Krokus - 'Big Rocks'
Mandy Meyer - guitar
Marc Storace -lead vocals
Fernando von Arb - guitar, vocals
Mark Kohler - guitar
Flavio Mezzodi - drums
Chris von Rohr - bass, vocals
The promotional video for "Rockin In The Free World" has been removed. Here is a live video of Krokus and Gotthard performing "Quinn The Eskimo" on 3/3/17. Krokus covers the song on this release and Gotthard covered it on their 1996 release titled simply 'G'.
1.) "N.I.B." -Originally recorded by Black Sabbath. It first appeared as the fourth track on the band's 1970 debut self-titled album. The lyrics are in the first person from the point of view of Lucifer. Lyricist Geezer Butler has said that "the song was about the devil falling in love and totally changing, becoming a good person."
2.) "Tie Your Mother Down" -Originally recorded by Queen. It is the opening track and the second single from their 1976 album A Day at the Races. On its original release as a single in 1977 the song peaked at 31 in the UK Singles Chart, however more than 20 years later it was released as a double a-side to "No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young)" where it reached 13 in UK Singles Chart. On the album the song is preceded by a one-minute instrumental intro featuring a Shepard tone melody, which is reprised in the ending of "Teo Torriatte": this was intended to create a "circle" in the album, typical, for example, of Pink Floyd's albums.
3.) "My Generation" -is a song by the English rock band The Who, which became a hit and one of their most recognizable songs. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone Magazine on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It's also part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and is inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for "historical, artistic and significant" value. In 2009 it was named the 37th Greatest Hard Rock Song by VH1.
4.) "Wild Thing" - Originally recorded by American rock band The Wild Ones in 1965, "Wild Thing" is best known for its 1966 cover by the English rock band The Troggs, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in July 1966. The song peaked at No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart. As performed by The Troggs, "Wild Thing" is ranked #261 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
5.) "The House Of The Rising Sun" -is a traditional folk song, sometimes called "Rising Sun Blues". It tells of a life gone wrong in New Orleans; many versions also urge a sibling to avoid the same fate. The most successful commercial version, recorded in 1964 by the British rock group the Animals, was a number one hit on the UK Singles Chart and also in the United States and France. As a traditional folk song recorded by an electric rock band, it has been described as the "first folk-rock hit".
6.) "Rockin' In The Free World" -is a song by Neil Young, released on his 1989 album Freedom. Two versions of the song were released, similar to the song "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" of Young's Rust Never Sleeps album, one of which is performed with a predominantly acoustic arrangement, and the other with a predominantly electric arrangement.
7.) "Gimme Some Lovin'" -is a song written by Steve Winwood, Spencer Davis and Muff Winwood, although solely credited to "Steve Winwood" on the UK single label, and performed by The Spencer Davis Group. The basic riff of the song was borrowed from the Homer Banks song "(Ain't That) A Lot of Love", written by Banks and Willie Dean "Deanie" Parker.
8.) "Whole Lotta Love" -is a song by English hard rock band Led Zeppelin. It is the opening track on the band's second album, Led Zeppelin 'II', and was released in the United States, several countries in Europe, and Japan as a single; as with other Led Zeppelin songs, no single was released in the United Kingdom. The US release became their first hit single, being certified Gold on 13 April 1970, having sold one million copies. It reached number one in Germany, and number four in the Netherlands. Parts of the song were adapted from Willie Dixon's "You Need Love", recorded by Muddy Waters in 1962; originally uncredited to Dixon, a lawsuit in 1985 was settled with a payment to Dixon and credit on subsequent releases.
9.) "Summertime Blues" -is a song co-written and recorded by American rockabilly artist Eddie Cochran. It was written by Cochran and his manager Jerry Capehart. Originally a single B-side, it was released in August 1958 and peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 29, 1958 and number 18 on the UK Singles Chart. It has been covered by many artists, including being a number-one hit for country music artist Alan Jackson, and scoring notable hits in versions by The Who and Blue Cheer. Jimi Hendrix performed it in concert.
10.) "Born To Be Wild" -is a song first performed by the band Steppenwolf, written by Mars Bonfire. The song is often invoked in both popular and counter culture to denote a biker appearance or attitude. It is sometimes described as the first heavy metal song, and the second verse lyric "heavy metal thunder" marks the first use of this term in rock music (although not as a description of a musical style).
11.) "Quinn The Eskimo" -is a folk-rock song written by Bob Dylan and first recorded during The Basement Tapes sessions in 1967. The song was recorded in December 1967 and first released in January 1968 as the "Mighty Quinn" by the British band Manfred Mann and became a great success. It has been recorded by a number of performers, often under the "Mighty Quinn" title. The subject of the song is the arrival of the mighty Quinn (an Eskimo), who changes despair into joy and chaos into rest, and attracts attention from the animals. Dylan is widely believed to have derived the title character from actor Anthony Quinn's role as an Eskimo in the 1960 movie The Savage Innocents. Dylan has also been quoted as saying that the song was nothing more than a "simple nursery rhyme." A 2004 Chicago Tribune article also claimed that the song was named after Gordon Quinn, co-founder of Kartemquin Films, who had given Dylan and Howard Alk uncredited editing assistance on Eat the Document.
12.) "Jumpin' Jack Flash" -is a song by English rock band the Rolling Stones, released as a single in 1968. Called "supernatural Delta blues by way of Swinging London" by Rolling Stone magazine, the song was perceived by some as the band's return to their blues roots after the baroque pop and psychedelia heard on their preceding albums, 'Aftermath' (1966),' Between the Buttons' (1967) and especially Their 'Satanic Majesties Request' (1967). One of the group's most popular and recognisable songs, it has featured in films and been covered by numerous performers, notably Thelma Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Peter Frampton, Johnny Winter and Leon Russell.
13.) "Backseat Rock 'N' Roll" - 'Metal Rendez-vous' is the fourth studio album released by Krokus release on June 30, 1980.
Recoding cover songs is not by far Krokus's first rodeo. Over the years they have recorded several cover songs two of the most famous are, "Ballroom Blitx" by Sweet and "American Woman" by The Guess Who. 'Big Rock's is however, the first time Krokus has recorded a full length CD of all cover songs. That is however all but one of their own covers "Backseat Rock 'N' Roll" originally release on Krokus's 'Metal Rendez-Vous'. Since forming in 1975, Krokus as stood for high quality with amazing songwriting. They are one band that is not in it for the money, not for fame (though those thing are very beneficial) but for the love of the fans and the music. Two of the reasons I have been a fan since 1975.
With 'Big Rock's' Krokus took the songs they grew up loving and probably playing in bars along the way and Krokusized them! This is by far the best cover album I have ever heard!!!!! An absolute must buy!!!!