Exercising the Demons

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A sidebar band by singer/guitarist Fuzz of the jam band stalwarts Deep Banana Blackout, Big Fuzz is a curious mixture of straight-up bar band boogie in the continuum that stretches from ZZ Top to Blues Traveler, mixed with a level of almost punkish aggression that's kind of unusual for a band in a scene more often associated with post-hippie mellowness. The album kicks off with the bluesy "Top of the Hill," a song powered by a heavy beat from drummer Andy Sanesi and Fuzz's own heavily distorted guitar that -- no kidding -- sounds a lot like the White Stripes would if they had a more traditional lineup. Throughout the album, the band's secret weapon is organist Barry ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A sidebar band by singer/guitarist Fuzz of the jam band stalwarts Deep Banana Blackout, Big Fuzz is a curious mixture of straight-up bar band boogie in the continuum that stretches from ZZ Top to Blues Traveler, mixed with a level of almost punkish aggression that's kind of unusual for a band in a scene more often associated with post-hippie mellowness. The album kicks off with the bluesy "Top of the Hill," a song powered by a heavy beat from drummer Andy Sanesi and Fuzz's own heavily distorted guitar that -- no kidding -- sounds a lot like the White Stripes would if they had a more traditional lineup. Throughout the album, the band's secret weapon is organist Barry Seleen, who plays old-school instruments like a Hammond B-3 and a '70s-style Clavichord, giving the album a funky flavor akin to the best of the Band or Little Feat, but in keeping with the band name, Fuzz hogs the spotlight for himself most of the time. Luckily, his playing is varied and refreshingly free of both derivative licks and excessive showboating, making Exercising the Demons a jam band album that even those allergic to "tasty licks" can appreciate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/20/2004
  • Label: Harmonized
  • UPC: 710184766028
  • Catalog Number: 12
  • Sales rank: 230,376

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Top of the Hill (5:13)
  2. 2 Together (3:38)
  3. 3 Still Around (5:17)
  4. 4 Next 2 U (3:30)
  5. 5 Never Be the Same (5:00)
  6. 6 Enough (3:22)
  7. 7 Walk (5:30)
  8. 8 Rescue Me (1:59)
  9. 9 God Knows (3:40)
  10. 10 Give It All Back (3:24)
  11. 11 Exercising the Demons (1:34)
  12. 12 Headin' for the Door (4:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Fuzz Primary Artist
Andrea Black Background Vocals
Gideon Freudmann Cello
Benji Lefevre Bass
Barry Seelen Clavichord, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, fender rhodes
Shara Johnson Background Vocals
Marc Balling Percussion
Rob Volo Trombone
Andy Sanesi Drums
Elliot Mason Trombone
Lisa Maria Smith Background Vocals
Brady Mason Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Evi
Donisha Leggett Background Vocals
Bradley Mason Trumpet, Flugelhorn, EWI
Skip Jennings Background Vocals
Fuzz Guitar, Vocals
Rob Somerville Saxophone
Craig Strubble Harmonica
Scott Messersmith Percussion
Marc Balling Percussion
Technical Credits
Mike Ryan Mastering
John Shyloski Engineer
Fuzz Audio Production
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