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Big Red Letter Day

Buffalo TomAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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MP3 Music, 11 Songs, 1998 $9.49  
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 21, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars UK - Ada
  • ASIN: B0000018AT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,359 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The first two albums by Buffalo Tom showed that the Massachusetts trio had studied its heroes (Dinosaur Jr., Husker Du), learned their guitar-rock vocabulary, and mastered the ability to put it across. But the band didn't have much original to add, and although Let Me Come Over and Birdbrain were pleasant listening, they were quickly forgotten. Big Red Letter Day is more dynamic, peeling away the layers of fuzz guitar to reveal acoustic guitar and Bill Janovitz' simple but compelling vocal melodies. The album emphasizes the lyrics, which stand up to the scrutiny, and "Soda Jerk," "Would Not Be Denied," and "Anything That Way" are the best songs the band has written. --Jim DeRogatis

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Jerked My Fountain" September 5, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I was first introduced to Buffalo Tom through "My So-Called Life." Dutifully tuning into ABC on a cold Wednesday night in late 1994, I saw a band that I had heard of but never heard. I was riveted by the guitar and drum of "Sodajerk" and "Late At Night" and their infectious melodies. I bought the album the next day and it has been in constant rotation for the last 7 years.
Buffalo Tom, panned as Dinosaur Jr. Junior early on, really came into their own with this album. It features their only minor MTV and alt-radio hit "Sodajerk" but it also features some other very underrated songs, including "I'm Allowed" (a driving guitar song in good juxtaposition with "Sodajerk"), "Torch Singer" (a catchy little number containing the title of the album in its lyrics) and "Late At Night" (a great bar rock song).
I've tried for 7 years to see Buffalo Tom in concert and I've never quite been able to catch up with them. It just may not be meant to be, but I'll tell you this: I'm not gonna give up. If they are half as good live as they are on this album, it'll be the best concert of my life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grrreat Tunes!!!!!!!! August 23, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
One of my fave alterna-rock/pop bands!! This CD is filled with awesome melodies. My favorite song on this album is "late at night" -- MY SO-CALLED LIFE fans will remember it as the song played when Jordan walks across that crowded hallway and, in front of everybody, takes Angela's hand for the first time :)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem January 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The kiss of death for Buffalo Tom might have been getting stuck with the "alternative" label. Because to call them "alternative" was to deny them the mass audience they so richly deserved.
Buffalo Tom, not a guy but a Boston-based trio, skillfully transformed traditional song styles into idiosyncratic rockers and electric ballads, in the same way that REM transformed "New Southern Rock" into something much more. Forget the comparisons to Dinosaur Jr.: this band, and Big Red Letter Day, are successful on their own terms.
Produced by the Robb Brothers, responsible for producing hitmakers like Neil Diamond, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, the Bay City Rollers and fellow-Bostonians the Lemonheads, the CD is probably Buffalo Tom's most accessible, featuring deceptively simple melodies, dynamic guitars, and some of the band's best lyrics.
The CD opens with the confident "Sodajerk", which features the Water Sisters (Rolling Stones) and the immortal opening lines: "Watch an eyeball/take a free fall/At the mention of a name/In its socket/Like a rocket/It rises just the same."
Other standouts include "My Responsibility" (and the great lyrics, "I don't like that joke, and I don't want to smell like smoke"), "Torch Singer" and the rocking "Tree House" and "Dry Land".
Overlooked in its day, Big Red Letter Day is an easy gem that's well deserving of your hard-earned dollars.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffalo Who? March 14, 2000
By doug
Format:Audio CD
If you went to high school and/or college in the early 90's and feel like you missed out on something, this is it. Buffalo Tom is one of the most under-rated, unheard-of bands of the previous decade.
"Big Red Letter Day" is the band's most easily accessible album, and is also the pinnacle of their career. Thoughtful, poetic lyrics mixed with beautifully noisy electric guitar leads and melodic acoustic rhythms make "BRLD" Buffalo Tom's most creative work thus far. Subsequent albums fail in comparison to "Big Red Letter Day" and its predecesssors. If you feel like you missed something in the early 90's college music scene, you've gotta hear Buffalo Tom; in short...these guys rock!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Stands the Test of Time December 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If ever there was an album that should be dusted off and given another spin, or perhaps a band that should be given more credit its Buffalo Tom--Big Red Letter Day.
I bought this album in college and recently dusted it off and found the melodies to be very very tight and the guitar work, to be very inspiring. For those who are learning guitar and for those who enjoy music, pick up this album. Forget the opening track--Sodajerk, a good song that was played out by Nike's use in a commercial. The rest of the album will inspire you to play an instrument much the way John Popper's harmonica creates a feeling whenever you listen to that first Blues Traveler album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The moon was full your whisky sour" May 1, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought Big Red Letter Day back in the early 1990s during my first year in college and it was one of my most played CDs at the time. Playing it now 11 years later, it still sounds great. Even though it was classified as "alternative" with "Sodajerk" getting decent play on MTV's 120 Minutes during its release, it is really just good, solid rock 'n roll with some Husker Du and Dinosaur Jr. influence and a smidgen of country sound here and there. No song jumps out on this album, but there is nothing weak here either. It is a good CD to pop in and hit "repeat all."
Buffalo Tom was a trio formed in 1986 in Massachusetts who built up a following with fuzz-laden guitars, effervescent melodies and muscle-building tours. Big Red Letter Day was the band's major label debut. The band made a little news when a magazine that had a regular "Cute Band Alert" section, changed the title to "Cute Drummer Alert" especially for BT drummer Tom Maginnis (I think the other two guys are cute, too). Guitarist Bill Janovitz does most of the vocal duties. He has a good, no nonsense rock 'n roll voice. Bassist Chris Colbourne provides vocals on "My Responsibility" and "Late at Night," seemingly about troubled fatherhood. These songs are a little less testosterone-driven. Colbourne does not have a very strong voice but the songs are catchy. I still find myself humming "Late at Night." Some songs are a little slower than others, but there are no true ballads here. Other tracks just rock like "Tree House" that ends with some gospel singing by the Water Sisters. Big Red Letter Day is a solid CD that has aged very well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best CD ever!!!
This has to be one of the best CDs of all-time...not only does it bring me back to a teenager, I can still relate to the words of the songs. Thank you Buffalo Tom!!! :)
Published 2 months ago by Nikki
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff all around!!
totally 100% album all around. True music for the soul. Love every minute of it!!
Published on February 9, 2009 by Derek Hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Underrated
The band and the album.
Every song on this album is a winner, no filler at all.
Three guys from Boston show how it's done - engaging melodies and great guitar. Read more
Published on October 11, 2008 by W. W. Sperger
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best
I've got a few thousand albums and this is my favorite. Enuf said.
Published on June 18, 2007 by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good all around
Even though there songs have been used on commercials, people still don't who this group is. And that is a shame. There light rock sounds are calming. I love this album.
Published on August 16, 2003 by Wade Burchette
5.0 out of 5 stars Stands the test of time
I bought this album on the strength of "Sodajerk" which received modest radio play and could never take it out of my CD-player once I got it home. Read more
Published on July 17, 2000 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best pure rock albums ever!
One of the biggest crimes in music is that Buffalo Tom are not as popular as they deserve to be. I bought this CD about 7 yrs ago on a whim,, after hearing Soda Jerk on the radio. Read more
Published on May 24, 2000 by "zooeyglass1"
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Songs
"Big Red Letter Day" by Buffalo Tom is an amazing CD. The first few tracks completely pull you in and then by the time you get to the best track ("Late at... Read more
Published on May 2, 2000 by Caroline P. Hampton
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as they get...
Big Red Letter Day introduced me to Buffalo Tom. Now, I usually consider myself to be a music snob, sticking to the incomprable talents of Radiohead and the like, but Buffalo Tom... Read more
Published on April 10, 2000 by Dave Roland
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