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Defying Gravity (Awaiting Repress)Mr Big's new album, DEFYING GRAVITY deftly showcases that patented MR. BIG blend of crunch and melody, from the freight-train ride of opening cut Open Your Eyes to the harmony-laden wonderment of Damn I'm in Love Again to the grateful/wistful nostalgia of 1992 (recalling the days when the band was flying high atop the singles charts with their international #1 smash To Be With You) to the barn burning slide-blues closer, Be Kind. Overall, DEFYING GRAVITY is prime evidence that the only thing MR. BIG remains tethered to is their ongoing pursuit of achieving creative excellence.
Original members Eric Martin (lead vocals), Paul Gilbert (guitars), Billy Sheehan (bass) and Pat Torpey (drums) reunited with producer Kevin Elson (who was behind the boards for the band's 1989 self-titled debut, 1991's LEAN INTO IT and 1993's BUMP AHEAD) for an intensive six-day recording session in Los Angeles. While Torpey was unable to perform some of the songs on DEFYING GRAVITY due to a recent diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, Matt Starr has been filling in for him on a majority of the album. Starr also been touring with the band for the past couple of years, with Torpey able to play a couple of songs at each stop.
It was great to get back in the studio with our original producer, Kevin Elson, says guitarist Paul Gilbert. Kevin recorded all of our original classic albums from the '80s and '90s, and we immediately felt that magic chemistry with him on DEFYING GRAVITY. We basically played live in the studio. Over the years, we've all had a chance to experiment with every recording technique possible, but it's still always the best just to play together as a band. Most of my guitar solos were tracked live with the band. I've worked hard on my improvisation in the last few years, and it really paid off on this record both melodically, and on the face-melting stuff.
DEFYING GRAVITY is the follow-up to 2014's THE STORIES WE COULD TELL (Frontiers Music Srl), which Ultimate-Guitar.com described as An exceptional offering of accelerated hard rock from one of the more dominant 'supergroups' of the late 1980s, MR. BIG return with a vengeance on THE STORIES WE COULD TELL.1. Open Your Eyes
2. Defying Gravity
3. Everybody Needs a Little Trouble
4. Damn I'm In Love Again
5. Mean to Me
6. Nothing Bad (About Feeling Good)
7. Forever and Back
8. She's All Coming Back to Me Now
10. Nothing At All
11. Be Kind$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Sleepwalker (Pre-Order)Pressed On 180 Gram Black & White Swirl Vinyl
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA With Ron McMaster
Manufactured At R.T.I.
First Time Gatefold & Poster Presentation
Includes 12 x 12 Poster
In 1977, the superstar Kinks embarked on an incredible musical journey which surely was developing into the most successful era of their four-decade career. Thanks in part to their first Arista Records smash album Sleepwalker, Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Mick Avory and John Dalton expanded their early 70's sound into a unique brand of album oriented rock and storytelling like no other legacy band at the time.
With nine solid new rockers like the autobiographical Life On The Road and smash singles like Juke Box Music and the stellar title track Sleepwalker, the entire LP seemed like a greatest hits album at the time due to the way rock radio was so receptive to this tremendous new masterwork from The Kinks.
Filled with even more favorites like Mr. Big Man, Sleepless Night and Life Goes On, the Rock Hall Of Famers' The Kinks truly delivered one of the most important albums of the classic rock era with the brilliant Sleepwalker.
Therefore it is with much pleasure to continue our lengthy reissue program with another fine installment in The Kinks/ Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their 1977 groundbreaking hit LP Sleepwalker. And what a better way to celebrate your holidays this year with this exclusive Friday Music release on limited edition Black & White Swirl Vinyl.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, CA, the amazing release is also manufactured at R.T.I.
To further enhance your Kinks musical enjoyment, we are also presenting this stellar album in a first time gatefold cover, as well as including a 12 x 12 front cover LP poster insert.
So, please join Friday Music in welcoming back The Kinks and their legendary Sleepwalker LP.1. Life On The Road
2. Mr. Big Man
5. Juke Box Music
6. Sleepless Night
7. Stormy Sky
8. Full Moon
9. Life Goes On$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP PRE-ORDER Buy Now