Captain Swing

Captain Swing

by Michelle Shocked


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Shocked made a big jump from The Texas Campfire Tapes to Short Sharp Shocked, but no one expected the direction she would take for Captain Swing. Rather than continuing as a folky singer/songwriter, she opted instead to take on western swing and big-band music, complete with horn-heavy arrangements and bright orchestration. And although the cartoon image of her on the cover gives a smirk and a sly wink, the album is surprising devoid of irony. She treats the genre with affection and she's obviously having a good time swinging. Captain Swing may have confused fans of Short Sharp Shocked, but the album has several great moments, and most of all, it offers a good time.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/03/1989
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042283887824
catalogNumber: 838878


  1. God Is a Real Estate Developer
  2. On the Greener Side
  3. Silent Ways
  4. Sleep Keeps Me Awake
  5. The Cement Lament
  6. (Don't You Mess Around with) My Little Sister
  7. Looks Like Mona Lisa (Smells Like Tuna Fish)
  8. Too Little, Too Late
  9. Street Corner Ambassador
  10. Must Be Luff

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michelle Shocked   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Zachary Richard   Accordion
Paul Glasse   Mandolin
Pete Anderson   Electric Guitar
Lenny Castro   Percussion
James Cruce   Drums
Skip Edwards   Keyboards
Freebo   Tuba
Dominic Genova   Upright Bass
Steve Grove   Tenor Saxophone
Don Reed   Strings
David Stout   Trombone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Dusty Wakeman   Electric Bass
Jeff Donavan   Drums
Beverly Dahlke-Smith   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
John Begzian   Emulator

Technical Credits

Pete Anderson   Arranger,Producer
Peter Doell   Engineer
Lee Thornburg   Horn Arrangements
Jaime Hernandez   Artwork
John Begzian   Contributor
Suzanne Kiechle   Vocal Coach

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