Green-Tinted Sixties Mind – Mr. Big (1991)

Posted: October 9, 2012 in 1991
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When I first heard about Mr. Big forming as new ‘Supergroup’ back in the late 80’s, I was totally jazzed to hear Eric Martin was the lead singer. I remember Eric Martin as a solo artist with his 1987 song ‘These Are The Good Times’ and thought his strong raspy vocals would be a great fit for a hard-rocking outfit. Teamed with instrument masters Paul Gilbert (Racer X), Billy Sheehan (David Lee Roth),  and Cleveland-native Pat Torpey (Robert Plant), Mr. Big was best known for ‘To Be With You’ from 1991’s Lean Into It, but the Gilbert penned song ‘Green-Tinted Sixties Mind’ from the same release is the Mr. Big’ highlight for me.

Aside from being a well written and recorded rock song, it also serves an outstanding example of creative musicians with serious chops but who still have the discipline and tastefulness to play within the context of what the song truly needs. I love the cracking of Torpey’s drumming and how he and the other members get their melodies and licks in but still allow ‘space’ for the vocals to soar – particularly in the last line in each chorus —  the lead and backing harmony vocals fly but like falling off a cliff  and then come crashing down with a ‘crack’ into the next line.


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