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The Brian Setzer Orchestra - Jumpin' East Of Java - Live in Japandotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a superb live set from The Brian Setzer Orchestra recorded live in Japan. Exceptionally good sound and production, and very strong arranging too.
Picks: Hawaii Five-O, Caravan, Sleepwalk

Track by Track Review


Hawaii Five-O dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Opening the set is a rousing cover of "Hawaii Five-O" using The Ventures' arrangement. It's the orchestration that makes this work. Great drums and boom, and superb playing all around.

Caravan dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Great drums rock the socks off Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington's classic "Caravan." Big guitar noodling, feedback, jungle drums, upright bass thunder, and superb guitar whammy shimmer. High energy and slither. Emotional and very powerful.

Sleepwalk dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Feedback growling and delicate guitar artistry lay down a superb rendering of Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk." This version is spectacular - maybe Setzer's best. Its big boom and giant sound really compliment the orchestra arrangement, and the lead guitar is excellent.