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Travers, Pat (Band) - 1978 Heat In The Street

ARTIST: Travers, Pat (Band)
ALBUM: Heat In The Street
LABEL: Polydor
SERIAL: PD-1-6170
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2004, Majestic Rock, MAJCD020


LINEUP: Pat Travers - lead vocals, guitar * Pat Thrall - guitar * Pete 'Mars' Cowling - bass * Tommy Aldridge - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heat In The Street * 02 Killer's Instinct * 03 I Tried To Believe * 04 Hammerhead * 05 Go All Night * 06 Evie * 07 Prelude * 08 One For Me And One For You

WEBLINKS: www.pattravers.com

From 1978 onward, things got a whole lot more interesting for Canadian guitarist Pat Travers. Having left his home-base of London, Travers moved to the USA and re-commenced his career out of Florida. He would bring onboard the pairing of Pat Thrall and Tommy Aldridge, who would become mainstays over the next three years. Thrall had been with fusion band Automatic Man while Aldridge had come from southern rockers Black Oak Arkansas. 'Heat In The Street' is the first album that brings together all these talents. The dual guitar between the two Pat's is excellent, a contrast in styles but one that works supremely.

The Songs
Leading off with the title-track 'Heat In The Street', you can immediately sense a change in sound, with events drifting toward a radio-oriented hard rock sound rather than the mostly blues swagger of the three previous albums. The solo from Pat Thrall is full of his trademark analog delay effects, and it sounds well crafted here. 'Killer Instinct' contain some synth plucks which makes the whole listen a bit of a strange experience. 'I Tried To Believe' swims in a sea of flanger effects, and upon the first listen I thought it was a cover of the old 60's chestnut 'Here Comes The Night', but not to be. Travers and crew also recorded two songs which would feature heavily on their live circuit for years to come: 'Hammerhead' and 'Evie'. The former is a fast-paced instrumental track which is built for speed, while the latter is a southern styled rocker in the vein of fellow Floridians Blackfoot. 'Prelude' is another instrumental with a focus on an orchestrated arrangement, it segues into the 6 minute finale 'One For Me And One For You', which is an extended piece that builds carefully, but the keyboard parts (which sounds like Todd Rundgren and Utopia) and near reggae shuffle beat spoil it for me somewhat.

In Summary
Still, this was an LP that laid the foundation of change for Travers, even if the initial ranking in the Billboard Charts didn't quite reflect this. The album features two versions, if you look carefully enough, while the CD reissue stakes is ery light, with only a 2004 edition from Majestic Rock, and a Japanese SHM edition from 2013. Surely someone can do better than this? [word count 381]

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#1 | gdazegod on February 14 2016 05:22:11
Here's the other cover..
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#2 | rkbluez on February 14 2016 22:07:36
Universal finally released a Pat Travers 4 CD set called 'Feelin' Right' that contains all of the Pat Travers Polydor album releases bar Crash and Burn which is already easily obtained on CD...so if you need a good version of this and don't own the Jap or One Way 2 on1 this is all you need...stay clear of the shitty sounding Majestic Rock versions.


Heat In The Street is easily one of Pat's best and hardest rocking albums along with Makin' Magic and Putting It Straight IMO.
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