Sunday, March 31, 2013

Big Tubba Mista (2002) -Behind the Scenes

Artist:  Big Tubba Mista
Albums:  Behind the Scenes
Release date: 2002
Quality: mp3 CBR 320
Size: 117 MB  

“Without really looking, I've found the heirs-apparent to Royal Crown Revue. And while I'm not ready for that legendary band to step away from their microphones, it's encouraging to know that a septet from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania is waiting in the wings. Big Tubba Mista has edge, energy, wit and chops to spare. They delve into Latin rhythms and Western style. And when it comes to "get up and dance", they've got it down to a science. Behind the Scenes, their third album, starts with "Los Caballeros Social Club", a Latin number less sultry than grotty with its slow, staccato rhythm. Next up is a slow swing-blues of rejection and remorse, the sonic 'Dear John letter' of "Walk Right Out". But where the album really takes off is the blistering, brassy "Two-Faced", featuring the horns of saxmen Shawn Snavely and Mikey Malone and trumpeter Matt Bowman. "If You Only Knew" saddles up for a ride into the country style, and is followed by perennial band favorite "Set 'em Up". Next up is "Come Dance With Me", an energetic tango disguised by Snavely's serpentine clarinet. Guitarist Eric Keptner gets a moment in the sun on the blues-drenched "Perfect Stranger", adding yet another genre to the band's list of accomplishments. "Gorgeous Hog" is the other side of the blues, a pre-war stride of double-entendre that's a personal favorite. The album also includes five live tracks that challenge the energy of Royal Crown's Caught in the Act, leading off with the uptempo swing of "Drive By". The pace stays hot through the jumpin' blues of "Baby, No More", and keeps rolling through an unusually jivin' rendition of the classic "St. James Infirmary". Then there's the still-hoppin' swing of "1, 2, 3", and if you haven't had a coronary yet, try to keep pace with "Killer On 37th Street". It's all top-notch dance fuel, and a fitting close to a very solid album.” ~ ~ by Dante Murphy

01. Los Caballeros Social Club (3:11)
02. Walk Right Out (5:13)
03. Two-Faced (3:26)
04. If You Only Knew (2:58)
05. Set Em' Up (3:49)
06. Come Dance With Me (4:17)
07. Perfect Stranger (4:19)
08. Gorgeous Hog (2:12)
09. Drive By (Live) (2:43)
10. Baby, No More (Live) (3:20)
11. St. James Infirmary (Live) (3:06)
12. 1,2,3 (Live) (2:38)
13. Killer On 37th Street (Live) (7:35)
14. Bonus Swing Track (1:39)  


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