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Volume One: Influences & connections
Released: 2004, Frontiers
This will go down in melodic metal history as one of the more bizarre releases ever. It seems to be a mix between a tribute album with the band paying tribute to themselves and a covers album with the band doing their own songs with guest starts! This is just screwed up. Whatever it is, it is sure welcome in my CD player any day.
This selection of 13 songs weighs heavily on the first three Mr. Big albums with three exceptions, namely ‘Crawl Over Me’ and their smash hit ‘Shine’ from ACTUAL SIZE and ‘Take Cover’ from HEY MAN. I’ve always felt that the last three studio CD’s were excellent and I would have enjoyed hearing more from them instead of half of BUMP AHEAD. Not one song from Get OVER IT makes the cut!
Opening the CD with a very cool and classy move, the band’s namesake track and cover tune in itself is covered, Mr. Big. A cover of a cover that the band is named after? See, what I mean…just weird. The cool part is that Paul Rogers sings on the cover…now I’m confused…
Next up King’s X, cover ‘Take Cover’ and ease off the throttle compared to the original. Next up Joe Lynn Tackles and covers a personal favorite, ‘Colarado Bulldog’. The hits and the great tunes keep coming with each guest star putting a nice personal stamp on each cut. ‘Addicted to That rush has a nice honky-tonk vibe to it, complete with harmonica, a far cry form the shredder on the debut. Who the hell are Dogstar? The highlight for me is Donnie Vie of Enuff Z’Nuff doing, you guessed it, ‘Green-Tinted Sixties mind’ I mean, damn…that band was BORN to cover that song! An album highlight for sure.
This album is for fans for sure but it is one of the more intriguing covers albums out there. This would serve well as a companion piece to the Mr.Big ‘Greatest Hits’ compilation as well. Since I know and love each song on this disc it’s a winner for me.
1.) Mr. Big
2.) Take Cover
3.) Colorado Bulldog
4.) Wild World
5.) Price You Gotta Pay
6.) Promise Her The Moon
7.) Addicted To That Rush
8.) Just Take My Heart
1. Crawl Over Me
2. To Be With You
3. Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy
Many artists including Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey & Richie Kotzen
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