Mr. Big – Lean Into It (1991)

FrontCover1Lean into It is the second studio album by the American rock supergroup Mr. Big, released in 1991. The band’s breakthrough release, Lean into It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 charts, while the single “To Be with You” became the band’s first and only song to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up single, “Just Take My Heart”, was another Top 40 hit, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.Lean into It is the second studio album by the American rock supergroup Mr. Big, released in 1991. The band’s breakthrough release, Lean into It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200 charts, while the single “To Be with You” became the band’s first and only song to hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The follow-up single, “Just Take My Heart”, was another Top 40 hit, peaking at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The cover image is a picture from the Montparnasse train accident that occurred on October 22, 1895 in Gare Montparnasse station in Paris, France.
The “CDFF” prefix of the Jeff Paris-penned “Lucky This Time”, is the song “Addicted to That Rush” from the band’s 1989 eponymous debut album, played at a higher playback speed; hence the “CDFF” for “Compact Disc Fast Forward”. (by wikipedia)

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On its sophomore album, Mr. Big has covered all the hard-rock bases in search of a hit. There are lively, gutsy tunes like ”Never Say Never,” a mellow, radio-friendly number in ”CDFF — Lucky This Time,” and the weepily romantic ”Just Take My Heart.” And since the quartet sports two virtuoso players — guitarist Paul Gilbert and bassist Billy Sheehan — there’s a lot of instrumental fanciness sprinkled throughout. On ”Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy,” the two even play their instruments with cordless drills in harmony (”Don’t try this at home, kids,” the lyric sheet warns). Lean Into It was released last March, but none of these tricks was able to keep it on the charts until the recent release of the single ”To Be With You.” This simple little ballad features acoustic guitar and hand-clap percussion, and is by far the best song on the album. So much for formulas and fretwork, eh, boys? (by ew.com; February 14, 1992)

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Personnel:
Paul Gilbert (guitar, background vocals)
Eric Martin (vocals, guitar)
Billy Sheehan (bass, background vocals)
Pat Torpey (drums, percussion, background vocals)

Tracklist:
01. Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song) (Sheehan/Gilbert/Pessis/Martin/Torpey) 3.56
02. Alive And Kickin’ (Gilbert/Martin/Pessis/Sheehan/Torpey 5.29
03. Green-Tinted Sixties Mind (Gilbert) 3.30
04. CDFF-Lucky This Time” (Paris) 4.14
05. Voodoo Kiss (Martin/Pessis) 4.05
06. Never Say Never (Martin/Vallance) 3.49
07. Just Take My Heart (Martin/Pessis) 4.25
08. My Kinda Woman (Gilbert/Martin/Sheehan) 4.12
09. A Little Too Loose (Gilbert) 5.21
10. Road To Ruin (Torpey/Paris/Gilbert/Sheehan) 3.59
11. To Be With You (Martin/Grahame) 3.28

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The singles from this album:

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