Big Monti - LIVE!

by Big Monti Amundson

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1.
Still Alive And Well Did you ever take a look and see who’s left around Everyone I thought was cool is six feet underground They tried to get me lots of times Now they’re coming after you I got out and I’m here to say Baby you can get out too I’m still alive and well Still alive and well Every now and then I know it’s kind of hard to tell But I’m still alive and well When I think about the past it only brings me down Let’s make out in the grass while the sun is shining down Feels so good your long blond hair Baby when you’re way down low Make me shake make the whole world quake So everyone will know Still alive and well Still alive and well I’m still alive and well I wanna tell you baby I’m alive and well You know I don’t mean maybe I’m alive and well I’m alive and well I’m still alive and well
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Mean Old World This is a mean old world when you’re living all by yourself This is a mean old world when you’re living all by yourself Can’t get the one you love you gotta get somebody else I drink to keep from worrying and I smile to keep from crying I drink to keep from worrying and I smile to keep from crying Don’t want nobody knowing what is on my mind
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Man On The Floor Man on the floor Oh what a scene A couple more just like it If you know what I mean Man on the floor Like her in the past Swear up and down This will be the last Man on the floor There’s a man on the floor Man on the floor Wondering what he came here for Man on the floor Such words I’ve never heard A telling introduction For what has just occurred Man on the floor Oh what a shame No one walking here Will ever be the same Man on the floor Oh what a scene A hundred more just like it If you know what I mean Man on the floor Like her in the past Swear up and down This will be the last
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Pilgrim 03:15
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Begging For Your Arms Why must I be brought so low Why You said goodbye to me a million years ago You said that you would always be there I turned away I said I just don’t care Here I am I’m begging for your arms again Why must I be brought so low Why Out on the street when it’s ten below You said that you would always be there To lift me up from my despair
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Mazzacco Walk (Take A Walk) Mary Eileen don’t be mean Give me a ride in your machine Come on baby don’t say no This is what she said and then she let me go Take a walk Baby take a walk She said I thought you were cool why did you have to talk Baby take a walk Mary Eileen don’t be coy Can’t you see I want to be your boy Come on babe don’t be shy This is what she said and then she left me high and dry Mary Eileen don’t be a fool I’d walk the plank to swim in your pool Come on baby don’t say no This is what she said and then she let me go
7.
In Over My Head Hey now baby don’t you know I could never let you go I hope you feel the same way too Without your love what would I do Baby say that you’ll be mine Say you’re not the hurtin’ kind I’m in love In over my head I’m in love Over my head Without your love Well I'm better off dead I’m in over my head Hey now baby can’t you see We could live so happily Rock n rollin’ all night long Together we cannot go wrong Please say that you’ll be mine You’ll be mine ‘till the end of time Baby you know you got the edge And you’re going to kill me with it Before I die I got a last request You got to put my love right to the test Baby say that you’ll be mine Say you’re not the hurtin’ kind
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Rock Treatment All my friends have reached the age Where therapy is all the rage Encounter groups day and night It just makes me more uptight I know what you’re thinking Poor boy is in so deep The signs are there He just can’t read I know enough to get the gist But please no psychiatrists I just need rock rock rock treatment Rock rock rock treatment I just want rock rock rock treatment Rock rock rock treatment Enough talk! Everybody just sit around Run the same sad story into the ground If I’m okay and you are too Then I got better things to do I know what you’re thinking Poor boy’s in dire need The signs are there He just can’t read I know enough to get the gist But please no psychiatrists I believe in miracles And therapy through decibels Happy when my heart is singing And both my ears are ringing I know what you’re thinking Poor boy is masochistic Totally unrealistic But I’d be the first one to kiss A rock psychiatrist
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about

OUT OF PRINT

"Big Monti - Live!" wasn't really a bona-fide release. More of a demo showing just how good a rhythm section can be. We recorded two shows in two nights in Portland - I think it was "The Gemini" on Friday and "The Candlelight" on Saturday. We'd been performing a lot and unfortunately, my voice is a little rough here. Rod Stewart talks about taking care of his voice by eating cucumber sandwiches and drinking green tea while the rest of the band parties in the room next door. Probably the only reason I'm still alive is that, as a singer, I had to take a little better care of myself. For those of you who have seen me in a different state and beg to differ - I acknowledge you.

If you're lucky enough to find yourself making music with these guys, you will also find yourself being pushed to the absolute outside of Your abilities. John used to mess with me on-stage. Let's say I'm soloing over a basic 1-4-5. At some point in my solo John would just hang on the 4 for like an hour and build all this tension. I think he's going to resolve it any second so I'm playing the same lick over and over until I'm starting to get pissed off. And then I think, is this what jazzers do for fun? And just then John would resolve it and the crowd would go crazy. Ha-ha, very funny guys.

But for real - the music was expansive. On a good night I felt like I was in Cream. John Foyston of The Oregonian called it "Music that breathes."

Jeff Minnieweather? Best drummer I ever worked with. We used to shoot pool and hang out. Listen to music. He was an easy guy to be around. A lot of musicians wear you out after a while. But we continued to play together through a couple of line-up changes. He eventually moved to The Bay Area and works with whoever he wants to. Just listen to his solo on "Pilgrim". Holy shit! Is that a 7/8 time signature he's playing over?

- Big Monti

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released April 15, 1998

Produced by Monti Amundson, John Mazzacco and Craig Brock
Mixed and Mastered by Craig Brock
Photo by Ross Hamilton

Guitar and vocals - Monti Amundson
Bass - John Mazzacco
Drums - Jeff Minnieweather

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