Danny Winn and the Earthlings | ...And the mission begins (Enhanced CD)

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...And the mission begins (Enhanced CD)

by Danny Winn and the Earthlings

Multi award winning band "Danny Winn and the Earthlings" is an original mainstream 3rd wave Ska band focusing heavily on today's current pop and alternative sound while still maintaining the true Ska style and horn heavy melodies that Ska lovers crave.
Genre: Rock: Ska
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rejected
3:25 $0.99
2. Sick of You
3:17 $0.99
3. American Girl
3:45 $0.99
4. Hope Is Born
5:16 $0.99
5. Earthman Stan
3:01 $0.99
6. Give It Up
3:26 $0.99
7. Some New Guy
3:50 $0.99
8. Africa (2005)
3:47 $0.99
9. I Cried (padme's Song)
5:17 $0.99
10. Easy to See
3:22 $0.99
11. It Ain't a Party
4:03 $0.99
12. Ice Cream Cone
3:10 $0.99
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This CD "...and the mission begins" is an enhanced CD containing a 14 minute QuickTime movie showing an entertaining look at the making of this album in addition to the infectous 12 audio tracks.

Danny Winn and the Earthlings is an original modern day Ska band based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. They have won several "New Mexico Music Industry Awards" and have been performing out in the New Mexico music scene since February 2002. They recently earned the title "Albuquerque's Best Band" after winning the best band competition at a local hot spot. Danny Winn, a long time Albuquerque musician formed the band in the fall of 2001. After their first CD was released, it became difficult to keep in stock, and more and more requests for live shows were becoming a common occurence. After much hard work and a relentless show schedule performing throughout the state, and even opening for such acts as legendary ska bands "Goldfinger" and "The Toasters", a loyal crowd following is ever growing from show to show. Now after the release of their third album entitled "...and the mission begins", their resolve to expand their fanbase world wide is a goal that they believe is indeed in reach.



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Kevin Hopper

His most completely realized record to date.
On the song "I Cried (Padme's Song), off of the brand new Danny Winn and the Earthlings disc, the traditional ska sextet takes a vastly different approach to a ska song. The mid-tempoed number is a beautifully sad love and death ballad, dotted with quaint violin plinks and very non-traditional ska vocals. Sweeping violin solos (by Ikuko Kanda) and subtle French horn flourishes (by Debra Fialek) make for one of the most interesting compositions ever to come out of the Earthlings camp.
Titled "...and the mission begins," the latest offering from Danny Winn is his most completely realized record to date.
It seems what Winn has learned since 2003's "Leap for Mankind," is a good amount of restraint. Whereas that recording had an certain unevenness to it, "Mission" is full of flow. From the aforementioned "I Cried" to the punk-infused "It Ain't A Party" to the primal swing of "Earthman Stan," Winn and company are as fluid a ska act as you're likely to ever hear.
Winn has always been enamored with second wave ska which emerged out of England in the late 70s and early 80s. And he should be lauded for keeping true to that style with the song "Give It Up," a straight up second wave number—brassy and harmonically rich—that seems like a classic from that era. There are moments of new school ska (the albums opener "Rejected") and old school ska ("American Girl), and throughout each variation, Winn slaps his own brand down.
Winn fans will be happy to know that "Africa (2005)," a wicked, hopped up punk/ska cover of Toto's 1982 classic and a fan favorite at live shows, is included on this release. Also included on the disc is a short video on the making of this record. For those who have never set foot in a recording studio, it's an interesting insight into how a record gets made.