专辑录制于2003年，这张很大程度类似于致敬专辑，像是音乐人向Mr.Big致敬出的翻唱专辑.King's X, Dogstar, Ann Wilson, Paul Rodgers, Joe Lynn Turner等参与演唱Mr.Big的经典曲目。而演唱者里又出现了Billy Sheehan,Pat Torpey,Richie Kotzen,所以我觉得专辑应该是 “Mr.Big and his friends ”
Mr. Big来自芝加哥，1988年乐队的创始人是 Billy Sheehan，曾经在 David Lee Roth 乐队当过贝斯手，在经历了一系列风雨后，与 Eric Martin（vocals）, 来自Racer X得 Paul Gilbert（guitar）, 和 Pat Torpey（drums）一起组建了 Mr. Big。就此他们永远与Mr. Big的名字影响和联系到一起。
"Influences & Connections"是这一些列的第一张专辑，不过目前我还没发现有这一系列的第二辑。 Mr. Big乐队名来自Paul Rodgers领导的英籍团体Free在1970年的一首歌，标题就“Mr.Big”。而这张专辑第一首歌正是 Paul Rodgers作为主唱与Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey 和 Richie Kotzen合作演绎的1970的经典版本。整张专辑也包含了很多故事，我们听到了Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey 和 Richie Kotzen的声音，喜欢Mr.Big和收集致敬专辑的朋友不要错过。
Mr. Big was a so-called super group formed when Billy Sheehan left David Lee Roth in 1988. He teamed up with Paul Gilbert formerly of Racer X, Pat Torpey and solo artist Eric Martin. All the musicians involved in making this record are an influence upon, or connected in some way, to Mr. Big.
This is the first album in the "Influences & Connections" series. It's a quite interesting concept compared to the ordinary tributes on the market.The trefoil from the last Mr. Big record, Richie Kotzen plus original members Billy Sheehan and Pat Torpey all participate on the record. Overall there are big names involved including a reunion of Joe Lynn Turner and Yngwie Malmsteen.
The album opens with Free's classic Mr. Big. Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey and Richie Kotzen play on this track along with Paul Rodgers, who sang the original version from 1970.
From the last Mr. Big album "Actual Size" a surprisingly great track is featured. Drummer Pat Torpey takes over vocal duties on Crawl over me and his vocals sound great on this rocker. Matt Sorum plays drums and also provides backing vocals.
Ironically, the album highlight is a track off the record, which made me stop listening to Mr. Big namely 1996's "Hey Man". Take Cover sounds amazing. Doug Pinnick from King's X warm vocals sound fantastic on this modern rocker and fellow King's X axeman Ty Tabor lays down a brilliant solo.
From 93's "Bump Ahead" John Waite's smooth vocals suit the new arrangement of Wild World. Heart's Ann Wilson provides the ballad Promise Her the Moon with some emotional vocals.
The main emphasis is on "Lean into it", which is Mr. Big's strongest effort. Mickey Thomas sings brilliant on Just Take My Heart and actually I like this version better than the original even though it doesn't deviate much from the "Lean into it" version. Donnie Vie sings the psychedelic Rocker Green-Tinted Sixties Mind and even though this is my all time favorite singer singing my favorite Mr. Big track - I could only hope for a win/win situation. However, the arrangement is a bit weak, but still a pretty good track though.
The version of Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy is simply amazing with incorporation of Deep Purple riffs. Joe Lynn Turner sings and to spice it up Yngwie Malmsteen adds some great shredding to the fast up-tempo song.
To make this record perfect, both Eric Martin and Paul Gilbert should have appeared on the record, since they are a very significant part of Mr. Big's history. One could only wish for a duet with Eric and Ann Wilson on Promise her the Moon, which I would have thought to be interesting. Guitar ace Paul Gilbert is also a good singer, so since both Pat, Billy and Richie get to sing I would have preferred Paul to sing a track as well.
01. Mr. BIG/ PAUL RODGERS
02. TAKE COVER/ KINGS X
03. COLORADO BULLDOG/ JOE LYNN TURNER
04. WILD WORLD/ JOHN WAITE
05. THE PRICE YOU GOTTA PAY/ GRENN HUGHES
06. PROMISE HER THE MOON/ ANN WILLSON
07. ADDICTED TO THAT RUSH/ BILLY SHEEHAN
08. JUST TAKE MY HEART/ MICKEY THOMAS
09. SHINE/ DOGSTAR
10. CRAWL OVER ME/ PAT TORPEY
11. TO BE WITH YOU/ RICHIE KOTZEN
12. GREEN TINTED 60`S MIND/ DONNIE VIE
13. DADDY. BROTHER. LOVER. LITTLE BOY/ JOE LYNN TURNER