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Jeff Pekarek released his one vinyl album To Each Their Own in 1982. The album's inclusion and brief writeup in the Acid Archives sort of says it all: "Cosmic folkrock from classically trained bass player." In a better world, this would be enough.
I'm incredibly fond of this record. Like some of the albums on this label (Pat Wells and Scott Seskind come to mind), it takes some time to sink in how good this actually is. Primary players Jeff Pekarek and Fred Benedetti recorded seven of the eight original album tracks in eight hours on January 2, 1982. (They were joined by Pekarek's wife Beatriz Basile on two others. Bill Tollefson also got in on the mix on 'John Kanaka / Nobody Knows You')
With repeat listenings, the album reveals itself as much more than a set of sketches.There's a genuine, gentle, and deeply stoned* feel to this music, embodied by the album's title. Pekarek isn't trying to tell or sell you anything with this album, only to share his musical ideas. And with the notable exception of the album's only misstep -- the extended "party chatter" making up the middle of 'Kanaka / Nobody' rectified by the abridged version included here as a bonus track -- it's an exceedingly mellow ride, even on the several occasions where the album plugs in to rock.
This review from the Seldom Heard Radio blog is worth quoting in full:
Anyway, go check it out!
*It's none of my business if Pekarek and co were stoned when they cut this, or if they ever even inhaled -- but it sounds like maybe that at some point in the decade leading up to this recording, marijuana may have been smoked by one or more of the involved parties.