Old Solo Albums Rereleased

Gonzo Media
Just to let you know that the U.K. record Com­pa­ny “Gonzo Media” has released a few of my old solo albums, “Watch­fire” (1988), “The Long Haul” (2000), and “Mil­len­ni­um” (2001).

They also just released the record­ings of my first pro band “The Sons of Fred” from 1965…we record­ed the tracks at sev­er­al Lon­don stu­dios, includ­ing E.M.I. Studios…later known as Abbey Road. We used the same stu­dio, record­ing equip­ment, and engi­neers that cap­tured the ear­ly “Please, Please Me” peri­od of the Beatles…but with­out George Mar­tin of course. I remem­ber the staff engi­neers wore white lab coats, and the stu­dio had a built in fac­to­ry type cafeteria.

I was on the road at a very young age…it was all very excit­ing and slight­ly bewil­der­ing. We con­stant­ly toured all over the British Isles six or sev­en nights a week, and played sev­er­al pop­u­lar British TV shows includ­ing ‘Ready Steady Go” (after it had become tru­ly a live show) and “Thank Your Lucky Stars”.

Any­way, I was sur­prised and glad the record­ings sur­faced after all these years. Our live shows were most­ly R&B but the orig­i­nal mate­r­i­al was a lit­tle more pop with the excep­tion of our one record­ed cov­er, the blues clas­sic, “Baby What You Want Me To Do” which we per­formed on TV’s Thank Your Lucky Stars. The song even have a very short bass break through a clas­sic slight­ly dis­tort­ed tube (valve in the U.K.) Selmer bass amp. The record­ing world today has spe­cial dig­i­tal plug-ins spe­cial­ly designed to try and repro­duce that 1960’s over­driv­en bass sound.

Any­way, here’s how to order a CD if any­one’s inter­est­ed, click here for USA and click here for UK.

(‘Watch­fire” 1988, is about human rights and envi­ron­men­tal issues, and “The Long Haul” is large­ly root­ed in the Amer­i­cana blues tra­di­tion. I have many cool guest artists join­ing me… like Jer­ry Gar­cia on Watch­fire, and John Lee Hook­er on The Long Haul. “Millennium“is a very weird solo piano album I once did…just made it up as I went along, had to get it out of my sys­tem. The site also has a CD of a live record­ing of a much lat­er ver­sion of Jef­fer­son Star­ship from the UFO Fes­ti­val at Roswell, New Mex­i­co. Paul Kant­ner flew me down as a spe­cial guest for it. I haven’t lis­tened to the album yet, not sure why it’s on my page. I was in the orig­i­nal band dur­ing its hey­day of the 1970’s and ear­ly 80’s)

Pete Sears The Long Haul

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