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Covering the Bases

Bronson ArroyoAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • ASIN: B0009XFIT6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,282 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Slide
2. Down In the Hole
3. Freshman
4. Everlong
5. Black
6. Pardon Me
7. Something's Always Wrong
8. Plush
9. Shimmer
10. Hunger Strike
11. Best I've Ever Had
12. Dirty Water

Editorial Reviews

Born in Key West, Florida and raised in Tampa, Florida, Bronson Arroyo came from a musical and sports family. Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1995, Arroyo was later singed by the Boston Red Sox in 2003. After the 2004 World Series won by the Red Sox, Bronson teamed up with music producer Loren Harriet and music executive Lou Mann to create a twelve song album featuring cover songs that Arroyo would play for his teammates.

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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful
By PamelaC
Format:Audio CD
I had a feeling there would be some low ratings here, most likely from Yankee fans, or Sox fans that 'disapprove' of Bronson moonlighting with music. Silly.

I first heard Bronson sing last year, and was blown away at the voice that comes out of this skinny guy. Bronson is one of the quiet players, almost shy, so I was surprised to hear that he sings, and was then shocked by how good he is. He has a very deep, rich voice, that lends itself perfectly to this music. There's a lot of good music on this CD, SLIDE, FRESHMEN, and unlike another poster, my favorite was actually the fun rendition of DIRTY WATER, the song that is played whenever the Sox win at home.

I look forward to another CD with original songs.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bronson Arroyo July 20, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I heard Bronson sing last year when they played some of his footage from Hot Stove on NESN and I couldn't believe how great his voice was. I am a die hard Sox fan, and a fan of his so I was happy when he released a cd. Yes, it is all covers but he sings them very well. My personal favorites are Freshman and Shimmer, but really the whole album is awesome. I was at his concert last Wednesday and he was amazing live as well. He is a talented guy, I can't wait to see what he comes up with for his next cd!

Lorin, Boston MA
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Effort By A Fantastic Ball Player July 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Bronson delivers some fine lyrics on some very fine tunes on this album. His voice is sharp, crisp, and at times haunting. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bronson Baby! July 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This Cd is really awesome. I am from Cincinnati, OH and we just got Bronson from Boston, and ever since then he has been singing everywhere with the songs from this CD. This is a very cool CD, I listen to it over and over again.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bronson Can Pitch, Sing - AND Hit April 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Bronson Arroyo will always and forever be a hero in Boston. He was one of the stars of the 2004 World Champs (eat your hearts out forever Evil Empire fans) and he proves on this CD that he is a real musician as well as an excellent pitcher (and, it seems, a good hitter too, judging by his opening games with the Reds). "Slide" starts out the CD in fine style and, my personal favorite, "Grey Sky Morning," is beautifully sung and arranged. This is a guy who clearly loves music - and he sings with a passion that more noted singers could take some lessons from. "Dirty Water," which closes the CD, is just a lot of fun, hearing some of the great voices, especially Johnny Damon's, from the 2004 Champs. Believe me, Bronson, you're missed in Boston, because you loved playing for the Red Sox and the fans will never forget your contributions. This fine CD is a great addition to any music lover's collection. Sure, the range of songs is somewhat limited, as one poster writes, but, for those who don't know these songs or bands, Bronson's CD is a terrific introduction and the liner notes, which describe his feelings about each song, add to a VERY impressive CD debut. I find myself playing several cuts of this A LOT. You will too. Bronson is a cool guy, great pitcher, hitter, and a champion! Here's hoping we get him back to the Red Sox soon.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boston's Bronson's Killer Album September 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge Boston Red Sox fan, but that doesn't biase my review (although I don't own any CD's performed by current or former Yankees). If you liked the 90's grunge sound, then you should love 'Covering the Bases.' Bronson Arroyo's deep and gutteral voice lends itself perfectly to the grunge sound. If imitation is the best form of compliment, then his cover for each song is a tribute to the original. All songs are sung with the deep emotion they were intended. And to end the album with the very upbeat and quirky 'Dirty Water' is just pure brilliance. I love the added bonus of the background vocals by Sox teammates Johnny Damon, Lenny DiNardo, and Kevin Youkilis. I can't help but smile when I hear their silly tributes to Boston.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Striking Resemblance February 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I don't feel like I wasted money on this album because Arroyo demonstrates a certain level of vocal ability and it's a fun thing to own from a novelty standpoint, but it certainly didn't blow me away. He should have included original compositions in the recording (unless, of course, those aren't any good). I also disagree with his chosen title- I don't think he really covers the proverbial bases here musically, since he selected pieces from a limited genre and time period. He does sound remarkably like the artists whose songs he covered - I think he fields his position pretty well... Perhaps "A Striking Resemblance" would have been the more appropriate title.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant surprise :) August 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I'm a die-hard Red Sox fan, so when I heard about Bronson's c.d. advertised on NESN, I thought "what the heck, even if it's lousy it won't be the worst c.d. I ever bought." I didn't really expect much - after all, who expects pitchers to multi-task as singers?!

I was shocked at how good Bronson's voice really is! His rendition of "Everlong" w/ Stephen King doing some spoken vocals and the last track "Dirty Water" w/ other members of the Red Sox are priceless.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Music was good, like Bronson Arroyo as a baseball player.
Published 1 month ago by Timothy Dolley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
who knew a pitcher was so talented
Published 2 months ago by Robert Cummings
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the cover songs from the 90's. Bronson sings with heart and passion and I really loved it!
Published 2 months ago by Karen Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars He's good
A guy who can pitch, play guitar and sing, can't ask for much more than that. As a contempory acoustic Folk songwriter, his music really isn't my style but, that doesn't take... Read more
Published 14 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars not just another baseball player
I love this album. I think he covers the songs better than the originals. I may be bias but I love him as a player as well, and that's why I bought the CD. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Candygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD
Bronson picked all the best songs and performed them better than the original artist! These songs are on my ipods most played list. Bronson rocks!
Published on August 26, 2012 by Kimberly A. Greene
1.0 out of 5 stars This is garbage
I can't beleive how crappy this is. Sounds like someone brought a tape recorder to the local karoke bar... The biggest problem is that these are not covers they are imitations. Read more
Published on August 25, 2011 by Scuba Steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Amazing
Overall a great CD, lots of great yet different sounding covers of great songs. Very unique voice when covering songs like Slide and Freshman.
Published on August 22, 2011 by Big Al
5.0 out of 5 stars jUST PERFECT
Great CD. I have been looking for this in all the local stores, but just could not find it.
It is my sisters favorite CD now. Read more
Published on August 2, 2009 by T. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars I knew he was good, but....
I absolutely love this album! Considering he's a baseball player (and only played for the best team in the world!) he has amazing musical talent. Read more
Published on February 27, 2009 by anne
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