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Pat Travers Band - Heat In The Street [Polydor PD-1-6170] (1978)

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Pat Travers Band

Title:

Heat In The Street

Released: 1978
Label: Polydor
Catalog: PD-1-6170
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Heat In The Street
02 Killers Instinct
03 I Tried To Believe
04 Hammerehead
05 Go All Night
06 Evie
07 Prelude
08 One For Me And You For You
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Pat Travers Band - Live! Go For What You Know [Polydor PD-1-6202] (1979)

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Live! Go For What You Know

Released: 1979
Label: Polydor
Catalog: PD-1-6202
Genre: Rock, Blues Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Hooked On Music
02 Gettin' Betta
03 Go All Night
04 Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights)
05 Stevie
06 Makin' Magic
07 Heat In The Street
08 Makes No Difference
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Album Review

Live! Go For What You Know is a live album by the Pat Travers Band, released in 1979 on Polydor Records. It reached platinum status in the US, and was re-released on CD in 1993.

The album was recorded on tour in the US in early 1979, and featured the guitar tandem of Travers and Pat Thrall, who had joined the Pat Travers band in 1977 and had recorded Heat In The Street (1978) with them. According to Legends of Rock Guitar, on this album and the follow-up, Crash and Burn (1980), the duo of Travers and Thrall bridged the gap between what it calls ''dramatic changes'' in metal in the late 1970s: Travers emblematized ''the blues-rock sound of sixties and seventies metal'' whereas Thrall's playing represents the newer wave in metal (represented by Eddie van Halen): ''The combining of the two players' solos during this time showed a rare detente between two generations of hard rockers and, although short-lived, it was extremely exciting.''

The album was produced by Tom Allom, who had worked on the first five Black Sabbath albums as a sound engineer, had produced two albums by The Tourists, and would afterward produce nine albums by Judas Priest and the debut album On Through the Night by Def Leppard. Besides praising the guitar playing of Travers and Thrall, critics have also hailed Tommy Aldridge, a drumming pioneer who after leaving the Pat Travers Band played with Ozzy Osbourne; one critic called him ''the definitive double bass drummer'' on the basis of this album. [wikipedia.org]

Pat Travers Band's Biography

Greg Prato [allmusic.com]

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. Subsequent releases include 2004's It Takes A Lot of Balls, a collaboration with Carmine Appice, PT=MC2 (2005), a second Power Trio outing called P.T. Power Trio 2 (2006), Travelin' Blues (2009), Blues on Fire (2012), Can Do (2013), and Retro Rocket (2015). In 2016, Travers reunited with Appice for the cheekily titled Balls Album, which saw the dynamic duo tearing through a set of classic blues-rock numbers.
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