by Dennis Diken
No fights occured during the recording sessions for PETE WEISS AND THE ROCK
BAND. No tension, no broken guitar necks, no strewn shoes. Amazing. There was
not a bad word uttered. Nice. Fun. Based on this report, one might guess that
you are in the posession of a boring record.
Let's not jump any guns here. Yes, the terrain of this album that is comprised
of a whopping 34 selections is disjointed, a trait that fans of PETE WEISS have
come to expect and love. A happy hodgepodge of moods and moments captured awaits
the listener. Boring? No.
WEISS is quick to point out that "we're all big fans of THE BEATLES WHITE ALBUM,
probably the most successfully disjointed artistic statement in rock & roll
history. And keep in mind, that was a double album. Ours is a single disc. So in
a way, our record is not as disjointed as THE WHITE ALBUM."
The ROCK BAND's modus operandi is probably to blame for the variety found on
this record. They were lucky to scrunch their sessions between last-minute
cancellations and late-night recesses in the buzz of activity at Boston's
popular ZIPPAH recording studio. We're talking three in the morning here, two in
the afternoon there. Four hours for some "basic tracks" one day, and with a
little luck, an hour or two in the middle of the following week for some
overdubs or vocals. All of this good work was spread over the course of a year's
Born out of hard work, fun, and a love of music, PETE WEISS AND THE ROCK BAND is
hereby humbly offered to those who welcome a fresh listening experience. There
is no more room left in this package to talk about what will speak best for
itself as the enclosed disc spins in your machine. Let your ears do the walking and
soon you will discover what many already know.
There is no escaping PETE WEISS AND THE ROCK BAND.
Additional note: Also helping out on PETE WEISS AND THE ROCK BAND is Brother Cleve of Combustible Edison (keyboards) and Dana Colley of Morphine (baritone sax).