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The Big Night - The Tractors

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The Big Night (2002) - The Tractors

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Walt Richmond, Steve Ripley, Casey Van Beek

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Boogie Woogie Santa ClausLyrics available
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 4:54
  Comments: This is a remake of one of the best songs/records of all time called "Boogie Woogie Country Girl" by Big Joe Turner from Kansas City. In our new version, Santa is the coolest cat on the planet.
The Big NightLyrics available
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 3:06
  Comments: To quote some farmer from Glencoe, Oklahoma: "I don't know, but I've been told. There's something going on at the North Pole." Rudolph shined up his reindeer shoes, put on some Rhythm and Blues mp3's, and did a four-step dance called The Reindeer Shuffle. Rudolph says, "I'm ready to fly!" You can try to play it cool, but you can't escape it. Every year the excitement builds as the big night approaches and we celebrate the truly BIG NIGHT. My buddy from Altus, Oklahoma, the legendary Moon Martin, sings harmony and the Jordanaires with Miss Millie sing the backing vocals. You couldn't ask for a better Christmas present. The Jordanaires recorded at Masterlink Studios. Moon Martin recorded ot Pony Boy Studios. John Herron recorded at Rekordio USA.
I Was A Bad Boy This YearLyrics available
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 4:12
  Comments: The Story of almost every guitar player. My own daddy said to me many times, "Put that guitar down!" Of course, he's the one that just as many times said, "Pick that thing up and play me something." Rick and Ian recorded at Labmix Music
Pretty PaperLyrics available
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 4:09
  Comments: I've always loved this song. I first heard it when Roy Orbison had a big hit with it. Later, I heard and loved the original Willie version. Our take is lower and slower. Because this guy is crazy sad. Everything's nice and pretty. There's laughter in the air. But it all goes on all around him. In the middle of it all, he just sits and cries. You see him. You know it. But've got some pretty cards to get out. The Jordanaires recorded at Masterlink Studios
Run Rudolph Run
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 3:33
  Comments: Billed as "Run Run Rudolph". There's some high toe-tapping power going on here. Three piano players (almost uncontrollably) banging away. And Bud and Mike making it rock as only they can (while singing along through their sax mics). I don't know what Rudolph is up to in this song, but I know he's moving fast and taking care of everything that needs taking core of. And I'm thinking he digs this track.
Bells Are RingingLyrics available
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 2:55
  Comments: This is the third Christmas song we've recorded written by Casey. He has a special way of capturing the feeling of the holiday in a song. Just the right mix of serious and light-heartedness. And it swings!
Santa Claus Is Back In TownLyrics available
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 3:41
  Comments: It seems Elvis wasn't thot excited about recording a Christmas album. In the middle of the recording sessions at Radio Recorders in Hollywood, songwriters Leiber and Stoller wrote this song to get some rock and roll infused into the process. They put Santa in a big black Cadillac. The Elvis sessions in 1957 were the first where he asked Millie Kirkham to sing. She's back here on our record along with the Jordanaires singing like time was standing still. And Scotty Moore plays electric guitar, as he did on the Elvis record thirty-five years ago. It was magic then, and it's magic now. Scotty recorded at Blueberry Hill Studios by one of the Blue Moon Boys. The Jordanaires recorded at Masterlink Studios.
Christmas Times A Comin'Lyrics available
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 3:00
  Comments: This is a song everybody knows-or at least they think they do. We took our arrangement directly from the Bill Monroe record, though we made it swing a bit more in a Tulsa sort of way (Bill Monroe and The Texas Playboys?). If you want to hear some of the greatest hillbilly hollerin' ever, listen to Bill's record. I'm proud to say original Asleep at the Wheel piano player Floyd Domino is hanging around Tractor land these days. This piano part is the very first thing he played with the band. I looked over at him feeling the presence of Bob Wills piano man, Al Strickland. Before I could say anything, Floyd said, "I just try to channel Al." I tried my best to get the words right-the way they are on the Bill record. Other versions don't sing it this way, and I may be wrong, but here's the way I hear it. Amen.
Bo Diddley Santa ClausLyrics available
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 5:39
  Comments: For the 1st time ever, Santa got sick just as the big night arrives. Everybody freaks out. Who's gonna drive the sleigh this year? Santa's cool. He says there's only one man that can do this job half as good as I can. "Get Bo Diddley on the telephone." There are moments when Jimmy Karstein can make you believe he's the only drummer on earth.
Little Drummer BoyLyrics available
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 3:44
  Comments: A holiday standard. Still, hardly any song gets picked on more than this one. It just comes and goes with the season. I finally really "heard" it last year when Little Richie sang it on a Christmas episode of the old Dick Van Dyke show. I know. That's pretty weird. Now when I hear the song, I'm right there, back in time, in Bethlehem. Most of our energy goes into whether this baby could possibly actually be the king. The Drummer Boy doesn't question that. His faith is intact. But he is humbled and feels he has nothing to give that's worthy of a king. "But I could play something on my drum??" I left the rough vocal because it's the one of the most emotional moments I've ever experienced singing a song. Pa rum pa pum pum. I am that little Drummer Boy.
Mary's Baby
  Date Performance: 2002, Running Time: 5:04
  Comments: Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered. Mathew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
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Micah Barnard, Jim Bates, Larry Bell, Debbie Campbell, Bryon Davis, Eddie Davis, Bud Deal, Floyd Domino, Zac Hanson, Isaac Hanson, Zac Hanson, Isaac Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Hanson, Taylor Hanson, Jo(h)n Her(r)on, Fats Kaplin, Jimmy Karstein, Millie Kirkham, Paul Lawson, Steve Lyman, Moon Martin, Scott Mathews, Glen Mitchell, Scotty Moore, Louis Nunley, Louis Nunley, Mike Panno, Steve Pryor, Angelene Ripley, Elvis Ripley, (Hugh) Gordon Stoker, (Hugh) Gordon Stoker, Spencer Sutton, The Jordanaires, Tommy Tripplehorn, Rick Vito, Ray C. Walker, Ray C. Walker, Ian Wallace, Ted Williams, Jonny/Johnnie Wright, Cheryl/Cherelle Wright, Curtis Young, Curtis Young

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    Format »

Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

    Other Appearances »
Reginal Ashby (Songwriter), Marvin Brodie (Songwriter), Katherine Davis (Songwriter), Bo Diddley (Ellas O B McDaniel) (Songwriter), Don(ny) Kees(ee) (Songwriter), Jerry Leiber (Songwriter), Tex (Tom) Logan (Songwriter), John(ny) (D.) Marks (Songwriter), Willie (Hugh) Nelson (Songwriter), Henry Onorati (Songwriter), Doc Pomus (Jerome Solon Felder) (Songwriter), Steve Ripley (Songwriter), Steve Ripley (Songwriter), Harry Moses Simeone (Songwriter), Mike Stoller (Songwriter), Casey Van Beek (Songwriter), Casey Van Beek (Songwriter), Rick Vito (Songwriter), Glen Mitchell (Executive Producer), Scotty Moore (Produced By), Steve Ripley (Produced By), Steve Ripley (Produced By), Steve Ripley (Recorded By), Steve Ripley (Recorded By), Steve Ripley (Mixed By), Steve Ripley (Mixed By), Fats Kaplin (Arranged By), Steve Ripley (Arranged By), Steve Ripley (Arranged By), Kelly Kerr (Photography By), Charlene Ripley (Production Manager), Gailard Sartain (Original Cover Art By), Elvis Ripley (Cover Design By), Maude Gilman/Gilman-Clapham (CD Art Design By), Chad Hailey (The Jordanaires Recorded By), Tony Phipps (Jordanaires Photography By), Angelene Ripley (Original Boy Rocking Art By), Ian Wallace (Rick And Ian Recorded By)

    Record Label »
Audium Records/Boy Rocking Records

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    Liner Notes »

Recorded and mixed at The Church Studio in Tulsa, Oklahoma

In the twinkling of an eye:
Eddie Kantor
Denny Purcell

The Tractors:
Boy Rocking Records:

(P) & 2002 Boy Rocking Records
304 South Trenton
Tulsa, OK 74120

Exclusively marketed and distributed by Audium Records, A KOCH (Records) Entertainment Company
1709 19th Ave South
Nashville, TN 37212

All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable laws.

Made in USA

Compact Disc Digital Audio

6 84038 2 3

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Forcast snow, with rain, making sleet for the 25th
Review written by John Fitzgerald, June 2nd, 2005

I give points to The Tractors and their album "The big night" for trying hard to go for the "old time" sound on the overall with the inclusion of hearty saxes and barber shop quartet-type backing vocals and (oddly) their "holding back" a little on the rockers has a positive effect on the album, such as "Bo Diddley Santa Claus" (where normally the title would tell you all you need to know to be able to ascertain what to expect but "that riff" isn't as aggressive on this track and therefore makes for a good but slight funk feel to that track) and the stomping closer "Mary's baby" (as it's not as hard as one might expect in such a track). "I was a bad boy this year" is a Chuck Berry styled rocker from the pen of Rick Vito and you can hear his backing vocals good (especially on the chorus) and you can hear his guitar work good as well mainly in the left speaker through the verses. Other plus points are an effective version of "Little drummer boy" as, although it may sound like a version Neil Diamond may have cut, this is not a bad thing and the strings & acoustic guitar with vocal approach doesn't miss the signature drum track that is usually found in covers of this classic which is an unexpected treat. However, there are some minor minuses that water things down a bit. "Bells are ringing" has the best "Christmas feel" of the tracks on the record but is not particularly memorable. "Santa Claus is back in town" has a good slow blues feel to it but also suffers from the lack of an effective hook. Traditional Country fans may enjoy their cover of Willie Nelson's "Pretty paper" and the "Skip to my Lou..." feeling of "Christmas times a comin'" with it's fiddle & steel guitar flavorings. The opening "Boogie woogie Santa Claus" is exactly that so no surprise there and "Run run Rudolph" is the same song as what has been billed elsewhere as "Run Rudolph run" so another one that falls in to the predictable pit (though with more horns and less guitars than one would expect in the arrangement). The title track which is an original from the main member of The Tractors, Steve Ripley, is not far removed from "Boogie woogie Santa Claus" but a little slower, which may have worked better in another place in the sequencing. The album is somewhat piano heavy on the full but this could be a sleeper in years to come to "grow on you". Not bad out of the gate though.

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Discography entry submitted by Marty Adelson & Steve Ripley.