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Travers, Pat (Band) - 1976 Pat Travers

ARTIST: Travers, Pat (Band)
ALBUM: Pat Travers
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: 2383 395
YEAR: 1976
CD REISSUE: 2004, Majestic Rock, MAJCD017


LINEUP: Pat Travers - vocals, guitar, keyboards * Pete 'Mars' Cowling - bass * Roy Dyke - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Stop And Smile * 02 Feelin' Right * 03 Magnolia * 04 Makes No Difference * 05 Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights) * 06 Mabellene * 07 Hot Rod Lincoln * 08 As My Life Flies * 09 Medeley, Parts 1 & 2


When we talk about Canadian guitarists, blues rocker Pat Travers should be up there somewhere toward the top of the list. The Toronto native carved out a niche for himself during the 70's by playing clubs throughout eastern Canada. In search of fame and fortune, Travers left his Canadian origins for the discomfort of London during 1976, hooking up with Polydor Records three months upon his arrival for a solo deal which resulted in his first LP later on that year. I actually liked a lot of his material from this early timeframe and I do remember watching him on an old show - I think it might have been The Old Grey Whistle Test which was played on an old New Zealand TV show called 'Radio With Pictures' back in the 80's.

The Songs
The opener 'Stop And Smile' contains all the Travers trademarks that would be encountered on future albums. It's probably not the strongest opening track of all time, but it does give us a vision of what Pat would create in the years to come. I like the funky 'Feelin' Right', which reveals Travers penchant for mixing it up. Having discovered it so early in his career, it would serve him well for the rest of his career. 'Magnolia' is a J.J Cale cover, and is given the mild and mellow treatment from Travers, a laidback number among the tracks on this LP. 'Makes No Difference' is a tight little rocker, with Thin Lizzy tendencies, not surprising given that Lizzy were a huge influence during the mid 70's throughout the UK. 'Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)' is a headfirst boogie like workout, which was made famous as being the lead song on Traver's 1979 live album. This is where it all started. 'Mabellene' is the old Chuck Berry hazelnut, which is given a fresh and spritely airing from our young Canadian guitar god in waiting. Gotta love the cowpoke country/blues workout 'Hot Rod Lincoln'. Yes it is about a car, but Pat goes nowhere near a distortion pedal. This is a great fun blowout that should be accompanied by an episode of the 'Dukes Of Hazzard' playing in the background. (Cletus you dipstick!) 'As My Life Flies' has a hint of the aforementioned Thin Lizzy and it's kept short and sweet like much of the hard rock tracks from that era. 'Medeley, Parts 1 & 2' covers all of six plus minutes. It's a bluesy hybrid that is instrumental up to the 2min 40sec mark. From then on in, Travers skirts around the fringes with vocals amidst what is a strong punchy rocker.

In Summary
As I said earlier, I enjoyed Travers work from this era. Including 'Makin' Magic' and 'Puttin' It Straight'. The fact that he made an effort to come over to the UK (his mother is English, his father Irish) to kick-start his solo career takes some doing. Canada must've been a real excitement machine for him to make the move.. you get my drift.. Later on, Pat would bring in British drummer Nicko McBrain to compliment his live act, Nicko would go on to join French political rockers Trust and ultimately the 'ultimate gig' with Iron Maiden. In the meantime, Travers would hone his craft and do well for the next decade or so.

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#1 | rkbluez on December 25 2012 16:17:03
Good album that needs a good CD reissue that's long overdue...add the even better 'Makin' Magic' to that list of classic's that need a proper CD reissue.
#2 | sabace on December 25 2012 19:29:13
love all the early Travers lp's! this is a great debut .
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