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Swingin' On The Strings
Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant
Swingin' On The Strings
Genres: Country, Pop
  •  Track Listings (20) - Disc #1

Unless you've laid down the big bucks for Bear Family's motherlode, Razor & Tie's first volume of Speedy & Jimmy instrumentals probably left you hungry for more. Thankfully--mercifully--Razor & Tie has issued a jaw-droppin...  more »


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All Artists: Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant
Title: Swingin' On The Strings
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Razor & Tie
Original Release Date: 3/9/1999
Release Date: 3/9/1999
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Western Swing, Instrumental
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 793018219228

Unless you've laid down the big bucks for Bear Family's motherlode, Razor & Tie's first volume of Speedy & Jimmy instrumentals probably left you hungry for more. Thankfully--mercifully--Razor & Tie has issued a jaw-dropping second collection of fiery, ferocious forays. Bryant's head-spinning single-string leads mesh perfectly with West's limitless arsenal of pedal-steel tones, moans, whines, and wails. Remarkably, almost all of their 50 recordings are tossed-off head arrangements done for sheer enjoyment, but they remain superlative country-bop tracks that turn flash and flamboyance into valuable assets. Go no further than "China Boy," a six-minute reading of the jazz standard that runs right through producer Ken Nelson's stop signs, or the ballad "West of Samoa," which features West's bird imitations on pedal steel. Whether on floating Hawaiian-tinged ballads or supersonic steamers, the dynamic duo never ceases to amaze. --Marc Greilsamer

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Country-jazz from outer space. Smokin!!!!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD epitomizes creativity and chemistry between two fine musicians. I didn't live in 1951, but I have been collecting Western Swing, Old Country, Rockabilly, and Bluegrass records all my life. This CD is far and beyond the best example of what the human mind and spirit can do using music as a medium. You don't have to like swing, or country to like this CD. It doesn't matter if you like music at all, this CD forces you pay attention, tap your foot, bust a step, or just kick back and listen with awe. Jimmy and Speedy knew how to create. Creativity seems like a hard find in today's wasteland of fluff. Creativity is the backbone of this CD. The first song hits the ground running out of the gate, and when the last song is up, you'll start it all over again. Again, again, and again. There's not a dud on this disc!! Jamming with Jimmy portrays the lost art of hot fiddle playing. Lover will run you over, Railroading will have you dancing, and Pushing the Blues will have you fetching your black light out of the attic. Oh yeah, the rest are perfect too. These songs are perfect. PERFECT. Killer bassfiddle playing, jazzy piano fills, and yes: that smokin' guitar of Jimmy fused with that "whacked out" steel of Speedy. Too much fun! This is the CD that has made me believe that maybe good music has a chance to surface in our world today. One listen and you'll be smiling. There is no way around it. From a musician (like myself), all I can say is "woodshed here I come, I've truly been inspired!!!!""
Incredible country-jazz-bop-boogie!
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although this is volume 2 to Razor & Tie's first collection of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant, this CD is every bit as good (if not better)! I'm not generally a big fan of country music, but these guys absolutely floored me. Especially noteworthy is their rendition of "Lover" which even without the benefits of overdubbing studio trickery completely rips Les Paul's version to shreds."
This should have been on Voyager's golden record
The Delite Rancher | Phoenix, Arizona | 06/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Without hyperbole, "Swingin' On The Strings" contains some of the greatest music ever recorded. Apart, they were just two studio musicians. Together, they created interstellar magic. Jimmy and Speedy - electric guitar and steel guitar - these guys shared the same musical consciousness on a cosmic level. Always cerebral, the compositions are stirring and the improvisation is spellbinding. This is perfect music. This has it all regardless of where you're coming from as a listener: country, jamband, jazz, instrumental enthusiast, etc. This disc should especially appeal to those coming from the Junior Brown camp. This is on an equal footing with its predecessor "Stratosphere Boogie" given the mind melting races, medium-tempo waltzes and relaxed ballads. "Swingin' On The Strings" should have been on Voyager's golden record, it is an otherwordly treasure."