Big Smith

January 1, 1998 | Format: MP3

$8.99
Also available in CD Format
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1998
  • Label: MayApple Records
  • Copyright: 1998 Big Smith
  • Total Length: 53:01
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B000QQTW2A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,419 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

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This CD should be in your collection if you are a serious music fan.
"krakrjak"
The instrumental, vocal and song trichotomy are broad and gives this long project a comfortable feel.
J. Ross
Can't speak enough for their live shows--that's a hell of a good time.
MTHB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kristen Gordon on March 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Big Rock is Big Smith's third CD and they just keep getting better. The band has a completely original sound, which has been difficult for folks to label. Bluegrass, Folk, Blues, even Rock, and definitely Hillibilly, no phrase seems to completely nail down the sound. The band, all cousins, pays homage to their Ozarks roots through their music, but their appeal goes beyond geography. The band appeals to young and old alike. At any one of their shows you can find grandpas, hippies, rednecks, preppies, and, of course, more than a few hillbillies who find it hard to keep still when Big Smith starts rockin'. "Fickle Hearted Man" and "Die, Dead, Die" will get you on your feet. The band takes foray into more gentle feelings with the beautifully simple, "She Let's Me In." By the way, most, if not all, of the songs are penned by band members. Big Smith is the hottest thing around, and Big Rock is a delight from beginning to end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to these boys from the Ozarks since they started playing hopped-up bluegrass at the South Avenue Pizza Company back in Springfield, Missouri. On Big Rock, their sound shifts from fast-paced fun on '12" 3-Speed Oscillating Fan,' to the introspective and lonely-sounding 'John Elvis.' The craftsmanship of the music is excellent (as always), but the lyrics become more socially aware. In 'No Sir' Mark and Jody Bilyeau write, "The only words in spanish, on highway 44, say checkpoint straight ahead so you know who they're lookin' for/ but tell me why does not one say, bienvenidos, enjoy your stay/ you can't tell me that there's no other way" a sharp jab at narrow-minded attitudes. In 'Backwater,' Mark Bilyeau takes a hard look at rural Missouri before concluding that he and his mate will "settle down and raise 'em (their children) right here in this backwater." The musical styles are widely varied. 'She lets me in' is a soft, acoustic ballad, 'Big Rock' has an electric country-blues sound, and 'What Has Happened' carries a piano-driven flavor similar to 1890's saloon music. Add it all together, and you have a well-crafted, musically and lyrically literate album that showcases the broad talents of this truly original band.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Their lyrics are poetic. Their delivery is raw. Their music is happiness. Put on your overalls, take off your shoes, and dance dance dance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MTHB on June 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've met some hard-core bluegrass fans who consider Big Smith to be an anathema to pure bluegrass because they don't play the standards--because they use rock beats. I guess, their creativity is why I give them a five.

This is a smart, group of guys with an amazing sense of harmony and timing, and a fantastic sense of humor. It pleased me greatly to hear them on the radio all the way on the East Coast.

And it wouldn't be truth in advertising if I didn't admit to knowing/listening to them often when I was in college in Springfield as well. Can't speak enough for their live shows--that's a hell of a good time.

And, they grow on you. A lot. Give it a try.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "gopherus" on September 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Big Rock, while moving beyond the cousin's hillbilly roots in instruments, keeps the vibe of the Ozarks that their firt record had. While the addition of electric guitars and organs may shock some of their fans, Big Rock continues to have the feel of a backwoods party. The best track on the album is their cover of Red Meat's "12" 3 Speed Oscilating Fan" which far surpasses the original. While many of the songs like "Big Rock" and "Preacher" reflect the mountain life, this record moves beyond those themes with songs like "No Sir" (a moving song about cops and racism) and "John Elvis". Big Rock shows that Big Smith is capable of doing more than one type of song and doing those songs well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dana Thomas on December 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Although this is a children's cd (and we don't have any), my husband and I bought this album anyway, just because we wanted all the Big Smith we could get! It is fantastic, with many toe-tappers that you will find yourself humming all the time. With lyrics like, "Hagalina, Magalina, Hootensteiner, Walkensteiner, Hogan Logan Mogan was her name", who wouldn't love it!? My personal favorite is the song, "Leap as you run", which inspires the child in all of us to reclaim the joy in life. The album also has various well-loved children's songs. Whether you need some good healthy music for the kids or for yourself, buy this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Seymore on February 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this for my year-old niece and have since bought 10 because I received such rave reviews from my sister's not-so-hillbilly friends in Connecticut. Now I give one to every kid I know. Not only is it baby/kid-friendly, but it's NOT one of those children's albums that makes grown-ups want to drive off a cliff. The dance/singalong cd is hilarious and the lullaby cd is so sweet. My review doesn't do the album justice so you should just trust me and order a few of them. And while you're at it, get every other Big Smith album you can on Amazon. Or you can go to mayapple.com to get all their albums (sorry, Amazon).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Whitlock on March 29, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This band has a sound that stands out in the music world. Take a little bit of hillbilly, mix in some Johnny Cash and Wille Nelson, then add great instrumentation and lyrics and you've got Big Smith. "No, Sir", "Preacher", "Big Rock" and "Backwater" are just some of the well-written songs on this album. If you're a little bit country, and a little bit rock-n-roll, you're gonna love this band.
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