Pete Haycock blazed trails for many years as lead guitarist, vocalist and founding member of the Climax Blues Band, from 1969 to the mid-1980s. After achieving great success with CBB, Pete embarked on a successful solo career in the late 80s, recording a couple of solo albums (including the instrumental IRS release, ‘Guitar & Son’), composing several stellar motion picture soundtracks (i.e, ‘Thelma & Louise’, ‘Drop Zone’, and many others with Han Zimmer), and recorded/toured with the newly-formed ELO Part II. From there, he toured with the ‘Night of the Guitars’ line-up, then joined Steve Hunter and CBB bassist Derek Holt in a venture they called ‘H Factor’.
Pete composed and recorded in the studio for several years and, in 2005, he was approached by the producer of the Hollister Independence Rally DVD, and was asked if he’d be interested in providing music for the video commemorating the Hollister, California, motorcycle rally that year. Pete enthusiastically contributed song samples to the project, which was well-received. As the video project was nearly complete, the producer suggested that Pete consider lengthening and reworking some of the cuts, and release it as a 13-track CD called ‘Bikers’ Dozen’. Pete agreed, and the resulting album was released in early 2006, and entitled ‘Bikers’ Dozen’.
BIKERS’ DOZEN is a rich tapestry of compositions, each uniquely stamped with the Pete Haycock trademark sound. It’s truly amazing to think that these 13 songs were composed and performed by the same person; they are that wide-ranging. Some bluesy shuffles, some in-your-face adrenaline rock chops, and some melodic instrumentals with such exquisite tone that George Benson would blush…
If you’re a Climax Blues Band fan, a Pete Haycock fan, or just a lover of outstanding guitar and musicianship, I can’t emphasize how much you’ll enjoy this album — IF you can find it… My suggestion would be to visit the Pete Haycock Appreciation Society page on Facebook, then DEMAND that this great CD become available for purchase and/or download. Though Pete isn’t administrator of that site, messages are passed along to him, and perhaps if there is enough interest, he may honor us with its release!
Before I go, here’s what another reviewer had this to say about the Bikers’ Dozen album:
“Pete Haycock is one of my earliest and strongest influences on the guitar – a “mentor”, if you like. All through the Climax Blues Band days I scrutinized his every note.. And then later I almost wore a hole in the “Guitar And Son” LP. One of the tastiest guitar players and tunesmiths on the planet, he returns with “Biker’s Dozen”… OK then – guess it’s time for me to sit down with my guitar and do some studying again! A smashingly well done CD which should appeal to a broad range of both musicians and non-musicians alike. Already a few seconds into the strong opening riff on the first track, `Cry To Me’, you know you’re in for a real treat. Delicious slide guitar floats elegantly in and suddenly you find yourself riding away on an endless, smooth musical highway.
Pete’s strong slide guitar makes its mark again on `The Heat’, a bluesy rocker. `Klone Shuffle’ has an infectious groove – once again a proof of how Pete can make even a simple riff sound interesting. `Miracle’ is a strong vocal tune sung by John Fiddler – the opening lines sound much like Mark Knopfler. `Prattlin’ ` really caught my ear – what a cool tune! A fresh-sounding groove – oh how I want to grab my guitar and play along to that stuff! – and those little fiddle fills in the background really made the tune sound really original !
`Dominator’ oozes MUSCLE. Horsepower! Acceleration! And `Talkin’ Mutton Jeff Here’ – hi ho, we’re in spacey Jeff Beck-land here! Dreamy and powerful at the same time. One for the road indeed!
`Collossus’ is a little symphonic rocker that sounds so majestic. Some of it sounds a bit like a mix between William Orbit and Mike Oldfield. But on top of it all is Pete’s signature guitar lines – it binds it all together and nothing sounds dull at any point.
`Driver’ makes you want to go out and ride a motorbike (or pick up a guitar, plug in, and wail away!).
Sure, this CD has loads of high energy rock guitar playing on it – but I also really dig `Waiting For Rain’ and `Blue Breakers’; both are absolutely delicious pop guitar works of art. `Waiting For Rain’ would make George Benson envious – what a tone! What a feel! Imagine you’ve just parked your motorbike by a small beautiful beach to watch the setting sun…ahhh..!
And `Stolen Wings’ is a wonderful ballad in the key of F# minor, a bit reminiscent of The Allman Brothers. A strong and wonderful main melody. Duane would love this one…
This is the kind of CD that sounds great at the first listen – and then it just gets better and better the more you play it… (by Jeffers)
Pete Heycock (guitar)
a bunch of unknown studi musicians
John Fiddler (vocals, harmonica)
01. Cry To Me (Haycock) 4.30
02. Miracle (Haycock/Fiddler) 4.31
03. The Heat (Haycock) 3.38
04. Waiting For Rain (Haycock) 4.32
05. Klone Shuffle (Haycock) 1.55
06. Prattlin’ (Haycock) 2.50
07. Collossus (Haycock) 4.40
08. Talkin’ Mutton Jeff Here (Haycock) 4.12
09. Stolen Wings (Haycock) 4.52
10. Dominator (Haycock) 2.21
11. Blue Breakers (Haycock) 3.16
12. Driver (Haycock) 4.49
13. Biker’s Dozen (Haycock) 3.24
Pete Haycock (4 March 1951 – 30 October 2013)