Picks and Pans Review: Hooked on Swing 2
updated 02/14/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/14/1983 AT 01:00 AM EST
If, God forbid, anyone should be inspired to manufacture a literary equivalent of the Hooked on...record series, which strings together snippets of vaguely related material, we might see something like Hooked on Shakespeare: "Nothing can we call our own but death...death will have his day...the day shall not be up so soon as I...I have neither wit, nor words, nor worth." That is the sort of thing that this execrable pseudo-musical follow-up to Elgart's 1982 hit does on a Dixieland segment, splicing 20 seconds or so of South Rampart Street Parade with a few more seconds of Darktown Strutters' Ball and a few of Struttin' With Some Barbecue. There's also a similar track of songs made famous by Bing Crosby—hearing them performed in this heartless way can make you ache—plus another of classical themes appropriated by swing bands, one of good-night songs, one of blues, one of big-band hits. The songlets are played accurately but without feeling by a studio band under Elgart; many of them are backed by clapping, as if this can somehow add life to such a zombielike project.