Bim Bam Baby—Who Am I Gonna Love
Black Jacket Racket—Volume II
Blue Saracens—What's A Saracen?
The Camaros—Evil
Casey MacGill & The Spirits of Rhythm—Jump
The Delegates—Delegatin'
George Gee & His Make Believe Ballroom Orchestra—Swingin' Live
Got Swing?—Volume I
The Music of Harry Warren—
Swing! Here and Now
House of Blues Swings!
Indigo Swing—Red Light
Jet Set Six—Livin' It Up
Lisa Stansfield—Swing: The Movie
Mob Hits—Volume I
Mora's Modern Rhythmists—
Mr. Rhythmist Goes To Town
Ray Gelato Giants—The Men From Uncle
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Royal Crown Revue—Walk on Fire
The Yalloppin' Hounds—
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