Sparks / Big Beat

Sal Maida's stellar performances as heard on the brothers Mael’s Big Beat (1976) afford this slab the consideration of being among the great bass records in a pop-rock context.

 

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Ahead of its time, this platter slipped through the commercial cracks. Akin to Sir Paul and Brian Wilson, Maida plies passages which are simultaneously supportive and serve as melodic hooks.

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Says Sal to this writer, he had no idea that his work would be featured so prominently in the final mix.