Friday, July 28, 2006

The Best of Big Daddy



"While on a USO tour of Southeast Asia in 1959, Big Daddy was captured by Communist forces and held captive until the mid 80's at which time they were rescued by CIA forces and subsequently returned to the United States. While being held at Camp David for de-briefing, they were given sheet music of contemporary hit songs so that they could re-build their repertoire and get back to the only work they knew...making music. Of course, not having heard the evolution of Rock music during the quarter century they spent imprisoned in the jungles of Laos, they arranged and performed these songs the only way they knew how...in the classic styles of the 1950's."

This was the concept behind the group Big Daddy, as quoted from the liner notes of this out of print CD from 2000. These songs are taken from their two previous albums and two CD's, which I own as well. Unfortunately they're all out of print now. If you guys like this one, let me know and I'll see if I can make some of the others available. Give this one a try. I think you guys will really enjoy it.

By the way, you might notice something special about the last four cuts here. They were taken from Big Daddy's album "Sgt. Pepper's", where they re-recorded the entire Beatles album in 50's style. The song "A Day in the Life" actually takes on a whole new meaning here, and takes on a haunting effect towards the end.

Here's the track list:

  1. Dancing in the Dark
  2. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  3. Super Freak
  4. Little Red Corvette
  5. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
  6. Once in a Lifetime
  7. Whip It
  8. My Heart Will Go On
  9. Eye of the Tiger
  10. Every Breath You Take
  11. Sukiyaki
  12. Money for Nothing
  13. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  14. With a Little Help from My Friends
  15. When I'm Sixty-Four
  16. A Day in the Life
Click here or here to download!

10 comments:

Lacey said...

You have got to be kidding!!!!
This was GREAT!

I put it on and sat down and was laughing all the way through.
This was GREAT!!

If the Platters had recorded these songs it would not have been better.

YES, if you have the others PLEASE post them.

Lacey said...

Although I would have done
"My Heart Will Go On" more in the spirit of "TEEN ANGLE."

napsmear said...

I dont know how i missed this ..........hehe..this is great......guess i should scour the archives more slowley.
Thanx

Dale said...

Very COOL! I've been listing to it cranked up in the car. The looks you get.... Great fun.

Susan said...

Yes, please please post more. Even my college age daughter was laughing hysterically.

SonicBlu said...

What's really neat is catching all the references being utilized in each song on the album. For instance, Little Red Corvette was done in the style of Beep Beep by the Playmates, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun in the style of Duke of Earl by Gene Chandler, Whip It in the style of King of the Road, I mean how can you not like this album? It's hilariously amusing, yet not too "novelty" sounding to make you feel embarrassed about playing it for friends at parties.

James said...

Been looking for this for ages - always out of print - thanks so much, can you get any of the others?

glaeser said...

Sure, Post them all! Otherwise this simply becomes a tease...

Anonymous said...

Post more please. Please. And thank you.

Anonymous said...

Amazingly well done. More would be awesome.