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Mr. Big were one of the few "shredder" pop metal bands (translation: the bandmembers were highly proficient at their instruments) that prized songcraft as highly as virtuosity. The seeds for the group's formation were sown when bass player extraordinaire Billy Sheehan, often called "the Eddie Van Halen of bass," left David Lee Roth's solo band in 1988. Shortly thereafter, he began piecing together a new outfit comprised of former Racer X guitarist Paul Gilbert, drummer Pat Torpey, and singer Eric Martin, the latter of whom had issued a pair of obscure solo releases in the mid-'80s. By 1989, the newly formed quartet had already inked a recording contract with Atlantic, resulting in the release of a self-titled debut the same year. Despite finding a warm reception among musicians, the album failed to cross over to a mainstream rock audience in America; however, Mr. Big was an immediate success overseas in Japan. The quartet broadened its horizons on its sophomore effort, 1991's Lean into It, which included the melodic psychedelic rocker "Green Tinted Sixties Mind" as well as a pair of ballads that would become sizable singles: the number one smash "To Be with You" and the Top 20 hit "Just Take My Heart." Despite issuing further releases like 1993's Bump Ahead and 1996's Hey Man, Mr. Big were unable to sustain such commercial success at home, although the group's popularity continued to soar in Japan (resulting in countless sold-out tours and such Japan-only live albums as Raw Like Sushi, Raw Like Sushi 2, Japandemonium, Mr. Big in Japan, etc.). Gilbert split from the group in the late '90s to pursue a solo career and was replaced by former Poison guitarist Richie Kotzen. The new lineup issued a pair of studio recordings, Get Over It and Actual Size, before launching a "farewell tour" in Japan, which culminated in their amicable breakup in 2002. In early 2009, with the 20th anniversary of Mr. Big's debut on the horizon, the original lineup appeared on Japanese radio to announce that the group would be reuniting. A reunion tour was launched later that year, resulting in the release of 2009's double-disc concert album Back to Budokan, and the band headed home in September 2010 to record a new studio album in Los Angeles. The resulting What If was released three months later in Japan, followed by an American release in early 2011. ~ Greg Prato
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Albums by
Mr. Big

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    14 songs

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    The Stories We Could Tell

    12 songs

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    What If

    12 songs

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    Mr. Big Live

    11 songs

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    Get Over It

    11 songs

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    Bump Ahead

    11 songs

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    Lean Into It

    11 songs

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    Mr. Big

    7 songs

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    Raw Like Sushi II

    6 songs

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    Static

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Mr. Big

    4 songs

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    To Be with You

    2 songs

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    Mr. Big

    17 songs

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    Greatest Hits [US Release]

    16 songs

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    Deep Cuts: The Best of the Ballads

    16 songs

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    Big, Bigger, Biggest!: The Best of Mr. Big

    14 songs

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    Japandemonium

    12 songs

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    Live at the Hard Rock Cafe

    33 songs

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    Back to Budokan

    6 songs

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    Raw Like Sushi

    10 songs

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    Live from the Living Room

    16 songs

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    Live at Budokan

    15 songs

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    Lean Into It

    14 songs

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    Bump Ahead [Japan Bonus Tracks]

    12 songs

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    Actual Size

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Top Songs by
Mr. Big

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    Popularity
  2.   To Be With You
  3.   Just Take My Heart
  4.   Wild World
  5.   Green-Tinted Sixties Mind
  6.   Baba O'Riley
  7.   Undertow
  8.   Addicted to That Rush
  9.   Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)
  10.   I'll Leave It up to You
  11.   Never Say Never
  12.   A Little Too Loose
  13.   Take a Walk
  14.   To Be You
  15.   Alive and Kickin'
  16.   Dancin With My Devils
  17.   30 Days in the Hole
  18.   Mary Goes 'Round
  19.   Had Enough
  20.   Blame It on My Youth
  21.   Just Let Your Heart Decide
  22.   Alive an Kickin
  23.   All the Way Up
  24.   Next Time Around
  25.   Intro/Piano
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    Five Finger Death Punch: DNA

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    '80s Rock

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    Soft Hits

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Party Metal

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    '90s Hits


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