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Keasbey Nights

Catch 22Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 7, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: April 7, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Victory Records
  • ASIN: B000005ZFF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,987 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dear Sergio
2. Sick and Sad
3. Keasbey Nights
4. Day in Day Out
5. Walking Away
6. Giving up Giving In
7. On & On & On
8. Riding the Fourth Wave
9. This One Goes Out to...
10. Supernothing
11. 9mm and a Three Piece Suit
12. Kristina She Don't Know I Exist
13. As the Footsteps Die Out Forever
14. 12341234

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Instant Classic. November 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
One of the most influential ska albums of the past ten years, and certainly one of the most important, Catch 22's "Keasbey Nights" broke free of the Bosstones/Reel Big Fish-esque fratboy themes that had dominated most ska-punk to that date (with perhaps Fishbone, the Toasters, and a few others managaing to circumvent these themes as well) with a force and energy that is essentially incomparable to any of their third-wave ska cohort.

Keasbey Nights is a dark album (although not as dark as the followup "Alone in a Crowd", perhaps the bleakest ska album since the Specials) filled with songs about the two things Tomas Kalnoky writes extremely well; girls and violence. Given that most of the band members were barely out of high school when this album was cut, its honesty and depth are striking in a way that many older artists could only dream of achieving.

The band split down the middle after this album, with the surviving half going on to tour incessantly and release some albums that, while excellent in their own right, are hampered by standing in the shadow of one of the most amazing debut releases in ska history.

Five stars.

-HX
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS SKA GETS July 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Wow. I bought this album based on what I heard of "Dear Sergio" and "Riding The Fourth Wave" (the instrumental) and I wasn't at all disappointed. It is, quite simply, right up there with the best ska I have ever heard. The whole CD, from start to finish, is a masterpiece. Not one track on this Cd is bad, every one is superb. The horns are so tight in this band...as tight, if not tighter than any other ska I have ever heard. The lightness of the acoustic guitar makes it that much better, and on track 6 (Giving Up Giving In), when the switch is made to electric and heavier punk, its still amazing. And it's stuff that I can relate to ("I got no girl got no cash but I got the world in the palm of my hand and I dont' care if you care or if you understand"). It also has two of the saddest ska songs I've ever heard- "Kristina She Don't Know I Exist" (which has an amazing guitar solo) and "As The Footsteps Die Out Forever". The horns come together amazingly on the whole album, the guitar is just great, the bass lines are noticeable (which is good enough for ska/punk). One song I absolutely love on this album is "Keasbey Nights", the title track. This album is amazing...it's hard to find anything better. If you have even a remote interest in ska or punk, have even a little bit liked anything out of any band along the lines of Less Than JAke, Reel Big Fish, Mustard Plug, get this album. You won't be sorry...in fact, you'll be happy. Not one song on this album is bad, every one shows you what Catch 22 is about. You should also check out their EP "Washed Up" to get an idea on how they've matured. BUY KEASBEY NIGHTS AND REVEL IN THE WONDER THAT IS CATCH22 SKA.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply awesome CD March 31, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is simply a great album no matter the kind of music you listen to. Every song on Keasbey Nights is an excellent song. There's not just a couple of good songs and filler like you find in so many other albums. Every track on here is worth listening to over and over. Catch 22 seemlessly blends a myriad of different influences into their punk-ska sound, making every track completely different. There isn't any other band that sounds like Catch 22. This is an album that I would recommend to anyone without hesitation.
Note: After this album the lead singer and song writer left the band because he was tired of touring, so Washed Up and Alone in a Crowd aren't nearly as good as Keasbey Nights.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest ska album ever? July 19, 2005
Format:Audio CD
With a perfect score of five stars (out of 108 reviews, no less), it's only too evident that Keasbey Nights is an awesome third-wave ska record. I was self-introduced to Catch 22 only four months ago after first hearing 1234, 1234, and I was simply blown away. With the energy of Operation Ivy and the brilliant lyrics of the pioneers of punk rock, The Clash, Catch 22 provide the listener with so much to enjoy. Keasbey Nights is one of the most fun albums I've ever listened to; with thumping bass and incredibly cool horn work, I don't think I ever liked the ska genre so much after a listen to this ensemble. However, underneath all of the catchiness and humor of Catch 22, there is a very dark undertone. Many of the songs on Keasbey Nights deal with very real things: from suicide to hypocrisy to love, Catch 22 show that they are more than just great musicians. I credit lead singer Tomas Kalalnoky for being a true lyrical genius; without the lyrics of Catch 22, I couldn't possibly fathom how they would perceived.

In the end, Keasbey Nights is one of the must successful ska records with good reason. While Catch 22 may be no more, Keasbey Nights lives on to show what they were once capable of.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great ska-punk album all the way through June 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
catch-22 have the energy of hardcore, the emotion of emo, and altogether just a great ska-punk sound. all the songs on this cd are catchy without being annoying, and everyone in the band is a talented musician. the lyrics are alternately depressing and self-empowering, and even the songs with sad/slow parts have some parts that are upbeat and skankable. the intros to the songs are all interesting as well, ranging from jazz-influenced horn parts, to acoustic guitar, so a few seconds of fast punk rock. at the end of the cd, the band members thank people on "12341234" instead of in the liner notes, while someone plays the piano. the music eventually fades out, leaving you with a smile on your face, a skank in your feet, and a new favorite band.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars re:vinyl release currently for sale
Please note, the vinyls currently for sale are bootlegs. I have the original, and bought another when I saw the super-cheap price. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Richard J. Schenk
5.0 out of 5 stars SKA-RIFFIC! Perhaps the best CD of 3rd Wave Ska!
This differently is one of the best ska cd's out there. This could possible be the best cd of 3rd wave ska bands. Every time I start the cd and hear "Dear Sergio" I get pumped up! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Brian Figura
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this cd thank you!
This is a classic cd. I have always loved this cd and chose to own it myself. You shipped immediately and I was impressed by how fast it came to my mail box. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars easy
Great cd! bought this a few years ago and recently downloaded Streetlight Manifesto's keasby nights. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Charlie Gaither
5.0 out of 5 stars An Amazing Ska Album
I've been listening to Ska for as long as I can remember, in fact it was probably the first genre of music I really started listening to and enjoying. Read more
Published on August 20, 2011 by Saint
5.0 out of 5 stars Tomas Kalnoky
Very good cd the best catch 22 cd because of the lead singer Tomas Kalnoky all the ones after him suck their new lead singer sounds like the guy from panic at the disco... Read more
Published on December 23, 2008 by Heather Bradish
5.0 out of 5 stars Third-Wave Ska At Its Best
Keasbey Nights was released in 1998 on Victory records by a little-known band from New Jersey. But since then, the CD has grown to represent the entire third-wave ska movement. Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by Matt W. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest and brilliant
It's tough to be a fan of ska music. On the one hand there are the critics, who rip the party-fueled genre of ska -- a term for a brassy, syncopated, hooky style of music -- as... Read more
Published on July 2, 2008 by Danny J.
3.0 out of 5 stars pretty good CD
There's some really good songs on this CD that make me still keep it around but some of the songs on this CD are really boring too.
Published on February 5, 2008 by C. Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST SKA ALBUM OF ALL TIME!
"Keasby nights" is classic. Everyone's gotta love this album. It rules! Every song is great! If you even remotely like ska, get this!
Published on December 15, 2006 by L. Scott
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