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Chris Murray

Chris Murray: 4-Trackaganza!4-Trackaganza! (2001)
Asian Man Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: maverickScott
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I was never one to proclaim undying love for the genre of ska music. Sure, I skanked away to "Sellout" and "The Impression That I Get" along with an entire nation of wannabe rudeboys, but I never got into it all that much. It's only after the genre has cooled off that it seems like I started to re.
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I was never one to proclaim undying love for the genre of ska music. Sure, I skanked away to "Sellout" and "The Impression That I Get" along with an entire nation of wannabe rudeboys, but I never got into it all that much. It's only after the genre has cooled off that it seems like I started to really appreciate it. I think Hepcat is amazing, the Slackers always impress me, and Slow Gherkin is as catchy as they come. My list of ska recommendations continues to expand, and Chris Murray can consider himself to be close to the top of that ever-growing list.

Chris Murray has a long history in ska, reggae, and roots music. In the 90's, he was successful with his band King Apparatus [now in the process of reforming, from what I understand], and he has since written songs for bands like Hepcat and the Slackers [what a coincidence]. Chris took it upon himself to make himself active again, and in doing so has put out one of the best releases I've heard this year so far. "4-Trackaganza!" is just what it says -- 13 tracks, running the gamut of ska and soul styles, all recorded on Chris' own 4-track player. Apparently this album only cost a measly $12 to make, and that was just from buying audio tapes to record on. And to be honest, this shit is genius. From the Hepcat-ish opener "One Everything" to the 2 different covers of "Science Fiction Double Feature," from the upbeat ska grooves of "California Time" and "Boyo" to the soothing melodies of "Dinosaurs" and "Steady Beat Convention," this is an all around, solid, 4-star release [one for each track]. This is the ska scene's answer to Dashboard Confessional. Jump on the bandwagon now.

[taken from A different kind of greatness webzine]

 

 
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Anonymous (June 17, 2006)

Oh, my world. It is ok

Anonymous (November 15, 2004)

chris is one of the kings in the ska scene...
and this record is full of wonderful accustic ska songs!

Anonymous (July 5, 2001)

Just a couple of things: He hasn't written any songs for the Slackers, and he's not really an "answer" to Dashboard Confessional, since Chris has been doing his thing since the early '90s. Also, he has another solo album called The 4-Track Adventures of Venice Shoreline Chris, but it was released on Moon Ska, so it's pretty hard to find now.

Anonymous (June 9, 2001)

no no no no no . no!

Anonymous (May 19, 2001)

i totally agree with your review... however, i would give it 5 stars. this man is great... even better live too. and he all about the fans. he talked to me for an hour at a show he didnt even play at.

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