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Based on a True Story

Fat Freddy's DropAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kartel
  • ASIN: B000ICLT9G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,541 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Do it for the love of music." February 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It's easy to see how much these 7 guys really do love music, as the New Zealand collective known as Fat Freddy's Drop offer up a real diverse sounding album, filled with reggae and jazz infused downtempo vocal tracks. Joe Dukie, aka Dallas Tamaira has one of the smoothest sounding voices of any electronic or pop male vocalist I've heard in a while. His soulful and crisp sound instantly take any lyrical journey up a notch to the next level. It's DJ Fitchie doing the mixing, Fulla Flash on sax, Jetlag Johnson on guitars, Dobie Blaze on keys, Ho Pepa on trombone, and Tony Chang on cornet. These guys have no shortage in delivering jazzy soundscapes with a touch of dub and reggae to back Dukie.

It's a different sounding album then most US music listeners would be accustomed to, as it's a far cry from the pop that's scattered across our top 40. However, in New Zealand, this album has been on their top 40 chart for an astonishing 90 weeks and counting, and was the biggest selling album in NZ in 2006. It's no wonder, as this is a quality album, by a unique musical collaboration. Mixing jazz, electronica, reggae, and soulful vocals, Fat Freddy's Drop have created a mind opening venture into current music trends.

The album features the singles Flashback, a vocal track which sounds reminiscent of 60's Motown; Wandering Eye, probably the most mainstream sounding vocal track on the album; Roady, a playful dub track with some slick lyrics from guest Ladi 6; Ernie, a jazzy downtempo track with a full 4 minutes of soothing piano melody until the vocals finally kick in; and one of my favorites, Cay's Crays, which features the ultra catchy chorus line, "the skank be the rock in my life".
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is the epitome of COOL. June 17, 2010
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe I never heard of this band until I stumbled across this CD on Amazon. No matter where they happen to be from (New Zealand), they deserve to be a lot more well known here in the States.

The first couple of songs have a heavy reggae beat and at first I thought, okay, this is a reggae band. WRONG. They're actually a reggae/dub/R&B/blues/soul/jazz band. And probably a few other genres I won't figure out until after repeated listenings. The really remarkable thing is how they are able to fuse all these genres together to create an incredibly tight sound that just gets under your skin, I don't know any other way to put it.

As corny as it sounds, this CD is just plain grooooovy, man. If the sound samples here on Amazon sound intriguing AT ALL to you, just get out your wallet and buy it immediately. The whole is much, much more than the sum of its parts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stays on High Rotate August 14, 2005
A wonderful wonderful album. The listening experience gets richer with each listen.

fat Freddy's Drop make music with dub and reggae roots. They're unafraid of long tracks. The music is flavoured with jazz and soul. Strong brass, bass and piano.

Try this uncategorisable and original Wellington ensemble. True summery music.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't need to listen to anything else.. February 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This cd is sooooooo good! It has a little bit of everything...I never get tired of listening to it. I have turned on friends to this cd, and they all come back saying the same thing...they can't stop listening to it. Cays Crays is one of my favorite all time songs. The lyrics and music keep me hanging on, and just when it sounds like the song is over, it gives you a taste of roots and dub. The horns on this cd are great, and are something that is lost these days to synthesizers on most cds. The musicians on this cd are all very talented and truely understand music, and it shows on this creative cd. I've been to New Zealand twice and it is my favorite place in the world, and listening to this cd takes me back there to enjoy the vibes and mana of Aotearoa.

Other great New Zealand artists to check out if you enjoy this are Trinity Roots, The Black Seeds, Salmonella Dub, Kora, and Hollie Smith(she can be heard on some of FFD's tracks and has an EP out). Conscious Roots 2 is a great compilation to listen to for an ontroduction to different NZ artists. I am a roots lover, so my recommendations reflect that...Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kiwi Superstars for a reason September 14, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you have ever been to New Zealand you know how much they love live music. Just about any little hole in the wall is going to have a band. In a country with so many talented musicians it is no wonder that Fat Freddy's Drop produces such wonderful music. When I bought my first Fat Freddy's Drop album the Kiwi salesman said it didn't matter which one I bought, they were all excellent, he also said how that people buy up the new one as soon as it is released and can't wait for the next one. After that initial purchase I have bought up every Fat Freddy release I can find and can't wait for more either. This album is just damn good music through and through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fat Freddy's Drop, music to New Zealand by February 24, 2012
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Most excellant, yes it is reagae, jazz, SKaa all rolled into one. Americans don't get to hear music like this cause we are stuck listening to the TOP 40 junk. I had a "Aussie" turn me on to these sounds and it "JAMMS". There is a lot of great music out there in the rest of the world and ya gotta travel outside to U.S. to discover the sounds. Get ya a "Weee" pint, put "Fat Freddy" on the stereo full blast and rock your senses out!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Re-purchased this album for someone after Apple deleted it. I love it too
Published 6 days ago by Kristen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sound!
Excellent album! I highly recommend it if you enjoy a jazzy, reggae music. I definitely will be looking for more of this group.
Published 3 months ago by SFC Jeffrey Zocher
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Delicacy
Based on a True Story is one of those quintessential New Zealand (Wellington) albums which gets into your soul and stays there. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Chris Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggae/Dub wonder.
New Zeland's best Reggae/Dub, sort of a different kind of music these boys make! Really good stuff, from uplifting to mellow tunes.
Published 12 months ago by Luis Fierro
5.0 out of 5 stars What's the world with out Soul?
This was shared with and I love it, so much truth in this album, words of inspiration please listen to it.
Published 17 months ago by Dolores Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on a True Story
I bought this CD on a whim, as a suggestion by Amazon, and I am now a fan of Fat Freddys Drop. This wonderful melange of reggae/dub and R&B with a pinch of jazz left my ears aching... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Baggy Pants
4.0 out of 5 stars Great after a while of fairly heavy rotation
Love these guys, found them via some Budos Band and Menehan Street Deptone stuff, quite happy about it... I had to write more words so here they are...
Published 20 months ago by Jonathan V Hess
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
This is a great Album. Well mastered, and now totally worn out from be played so much. Go get it.
Published 22 months ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars i got the wandering eye
great sounds. interesting to hear what comes out of new zealand... these guys and 'the Black Seeds' are some of the freshest on the planet. Read more
Published on March 9, 2012 by Dylan A. Higgins
5.0 out of 5 stars Chur bro
A truly fantastic album from the NZ masters of Reggae. This band just produces perfect music that can't help but get under your skin. Read more
Published on September 2, 2011 by Michael G. Evans
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