For nearly a decade, Pat Thomas was the A&R Director of the San Francisco based record companies; Water Records (CDs) and 4 Men With Beards (vinyl Lps). These two reissue labels established themselves via reviews and features in the New York Times, Billboard, Mojo and on NPR: All Things Considered as one of the premier reissue labels - focusing on 1960's-1970's rock, jazz, folk, and soul.
As a producer, Pat was directly involved in revamping the recorded catalogs of 1970's cult-legend Judee Sill, 1960's acid-folk pioneers Tom Rapp & Pearls Before Swine, and 1960's singer/songwriter Ruthann Friedman - including unearthing much previously unissued material. Other artists Pat worked closely with include Terry Reid, Holy Modal Rounders, Patty Waters, Les McCann, Gene McDaniels, Tom Verlaine, John Lydon, John Sinclair (Mc5) and the estate of Allen Ginsberg.
Some of the titles that Pat oversaw reissued (on CD and/or LP) include Public Image Limited "Metal Box", Television "Marquee Moon", Dusty Springfield "Dusty in Memphis", Aretha Franklin "I Never Loved A Man", the soundtracks to the Michelangelo Antonioni movies; Zabriskie Point and Blow Up, Nico "Chelsea Girls", and several albums by the Velvet Underground.
As a drummer/producer/musician, Pat has performed and/or recorded with a wide range of diverse artists including Krautrock legends Faust, Kevin Ayers of Soft Machine, Daevid Allen of Gong, Pete Brown (lyricist for Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton on the Cream albums), singer/songwriter Victoria Williams, Steve Wynn of the Dream Syndicate and others.