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Al's Band

by Al's Band

Polymetric Gypsy Rock
Genre: Rock: Comedy Rock
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Hi Fans and Friends!
People often ask us what it's like to be in Al Yankovic's band. They say "Hey, Steve! What's it like to be in Al's band?" Sometimes they say "Hey, Bermuda! What's it like to be in Al's band?" Also heard is "Hey, Jim! What's it like to be in Al's band?" Not to mention... well, you get the idea.

So, we thought we'd record a song that tells our story and answers some of the questions we hear including, but not limited to, the aforementioned "What's it like to be in Al's band?" Performed by all of us (Steve, Bermuda, Jim, and Rubén), it's a 7/4 Gypsy Polka Rock extravaganza of musical styles and reflections on our journey thus far.

(The physical CD includes the instrumental version, lyrics and photos.)


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CRAIG SIVIOUR

INTENSE!!
Well, those fabulous and talented musicians have come up with the most descriptive, funny, and musically challenging masterpiece! You guys are awesome!

Irvin Smith

Always fun!
A wonderful tribute to Weird Al and to the friendship that has developed over the years; the type of song you hope to hear at a Weird Al concert. It also allows you to understand that Steve, Bermuda, Ruben and Jim are just as musically brilliant. Make sure you check out their solo stuff as well. Thanks, guys!

Mason Koen

Exactly as Expected
Well, then again, they surprised me with their wonderful talents. You can never go wrong with these guys. Being the people (for the most part) behind the scenes of what makes Weird Al's music 100% perfect, they have obviously been trained to perform in the style of any genre of music within the vicinity of their instrumental capabilities. Not only that but they've developed a strong instrumental ear that helps them envision how to put together a wonderful musical masterpiece.

That being said I thought this music was awesome. Clearly the versatility they have obtained over the years helped them pull-off this song with all the different sounds and genres that it contains. You could probably consider this in some way similar to Weird Al's masterpiece of Zappa proportions, "Genius In France." It changes the style it's in at many points during the song and still is a blast to listen to. You cannot fully enjoy the quality of this music without giving the instrumental track a good listen. It's also wonderful that us listeners get to hear more of the band's voices! We don't get much lead vocalizing out of these guys unless we listen to their solo work outside of Weird Al's.

To finish this review off, I'd also like to say I love the lyrics. It obviously only skims the surface of their amazing and seemingly-eternal career with Weird Al, but it's a wonderful start to a great collection of story-telling songs.

Great job guys; you have been wonderful to us fans! Your work will be looked forward to by many, including me, which is wonderful considering that we're still waiting for Al and you guys to finish up ALbum 13.

Forest Robin

loved it
I too have cd's on cdbaby, and enjoy litening to other artist. I'm a big fan of Zappa, so I listened, and you guys are great! Looking forward to hearing mor. Forest Robin

Ena Zefram

Tour de Force of Fun
I love the polka gypsy zest of this song - it's like an eclectic homage to Al, his accordion and polkas. How many bands could share a tale with the lyrics like "We dared to be stupid on plastic bovines/With ice cream pressed against our foreheads" and "Even worse the album where we did the fat song/We were too thin to be in the video." Not many songs these days tend to mention how to pronounce "Saskatchewan." The fun isn't limited to the words - when the story of Al's Band reaches New Zealand and Oz the music has an Australian outback feel for a bit. And of course there's some wild sound effects during the percussion solo (ala Al's polka medleys). Al's Band's first outing is "tres magnifique" and I'm very much looking forward to what they record in the future.

Richard

Song
you should play this song at the next concert Weird Al does. it'd be ammusing

Louise Hunter

Al's Band
A potted history of the four remarkable musicians enslaved by "Weird Al" Yankovic for the last 27 years, set to an insane tune that will worm its way in your ear and claim squatters rights there, this song was written as a tribute to the fans, and is determinedly un-commercial, the intention being to celebrate their collective and eclectic musical history together.

The four; Stephen Jay, Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Jim Kimo West and Rubén Valtierra have each brought a little of their diverse musical interests to the record, with the result that it has a very democratic "World Music" feel, much along the lines of Steve's solo projects.

This is not the record most people would have expected Al's Band to put out as their first autonomous release I suppose, as it is largely looking back over their careers, but having been assured that there is more to come from this band, and as I already know they are one of the most versatile and tight rock bands in the world, I feel certain that there is an enormous amount of potential there waiting to be developed.

I for one can't wait to hear more, and am prepared to be as challenged and surprised as I was by this manic little ditty. It's really something when a band that have been together this long can come out with something as novel and different as "Al's Band". The instrumental version is great too.