Covering the Bases

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All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Johnny Loftus
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Asylum Records
  • UPC: 075596900027
  • Catalog Number: 69000
  • Sales rank: 382,664

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Slide (3:32)
  2. 2 Down in the Hole (5:53)
  3. 3 The Freshman (4:27)
  4. 4 Everlong (4:07)
  5. 5 Black (5:26)
  6. 6 Pardon Me (3:38)
  7. 7 Something's Always Wrong (5:27)
  8. 8 Plush (5:00)
  9. 9 Shimmer (3:14)
  10. 10 Hunger Strike (3:59)
  11. 11 Best I've Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning) (4:30)
  12. 12 Dirty Water (3:56)
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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
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC! WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM "THE KING"

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bronson Rocks!

    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!

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