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Contender
Royal Crown Revue
Contender
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock
 
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Before there were khaki-pantsed swing dancers on TV and zoot-suited clubgoers in every major American city, Royal Crown Revue plied their proudly retro sound and look in underground L.A. nightspots. But what began as a cur...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Royal Crown Revue
Title: Contender
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 15
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
Original Release Date: 8/25/1998
Release Date: 8/25/1998
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Swing Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 093624702023, 7093624702040

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Before there were khaki-pantsed swing dancers on TV and zoot-suited clubgoers in every major American city, Royal Crown Revue plied their proudly retro sound and look in underground L.A. nightspots. But what began as a curiosity blossomed into a national sensation. With The Contender, RCR are back to claim their title as the Johnny Appleseed of swing. Name-checking the right cultural icons (including Marlon Brando and Bettie Page) and covering a variety of classic tunes, from a breezy doo-wop take on "Stormy Weather" to a hard-boppin' version of the Dizzy Gillespie classic "Salt Peanuts," the group has clearly done its homework. Original tunes such as the single "Zip Gun Bop (Reloaded)," "Big Boss Lee," and the title track rock harder than the songs of the era they mean to emulate but are impressive nonetheless. This isn't the musical equivalent of your father's Oldsmobile. Your grandfather, on the other hand, would think it's just swell. --Daniel Durchholz

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Keri R. from GROSSE ILE, MI
Reviewed on 12/16/2008...
Great swing music. Right up there with Big Bad Vodoo Daddy, Brian Setzer .

CD Reviews

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A. Eby | Texas | 08/15/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've always loved swing music and RCR is one of my favorite bands. There is no end of fun to their music; every song is distinctive and high-energy. They evoke one of my favorite eras with the 1940s musical vibe and the name-dropping of such celebs as Marlon Brando ("Walkin' Like Brando") and Bettie Page ("Port-Au-Prince", a favorite). I have CDs by several well-known swing bands, and Royal Crown Revue - specifically "The Contender" - is the one I always come back to."
Good, solid contemporary swing album. You'll find no filler
Bob Evans | USA | 11/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nice album. Great beats, good energy and and nice crisp original sound. This type of swing music, is great to play at parties, from start to finish.

These guys sounds like a modern rendition of the old swing bands from the 30's and 40's. If you are open to hearing something different, that has a pulse, I would strong recommend this album.

Also, if you like this album, check out Royal Crown Revue's previous album, "Mugzy's Move". A great album as well."