Ska In My Pocket: The Biggest & Bestest Of Bigger Thomas

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Good anthology of the bands fine work over the years. Definitely not a one-trick-pony in my opinion, though title track does probably edge it as my favourite.

Rock steady calypsoul (with a smile). Favorite track: Chucks.
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about

This compilation tells a story that began a quarter century ago when the original members of the band (Roger Apollon, Marc Wasserman, Jim Cooper, Steve Meicke, Sean Moore, Kevin Shields and Steve Parker) first met one another in New Brunswick, NJ, The story has continued through to today's band which still includes three of the original members (Apollon, Wasserman and Cooper) with long time members John DiBianco, Spencer Katzman, Rob George, Chris Malone and Roy Radics. Though a love for ska and reggae music originally brought us together, each member has brought a diverse set of musical interests that we developed into our own sound with 2-Tone ska (The Specials, The Beat, The Selecter), UK reggae (Steel Pulse, UB40) and punk (The Clash, The Jam, The Police) as the foundation. Like our cherished musical influences, our goal has always been to write and perform music that gets people dancing and thinking too.

Each member of Bigger Thomas has contributed individually and collectively to these unique hybrids of ska, reggae, pop, calypso and soul that appeared on four albums -- Bigger Thomas (1989), Resisting Success (2004), We Wear The Mask (2005) and Steal My Sound (2010) as well as two demo tapes we recorded in 1988. These 21 songs reflect the best of the diversity, creativity and originality we have developed writing and performing together all these many years. Most importantly these songs are a testament to the brotherhood we have built and that has endured through the ups and downs of playing and performing over twenty five years. We hope you enjoy listening to them as much as we have enjoyed playing them.

credits

released January 21, 2013

Bigger Thomas Musicians 1988-2013:
Roger Apollon - Lead Vocals, Melodica, Piano, Percussion
Dave Barry - Hammond Organ, Piano
Jim Cooper - Drums, Percussion
John DiBianco - Drums
Rob George - Saxophone, Lead Vocals
Spencer Katzman - Guitar
Chris Malone - Trombone, Vocals
Ken "Miggy" Gayle - Vocals
Rob Meehan - Guitar
Steve Meicke - Saxophone
Sean Moore - Trumpet
Rick Nagle - Trumpet
Steve Parker - Guitar, Piano, Percussion
Roy Radics - Chats/Vocals
Kevin Shields - Trumpet
Alex Stecyna - Hammond Organ, Keyboards
Kevin A. Sztam - Trombone
Marc Wasserman - Bass, Percussion

Song Credits:
Ska In My Pocket (Apollon/Parker/Wasserman)
I Can't Remember My Name (Parker/Wasserman)
Super Moon (Apollon/Katzman/Wasserman)
Simple Man (Parker/Wasserman)
Say It Again (Apollon/Cooper)
Matinee Idol (Apollon)
Chaos (Apollon/Wasserman)
Moving (Parker/Wasserman)
Pure (Apollon/DiBianco/George/Katzman/Malone/Wasserman)
Something You Should Know (Apollon/Meicke)
We Need To Talk (Parker/Wasserman)
Crown Victoria (Apollon/Katzman)
Chucks (George/Nagle)
We Wear The Mask (Apollon)
Loose Threads (Parker/Wasserman)
Permanent Error (Katzman/Wasserman)
Fun (Allington/DiBianco/Wasserman)
How It Has To Be (Wasserman)
Kings Of The Klub (Apollon/Radics/King Django/Parker)
Caught (Apollon/Cooper)
Radics & Roger A Chat (Apollon/Radics)
This Means You (Parker/Wasserman)

Producers/Engineers:
King Django
Greg Frey
Thomas Maggio
Mark Rutkowski

Cover Art Design: Scott Benson/Steve Shafer

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