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Big Street - 1983 Big Street (5 track Mini LP)

ARTIST: Big Street
ALBUM: Big Street (5 track Mini LP)
LABEL: Montage Records
YEAR: 1983


LINEUP: Rick Hamilton - lead and backing vocals * Peter Keltz - guitars, backing vocals * Fred Zarra - keyboards, backing vocals * Danny Weston - bass, backing vocals * Monk Manley - drums

Additional Musicians: Reggis Sutton - alto sax (#2) * The Nads - backing voca1s (#2)

TRACK LISTING: 01 Camouflage * 02 You're Just Too White For Me * 03 Shakin' Johnny Down * 04 No Turnin' Back * 05 When You Were Mine

Big Street came and went before you knew it. From Philadelphia, this obscure 5-track Mini LP was a closet classic for 1983. On one hand I'm so glad they released something, on the other, disappointed that they weren't able to kick on to something substantial. Signed to Montage Records, home of another rare band featured here at GDM (Conductor), Big Street really are a band tailor made for a website like ours.

The Songs
'Camouflage' leads off, and it's a busy track with lots happening, especially on the drums and percussion side of things. Still, it's vocally interested, and lead singer Rick Hamilton has a set of pipes that is slightly on the rough edge (think Eddie Money and Bryan Adams) but well suited to the material. 'You're Just Too White For Me' is very oddball, and you'll be doing well to adjust to the zany style on this one. 'Shakin' Johnny Down' is the album's highlight, and you hear this one in the video underneath, the next track 'No Turnin' Back' is as tough as old boots, a stronger delivery with Mayday like precision, the mini album concluding with the brilliant 'When You Were Mine' which to me sounds like Franke & The Knockouts on steroids!

In Summary
As far as I can see, this was the only outing for this short-lived band. A shame. Let's hope we can unearth some more of these rarities at GDM. The fileshare is available on the GDM Nextcloud.

Big Street - 1983 Shakin' Johnny Down

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