As Phat as It Gets

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All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
He's half the man he used to be in terms of mass, but when it comes to rock & roll, just stand back and listen as the master holds court. The man who once recorded an album called The Great Fatsby is back, slimmed down and kicking as hard as ever on tracks like "Palace of the King" and "Allergic." West comes out jamming, backed by some pretty familiar names from the lexicon of classic rock, including Joe Lynn Turner, Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown, Popa Chubby, and a little band called the Destroyers, who take time away from their day job playing with a fella named George Thorogood. When West rips into the old blues standard "Stormy Monday," it's take-no-prisoners ...
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All Music Guide - Michael B. Smith
He's half the man he used to be in terms of mass, but when it comes to rock & roll, just stand back and listen as the master holds court. The man who once recorded an album called The Great Fatsby is back, slimmed down and kicking as hard as ever on tracks like "Palace of the King" and "Allergic." West comes out jamming, backed by some pretty familiar names from the lexicon of classic rock, including Joe Lynn Turner, Kim Simmonds of Savoy Brown, Popa Chubby, and a little band called the Destroyers, who take time away from their day job playing with a fella named George Thorogood. When West rips into the old blues standard "Stormy Monday," it's take-no-prisoners electric blues, and his covers of "Tequila" and Otis Redding's "Respect" are Mountain-ized. Speaking of "Respect," it's a little-known fact that West's first group, the Vagrants, had a version of that very same song out on a single in 1969 that was meant to be their key to the big time, but when Atco issued Aretha Franklin's now-legendary version, the Vagrants' record was blasted into obscurity. "Raw Nerve" rocks with a real Billy Gibbons influence, and "The Cell" is an infectious life-in-prison tune that's meant to be played loud. Actually, the whole album sounds best with the volume knob set at 11. Oh, and if you're looking for blues, there's a ripsnorter penned by Leon Russell called "Me and My Guitar." "As Phat as It Gets" mixes the best elements of Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, and Mountain into one smoldering tune about weight loss. If you like your rock & roll heavy, this one's for you.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1999
  • Label: Lightyear
  • UPC: 085365434226
  • Catalog Number: 54342
  • Sales rank: 67,481

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Saturation (I'm in Love With You) (3:22)
  2. 2 The Cell (4:13)
  3. 3 Allergic (4:16)
  4. 4 Palace of the King (4:47)
  5. 5 Stormy Monday (7:07)
  6. 6 I Can't Shake It (4:12)
  7. 7 Tequila (2:06)
  8. 8 Me and My Guitar (4:55)
  9. 9 Dragon Lady (3:41)
  10. 10 Raw Nerve (3:39)
  11. 11 Respect (3:11)
  12. 12 As Phat as It Gets (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Leslie West Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Beck Bass, Drums
Randy Coven Bass
B.B. King Bass
Leo Lyons Bass
Brian Mitchell Keyboards
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Snare Drums
Kim Simmonds Guitar
Joe Lynn Turner Vocals
Popa Chubby Guitar
Vince Converse Guitar
Bruce Gillmer Snare Drums
Alan Miller Guitar
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
Jason Cadouye Keyboards
Mason Casey Harmonica
Steve Luongo Snare Drums
Steve Werner Snare Drums
Bernard Perdie Drums
Technical Credits
Leslie Weinstein Producer
Ben Elliot Producer, Engineer
Ben Elliott Producer
Vince Kershner Art Direction
Greg Russell Art Direction
Rob McNurlin Composer
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