Don't Hurt Bob | Out of the Box

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Out of the Box

by Don't Hurt Bob

Acoustic rock with an occasional left hook, and a chick singer to boot. Lyrics that range from angst-ridden to refreshed and flirty, guitars that go from delicate to powerhouse. Sort of a Dave Matthews meets the Pretenders and has Lynyrd Skynyrd's baby.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Would Ya
3:16 album only
2. Shell Game
4:32 album only
3. Kill Your T.V.
3:55 album only
4. Wide Awake
4:35 album only
5. Who Am I Without You
6:29 album only
6. Wouldn't Be Enough
4:30 album only
7. I Will Crawl
3:51 album only
8. I Feel Fine
4:47 album only
9. Through the Door
3:58 album only
10. Tomorrow
4:12 album only
11. Treat Me
3:11 album only
12. Give It All Away
3:19 album only


Album Notes
Don't Hurt Bob

Here's the story as we like to tell it...

Guitar players John Spezzano and Bobby Lund first met while working on a film set in Los Angeles in 1995. Both passionate musicians, they started a weekly jam session in John's Venice, California garage, grooving on their mutual love for blues guitar riffs. Lund's natural playing style was a great foil for Spezzano's studied technique, and eventually other players began to show up regularly. One of them, Israeli drummer Itzik Cohen, brought his unusual self-taught approach to rhythm and somehow the three very different personalities blended perfectly in the music they played.

Figuring they needed a voice to go with the music, they placed ads all over Los Angeles looking for "a singer who writes," and Robbie Ann McPherson turned up to audition. The trained vocalist who once dreamed of being a torch singer had decided to pursue rock & roll performing instead of country songwriting, and felt she'd found the creative brothers she was looking for. The rest is Don't Hurt Bob history...The group started writing songs and gigging around the Los Angeles music scene; 4,312 bass players and dozens of songs later, Don't Hurt Bob entered the studio in 2001 to record their debut CD, "Out of the Box."

Favoring the old-school sounds of classic rock bands, Don't Hurt Bob chose a combined recording process; they tracked the songs digitally, then put all the tracks on analog tape to mix the album."We wanted to get a retro flavor without sounding moldy," says singer Robbie Ann McPherson. "We all love those classic bands we grew up with, and we wanted that warmth you can only get with the analog process."

The album's eclectic style has been compared to classic acts from the 70s and current chart-toppers; one music journalist called Don't Hurt Bob's sound "the result of a freakish union between Heart, the Beatles, the Black Crowes and No Doubt."

Lofty comparisons to live up to, of course, but the band members are pragmatic. "Those are superstars, people we look up to, and being compared to them is a huge compliment," says guitarist Bobby Lund.

A listen to "Out of the Box" reveals many musical influences: Lund lists Eric Clapton and Dicky Betts among his guitar heroes; Spezzano favors acoustic guitarist Michael Hedges, the great Stevie Ray Vaughan and country player Duke Levine as inspirations. Drummer Itzik Cohen lists the Dave Matthews Band and tabla player Zakir Hussen as major influences, and McPherson grew up idolizing Linda Ronstadt, Ann Wilson, Pat Benatar and Carly Simon, among other vocalists.



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Debbie D

This CD is surprisingly addictive. The band pulls off a great deal of contrast that keeps me wanting more. "Tomorrow" shows a sensitive vulnerability from the soloist, whereas "Give it all Away" shows more of the rock-n-roll that makes "Don’t Hurt Bob" unique. My favorite picks are "Tomorrow," "Would Ya," and "Give it all Away." Overall, it’s an awesome CD!!


Over all it is good and worth the $
"Shell game" has that 70's thing. "Give it all away " is funky with a white feel. Like the military feel on "Would ya". Over all it is good and worth the $. It would be a dinner party play, but it dosen't inspire you to drive fast.


Surprisingly kicks ass
I was searching for something else and came across this...Wide Awake kicked ass so I bought the CD, and actually the rest of it is really good. The CD sounds amazing cranked up really loud. The other guy's right - it's a cool party CD. Even though there's a chick in the band they rock pretty hard.


Well-rounded solid rock n' roll CD!
Out of the Box is a return to rock 'n roll. No samples, no drum loops, no bad hairdos, no headset microphones. Everything is real. I like the rockers like "Treat Me" and "Give It All Away" the most, but the sensitive ones are great too and the power ballad "Tomorrow" has one kick-ass solo. Definitely worth the money!


This CD has lyrics that are REALLY heartfelt, it's a FUN CD with a rock-n-roll kick. Give It All Away and Kill Your T.V. are my 2 favorites!