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Mr. Big – The Stories We Could Tell [2014]

Mr Big have released another great album full of bluesy grooves and tasty melodies with the original line up of Eric Martin on vocals, Paul Gilbert on guitars, Billy Sheehan on bass, and Pat Torpey on drums. Produced, engineered and orchestrated by Pat Regan, for the first time the band decided to record their parts separately due to time and location constraints in addition to health issues for drummer Pat Torpey but the overall sound and production qualities are still very good.

The interviews in the bonus DVD that come in this special edition explain that Pat Torpey lost so much strength to play drums due to Parkinson’s Disease that it all had to be programmed by him with an assistant which is amazing considering how good the final effect is. Eric Martin was also a key player in regards to the production and arrangement of the entire project this time instead of only focusing on vocals. Highlights include the rocking opening track “Gotta Love The Ride” which features a memorable vocal hook and a superb guitar solo, the killer bluesy riffs of “I Forget To Breathe”, the awesome chorus and memorable melody of “Fragile”, the big chorus of acoustic ballad “East/West” that reflects on love in that distinct Mr Big style, the epic and hook filled sentimental ballad “Just Let Your Heart Decide”, and the blistering rocker “Cinderella Smile”.

The Japanese deluxe edition includes the bonus live track of “30 Days In The Hole” and a second disc of ten re-recorded Mr Big hits plus a third disc of 30 minutes worth of interesting DVD interviews as I mentioned earlier. Despite the fact that Stories We Could Tell doesn’t quite reach the amazing song writing quality contained on What If, it is really a great package for fans of Mr Big and boldly continues the legacy of one of the most musically gifted bands of all time.

Band Members
Billy Sheehan – Bass
Eric Martin – Vocals
Pat Torpey – Drums
Paul Gilbert – Guitar

01. Gotta Love The Ride
02. I Forget To Breathe
03. Fragile
04. Satisfied
05. The Man Who Has Everything
06. The Monster In Me
07. What If We Were New?
08. East/West
09. The Light Of Day
10. Just Let Your Heart Decide
11. It’s Always About That Girl
12. Cinderella Smile
13. The Stories We Could Tell

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