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Captain Swing

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Captain Swing by Michelle Shocked
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Personnel: Michelle Shocked (vocals, guitar); Pete Anderson (electric guitar); Paul Glasse (mandolin); Don Reed (strings); Beverly Dahlke-Smith (clarinet, baritone saxophone); Zachary Richard (accordion); Steve Grove (tenor saxophone); Lee Thornburg (trumpet); David Stout (trombone); Freebo (tuba); Skip Edwards (keyboards); Domenic Genova (acoustic bass); Dusty Wakeman (electric bass); Jeff Donovan (drums); Lenny Castro (percussion).

Pretty much abandoning the folkiness of her first two records, Michelle Shocked positioned her third album, 1989's CAPTAIN SWING, as a genre exercise, celebrating '40s jazz, jump blues, and swing. Truthfully, despite the presence of a full horn section on most of the songs, the album has even less to do with Louis Jordan or Benny Goodman than albums by '90s neo-swingers the likes of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Which is not to say that CAPTAIN SWING is a bad album, just that it's closer to the country-pop style of Shocked's other albums than its reputation suggests. Opening with the slightly smarmy "God Is A Real-Estate Developer," the album quickly hits its stride with the second track, "On the Greener Side." A surprise MTV and radio hit, this is probably the best song Shocked ever recorded. Though the following nine tracks aren't quite this good, they're largely pleasant and tuneful.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. God Is A Real Estate Developer
  2. On The Greener Side
  3. Silent Ways
  4. Sleep Keeps Me Awake
  5. Cement Lament, The
  6. My Little Sister, (Don't You Mess Around With)
  7. Looks Like Mona Lisa
  8. Too Little Too Late
  9. Streetcorner Ambassador
  10. Must Be Luff
Release date Australia
July 25th, 2005
Engineer
Label
Mighty Sound
Number of Discs
1
Original Release Year
1989
UPC
820692100525
Product ID
1532757

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