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Born To Be Wild

by Big-T and the Bada-Bings

Breaking EVERY Freakin Rule for a "Big Band", You will Dance to "Every Song" So FUGGEDDABOUDIT
Genre: Jazz: Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Born To Be Wild
3:54 $0.99
2. Pride And Joy
4:16 $0.99
3. Since I Fell For You
3:03 $0.99
4. Caldonia
3:24 $0.99
5. Buona Sera
4:31 $0.99
6. Girl From Ipanema
3:23 $0.99
7. Stormy Monday
4:58 $0.99
8. Tangerine
4:30 $0.99
9. Sweet Little Angel
4:53 $0.99
10. Dance With Me
3:14 $0.99
11. Let The good Times Roll
5:01 $0.99
12. Ain't Nobody's Business
4:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
Big-T and the Bada-Bings a 23 piece "Wall-o-Freaking Music" just back from playing at the Queen's Golden Jubilee in London, has recorded and release this new CD.

Craig (Big-T) Thompson, is a story in is own right. Big-T used to weigh 400lbs and was a SUMO wrestler in Japan for three and a half years.

Five and a half years ago "Big" had the gastric bypass surgery and lost 200 pounds in one year, and then had 12 pounds of skin chopped off.

After loosing all of the weight, "Big", decided to take a HUGE leap of faith and follow his little kid dream of singing in front of a real Big Band. This was an extraordinary and wild leap because "Big" had never had any formal music training. He just knew that God had a really wild and crazy path set before him if he would only be will to take the first steps.

Well folks, Bada-Freakin-Bing, Big-T has hit a homerun with this totally wild collection of tunes.

10% of the proceeds from this CD are going to two wonderful charities.
1. Our Friends Place -
2. Reading and Radio Resource -

The title track is "Born To Be Wild" arranged and produced by Brian Piper. This CD is breaking many of the industry rules. Who in the world would have ever thought to rearrange a Steppenwolf Rock and Roll Song to the powerful sound of a Big Band. Big-T continues to sail uncharted waters by delivering the smoothest of ballads like "Since I fell For You" to the barrel-chested roar of the bluesy "Stormy Monday" while finding room for his knock out punch of Jump Blues version of Stevie Ray Vaughn's "Pride and Joy". The only common denominator for every song on the brilliant compilation of extreme tunes is that the listener will want to dance to each and every note. Big-T has recently added Latin percussion to his sound to flames the fires of the passionate Latin lyrics of "Girl form Ipanema" and "Tangerine". True to the Italiano Bada-Bing name, Big-T caps off the cd with a unique arrangement of "Buona Sera".

This CD delivers the end result of making the ladies feel classy yet sexy, and the gentlemen feel like the kingpin that they are.

So do yourself a freakin favor and get two copies. One for jamming in the car, and the other for the love shack.

Fellas, trust me, you put this on the stereo and open a bottle of wine....




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totally awesome!!
natural talent shines through on this cd covering a wide range of songs from rock'n roll to ballads. my favorites
are: buona sera, sweet little angel, and of course born to be wild!!! you won't be able to just listen to this cd.
you'll want to sing-a-long and dance. better get your cd now 'cause your missin' out.

Matt Tibbitts

Great ballads. Good stuff!
Big-T really hits the mark with Girl from Ipanema and Tangerine. While this entire disk is great, these were my highlights. Big-T can belt it out or take it down to smooth silkiness. Good tracks for a romantic evening.


Awesome CD.
I loved the CD. It is awesome. I loved everything about it. It's definetely a 5 star in my book.

Jeff Crilley, Fox 4 News, Dallas

Un-freak'n believable!!! Big T takes you on a wild musical ride!!!
When I first heard about Craig "Big T" Thompson's Sumo-to-Sinatra transformation, I knew his life was a great news story. But I wasn't prepared to love his music as much as I do! His range on this CD is amazing--hard rock, swing, big band, jazz...he moves effortlessly from one to the other. "Big T" is the biggest thing to come out of "Big D" in years!!!

Victoria Snee, WB33 Entertainment Reporter

The perfect road trip accessory!
A musical masterpiece! 'Born to Be Wild' will have you singing and dancing all night long!

Craig Dayton - The New Big Bands

WHY ARE YOU READING THIS?!!! If you are reading this, you probably have not bought the CD yet. Instead of reading my review, you need to purchase this CD and have a wonderful experience. As an arranger of Big Band music for decades, I can tell you that, professionally speaking, this is a CD that everyone who loves music, especially Big Band music, should have in their library. Big-T tears the face off of every song he sings. Each of the arrangers turned in a world-class performance. And the! The work of the recording techs ain't shabby either! Big-T redefines many of the standards and makes them his own. For those of you Woody Herman fans out there...I think that Big-T's rendition of "Caldonia" would please you very has mucho power...I think Woody is smiling. Craig Thompson's ability to swing out on a jump tune and then do a "180" and sing a tender ballad helps us to understand that great talent is still with us. I could go on, but instead, I would just encourage you to buy this CD. You will not be disappointed.

Elaine - From England

Three Cheers and Four Stars for Big-T
It was with some reservations that I listened to the songs on this album (the words 'freakin' and 'fugeddaboudit' featured largely in my expectations, but I assure you, I listened carefully and only one of them was uttered, and then only once). However, I did listen to it, and was very very impressed. Big-T has a wonderful voice, especially evident in my favourite song of the whole set, Since I Fell For You. He really does sing very beautifully. Oh... another favourite is track two on the CD, I've forgotten what it's called (some help here, anyone?). The intro is fabulous... so sleeazy. Mmmmm...
All the music is wonderfully arranged, and is really just a joy to listen to. There are songs on this CD that I've heard by other people and not been particularly fond of, that I just love on this. It's very loungey, and very nice (sorry, nice is such a weak word. But it is nice). If anyone doesn't find themself singing along after the second time of listening to the songs, I shall eat my hat. Or at least be very surprised and point at you.
So, go to the website have a nose around the site and read Big-T's amazing story. And do buy the CD... there are so few really good musicians out there at the moment, and they need all the encouragement we can give.
Besides, from the point of view of a connoisseur of amusing accents, the whole thing's quite catching, too: Embarassingly, I've caught myself dropping the excellent phrase 'Hey, fuggedaboudit' into everyday conversation. Which'd be fine, if I could get away with it. As it is, since the only American accent I can do is Daisy Duke's, and I'm not entirely sure what accent she thought she was doing anyway, it doesn't sound too good. I'll keep freakin' practisin'.

Mick Faires - Opus One Music Services UK

This Is One Album You Just Can't Fuggedaboudit
I've seen a lot of bands and singers in my time. I saw "Big T" in the UK when he came over for the Queens Jubilee Celebrations in June this year (2002) when he performed with the Opus One Big Band - he appeared at the renowned Jitterbug Ball in Hammersmith and at Smithfield Market in London doing his stuff in front of thousands (the Lord Mayor of London for one) - I was in awe, he was absolutely brilliant, people were crying out for more !!! This guy can really sing his heart out !! I have listened to Big T's new album and all I can say is it's absolutely stunning - highly recommended. I Wish Big T best of luck and I hope it makes Platinum. Come back to the UK soon - we really appreciate your talent.

SKT from Suginami-ku, Tokyo Japan

Luv 'em all
The songs on this CD are so diverse, it should be difficult to get all of the performances at a high level, but he does it, and each are done in a style befitting the mood of the songs, and all are so exiting, I simply cannot help but move to the rhythm.

Sally Blanton, Turtle Creek News, Dallas

Wow...this one has it all.
From blasts of hard rock to soft sensual blues and romantic ballads....before now I had not heard a c.d. with such diversity and range. It is a winner that appeals to all age groups. The Bada Bings and Big T have "It", with a capitol "I".
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