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Travers And Appice - 2004 It Takes A Lot Of Balls

Pat Travers - vocals, guitar
Carmine Appice - drums, vocals
Uriah Duffy - bass
T.M. Stevens - bass, vocals

This collaboration of two hard rock legends on paper is a sure fire hit. With such an extensive pedigree in the annals of rock history, anything less than a stellar set of driving rock and roll would have been a letdown. Happily this is largely an enjoyable romp with both men utilising their talents for all the right reasons, a free for all display of good time rock which is a dying breed in the modern age. It seems pointless to rehash both mens history, both Appice and Travers having been around the block a few thousand times and then some. Suffice to say it's the best work of both for some period, with Travers having treaded water for sometime, while Appice has been touring with Vaniila Fudge, while appearing on a myriad of projects such as the Guitar Zeus project, while resuscitating King Kobra rather disastrously in 2001. Collectively both men have pooled their talents into something worthy, although I feel this pairing would have worked better in 1984!

The Songs
It's hard to ask for a more firm opener than 'Better From A Distance', with Travers banging out the riffs in grand fashion, with Appice's drumming enlarged to let you know this is his show also. 'Taken (the Iguana Song)' is a handy slice of boogie which feels like prime 70's Travers revisited. However 'I Don't Care' takes a slower more modern rock approach, with a dreary hook that somehow contains a sense of falsity, as if they needed to pander to what's hip today. T.M. Stevens takes vocals for the raucous 'Gotta Have You', injecting some raunch to the proceedings with a believable sense of enthusiasm. 'Hey You' is a near ballad with acoustic leanings, but wiped out by the classic hard rock of 'Stand Up', which introduces some organ work mixed with riffing straight from 1977. 'I Can't Let You Go' is an offbeat reggae influenced cut, which demonstrates the lads aren't afraid to try anything, the results baffling but laughable, in a good way. 'Rock Me' stomps along to a massive pounding riff with handclaps, an anthem in the vein of Gary Glitter or Slade. 'Keep On Rockin' raises the speed and riffing to dangerous levels, indicating the power the pair are capable of when they choose.

In Summary
While far from a perfect outing, the results are more positive than defeating and reportedly the twosome are in the midst of recording another album which if all goes well should surpass this for unabashed rock mayhem. At thirteen tracks I feel this is a few songs too long and may have been more effective at nine or ten. Clearly the boys are revitalised however, adding another notch to their belts in their lengthy careers. This is ten times more essential than anything you'll hear by current press favourites, whom ever they are. Why? It's real hard rock played by two old pro's, who when they feel like it cannot be topped.

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Track Listing:
01 Better From A Distance
02 Taken (The Iguana Song)
03 I Don't Care
04 Remind Me
05 Gotta Have Ya
06 Hey You
07 Stand Up
08 Can't Escape The Fire
09 I Can't Let You Go
10 Rock Me
11 Never Saw It Comin'
12 Keep On Rockin'
13 PT Slide

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