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Bigger Thomas (Bonus Dvd)
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop, R&B
This CD/DVD release features the legendary debut "Red Album" (recorded in 1989), remastered for those fans who lost the LP. This labor of love features the complete first album, original demo versions, previously unrelease... more »
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This CD/DVD release features the legendary debut "Red Album" (recorded in 1989), remastered for those fans who lost the LP. This labor of love features the complete first album, original demo versions, previously unreleased tracks and a special DVD featuring early performances from The Court Tavern & City Gardens. This album was recorded was a reward for winning a "battle of the bands" held at the Green Parrot in Neptune, NJ (R.I.P). Bigger Thomas recorded and mixed this mini-masterpiece in 40 hours and it captures the sound of a young ska band yearning to make their mark. Also included are the original demo versions of "Ska In My Pocket" & "Chaos" which were sold on cassette tape after their early shows in the tri-state area. The last three songs on this CD are from the lost "2nd Demo" that they recorded months before they won the studio time to record their first full length LP. The crown jewel is the addition DVD included with this collection that features live performances from their very first show at the Court Tavern in New Brunswick, NJ (their original hometown) and City Gardens in Trenton, NJ where they beat a record previously held by the Ramones as the band who had the most appearances at the club in a calendar year. In this rare footage, you see the genesis of why they were the most talked about live act in the area. Bum keys and flat notes notwithstanding, the energy is raw and the emotion intense. This limited edition is for the fans who were there and for those who wish they were, back in the day...
A Lost Ska Treasure
Karen E. Kelly | New Jersey | 01/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm 16, and i live here in Jersey and go to as many ska shows as i possibly can. I was told about Bigger Thomas by some people, but had never actually heard them until September, on a Stubborn Records sampler i got in the mail. They're amazing. I made the hour-long drive last month to go down to Bordentown(just outside of Trenton) to see them(along with the Hub City Stompers), and it was the best time i'd had in a while. Once you see Bigger Thomas live, you understand completely how they've made it 17 years and counting. Not to mention, they're really cool people too. It's wierd how many kids who listen to ska around here have never even heard of them. They've been playing ska for longer than I've been alive, yet even the lead singer was telling me that they've been trying to get their music out there to the kids in the scene, because they're relatively unknown amongst the new ska kids. I have all three of their albums, and this is hands down the best one. Ska In My Pocket is an NJ Ska anthem for a reason. Also, this cd has a DVD of great old live footage. So, buy this album, and while you're at it, buy Resisting Success which is great as well. And then if you still need more Bigger Thomas, go out and find We Wear The Mask, they're newest release. It's on Megalith Records, and amazon doesn't carry Megalith releases, so you'll have to go out and find that on your own, but it's worth the effort."