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Billy Sheehan

Billy Sheehan - Holy Cow! - 2009 - Mascot Music

Legendary Bass Master Bill Sheehan is releasing his much anticipated third solo album entitled Holy Cow! on Mascot Records U.S.A. April 14th, 2009. The albums tracks showcase Sheehan s immense talents as both a singer/songwriter and instrumentalist. Sheehan pulled in top-notch arsenal with guest performances by Billy Gibbons on A Lit l Bit l Do It To Ya Ev ry Time , Paul Gilbert (who played with Sheehan in Mr Big) on Dynamic Exhilarator , Dug Pinnick (Kings-X) on the song Turning Point as well as Ray Luzier on drums and shred master Tony MacAlpine. Sheehan has played over 4,000 gigs with a career that includes stints with Talas, David Lee Roth, Mr Big, and Steve Vai. Voted the Best Rock Bass Player 5 times in Guitar Player magazines Readers Poll, an honor which placed Sheehan in their Gallery of Greats (alongside Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee and Eddie Van Halen to name but a few). With cumulative sales of over 4 million records in his career, Billy Sheehan has made the album his fans have been waiting for, over the top playing with strong songs. Sheehan continues to stretch the boundaries of the bass guitar while showcasing his immense talent as a guitarist (Baritone 12 string and 6 string guitars) and singer. Look for a Billy Sheehan solo tour to promote this album in the very near future. © Hard Rock Hideout . com

Despite being considered one of the most skillful and over-the-top bassists in all of rock since the 1970s (due to his stints with Talas, David Lee Roth, and Mr. Big), it was not until the early 21st century that Billy Sheehan got around to issuing his own solo albums. And to make up for lost time, he offered three solo outings from 2001 through 2008, the latest being Holy Cow. As with such past solo outings as 2001's Compression, Sheehan's songwriting and lead vocals are serviceable, but certainly not as "arena worthy" as his work with the aforementioned outfits. Most people picking up a Sheehan release are doing so for some bass heroics, and you certainly get your fair share here, especially on such tracks as "Sweat on an E String" and "Swimming Underwater." Additionally, quite a few special guests drop by to do battle with Sheehan's bouncy bass, including Billy Gibbons (on "A Lit'l Bit'l Do It to Ya Ev'ry Time), Paul Gilbert (on "Dynamic Exhilarator"), and Doug Pinnick (on the "Turning Point"). © Greg Prato © 2013 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/holy-cow%21-mw0000813348

Great album by the phenomenal bassist, Billy Sheehan, one of the most gifted bassists in rock today. Billy composed all the tracks and he is aided by greats that include guitarists Paul Gilbert and Billy Gibbons. Buy Billy’s “Compression” album and listen to Explorers Club's “Age Of Impact” album, just one of the many great albums that Billy Sheehan has played on. Check out his incredible bass playing @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bavIllGMFRA [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 129 Mb]


1 In A Week Or Two (I'll Give It Back To You)
2 A Lit'l Bit'l Do It To 'Ya Ev'ry Time
3 Dynamic Exhilarator
4 A Bloodless Casualty
5 Make It To Another Day (I Keep Rolling On My Way)
6 Just Another Humanoid
7 Turning Point
8 Theme From An Imaginary Sci Fi
9 Another Broken Promise
10 Two People Can Keep A Secret (If One Of Them Is Dead)
11 Cell Towers
12 She Goes From Cruel To Missionary (Bonus Track)
13 Sweat On An E String (Bonus Track)

N.B: There are various issues of this album featuring between 11 and 14 tracks. The issue here is from 2009 on the Mascot label with 13 tracks

All tracks composed by Billy Sheehan


Billy Sheehan - Guitar, Bass, Harmonica, Vocals
Simone Sello - Guitar, Keyboards
Billy Gibbons - Lead Guitar on Track 2
Paul Gilbert - Lead Guitar on Track 3
Pat Regan - Keyboards
Ray Luzier - Drums
Doug Pinnick - Lead Vocals on Track 7


Often called "the Eddie Van Halen of the bass," Billy Sheehan just happened to catch his big break playing with former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Although Eddie Van Halen gets the lion's share of credit for popularizing the two- handed tapping technique on guitar, it's been rumored that Sheehan began utilizing the same technique around the same time, albeit on his bass, resulting in a debate during the '80s (among guitar geeks, at least) as to who was the true originator. Hailing from the chilly locale of Buffalo, New York, Sheehan spent much of the '70s and early '80s as the leader of Talas, a bar band that first started by playing covers before focusing primarily on original material (that sounded quite similar to Van Halen). The Van Halen connection grew stronger when the band took Talas out on the road for a smattering of arena gigs in 1980 (despite the fact that Talas wasn't even on a major label at the time). According to Sheehan years later, Eddie Van Halen supposedly made overtures to Sheehan to replace Michael Anthony in Van Halen, but Sheehan remained in Talas. Several indie releases followed, 1980s Talas: Featuring Billy Sheehan, 1982's Sink Your Teeth into That, and 1983's Live Speed on Ice, as Sheehan began to be recognized for his exceptional bass talents in national guitar publications. Just as Talas was about to sign their much-sought-after major label contract in 1985, Sheehan received a call from his old pal, David Lee Roth, inquiring if the bassist would like to join his solo band (Roth had just exited Van Halen). Sheehan accepted, and along with guitarist Steve Vai and drummer Gregg Bissonette, David Lee Roth's band was born. Although this lineup would last for a single album (1986's Eat 'Em and Smile) and tour, the group managed to do a fantastic job of balancing their instrumental technical prowess with penning anthemic arena rockers (a Talas-era Sheehan composition, "Shy Boy," would be included on the album and serve as a concert opener). Despite the accolades and success the group received, the union would sadly prove to be short-lived, as Sheehan was forced by Roth to tone down his playing style on the next release, 1988's Skyscraper -- resulting in Sheehan's exit from the band prior to the supporting tour. Sheehan didn't take long to appear again, as he followed in the Roth band's commercial hard rock sound with a new band called Mr. Big, comprising ex-Racer X six-string shredder Paul Gilbert, former solo recording artist Eric Martin on vocals, and drummer Pat Torpey. The band's debut, Mr. Big, debuted in 1989, but it wasn't until 1991's Lean into It that the group experienced commercial success in the U.S. (albeit brief), with a pair of hit ballads, "To Be with You" and "Just Take My Heart." Although Mr. Big would continue issuing albums throughout the '90s, their U.S. fan base dwindled (they remained an arena headliner in Japan, however), resulting in the group's demise by the early 21st century. Sheehan has since kept himself busy with a variety of other projects, including a power trio named Niacin (along with keyboardist John Novello and drummer Dennis Chambers), a collaboration with ex-Frank Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio (Nine Short Films), as well as backing old pal Vai on several G3 U.S. tours. 2001 finally saw the release of Sheehan's first true solo album, Compression. Additionally, Sheehan has guested on numerous recordings by other artists over the years, including those of Glenn Hughes, Glenn Tipton, Explorer's Club, Tony MacAlpine, and Richie Kotzen, in addition to various tribute albums. © Greg Prato © 2013 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/billy-sheehan-mn0000770404

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