Big Monti - LIVE!

by Big Monti Amundson

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"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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Track Name: Still Alive and Well
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
Track Name: Mean Old World
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
Track Name: Man On The Floor
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
Track Name: Begging For Your Arms
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
Track Name: Mazzacco Walk
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
Track Name: In Over My Head
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
Track Name: Rock Treatment
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