The Working Stiffs | Tsunami Tsessions

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Tsunami Tsessions

by The Working Stiffs

Lyrical stripped down classic rock & soul infused with jazz & fusion.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Little '59
3:56 album only
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2. I Couldn't Buy
3:44 album only
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3. Crossing the River
4:19 album only
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4. Where Were You
4:17 album only
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5. The Light
3:58 album only
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6. Keychain
3:04 album only
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7. Look Away
4:11 album only
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8. All It's Worth
3:41 album only
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9. You Can't Stay Here
3:30 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Molded from the Pacific Northwest’s greens, grays, & bitters, The Working Stiffs forge rock 'n soul from unpretentious lyrics, keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums.

Nominated for no Grammy Awards, The Working Stiffs is a remodeled garage band whose members have rocked the Pacific Northwest's worst venues.

The Working Stiffs are comprised of four experienced musicians who are devoted to music, fun, & getting the job done. Each has laid down his axe to endure life’s blows, and has the bruises & perspective to prove it.

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Andy Priebe

Get Stiffed!
In the interest of full disclosure, I’d like to go on the record that I am a friend of the band…or at least its founding members Stan Jones (keyboard) and Jim Wilcox (guitar and vocals). I have followed them as fixtures of our local music scene for several years now and once or twice had the privilege to sit in on some intimate moments of rehearsal and songwriting. That said, I think that my witness to the band’s evolution over the past few years gives me a good perspective from which to evaluate the Working Stiff’s new CD – the “Tsunami Tsessions.”

I love the core principle of the band - that they are dedicated musicians within the constraints of real life…work, family, car payments and the like. It makes this CD that much more impressive. There’s nothing amateur in these “tsessions” even though they have had to fight tooth and nail for every free moment to compose, rehearse and record. If you check out their web site (www.theworkingstiffs.com), you’ll note that this commitment has carried forward to the creation of a high quality portal of info about the band and their muses.

The liner notes are brief but worth reading because it paints a wonderful little picture of the “Stiff’s” stealing a weekend to fulfill a dream. I love everything about this get-away…male bonding, the living-room studio, and especially that these are essentially live tracks. With the exception of a few overdubs and some mastering, this is the way the “Stiffs” sound live. The resulting sound from this improvised performance space is amazing and the Working Stiffs join the Rolling Stones, The Band and Boston by pulling off recording miracles from the proverbial basement studio.

On to the music. The band is conversant in all styles of pop music and you’ll hear roackabilly, R&B, jazz and blues influences in these tracks. While they are capable of getting “out there,” these songs are all accessible and not self-indulgent. Each musician gives the other room for expression and the tracks are well-mixed to demonstrate this egalitarian approach. Jim’s vocals are the best I have heard yet from him. I can remember live shows where his singing was fine, but seemed more like placeholder vocals when compared to the strengths of the band’s songwriting and musicianship. That’s gone now. He has developed a terrific vocal style on equal footing with the band’s overall capability and sound. Jones is a gifted student of classic keyboard sounds from many genres and he serves up backing and solos here that are a perfect fit. He typically keeps his playing on simmer, sustaining and filling around the edges of the groove set down by the very capable rhythm section. When he does bust out with a solo, it’s a masterful dose of tone and technique.

Now a few comments on the songs themselves: The CD kicks off with “Little ‘59” -
a personal favorite of mine. It starts with a straightforward rock groove in the verse (which lyrically involves the classic themes of girls, cars and nostalgia) but then showcases this band’s versatility with a jazz-chord chorus and some very tasty vintage-vibe keyboard work from Jones and then terrific guitar sounds form Wilcox in the solo and outro. I can’t help but think Fagan and Becker when I listen to this track. I also love track 2, “I Couldn’t Buy” which takes me right back to about 1972 when Motown and R’nB hits were all over the AM radio I won at the Safety Patrol rally. This track really gives the rhythm section (Jim Spears – bass and Armando Espinoza – drums) an opportunity to shine in the mix “Keychain” another R’nB flavored track is one I have heard several times in their live sets and this version is mixed to sound much like the stage version. “Look Away” was a bit of a surprise in that I have never heard the Stiffs do an instrumental before. The opening riff is shared between the keyboard and guitar and is a great little nod to Jones/Wilcox collaboration over all these years. I mentally superimposed this lovely song over my image of their creative weekend at the coast. Track 4 is the only disappointment I found on the CD. Perfectly listenable, but a little aimless and the lo-fi vocal thing is kind of time-worn. The only other squawk I have is that I would have loved to hear a couple more tracks. But I guess it’s not a bad thing that I was left wanting more.

When five-o’clock rolls around, punch out and put on the Stiffs.
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Meredith

Dig 'em.
I have yet to see this rockin' band live, but my favorite tracks off this album are "I Couldn't Buy" and "Look Away."
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JY

Tsunmami Tsessions
Highly Recomended! I play in a Pennsylvania Rock band and I wish I could get these guys to move here!
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John Statler

Nice work!
I listened to your segments and decided to buy the CD. I enjoyed listening to you guys at the pizza parlor a few years ago when Chris and I came up for a few days. Hearing you play was an unexpected treat.

The song segments reminded me how much I enjoyed listening to you. Your music renders soft yet strong and experience rich emotions. I can work with the beat, yet still take a few moments to remember.

Thanks. I'll come back again after I've listened to the whole album.
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Paul

Motor City Kudos
Great piece of work. Can't get the second track out of my mind. What a catchy tune. That Little '59 sounds like a high-maintenance vehicle. Insightful lyrics and hot guitar licks - quite a combo. If Joe Satriani and Paul Carrack scramble their genes, this band is the omelette.
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Tucsonbil

Tucsonami Tsyllabus
Muy bien.

More like Susan Tedeschi (Tsedeschi?) "Just Won't Burn" to my ears. Generational applause from my 20 year old son for "I counld't buy" and my mid life rapture of "Little '59" ... bluesy with stimulating lyrics. Lead singer could use some Rogaine ... but, he makes up for that in the production value of "You Can't Stay Here." When does the video come out?
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John Statler

Just got the CD
Got the CD in the mailbox today. Track one got me to turn on my guitar and play along. Track five got me dancing around the living room. Track six got me swaying while typing. I love how the vocals punch through the other sounds. Great job. I also wonder when the video comes out!
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Texmess from San Antonio

Yeeall did Awesome
Awesome collection of songs! Really enjoyed "Crossing the River". Terrific vocals!! The working Stiff's CD "Works" for me!
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Jim

The Working Stiffs
A fun little gem. I have to commend the band. I like the Little 59 the best, as I have a 59 of my own!
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