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Published on Aug 26, 2016
Written Al Hoffman and first released by Frankie Lane in 1950, "I'm Gonna Live Till I Die" went on to be recorded by Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, and Queen Latifah among others. Here's The Tiger Club featuring our head Tiger, Baxter Robertson with our rendition of this great song.
About The Tiger Club
The Tiger Club was born in 2004 from the need to play adventurous but accessible music that harnessed Baxter Robertson’s compositional skills, his sense of whimsy, and his desire to connect with people through live performance. Mephisto Island (Aeneid Recording Company) is the group’s second record and it’s finest. It benefits from a stable collective of musicians—club members, as they are called—and a well-developed sense of band identity.
The 10 instrumental originals on Mephisto Island (Aeneid Recording Company) are refreshingly diverse, spanning the quiet fire of the Latin-tinged “Showdown at Mezcal Flats,” the slinky strut of “Green Goddess,” and the jubilant gospel-flavored “Order Of The Seeing Eye.” In today’s computer-based culture, it’s a revelation to hear a punchy horn section, stately strings, and clever arrangements played in real time by a cast of twenty-five world-class musicians from all over the United States.
Mephisto Island was produced and mixed by Cal Ball for his indie imprint Aeneid Recording Company. Ball crafted a production aesthetic that is warm and vibey with a pristine, modern pop clarity. Grammy award-winning mastering engineer Bernie Grundman mastered the album and also cut the lacquers for the upcoming vinyl release.
The Tiger Club’s live show is whole other animal. It’s a freewheeling romp with Clubbers dressed uniform, burning through originals and ingenious vocal versions of chestnuts such as “Mellow Yellow,” “Daydream Believer,” and Blue Öyster Cult’s “Burnin’ For You” which they’ve been known to perform as a scorching ska number.
Of all the highlights of Robertson’s storied professional musician career, it’s a simple feeling he cherishes the most. “It’s that moment you realize you’re onstage killing it, the audience is digging it, and you’re communicating who you really are. Nothing stokes the fire of life and creativity like that.”