Go Go Swing Live

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Go Go Swing Live
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Live album by
VenueThe Crystal Skate
Temple Hills, Maryland
LabelFuture Sound Records
ProducerReo Edwards
Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers chronology
Funk Express
Go Go Swing Live
Any Other Way to Go?
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
ARTISTdirect4/5 stars[2]
musicHound R&B(4/5)[3]

Go Go Swing Live is a live album recorded and released in 1986 by the Washington, D.C.-based go-go band Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers.[4][5][6] The album was recorded at the Crystal Skate (in Temple Hills, Maryland) and at the RSVP (a defunct nightclub in Washington, D.C.)[7][6]

The album consists of go-go renditions of classic jazz and swing songs performed with a go-go beat. The album is especially known for remakes of the calypso song "Run Joe", and the swing songs "Stormy Monday" and "It Don't Mean a Thing". The album was ranked #1 as the "Best Album Recorded in D.C." by DCist.[7]

Track listing[edit]

1."It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Don't Have the Go Go Swing)"3:15
2."Midnight Sun"3:23
3."Moody's Mood"5:07
4."Woody Woodpecker"
5."Harlem Nocturne"Earle H. Hagen5:49
6."Run Joe"
7."Stormy Monday"T-Bone Walker5:46
8."Boogie on Go-Go Woman"Stevie Wonder7:02
9."Family Affair"Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart6:12
10."Take the Go-Go Train"Billy Strayhorn4:51
11."Day-O"Irving Burgie8:31
Total length:61:09



  1. ^ Hamilton, Andrew. Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers: Go Go Swing Live > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Chuck Brown Album Releases & Reviews". ARTISTdirect. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Freedom du Lac, Josh; McFarlin, Jim (1998). "A-Z Guide to R&B Acts: Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers". In Terrell, Tom (ed.). musicHound R&B: The Essential Album Guide (1st ed.). Detroit: Visible Ink Press. p. 78. ISBN 1-57859-026-4.
  4. ^ Thompson, Dave (2001). "Part Four: The New School". Funk: Third Ear - The Essential Listening Companion (1st ed.). San Francisco: BackBeat Books. pp. 297–299. ISBN 0-87930-629-7.
  5. ^ Lornell, Kip; Stephenson, Jr., Charles C. (2001). The Beat: Go-Go's Fusion of Funk and Hip-Hop. Billboard Books. p. 252. ISBN 0-8230-7727-6.
  6. ^ a b Nnamdi, Kojo (February 14, 2014). "From Go-Go's Heyday to Today: One Musician's Love Affair With D.C. Music". The Kojo Nnamdi Show. WAMU. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  7. ^ a b Gopal, Sriram (August 4, 2016). "11 Of The Best Albums Recorded in the D.C. Area". DCist. Archived from the original on 15 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.

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