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Covering the Bases
     

Covering the Bases

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by Bronson Arroyo
 
All right all you Red Sox faithful, this record can be your companion to Dropkick Murphys' Tessie EP. The direct result of Boston's 2004 curse-busting championship season, Covering the Bases (released the same day as the 2005 All-Star Game, natch) features Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo singing classic grunge and modern

Overview

All right all you Red Sox faithful, this record can be your companion to Dropkick Murphys' Tessie EP. The direct result of Boston's 2004 curse-busting championship season, Covering the Bases (released the same day as the 2005 All-Star Game, natch) features Boston pitcher Bronson Arroyo singing classic grunge and modern rock radio hits from the 1990s -- essentially the music he grew up with. If you think of that era, there are no surprises here, just Pearl Jam ("Black") and Alice in Chains ("Down in the Hole"); Goo Goo Dolls ("Slide") and Incubus ("Pardon Me"). The husky voiced Arroyo's not a professional singer by any means, but he doesn't really pretend to be, either. He's like the guy with the best voice on your beer league team that always impresses the girls at post-game karaoke. Of course, that guy will never get to put out a vanity project on Asylum, or get ace session players like drummer Kenny Aronoff and guitarist Michael Landau to back him up. Given the high-powered musicians involved, every note of Covering the Bases is the slickest of the slick, from the "Freshman" to "Hunger Strike," and that kind of robs the album of charisma. Still, the set has more character than stuff like the Drew's Famous collections (covers compilations that often feature themes like "Greatest '90s Modern Rockers"). You get the idea: Covering the Bases isn't really meant to be a real album, but it's a fun diversion for Arroyo and his fans. And to the right-hander's credit he shows some palpable Eddie Vedder worship on "Black," handles the rap-rock tension of Incubus capably, and absolutely nails the jangly Toad the Wet Sprocket hit "Something's Always Wrong." Red Sox fans will also dig the album-closing tumble through the Standells classic "Dirty Water," featuring cross-chatter and backing vocals from fellow Red Sox Johnny Damon, Lenny DiNardo, and Kevin Youkilis.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/12/2005
Label:
Asylum Records
UPC:
0075596900027
catalogNumber:
69000

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bronson Arroyo   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals,Spoken Word
Kenny Aronoff   Drums
David Isaacs   Background Vocals
Clydene Jackson   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Tim Pierce   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
John Thomas   Strings,Hammond Organ,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Carmen Twillie   Background Vocals
Terry Wood   Background Vocals
Stephen King   Spoken Word
Leland Sklar   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Inez   Bass,Bass Guitar
Amy Keys   Vocals
Johnny Damon   Background Vocals
Lenny Dinardo   Background Vocals
Kevin Youkilis   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jerry Cantrell   Composer
Chris Cornell   Composer
Dean DeLeo   Composer
Dean Dinning   Composer
Stone Gossard   Composer
Dave Grohl   Composer
Eric Kretz   Composer
Todd Nichols   Composer
Johnny Rzeznik   Composer
Talley Sherwood   Engineer
Eddie Vedder   Composer
Scott Weiland   Composer
Doug Corella   Composer
Brian Vander Ark   Composer
Brad Vander Ark   Composer
Louie Mann   Marketing
Loren Harriet   Producer,Audio Production
Matthew Scannell   Composer
Danny Bernini   Engineer
Carl Bell   Composer
Brandon Boyd   Composer
Bronson Arroyo   Executive Producer
Terry Bross   Executive Producer
E.K. Gaylord   Executive Producer

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Covering the Bases 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a firm believer in diversity, so if the very popular Bronson Arroyo has more than one skill, then he's right to flaunt it! We girls like to look at him whether he's on the pitcher's mound or behind a guitar, singing his little heart out. The line-up of top-of-the-line musicians who join him on this CD make it a once-in-a-lifetime recording. And you won't want to miss the other Red Sox players on the album: Johnny Damon, Kevin Youkilis and Lenny DiNardo, along with Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein. What a line-up! And when you toss the great Stephen King into the mix, it's bound to be a winner. Stephen King? Yes, this talented, generous author contributed additional lyrics and spoken words on the fourth track "Everlong." Speaking of diversity! Go, guys, go! It's obvious you love what you do, and when something comes from the heart, the fans NEED to share your joy! Reviewer: Betty Dravis, author of The Toonies Invade Silicon Valley & Millennium Babe: The Prophecy
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not only does Arroyo play well on the field but plays and sings music off of it on a higher level than i ever expected from a ball player. This album of covers is a solid debut for this World Champion Boston Red Sox pitcher!