By Daniel Watts
Music Reviewer and Segment Producer
The band Bonham led by drum icon Jason Bonham, hit the music scene in 1989 with their debut album The Disregard Of Timekeeping. The album was produced by Bob Ezrin and released on the WTG Records label. The Disregard Of Timekeeping lineup consisted of Daniel MacMaster on vocals, John Smithson on keyboards, bass and violin, Ian Hatton on guitars and Jason Bonham on drums and percussion.
I compare many of my throwback reviews to musical history markers. The Disregard Of Timekeeping is just that. Bonham with assistance of Bob Ezrin were able to capture what Rock’s trends were in 1989 perfectly.
The Disregard Of Timekeeping did great back in ‘89 by peaking at number 38 on The Billboard 200 and landing on The Billboard Hot 100 with the song “Wait For You”. These days the album doesn’t receive that kind of attention obviously but I’m glad to say that it hasn’t been totally forgotten either. For example, I searched to see if Bonham had a Spotify page and was pleasantly surprised to see not only did they have one but The Disregard Of Timekeeping was actually playable. For a band that’s no longer in existence and an album that’s 27 years old, The Disregard Of Timekeeping seems to be aging okay.
I think the album is worthy of receiving more attention though which is why I chose to put in the New 'N' Review spotlight. In my opinion the album contains zero filler, each song is as enjoyable as the next. The album has a very consistent flow as well as a clear and polished production. The playing, vocals and harmonies are all ace especially if you’re a major Jason Bonham fan. Jason’s playing does not disappoint but he’s not the sole star. Because of this I think the band sounds equal across all four parts furthermore allowing the album to sound well rounded.
I also enjoy the happy and upbeat overtone that The Disregard Of Timekeeping emits. As I already mentioned I like each song but the one I gravitate to more is “Wait For You”. The song has an array of sounds and textures that fit together very well. The beat is infectious and the vocal work is excellent, the guitar solo isn’t an outlandish shredder but one that takes place of the vocals and adds another exciting element to the song. I could go on more but I’d rather let the music do the talking.