BAM!, Vol. 1

BAM!, Vol. 1

by Sister HazelSister Hazel


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As any Hazelnut will tell you, what Sister Hazel does best is craft superb pop
ock songs, hey they've been doing that since the get-go. Once upon a time it was a skill that took the group consistently into the charts; now, not so much, although that's no reflection on the band's songcraft. And that talent is in full flight here on Bam!, an album stuffed with previous cast-offs. These are numbers that didn't make the album's cut, were relegated to bonus track oblivion, B-side neglect, or left to slumber on archived studio and rehearsal tapes. All of which makes Bam! sound like a bunch of rejects, when they're actually anything but. A clutch of the songs are fairly recent, recorded across 2005, others date further back in time, some as early as 1999. A taster for the album, "What Kind of Living," has been available online, and is one of a trio of strong songs from pre-turn of the millennium. Matching them in intensity are a pair of numbers recorded at rehearsals in 2005, with "Wrong the Right Way" particularly effective in this raw form. There again the excitement that infuses "Boy Next Door," one of a clutch of songs recorded in late 2001/early 2002, the frisson of "Sweet Destiny," the muscularity of "Grand Canyon," and the uncertain yet exquisite guitars on "She's Gone," all from this same period, capture the group at their headiest heights. The newest numbers, in contrast, sound far more polished and finished, bar the more rough and ready "Little Black Heart," and thus the album envelops the entire musical process, from rehearsal to studio to final form. And what more could fans want than to hear the band at all these stages, with even the songs at their most embryonic sounding superb. No major label would dare chance a set like this. More fool them.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/05/2007
Label: Rock Ridge Music
UPC: 0677516111720
catalogNumber: 61117
Rank: 141535

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sister Hazel   Primary Artist
Mike Finnigan   Hammond B3
Luis Conte   Percussion
Jett Beres   Bass Guitar
Ken Block   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Andrew Copeland   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mark Trojanowski   Drums
Ryan Newell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tom Bukovac   Guitar,Keyboards
Ken Lewis   Percussion
Andrew Poliakoff   Percussion,Conga
Luiz Conte   Percussion
Andrew Poliakoff   Conga

Technical Credits

Mike Clink   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Garth Fundis   Producer,Audio Production
Noel Golden   Engineer
Ross Hogarth   Engineer
Mills Logan   Engineer
Don McCollister   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Scott Parker   Producer,Audio Production
Brian David Willis   Pro-Tools
Sister Hazel   Audio Production
Matt Martone   Engineer
Ryan Newell   Engineer
Ken Kelly   Engineer

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