1. (00:02:10) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Hawaii Five-O
2. (00:02:40) Brian Setzer Orchestra - This Cat's On A Hot Tin Roof
3. (00:03:25) Brian Setzer Orchestra - The Dirty Boogie
4. (00:03:33) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jumpin' East Of Java
5. (00:04:18) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Drive Like Lightning (Crash Like Thunder)
6. (00:03:07) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Caravan
7. (00:04:10) Brian Setzer Orchestra - I Won't Stand In Your Way
8. (00:06:32) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Mystery Train
9. (00:03:45) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Gene & Eddie
10. (00:05:41) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Sleepwalk
11. (00:05:00) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Stray Cat Strut
12. (00:04:41) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jump, Jive, An' Wail
13. (00:02:41) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Pennsylvania 6-5000
14. (00:03:21) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Gettin' In The Mood
15. (00:02:20) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Get Me To The Church On Time
16. (00:07:17) Brian Setzer Orchestra - Rock This Town
Playing Time.........: 02:59:26
Total Size...........: 432.32 MB
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Biography from Allmusic.com
Former Stray Cat Brian Setzer was born in New York City and raised in Long Island. His first instrument, at age eight, was the euphonium, and he played the tuba-like instrument for ten years. He began having dreams of leading a big band with horns as a teen, but got sidetracked by punk. Initially, as a guitarist and songwriter, he took his inspiration from blues-rock bands like Led Zeppelin, although as a teen he'd take the train into New York to hang around the jazz clubs, sneaking into places like the Village Vanguard and the Village Gate. After seeing the Mel Lewis Orchestra, he had the idea of leading his own big band, but playing guitar, not clarinet or saxophone.
In the early '80s, Setzer formed the Stray Cats, a rockabilly band that took England by storm and then came back home to convert audiences in the U.S. The Stray Cats' U.S. breakthrough album, Built for Speed, spurred three separate Top Ten hits, including "Stray Cat Strut," "Rumble in Brighton," and "Rock This Town." On tour with the Stray Cats, Setzer practiced jazz chords and listened to the recordings of Gene Krupa, Benny Goodman, and other big-band leaders; finally, after the group's demise and a largely unsuccessful turn as a solo roots rocker, Setzer formed a 17-piece big band in Los Angeles for a series of club dates.
After cutting an album of cover material with the big band for a smaller label, Setzer jumped to Interscope Records, where he worked with legendary producer Phil Ramone as well as Clash co-founder Joe Strummer, with whom he collaborated on 1996's Guitar Slinger, an album blending jump blues and swing Texas blues. Dirty Boogie followed in 1998, Vavoom! in 2000, and Ignition! in 2001. In 2002, Setzer added a Christmas album (Boogie Woogie Christmas) to his r?sum?, followed by the greatest-hits anthology Jump, Jive an' Wail: The Best of the Brian Setzer Orchestra 1994-2000.
He released a Japanese EP in 2003, the Sinatra-inspired Luck Be a Lady, as a prelude to the rocking and decidedly horn-deficient full-length Nitro Burnin' Funny Daddy. Rockabilly Riot, Vol. 1: A Tribute to Sun Records followed in 2005, and Setzer closed out the year with the seasonal effort Dig That Crazy Christmas. The aptly titled 13, which marked Setzer's 13th album of original solo material, arrived in fall 2006. A pair of live albums, One Rockin' Night: Live in Montreal and Red Hot & Live!, drawn from a 2006 show in Japan, both appeared in 2007 on Surfdog Records.
Review from AMAZON.COM.
Whether you love the big band sound, dig rockabilly or groove to that old time rock and rock you are sure to be impressed with The Brian Setzer Orchestra's 2004 release "The Ultimate Collection: Recorded Live". Having not heard too much by this outfit prior to purchasing this 2 disc set I was absolutely blown away by the variety and quality of the tunes I was hearing. What an unexpected treat!
"The Ultimate Collection: Recorded Live" offers up an impressive total of 31 songs from all over the musical landscape performed flawlessy by Brian Setzer and his 17 piece big band. What is even more remarkable is that this collection is the sum total of two "live" concerts. Disc one was recorded during the group's appearance at the Montreal Jazz Festival in the summer of 1992. The Brian Setzer Orchestra was still feeling their oats in those halcyon days and the music has a wonderful edge to it. Disc 2 on the other hand was recorded in Tokyo in 2003. By now the presentation is highly polished and frankly amazing. According to the liner notes you are hearing these two concerts exactly as the audiences did. There was absolutely no editing needed.
Those who enjoy instrumentals will certainly appreciate the bands take on three of the most popular rock and roll instrumentals of all time. "The James Bond Theme" and "Hawaii Five-O" themes pretty much mirror the originals while the approach taken on Santo and Johnny's "Sleepwalk" is definitely different. Those who appreciate the vocal stylings of the late great Bobby Darin will not be disappointed with Brian's take on the Darin classic "As Long As I'm Singin". In much the same vein you will also enjoy the Brian Setzer penned offering "My Baby Only Cares For Me". Rockabilly fans will revel in a number of rockabilly tunes in this collection. Be sure to check out "Hoodoo Voodoo Doll" and "Your True Love" to name but a couple. Of course, everyone will fondly recall Brian's days with Stray Cats with "Rock This Town" and "Stray Cat Strut". But for me, this collection definitely saved the best for last. While "Jump, Jive 'An Wail" is undoubtedly my favorite track I also was astounded by the sheer excitement and energy demonstrated on two Glenn Miller favorites "Pennsylvania 6-5000 and "Gettin' In The Mood". Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was Brian's totally unique rendition of "Get Me To The Church On Time" from "My Fair Lady". Outstanding!
"Brian Setzer Orchestra: The Ultimate Collection: Recorded Live" comes with a colorful and informative set of liner notes. The sound quality is nothing short of spectacular and the selection of material was simply amazing to me. What a great record to play at a party! This is a collection you will come back to again and again! So as they recommend in the liner notes: "Crank it up and enjoy!" Very highly recommended!