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Eat At Joey's

by Easy Big Fella

Known as the Northwest of USA's Ambassadors of Ska, these fellas have combined traditional ska & rocksteady with great songwriting and harmonies, to make this one of the critically acclaimed ska albums of the late 90's.
Genre: Reggae: Ska
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Found Love
3:20 $0.99
2. Picture Show
4:10 $0.99
3. Locked in the Chapel of Love
3:28 $0.99
4. We Don't Have to Go Now
3:37 $0.99
5. Rude Boy
4:34 $0.99
6. Rump Shaker
2:47 $0.99
7. Regular Guy
3:23 $0.99
8. Dorm Room
3:41 $0.99
9. Joey & Ranma
3:29 $0.99
10. Come Back to Me
5:08 $0.99
11. Tie Me Up and Leave Me
4:48 $0.99
12. The Road Alone
5:03 $0.99
13. We Have to Go Now / Satan (Hidden Track)
3:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Easy Big Fella

For over 20 years Easy Big Fella has spanned the globe, wowing crowds and making new fans as one of the Northwest's top ska bands. Since forming in 1991, Easy Big Fella has shared the stage with renowned acts including the Skatalites, the Specials, Desmond Dekker, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and the Toasters. In 1994, they issued their debut CD, Easy Listening. With the songwriting and vocals of Rick Dybvad (guitar), Mike Birenbaum (hammond organ,piano) and Liam Barksdale (guitar, trumpet), Easy Big Fella weaves a rich tapestry of styles and harmony. The band released three more CDs, Fruitcup (1995), Eat at Joey's (1997), and Tasty Bits & Spicy Flicks (2000). The last two being released by NYC ska label Moon Records. The band has reunited from time to time performing at music festivals and choice cities, including their hometown of Seattle, WA. As of the last few years the band brings a strong lineup of big fella alumni with Shawn Brockman (sax), Ric Penttila (trumpet), Eric Ellsworth (trombone), Jeff DeMelle (bass) and Kelly Van Kamp (drums,vocals) as well as Brazil based Rodrigo Cerqueira (drums). Don't miss these Northwest ska legends if you get the chance.

After two fine albums on local indies, Easy Big Fella matured into a superb aggregate, whose exceptional musicianship is equalled by their excellent songwriting and arrangements, and having signed a deal with Moon Ska, the Seattle group offer up the inspired Eat at Joey's. So dig in, you'll enjoy every course on this 13-track platter. The higher production values within give this album a bigger, smoother sound than earlier ones, while also better showcasing the individual musicians and the songs' instrumentation. Check out the rumbling drums cascading across the opening of "We Don't Have to Go Now" or the bright and bouncy keyboards on "Come Back to Me" for aural proof. And production matters for a group as emotionally and atmospherically nuanced as EBF. They pack a wallop on "Tie Me Up and Leave Me," an upbeat number that still swoons in an atmosphere heavy with yearning, regret, and cut by slivers of optimism. Even the poppy reggae of the aforementioned "Come Back" is inflected with a mournful undercurrent that dovetails perfectly with the love fighting to overcome hefty obstacles lyrics. The atmosphere is thickest, however, on the two instrumentals, the moody "Picture Show" and roots reggae-esque "Joey & Ranma," both highlighting the superb jazzy brass. EBF are equally adept at swing, with one of their best, the high stepping "Found Love," opening the set. Equally extraordinary is "Locked in the Chapel of Love," reggae- fied doo wop that throws the band's smooth, soulful vocals into the limelight. Their fabulous cover of "Rude Boy" even bests Bunny Livingston's Studio One original, although Wailers' fans will never admit to that. So whatever your dinner plans, drop by Joey's for this sensational album from a talented band, and enjoy. ~ Jo-Ann Greene

Easy Big Fella:
Mike Birenbaum (vocals, piano, Hammond B-3 organ)
Rick Dybvad (vocals, guitar)
Liam Barksdale (vocals, guitar, accordion, trumpet)
Jason Nelson (tenor & baritone saxophones)
Eric Ellsworth (trombone)
Brett Coffin (drums)
David Sommer (vocals, bass)

Additional personnel: Kevin Suggs (pedal steel guitar on Picture Show); Peter Simpson (bass);

Produced by Mike Birenbaum

Mixed at Avast Recording
Audio Mixers: Mike Birenbaum; Kevin Suggs.
Recording information: Recorded at Avast Recording and Squirley Audio (12/1995-06/1996).
Audio Engineers: Rick Vaughn (Squirley Audio) & Kevin Suggs (Avast Recording)
Editor: Bruce Wirth. Photographer: David Hawkes.



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