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Shuffle Demons, The / Greatest Hits
Album:Greatest Hits Collection:Jazz
Artist:Shuffle Demons, The Added:04/2006
Label:Stubby Records 

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Reviewed 2006-04-12 
THE SHUFFLE DEMONS – “Greatest Hits”
Stubby, 2004

Screwy jazz, funk, and comic novelties from an oddball Canadian band (3 saxes + bass & drums), recorded from 1986-1993. And they do it all so well! The band is really loose and punchy, a bit “out” at times but easy to love. This CD is packed, and I find it hard to pick favorites. Great stuff!

Fo’s picks: All. Seriously.

1. 5:59 – avant-funky sax slide with skronky solos, freakout ending, crowd noise
2. 4:17 – silly funk/rap with group vocals: about Toronto bus lines!
3. 7:18 – rolling groove with an African flavor, overlapping saxes, bass solo
4. 4:41 – cockroach song: skittery intro, JB funk horns with silly lyrics
5. 3:11 – famous TV theme, with some crazy hockey play-by-play in the middle!
6. 5:14 – (FCC: “shit”) fun 3-way rapped story about a gig in East Berlin
7. 4:14 – stompin’ blues, a universal gripe about local politics. Great vocals/lyrics.
8. 4:08 – uptempo jazz-funk romp; much honking, stuttering drum break
9. 4:39 – goofy country song about beer: a cappella intro, then slow honky-tonk
10. 4:01 – funky strut, semi-rapped lyrics about bread & cheese
11. 2:53 – upbeat funk, goofy rap about pumpkins of all things…
12. 4:21 – bluesy with skewed bop bits; weird & wild vocal about personal ads
13. 2:11 – wacky a cappella country song about getting’ lucky in the Yukon [live]
14. 4:58 – midtempo modern-jazz instrumental, mix heavy on the bass & drums
15. 4:57 – stompin’ beat, horn riffs turn into free-funk jam, very strange voc break
16. 3:03 – fast groove over breakneck drums, dance-party lyrics, squealin’ sax solo
17. 8:58 – weirdo live poetry improv, starts like a Gregorian chant, has a great section where everyone’s shouting “corned beef on rye!” over drums. (extended crazy drum break later on, too, then fun horns ‘til end)

[Fo] 4/12/06

Track Listing
1.The Shuffle Monster 9.12 Beer My Dear
2.Spadina Bus 10.Cheese On Bread
3.Gabi's Gimi Suit 11.The Funkin' Pumpkin
4.Out Of My House, Roach 12.Personal Blues
5.Hockey Night In Canada Theme 13.Yukon Girl
6.East Berlin Angst 14.Blues For You
7.Pavin' My Road 15.Stop The Rot
8.Perry's Groove 16.Shuffle Groove
 17.What Do You Want?