Big Boy Pete “World War IV”

World War IV

Big Boy Pete is your quintessential slice of lost psych. Or is he? Re-releasing a string of solid material from the 60s in the late 90s and 2000s, “Big Boy” Pete Miller’s prolific and good quality works have caused some archivists to wonder. Yes, I have heard some people claim that Pete Miller’s stuff is fake.

But regardless of whether Big Boy Pete’s music was recorded back in the day, or in a home studio by a modern-day-super-psych-fan, his works have been accepted as psychedelic standards. World War IV, recorded in the late 60s and released in 2000, is a strange and interesting album. Most of the other Pete Miller works, found on the Catatonia collections and Summerland have a breezier, poppier thing going on. WWIV is a whole ‘nother story. Well, it’s certainly meant as a story, but I have never been able to follow it. A “Symphonic Poem” indeed.

But the sounds here are nice. Pete loves his guitars (definitely check out his home on the web here!) and there are some great fuzz rhythms and bass lines throughout. Some catchy moments but definitely not enough to DJ a party. Well, I guess that depends on how you like to party. Overall, I just have to mention that this is pure, pure psychedelia. Give it a run when you are in the mood for that.

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One Comment.

  • KoolAid

    A great lost gem, loved it! I’d rather say it’s a mix of beatlesque pop, early progressive, folk rock and S.F. Sorrow style psychedelic pop.

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