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Pat Travers

Pat Travers  - Blues Tracks 2 - 1998 - Shrapnel

During the seventies, Canadian guitarist Pat Travers was regarded in the same league of hard rock/heavy metal guitarists that would have included Frank Marino, Ted Nugent and Robin Trower. He inspired a generation of rock guitarists during the 70’s and 80’s in the same way that Hendrix, Clapton, Beck and Page did a decade earlier. He is a magnificent guitarist as is proved by this covers album. After 45 years on the international scene, Pat is still considered to be one of the finest, edgiest, and imaginative blues-based, rock guitarists around. There is also a Volume 1 of this album available. Listen to Pat's "Blues Magnet" album, and consider buying his stupendous “Live! Go for What You Know” album. Blues rock doesn’t get any better [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 108 Mb]


1. I Guess I'll Go Away - (Johnny Winter)
2. Pack It Up - (Beadle, Carthay, Davies, Eve, Gregory, Harper, Hunt, Mercer)
3. Outside Woman Blues - (Reynolds)
4. Your Cash Ain’t Nothing But Trash - (Charles Calhoun)
5. Whipping Post - (Gregory L. Allman)
6. Take It Back - (Jack Bruce, Peter Brown)
7. Taxman - (G. Harrison)
8. Purple Haze - (Jimi Hendrix)
9. Bring It On Home To Me - (Sam Cooke)
10. I Don’t Know - (WJ Mabon, J. Thomas)
11. Walking By Myself - (James A. Lane)
12. One More Heartache - (R. White, M. Tarplin, R. Rogers, W. Robinson Jr, W. Moore)


Pat Travers - Guitar, Vocals
Tim Franklin – Bass
Mike Franklin - Piano on Tracks 9, 10
Liberty DeVitto - Drums, Harmonica


While most bluesy hard rock acts of the '70s and '80s hailed from the United States (the South, to be exact), there were several exceptions to the rule, such as Canadian singer/guitarist Pat Travers. Born in Toronto on April 12, 1954, Travers first picked up the guitar just prior to entering his teens, after witnessing a local performance by the great Jimi Hendrix. It wasn't long before Travers was studying the other top rock guitarists of the day (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, etc.), and paying his dues by playing in bar bands in Quebec. His first true touring gig came his way when he hooked up with '50s rock & roll vet Ronnie Hawkins (best known for performing with a backing cast that would eventually transform into the Band). But Travers' main love was hard rock, so after a year, he packed up his belongings and headed to London. Shortly after touchdown in the U.K., Travers recorded a demo that would land him a recording deal with Polydor and result in the release of his debut, Pat Travers, during the spring of 1976. A performance at England's annual Reading Festival the same year only piqued further interest, which resulted in two more releases in 1977, Makin' Magic and Putting It Straight (both of which followed a pre-Iron Maiden Nicko McBrain on drums), before Travers returned to North America and set his sights on the U.S. rock market. Featuring drummer Tommy Aldridge, guitarist Pat Thrall, and bassist Mars Cowling, the new Travers band lineup premiered on 1979's Heat in the Street. This led to Travers' most commercially successful period, resulting in a pair of Top 30 releases, 1979's Live! Go for What You Know (considered by many Travers fans to be his finest hour) and 1980's Crash and Burn. But soon after the dawn of the '80s, bluesy hard rock seemed to quickly fall out of favor among the U.S. record buying public, in favor of slickly produced arena rock, and later, MTV-approved bands. As a result, each subsequent Travers release sold less, as his last albums to appear on the U.S. album charts included 1981's Radio Active, 1982's Black Pearl, and 1984's Hot Shot. Unhappy with Polydor, Travers opted to take a break from releasing albums for the remainder of the decade, but continued to tour. Travers' 1990 comeback album, School of Hard Knocks, failed to re-spark interest on the charts, although he continued to issue new studio albums (Blues Tracks, Just a Touch, Blues Magnet, etc.) and archival live sets (King Biscuit Flower Hour, BBC Radio One Live in Concert) throughout the decade. Travers continues to tour and record regularly (playing alongside the likes of Night Ranger's Jeff Watson, Cinderella's Tom Keifer, and Rick Derringer), and in 2001, performed as part of the Voices of Classic Rock tour. Travers emerged from the recording studio once more in 2003, with P.T. Power Trio, a recording that featured covers of songs by the likes of Cream ("White Room"), Robin Trower ("Day of the Eagle"), and ZZ Top ("Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"), among others. © Greg Prato © 2013 Rovi Corp | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/artist/pat-travers-mn0000002867


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diamonddave said...

Thanks for this Paul. Although he ain't as big as he used to be, still can never get too much PT. A really underrated player. Cheers again and Boom Boom (Out go the lights)!!

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers,diamonddave! He's definitely underrated and could wipe the floor with many of today's so called guitar "super-heroes"! Did you send me some e-mails that I never replied to? I deleted loads of stuff by mistake so sorry if I didn't reply to any correspondence from you. TTU soon...Paul

diamonddave said...

No the emails weren't from me. Cheers mate.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Thanks, DD. I can't remember the f**k who it was, and I'm letting someone down by not replying. I hope the dude e-mails me again (It might have been about Dr Feelgood albums). Anyway, TTU later