PeteStrumentals [Reissue]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
PeteStrumentals follows Jay Dee's Welcome 2 Detroit as the second offering in BBE's producer spotlight "Beat Generation" series. If you approach Pete Rock's joint as a song-oriented pop album, you may feel disappointed. Only two tracks "Cake" and "Nothin' Lesser - Jamie's Mix" feature MCs and the repetitive, consistently mid-tempo beats get somewhat monotonous by the end of most tracks. If you approach the album as a radical work of sonic architecture, you may also feel disappointed, since Rock's relatively old-school sensibility isn't likely to make you hear music in a completely new way. But if you approach PeteStrumentals on its own terms -- as a laid-back collection of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Todd Kristel
PeteStrumentals follows Jay Dee's Welcome 2 Detroit as the second offering in BBE's producer spotlight "Beat Generation" series. If you approach Pete Rock's joint as a song-oriented pop album, you may feel disappointed. Only two tracks "Cake" and "Nothin' Lesser - Jamie's Mix" feature MCs and the repetitive, consistently mid-tempo beats get somewhat monotonous by the end of most tracks. If you approach the album as a radical work of sonic architecture, you may also feel disappointed, since Rock's relatively old-school sensibility isn't likely to make you hear music in a completely new way. But if you approach PeteStrumentals on its own terms -- as a laid-back collection of atmospheric beats ideal for late-night chilling or freestyling over -- then you may enjoy Pete Rock's soulful funk-jazz grooves, which are first rate for this type of recording. The deep bass and whispered "play back" vocal sample on "For the People," jazzy piano loop on "Hip Hopcrisy," big-band sax on "Smooth Sailing," layered horns and vibes on "Pete's Jazz," and strings on "Give It to Y'all" as well as the scratching that starts about two minutes into the song all fit together to form a first-rate instrumental joint. The MC tracks with Rock Marciano, Divine, Godfree, and Laku are located near the end of the album; this makes them seem almost like bonus tracks, or perhaps a late attempt to ensure that the listener hasn't nodded off, but they still fit fine in the overall flow of PeteStrumentals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2001
  • Label: Bbe
  • UPC: 801647120225
  • Catalog Number: 2

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Little Soul (5:29)
  2. 2 Play Dis Only at Night (5:14)
  3. 3 Something Funky (4:13)
  4. 4 For the People (4:27)
  5. 5 Hip Hopcrisy (4:22)
  6. 6 Smooth Sailing (4:56)
  7. 7 Pete's Jazz (5:21)
  8. 8 The Boss (4:35)
  9. 9 Get Involved (5:08)
  10. 10 Give It to Y'all (3:41)
  11. 11 Walk on By (4:37)
  12. 12 Cake (4:43)
  13. 13 What You Waiting For (4:23)
  14. 14 Nothin' Lesser (4:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pete Rock Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Rod Hui Engineer
Phil Painson Engineer
Peter Phillips Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
Pete Rock Composer
Jeff Gordon Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    must-have CD for grown-up heads

    I bought this album when it first came out and listened to it so much for years that I had to take a break from it... I picked it up again the other day and it's right back in the rotation. This is just a great instrumental, grown up, hip hop album. Every track on it takes you somewhere or puts you in a certain mood and it makes great background music for your daily rituals. Don't pass this one up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOO EXPERIENCED!!!!!!!

    I was wondering where Pete Rock went after he did Soul Survivor (which was so overlooked it's a shame). Now I know: he went straight to BBE (Barely Breaking Even) music to record one of the finest instrumental albums I've ever heard! The whole thing is dope, but listen in particular to ''A Little Soul'', ''Smooth Sailing'', ''Pete's Jazz'', and ''Get Involved''. Oh yeah, and the U.N. comes through too on the two tracks that include vocals.

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