Fastball (the band)

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Roderick Usher, Jul 26, 2018.

  1. Roderick Usher

    Roderick Usher Well-Known Member Thread Starter

    "....An exit to eternal summer slacking."

    I just wanted to post that lyric because it's still very cool 20 years later.
  2. varyat

    varyat Forum Resident

    Check out the Pledge Music website.....
  3. SJB

    SJB Beloved Parasitic Nuisance

    I've already preordered my signed CD!

    Their latest album, Step Into Light, is worth checking out.
  4. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

  5. Spear and Magic Helmet

    Spear and Magic Helmet Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
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  6. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    Please report back here on what you think of sound quality and bonus tracks........ I just ordered the Vinyl of "Step into the light", hope it's good..
  7. lesterbangs

    lesterbangs Forum Resident

    Southern Indiana
    I think All the Pain Money Can Buy was one of the first albums I ever bought (around age 10-11)
  8. Bob Lamonta

    Bob Lamonta Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN USA
    Each Fastball album tends to deliver at least one absolutely killer power pop song. The new one is "Best Friend." I never think much about Fastball, but when those handful of killer tracks come up on my shuffle, I always smile.
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  9. Alternative4

    Alternative4 One of These Days I'll Get an Early Night

    New Zealand
    I only ever heard "the way", but it's a great song and the story behind it is just as good.
  10. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    The now ex-wife was a big fan of Fastball. We listened to their albums often and saw them perform many times. In addition to being part of the audience for the recording of their live album, we were also present at Tony's first solo show. I really enjoyed the direction Tony was taking with his solo project and hoped he'd get a major record deal, but Fastball seemed to keep releasing new material which seemed to take precedence each time.
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  11. SJB

    SJB Beloved Parasitic Nuisance

    "Just Another Dream" is another good one.
  12. Alien Ache

    Alien Ache Soul black vinyl to stop your tears

    Chicago, IL
    FWIW, the 20th Anniversary Edition is slightly more dynamic than the original CD:

    Fastball - All The Pain Money Can Buy (20th Anniversary Edition)
    DR Peak RMS Filename

    DR11 -0.52 dB -12.70 dB 01 - The Way.flac
    DR8 -2.17 dB -11.15 dB 14 - Quit Your Job.flac
    DR11 -0.85 dB -12.89 dB 04 - Which Way To The Top?.flac
    DR11 -0.52 dB -12.20 dB 11 - Damaged Goods.flac
    DR10 -0.52 dB -12.24 dB 12 - Nowhere Road.flac
    DR11 -0.52 dB -12.23 dB 03 - Better Than It Was.flac
    DR11 -0.84 dB -13.23 dB 10 - Out Of My Head.flac
    DR9 -1.54 dB -13.49 dB 21 - This Guy's In Love With You.flac
    DR8 -2.87 dB -13.91 dB 19 - Sweetwater, Texas (Demo).flac
    DR9 -2.30 dB -12.77 dB 17 - Fire Escape (Demo).flac
    DR9 -1.77 dB -12.78 dB 15 - Freeloader Freddy.flac
    DR8 -1.70 dB -10.78 dB 20 - Androgynous.flac
    DR11 -0.53 dB -12.90 dB 08 - G.O.D. (Good Old Days).flac
    DR11 -0.52 dB -12.73 dB 07 - Slow Drag.flac
    DR10 -0.52 dB -12.02 dB 09 - Charlie, The Methadone Man.flac
    DR11 -0.53 dB -12.63 dB 06 - Warm Fuzzy Feeling.flac
    DR10 -1.29 dB -12.74 dB 18 - Slow Drag (Demo).flac
    DR11 -1.04 dB -15.50 dB 13 - Sweetwater, Texas.flac
    DR11 -0.52 dB -12.88 dB 05 - Sooner Or Later.flac
    DR10 -1.44 dB -13.77 dB 16 - The Way (Cassette Demo).flac
    DR11 -0.52 dB -12.54 dB 02 - Fire Escape.flac
    DR10 -1.80 dB -14.22 dB 22 - The Way (Unpaved Acoustic Version).flac

    Number of Files: 22
    Official DR Value: DR10

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  13. BDC

    BDC Forum Resident

    Huh The anniversary a 10 and the original a 7......A definite improvement...Guess your ears are telling you its slight...I'll be getting the anniversary, thanks....
  14. Juggsnelson

    Juggsnelson Senior Member

    Long Island
    Great band, especially live! Every album is worth owning for sure.
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  15. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    Definitely. I enjoyed their period about 10 years ago when they had Harmoni Kelley playing bass and Tony was handling mostly guitar and some keyboard. They still seem to use this band setup which is much fuller, although I'm not certain who is on currently on bass.
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  16. Juggsnelson

    Juggsnelson Senior Member

    Long Island
    This was great! My wife , myself, and a friend of mine saw that lineup in Eastern Long Island at a tiny place called the Stephen Talkhouse. It was Thanksgiving Eve and I thought it would be packed. Turned out to be 6 other fans of the band and 4 locals sitting at the bar who could care less. I felt bad that they had trekked all the way out there (nearly 2 hours from NYC) for 6 people! Kudos to them though as they put on a great show and talked with us at length afterwards. Autographed a few cd's too. Very nice guys. They have never travelled past NYC again though!
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  17. tman53

    tman53 Vinyl is an Addiction

    Love this band. Recently picked up the 20th anniversary of All the Pain on vinyl.
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  18. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    How neat! You can't beat the intimate setting of a small club. I suspect the most lucrative shows for Fastball are the outdoor festivals, because the performers have a captive audience from the large crowds in addition to the existing fans who attend. We saw them at some package shows with a number of other 90s bands such as Cracker and Gin Blossoms and the audiences were very receptive.
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  19. Frank

    Frank Senior Member

    An old favorite that I've recently gotten back into. No fewer than 8 songs off of their latest that I like. This band consistently delivers.

    We're on Our Way
    Best Friend
    I Will Never Let You Down
    Love Comes in Waves
    Just Another Dream
    Secret Agent Love
    Hung Up
    Frenchy and the Punk

    Forget All the Pain, Harsh Light and Make Your Mama Proud were knockouts.
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  20. Preston

    Preston Forum Resident

    KCMO Metro USA
    What did you think of it, compared to the CD (which is all I have)?
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  21. tman53

    tman53 Vinyl is an Addiction

    Well, I don't own the CD, so I can't compare, but the vinyl sounds great.

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  22. Linnaeus Nightingale

    Linnaeus Nightingale Forum Resident

    I picked up the 20th anniversary CD of All the Pain Money Can Buy based on your DR findings and boy am I glad I did. I haven't done a side by side with the original CD but really don't think I need to. This version sounds terrific, wide open and far more engaging. I suppose a concern might be that altering the DR, increasing it in this case, might diminish the actual listening experience if one has become used to the original, more compressed version. But I find no concerns here. The songs simply sound like they should have all along.

    Omnivore Recordings has done a great musical service, and I commend their effort. Indeed, to me, this has to be one of the top reissues of the year and proves that poorly mastered music from the 90s can be greatly improved. How about doing the same for Sugar Ray or Smash Mouth, among others.

    As a side note, I have purchased only one other 90s CD--by the Charlatans UK--that was given more dynamic range in its reissue, and this was better for it as well. I wish this practice would see wider implementation. There is a lot of good music awaiting more sympathetic treatment.
  23. ceddy10165

    ceddy10165 My life was saved by rock n roll

    Avon, CT
    2004s Keep Your Wig On is highly recommended too! After the 2nd album, it’s my favorite. Excellent band!
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2019
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  24. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    Nice Thread, OP!! For a Fantastic Band! :righton:
    Painting The Corners: The Best Of Fastball. It's terrific!!!! CD format; thorough & all on 1 disc!
    Well worth the hunt to find it & it'll be a wait - import from Japan.

    1 Make Your Mama Proud
    2 Emotional
    3 Out Of My Head
    4 Fire Escape
    5 The Way
    6 Slow Drag
    7 Are You Ready For The Fallout?
    8 Dark Street
    9 You're An Ocean
    10 Vampires
    11 Human Torch
    12 Sooner Or Later
    13 Love Is Expensive And Free
    14 She Comes 'Round
    15 Black Rain
    16 Funny How It Fades Away

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  25. LilacTeardrop

    LilacTeardrop "Roll It Over My Soul...and Leave Me Here"

    I thought I'd only known The Way...Wrong! Knew lots of their songs!!! You may find you do, too. -
    Someone here also mentioned Gin Blossoms. Funnily enough, a few years earlier had gotten a Gin Blossoms compilation & was like "hunh?" Songs I thought were Gin Blossoms are Fastball!!!


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