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London American Boy
Big Boy Pete
2002. RaucousRecords CD
1. Tornado
2. That's the Way I Feel
3. Is it Me?
4. Hang up my Rock 'n Roll Shoes
5. Ballad of a Teenage Queen
6. Red Hot
7. You Win Again
8. Singin the Blues
9. My Babe
10. I Ain't Givin' up Nothin'
11. I'll Sail my Ship Alone
12. Got a Lotta Livin' to do
13. Goodnight Irene
14. Tornado (Rehearsal Take)
 
Musicians:
Drums: Kent Shultz, LukeWatson, Rob Anderson, June Corp, Kenny Dale Johnson.
Bass: Sean Silverman, Tim Wagar, Bing Nathan.
Guitars: Pete Miller, Doc West.

Piano: David Merrill, Big Lou.
Clapper Boys: Rick Philipp, Rob & Slade Anderson, Carl Tassi, Big Mick.
Harmony vox: David Seeley

All tracks engineered and produced by Pete Miller
at his Union Street studio in San Francisco.

This album is dedicated to the memory of David Merrill.

 

Rock Beat International - Summer 2004
While Pete Miller (aka Big Boy Pete) is most closely associated with British Rock of the sixties, this album shows that he has a knack for playing American rock 'n' roll from the fifties and early sixties as well. This album features Miller tearing through a bunch of vintage rock 'n' roll / rockabilly songs, and the results are impressive as well as a lot of fun.

The tracks on the album were recorded at Miller's Union Street studio in San Francisco from 1982 to 1991. With the exception of some wah-wah guitar on "Tornado," Miller sticks to authentic sounding, period-style arrangements. The early recordings of Elvis, Johnny Cash and Buddy Holly appear to have exerted a particularly strong influence on the proceedings. Throughout the album Miller demonstrates an encyclopedic command of rock 'n' roll guitar styles, from the twangy, country-inflected picking of "That's the Way I Feel" to the swinging lap steel stylings of "My Babe" to the rapid-fire rockabilly licks of "Got a Lot 'o Livin' To Do."

There may not be anything particularly original here, but there's lots of unpretentious good-rocking fun. In his rockified version of "Goodnight Irene" Miller declares that anywhere I live, I'm gonna show you how to rock!" And indeed he does. - Geoff Cabin.

NOW DIG THIS Magazine - December 2002
Singer, guitarist Pete Miller ( Big Boy Pete)could tell a tale or two - and perhaps one day we'll get him to do that. He was born in Norwich where while still at school he started a rock and roll band. The Offbeats as they were called made enough noise locally to get themselves noticed and recorded a privately-produced six-track EP, "Introducing The Offbeats", in 1958. Three years later Pete joined the bigger local band Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers. Together they hit the charts with "Can Can '62". But earlier than this Pete played lead guitar for Marty Wilde on "Ever Since You Said Goodbye."

Apart from a brief trip to the UK in 1986 with the Cajun band LeRue, Pete has been living in San Francisco since the 1970s where he runs a successful recording studio. He has continued to make records - among them the highly rated psychedelic number "Cold Turkey." But we're more concerned here with Pete's rock 'n' roll roots.

"London American Boy", a compilation of late '80s/early 90s recordings, is purely and simply a happy return to rock and roll. As with other 'back-to-basics' recordings by those who've strayed further afield, the sense of relief of getting back to what they know and love best comes across loud and clear. This is happy, twanging guitar-led rockabilly and rock and roill backed by drums, bass and piano which opens and closes with versions of The Jiants 1959 rockabilly number, "Tornado". There is a rural American "lived-in" quality to Pete's voice - which is particularly well suited tonumbers like "Goodnight Irene" and "You Win Again". He has drums and bass support with various piano players doing their "Jerry-Lee" bit on around half the tracks. The arrangements are fairly standard, nothing fancy - just good time rock n rool. - Chris Woodford.

A brief historylesson, then: Pete Miller was lead guitarist with Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers, then issued "Baby I Got News For You" as 'Miller' on Columbia in1965, and became a Big Boy in time for his (pre-Lennon) "ColdTurkey" 45 on Camp in January 1965. Since then, he's been touring, recording, and generally keeping out of tht public eye.


 
 
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