Someone once said to me that if there were 3 (swing) danceable songs on a CD, then it was a great deal. If that's the case, then Hey, Sailor! by Eight To The Bar is worth buying *right now*! I could play the first four songs straight through for 12 minutes of dancing.
I finally got around to sit still long enough to listen to the whole CD and I enjoyed listening to the variety of different music on the CD, all done well by this versatile band. I usually go through a CD to see what songs I might want to leave off when I make a tape for my car and I was surprised when I got to the end of CD without noticing anything that I wouldn't want to listen to.
I imagine that the main song for the dancers will be The Existential Boogie, the third track; it has the right mix of vocals, rhythm, bass, and energy for a great dance song. I love that boogie woogie piano sound. Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar was an obvious song for the band; it had a good rhythm and energy, though I wished the mixing brought out Cynthia's and Megan's voices more. The title song, Say, Sailor!, is a good medium tempo swing dance tune that can be either Swing or faster West Coast Swing.
There are perhaps three songs that I didn't rate that high and I'm not talking about the Samba-like song. I can see how some dj's might play any of those three songs anyway so I think that this CD is a Grand Slam for someone looking for a good CD of dance music.
|1||She's the Most||2:04||Lindy|
|3||The Existential Boogie||2:49||Lindy Hop|
|4||I'm Here to Tell You||4:35||WCS|
|5||Why Can't You Dance||2:30||ECS?|
|6||Mean Old Frisco||3:51||Shag/Fast WCS|
|8||Well, All Right||3:12||?|
|9||All of These Things||4:10||Schmooze|
|10||He Ain't Got Rhythm||4:18|
|11||Mean Streets||3:20||Slow WCS|
|13||Beat Me Daddy, Eight To The Bar||4:31||Lindy Hop|