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Béla Fleck — Big Country
Album: Left of Cool
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Released: 1998
Length: 5:28
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Here's a  wiki link to  Jeff Coffin on the sax...
Muzak. Fuzak. BlueZak

Victor Wooten on Bass!

 


My god thats appalling , been a sketchy day from RP , switching stations ...
 
Love this! Downloading the album now!
Sounds like a cover to me - not one I like mind
 jhorton wrote:
This is on constant loop in every elevator in Kentucky. 

 
{#Roflol}

Shirley some sort of bluegrass Hell. 

scared horse lying on ground 
Prefers the glue factory to Bela...
the only thing worse than this tune is the album cover
Dave Matthews Band without the vocals, but still terrible.
I dig it. Good for certain moods.
 
Sounds like Kenny G on a bender.

Hate the tune but love the other comments here!
This is on constant loop in every elevator in Kentucky. 
Theme from the TV movie "Cagney & Lacey in Scotland".  1975, I think.  Or not.  Instant PSD for me, sorry.
 kcar wrote:

Maybe people would comment more if they could hear the original tune in this one. The "cover" aspect of this version is eluding me. 

I should really like the Flecktones but they don't grab me by the lapels. A whole lot of noodling and not enough direction or attack. I'm sure they're all crack musicians though.  

 
What makes you think "Big Country" is a cover of "In a Big Country"?  Wouldn't the titles be the same if that were the case?
Keep this groove going. How about some New Grass Revival or Seldom Scene?

Decoy wrote:
The bridge sounds like King of California by Dave Alvin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZIkIydnsdE 

 
I thought this was a version of King of California at first.
I was satisfied with just the banjo and the bass.
now THIS is awful. FuZak, complete with the whiny Kenny G sax
Play us some Scruggs, Country Gentleman, some JD Crowe. Not this crap. 
Two of my LEAST favorite instruments. And they don't belong anywhere near each other. But this is still an 8.
Oy, BlueZak! Make it stop
Agree!
 brew3 wrote:
great song I haven't logged in in quite a while but that song was just what I needed thank you. :)

 
{#Bananasplit}
 brew3 wrote:
great song I haven't logged in in quite a while but that song was just what I needed thank you. :)

 
{#Wave}
great song I haven't logged in in quite a while but that song was just what I needed thank you. :)
 kcar wrote:

Maybe people would comment more if they could hear the original tune in this one. The "cover" aspect of this version is eluding me. 

I should really like the Flecktones but they don't grab me by the lapels. A whole lot of noodling and not enough direction or attack. I'm sure they're all crack musicians though.  

 
Not sure if that guy was just having a laugh, but this song is not a cover of that or any other song. {#Doh}
Saw him many years ago with New Grass Revival. But the show was kind of dis-jointed. 

The rumor was that Sam Bush (mandolin player extraordinaire) was doing too much coke.  
 ziakut wrote:
Love that tone of the bass. Victor Wooten...you are amazing!

 
I had to check if it wasn't Jaco Pastorius on bass
Identical sound
Love that tone of the bass. Victor Wooten...you are amazing!
I feel like Kenny G just met some hillbillies and decided to play The Bonnie Banks of Loch Lommond (ye'll take the high road an' I'll take the low road ...)
 bluedot wrote:
Béla Fleck is cool on the banjo and everything, but I think I prefer Big Country's version of (In a) Big Country, you know...that song with the bagpipe guitars?

Haven't seen anyone here comment on how this is a cover of that 1980's Big Country top 40 hit.  I only looked at the first page, tho.

Anyway, check this out...interesting stuff:

Wikipedia...In a Big Country



 
Maybe people would comment more if they could hear the original tune in this one. The "cover" aspect of this version is eluding me. 

I should really like the Flecktones but they don't grab me by the lapels. A whole lot of noodling and not enough direction or attack. I'm sure they're all crack musicians though.  
The bridge sounds like King of California by Dave Alvin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZIkIydnsdE 
Nice, for years I never knew that Bela Fleck toured with the Dave Matthews Band and opened a lot of his early shows. If you're open to new sounds, check out his triple CD, Little Worlds, from a 2004.
Sounds like "Here come the seventies" theme song to me.
 Brestois wrote:
How terrible! It's the very first time, as far as I remember, that I hear such crap on Radio Paradise. {#Puke}  That's what you might hear in the bright toilets of a petrol station on the highway, or the corridors of a cheap hotel, at night, at very low volume. {#Fire}


 
you must be the troll
OR
highly frustrated close-minded human being.
Banjo - 8
Kenny-G like sax - 2
Heavy Pat Metheny group - type bass and melody  -4
this studio version pales in comparison to the live version from "Live at the Quick" - IMHO - in the studio version Jeff Coffin is still finding his niche in the band as replacement for Howard Levy. Better yet get the DVD version of  "Live at the Quick" and watch the way these guys pass each other musical phrases the way the Harlem Globetrotters pass around a basketball. and icing on the cake is Paul McCandless' solo near the end of the live version. 
This has a Kenny G/smooth jazz/just about the worst crap I've ever heard ring to it. Any ties?
 Brestois wrote:
How terrible! It's the very first time, as far as I remember, that I hear such crap on Radio Paradise. {#Puke}  That's what you might hear in the bright toilets of a petrol station on the highway, or the corridors of a cheap hotel, at night, at very low volume. {#Fire}

 

RP does mix it up.  I like that fact.  We have to put up with stuff we don't like.  I put up with Jazz and Blues, and sometimes I am pleasantly surprised by the selections. 
Béla Fleck is cool on the banjo and everything, but I think I prefer Big Country's version of (In a) Big Country, you know...that song with the bagpipe guitars?

Haven't seen anyone here comment on how this is a cover of that 1980's Big Country top 40 hit.  I only looked at the first page, tho.

Anyway, check this out...interesting stuff:

Wikipedia...In a Big Country


Yea... dunno bout that sax. It doesn't exactly ruin the song for me... but it doesn't make it great either.
Every time I hear this I go to give it a good rating and then the sax-ama-phone kicks in and ruins it. Yuk.
Oh well. I enjoyed this sound. Sitting here in West Cork chilling out on the headphones. Bela Fleck is in my estimation certainly a great banjo man but maybe a bit of a wild card...you don't always get what you might reckon on. But there you go...I enjoyed this...probably wouldn't buy this though!  Brestois wrote:
How terrible! It's the very first time, as far as I remember, that I hear such crap on Radio Paradise. {#Puke}  That's what you might hear in the bright toilets of a petrol station on the highway, or the corridors of a cheap hotel, at night, at very low volume. {#Fire}

 


How terrible! It's the very first time, as far as I remember, that I hear such crap on Radio Paradise. {#Puke}  That's what you might hear in the bright toilets of a petrol station on the highway, or the corridors of a cheap hotel, at night, at very low volume. {#Fire}

 papaman wrote:
This has a Pat Metheny ring to it. Any ties?
 
I thought the same thing. Went to check to see if it was Pat Metheny playing.

"golf course / coffee shop / life insurance advertisement licensing here we come!" - Béla Fleck
Ever heard of Felix Lajko?? I would be the happiest person on the world, if i could hear him on RP...
I thought for a second it was a much remastered version of "Pastures of Plenty." Though I was disappointed, it is still a nice change of pace.
dadsays wrote:
don't ever stop playing this song.
You should call Comcast Tech Support then...
don't ever stop playing this song.
gvan wrote:
Béla Fleck is the Kenny G of the banjo! I can bély stand it. Please stop pléying it.
lol. I love his virtuosity, cuts through the mediocrity like a laser. Superb accompanying musicians, also.
I know to be a fully formed music snob/aficionado I am supposed to like this, and believe me, I've tried. It sounds like elevator music, I can't get the headphones off fast enough.
Great live act. Though hurt by the departure of the amazing Howard Levy, these guys are all top-notch musicians and performers and a lot of fun to see and hear live. Vic is among the more amazing bassists around. Good stuff.
jwb wrote:
Normally I like this record but for some reason today the Golden Clarinet is ruining everything for me. It sounds like it was recorded on location in the produce section of a supermarket in order to cut out the middleman.
heehe. Comment made me laugh a little too loud at my cubicle, I don't exactly hate banjo/alto sax duets but i couldn't have described it better either.
This has a Pat Metheny ring to it. Any ties?
I feel at home... except we don't play this at home.
RP needs more good banjo.
I really have taken to this guy. Ever since I heard (& bought) his album with Chick Corea, I have to say... for a man that detests country music, I'm sold. Somehow, it has all the elements of country, but is assembled with so much more. :music:
Sounds like the theme music to Family Ties or some other eighties American sitcom.
this has to be one of my all time favorites
I don't mind the song. I usually like Mr. Fleck, and as a bassist, I have a lot of respect for Vic Wooten, much of which was just tarnished by his Jaco Pastorius 'quote' two thirds of the way through. I guess he's allowed, but it's still in bad taste. He's a good enough player to not have to rip off his idol.
wally42 wrote:
All this Kenny G talk is just plain stupid!!! Jeff Coffin's have more talent than Kenny G. If all can think of when you hear an alto is Kenny G, then youe need to re-wire yourself and listen more Flecktones. This stuff brilliant! 10
i am embarassed to have to correct you on this, but kenny g plays a soprano most of the time, not an alto..
OK, just had to downgrade from a 2 to a 1. Sucko-Barfo is right. Rubs me in all the wrong ways!
...i was kind of getting into it until the soprano sax kicked in - shades of dave matthews band, and i mean that in a bad way...
This is a rather annoying piece of music - banjo and sax together, hmmmmm - bit like Guinness with lemonade :puke:
sqqqrly wrote:
The Kenny G ending really ruined this...
It's not just the Kenny G ending that ruined it--it's also the Kenny G beginning and middle that ruined it.
All this Kenny G talk is just plain stupid!!! Jeff Coffin's have more talent than Kenny G. If all can think of when you hear an alto is Kenny G, then youe need to re-wire yourself and listen more Flecktones. This stuff brilliant! 10
The Kenny G ending really ruined this...
the absolute worst insipid crap. if you like bluegrass, play bluegrass ferchrissakes,not fuzak with that godawful cliched whining kenny g style alto.
gvan wrote:
Béla Fleck is the Kenny G of the banjo! I can bély stand it. Please stop pléying it.
Hey I work in an area where Kenny G has a summer home and I hear this freak'n funny story about him hehehe …his place is on an island, his angry, beside himself cause his internet isn't working calls up his contractor and raises holy hell about them needing to get out to his island pronto and fix the line (which travels under the lake) or heads are gonna roll godammit! …so the contractor gets on the blower, calls this guy, who calls that guy, they move into action to get the repair dude out to the island by vehicle, then boat, all done as fast as possible …they get to his dock and he is bringing a tray of drinks down to his sweet heart who is sun bathing on the dock, she looks up at the guys pulling in ready to jump off and get this ultra important repair completed they have traveled about 200 miles …"honey tell them to go away I'm sunbathing" …equally belligerently "you get off my property right now I never want you coming around when I'm entertaining blah blah blah " jeesh Kenny lighten up! …they had to come back when the weekend was over.
siandbeth wrote:
I also find the KennyG comparisons impossible to separate from this song - and it DOES sound like something from the Produce aisle at Ralph's.
Has Kenny G ruined the sound of the alto sax to such a degree that ANY song with alto sax in it we shudder away from? FWIW, I kind like this song, but yeah, Kenny G, blacht :puke:
siandbeth wrote:
I also find the KennyG comparisons impossible to separate from this song - and it DOES sound like something from the Produce aisle at Ralph's.
We dont have Ralph's out here. But I was reminded of calling tech support: 'Your phone call is very important to us, please stay on the line' 'Say, did you know you can use our website for a lot of tasks? check out www...'
if anyone needs me, i'll be in the bathroom.
How about just letting this guy's sax playing ruin Kenny G for you.
prairiedogj wrote:
I support the "love it... but not the sax" party.
Heard and acknowledged!
I also find the KennyG comparisons impossible to separate from this song - and it DOES sound like something from the Produce aisle at Ralph's.
Béla Fleck is the Kenny G of the banjo! I can bély stand it. Please stop pléying it.
Normally I like this record but for some reason today the Golden Clarinet is ruining everything for me. It sounds like it was recorded on location in the produce section of a supermarket in order to cut out the middleman.
By the way, the sax is the amazing Jeff Coffin, who I had the pleasure of seeing at the Somerville Theater about 6 years ago, with the rest of the Flecktones. He's sort of the understated member of the band (that's his forehead on the album cover above). An amazingly talented player. Yes, this piece echoes of KennyG, to the detraction of all reed musicians everywhere, but if you can shelve the preconceptions of what non-wailing sax can sound like, this really is a remarkable piece, and Jeff is an amazing musician.
What a lovely song.. Up until the soprano sax. And its the melody to "Loch Lomond" that drifts through it. 'me and my true love, we never more will rest...'
Listen to the live version of this song from Telluride 2000. It's vastly superior to the album version. And even though this is on my top 10 list of my favorite songs (mostly cause we played it every single day on my Bonnaroo road trip), I kind of agree that the sax is a bit much. But keep that bass and banjo rockin'! (I can't believe you finally played this when I went to lunch on my last day of work! I hate myself. I should know better than to eat when there's a chance of Bela being played. damn!)
Does anyone hear "Peggy-O" going through this song? :question:
Kenny G has ruined the soprano sax for everyone. Even this song which I find quite nice, draws up nothing but comparisons to Kenny....
Kenny-G sax? I don't think so. That would be long sustained notes with quick flourishes here and there - all with overdone ambient effects.
I support the "love it... but not the sax" party.
cesare wrote:
Pat Metheney wrote this tune. The original has a far different feel. I have a hard time with Bela most of the time even though his musicianship is astounding. But I can listen to Victor Wooten all day. The bass saves it.
I have this by Pat Metheney, but didn't realise he wrote it. I thought it was a reworked traditional song. Ilike both the Metheney and the Fleck versions. Both good.
Great to hear about that GregX59, we have tickets to see them at an open air venue, Chastain in Atlanta next month. We figure that they will show us some grand talent.
thatch wrote:
Here's how the song went for me: At the beginning, the banjo kind of Bob Dylan :guitarist: , then Kenny-G sax :puke: then it turned Pat Metheny -like :frustrated: . Overall, not to my liking.
Pat Metheney wrote this tune. The original has a far different feel. I have a hard time with Bela most of the time even though his musicianship is astounding. But I can listen to Victor Wooten all day. The bass saves it.
Saw them a few weeks ago, they opened with this song. Great show, before the show they walked through the crowd, very nice, unassuming folks. One of the most impressive shows I've ever seen. Virtuosity at it's finest.
WowCarol wrote:
I think I generally like Bela Fleck but this track sounds like Kenny G. sitting in with a blue-grass band. No no no no no !!
Yeah, I liked it a lot until the sax.
Horrible :grumpy: :grumpy:
miamizsun wrote:
i pretty much like all things fleck.
Agreed!!!! :bounce: :lol: :bounce:
I could have sworn this was a musical bridge from a Dave Matthews song until I read the song info.
I think I generally like Bela Fleck but this track sounds like Kenny G. sitting in with a blue-grass band. No no no no no !!
i pretty much like all things fleck.
huebdoo wrote:
(at least I believe its an Alto Sax)
A soprano sax actually. While I can appreciate their musicianship, I derive no joy from listening to this song. It's a little lifeless and lacks a certain something. Flat is a word I'd use to describe it.
meghan89 wrote:
What are you talking about? Sarcasm doesn't translate on screen, so I hope I'm missing something here...
In your case, it translates perfectly...
Mooseknuckle wrote:
Then call me an idiot. Does sound like Kenny G snuck in there. Ditto on the alto sax. 2 from me.
This is, no doubt, easy listening. But Kenny G this ain't. I give it an 8. You're right about yourself, BTW.
Hey - what's with the Jaco Pastorious bass riff on this? Interesting meld of jazz, country and folk. Sounds like the theme from that Bill Forsyth film? Is that what it is? Hmm...
brokemusician wrote:
Just saw them live last night (03/23/2006). Awesome! Anybody that doesn't like Bela Fleck is an IDIOT! And I mean it! :whipit:
Then call me an idiot. Does sound like Kenny G snuck in there. Ditto on the alto sax. 2 from me.
Dont care for this ... kinda like KennyG meets the Hill-Billys Its the Alto sax that kills it for me (at least I believe its an Alto Sax)
Just saw them live last night (03/23/2006). Awesome! Anybody that doesn't like Bela Fleck is an IDIOT! And I mean it! :whipit:
:cowboy: :guitarist: Get sum Bela!
The problem I have with the banjo is that it seems so limited. If you were to take the jazzy sax, bass, and drums out of this tune and it could be just about any other banjo song in existence...and I really try to like Bela Fleck. I think it's an instrument that is just too confined to a particular pitch to be original in most musical contexts.
In a sea of mediocrity - unusual - love the fretless bass!
I love bela, more for his jazz than his bluegrass, but when they cross a little like in this song i like it the most
Charles Schultz declared every child, at birth, should be issued a puppy and a banjo. And I really like Bela, at least in theory.
:stop: :stop: :stop: This is just way too musaky. It's horrible, in a seductive way.
Sounds like music from Hills Street Blues or St. Elsewhere or some other cheesy cop/doctor 90s drama.
This song sounds as if someone said to them, "Right, play something along the lines of The Dave Matthews band, but even more annoying."
drtjdel wrote:
Well, less than a harp. Or guitar, which has at least eight.
Yeah, I got my 8 string guitar right here next to my amp that goes to eleven and my two string bass.
Since I always ran away quickly from Kenny G, I have not been so hateful of the tenor sax. So I can enjoy this. Lucky me.
mossdude wrote:
Yeah, unicycle, only one wheel, much easier to ride than a tricycle.
Pretty funny, Still don't like the sax though.
Man, I find the sound of the alto sax so annoying.... you ruined it you damn Kenny G!
It's a shame he lost that bet and was forced to include Kenny G on this...
drtjdel wrote:
What's the big deal? The banjo only has four strings. How hard could it possibly be to play? UNIMPRESSED! Foggy Mountain Breakdown!! NOW!!
Yeah, unicycle, only one wheel, much easier to ride than a tricycle.
rosedraws wrote:
:lol: Oh so true about the sax. I feel that same dread.
That sax is pure dreck. I can't stand that new-age stuff.
drtjdel wrote:
Well, less than a harp. Or guitar, which has at least eight.
What are you talking about? Sarcasm doesn't translate on screen, so I hope I'm missing something here...
psycholynx wrote:
5 strings.
Well, less than a harp. Or guitar, which has at least eight.
Luna2 wrote:
I understand. Here's a free banana 4 u :bananasplit: :dancingbanana_2:
That helps, thanks! I mean, this guy really sucks, I might need a few more bananas
Luna2 wrote:
Just turned my speaker up to 11
Heard it many times, still like it.