Mr. Big (Mr. Big album)

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Mr. Big
Mr Big Self-Titled.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 20, 1989
StudioFantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
GenreHard rock
ProducerKevin Elson
Mr. Big chronology
Mr. Big
Lean into It
Singles from Mr. Big
  1. "Addicted to That Rush" / "Blame It on My Youth"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal6/10[2]

Mr. Big is the self-titled debut album by the American hard rock supergroup Mr. Big. Produced by Kevin Elson and Val Garay, the album proved a partial commercial success, reaching the 46th slot on the Billboard 200 chart. Lead-off single "Addicted to that Rush", featuring the band's aggressive guitar and bass playing, also brought the group some mainstream attention, reaching the No. 39 slot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.[3] 300,000 copies were sold, according to a Musician magazine interview with Mr. Big in 1990.[citation needed]

Several of the songs from the album became live staples of the band, and have since been included in various live albums. The group followed up the album with Lean Into It in 1991, which represented a critical breakthrough.

The song "30 Days in the Hole" was originally recorded by British rock band Humble Pie on the 1972 album Smokin'. Bassist Billy Sheehan revealed on an interview on Nikki Sixx's radio show "Sixx Sense" that "Wind Me Up" is based on Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison played backwards.

Track listing[edit]

1."Addicted to That Rush"Paul Gilbert, Billy Sheehan, Pat Torpey4:46
2."Wind Me Up"Eric Martin, Gilbert, Torpey4:11
3."Merciless"Gilbert, Martin, Torpey3:57
4."Had Enough"Sheehan4:57
5."Blame It on My Youth"Gilbert, Martin, Sheehan4:14
6."Take a Walk"Gilbert, Martin, Sheehan3:57
7."Big Love"Martin4:49
8."How Can You Do What You Do"Jonathan Cain, Martin3:58
9."Anything for You"Gilbert, Martin, Sheehan4:37
10."Rock & Roll Over"Martin3:50
11."30 Days in the Hole"Steve Marriott4:12


Mr. Big


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1989 The Billboard 200[4] 46

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Addicted to That Rush" Mainstream Rock Tracks[3] 39


  1. ^ Gioffre, Daniel. "Mr. Big - Mr. Big review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  2. ^ Popoff, Martin (1 November 2005). The Collector's Guide to Heavy Metal: Volume 2: The Eighties. Burlington, Ontario, Canada: Collector's Guide Publishing. p. 236. ISBN 978-1894959315.
  3. ^ a b "Mr. Big - Mr. Big Billboard Singles". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2017-01-27.
  4. ^ "Mr. Big - Mr. Big Billboard Albums". AllMusic. All Media Network. Archived from the original on 1 February 2013. Retrieved 2017-01-27.