Rolling Stone - 11/11/71, p.56
"...a genuine original, and one of the greatest superheroes in all of 20th-century popular music....a refreshing change of pace..."
Personnel: Dan Hicks (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Sid Page (vocals, mandolin, violin, viola); Naomi Eisenberg (vocals, violin, fiddle, percussion); Maryann Price (vocals, percussion); Jaime Leopold (violin, double bass).
Liner Note Author: Dan Hicks.
Recording information: Troubador, Hollywood, CA (02/1971).
Arranger: Dan Hicks.
Their self-titled debut had been released two years earlier, but 1971's WHERE'S THE MONEY? launched Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks into their brief time in the spotlight. Few acts choose to offer up a live release so early in their career, but it was a wise move for this outfit. This set captures their jazzy charm and lilting nostalgia, as well as the sardonic wit of their leader.
Dan Hicks's songwriting influences are wide-ranging, drawing on Django Reinhardt's cabaret flair, Western swing, romantic pop, and more. He can be resonantly emotional as on "News From Up the Street" and "Is This My Happy Home?" and offhandedly casual as with "Traffic Jam," the title track, and "By Hook or By Crook." Warmly recorded, the interplay of the band is inviting and engaging, while the sound of an appreciative audience adds excitement without any intrusion or distraction.