Title - 'Retro Rocket' (Cleopatra Records)
Artist - Pat Travers
As I'm sure all you old rockers will already know, Pat Travers is a Canadian rock guitarist, keyboardist and singer who began his recording career with Polydor Records in the mid-1970s. Pat Thrall, Nicko McBrain, Mick Dyche, Tommy Aldridge, Peter "Mars" Cowling, Barry Dunaway, Jerry Riggs, Gunter Nezhoda, Carmine Appice and Michael Shrieve are some of the noted musicians who have been members of the now infamous Pat Travers Band through the years.
Well, now the legendary guitar slinger blasts off with a brand new album featuring Travers’ trademark smoking hot licks, powerful vocal performances, and just plain kick ass, foot stomping rock & roll! Entitled Retro Rocket, from the very first track to the very last it is plainly obvious to all listening that Travers's smoking hot guitar licks and powerful vocal performance standards are both still in fine working order.
As its title suggests, Retro Rocket has Travers digging deep into the early years of his outstanding career, finding inspiration in the fiery grooves of his from songs that coursed through the late 70's like a massive tidal wave.
The album kicks off with 'I Always Run,' a multi-layered, guitar chugging hard rocker that instantly showcases Travers at his best. Inclusive of a near three minute guitar solo in its belly, he backs that up with both the Hammond organ-led 'Searching For A Clue' and the slow guitar burn (before the wailing sirens kick in) of 'Who Can You Turn To.'
Next up is 'Up Is Down' ("I'm looking for my silver lining to go along with my cloud"), before quite easily the most powerful guitar solo orchestration on the entire album 'Mystery At The Wrecking Yard' is brought forth. That's followed by the powerful 'You Can't Get Their From Hare,' an instrumental track that fairly buzzes along the rails at 100 mph, but never once comes close to derailing.
With Travers and his Band having just released this past January a brand new Live at the Iridium NYC CD, although recorded back in 2012 is shows the intensity this man has for is day job. And this new studio album encompasses all that and more, especially when we get to tracks such as his gravely-vocalized 'I Am Alive,' the lighter pop rock fare of 'I Wanna Be Free,' and thunderous 'Hellbound Train.'
On what could easily be described as his best album since 1980's Crash & Burn, Retro Rocket's ability to make you feel like you're listening to something actually recorded back in the late 70's is a massive tribute to Travers and his songwriting and guitar playing. The album then includes two (2) CD ONLY cuts: 'Looking Up' (Live) and - did you even know he had done this - his theme to The Walking Dead, 'Lead Me Home.'
Finally, if you love Pat Travers, and if you love this new solo album of his, Pat and the boys have an incredibly busy year ahead of them with a 25-date U.S. tour beginning in late January and going clear through the end of April! So go check 'em out, as they say!
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