One of the greatest live Hard Rock records of all time, Pat Travers' Go For What You Know was released 30 years ago and now he comes back with a great new live disc called, Stick With What You know. 30 years later and a few dozen line up changes over the years, still shows PT & co. in fantastic condition. The man with the golden voice and STILL the best chorus guitar tone around, Pat Travers does NOT disappoint on this great set of old and newer material.
Now, I have been a huge PT fan for forever and to be honest I was a bit skeptical and excited to hear his new band roll through some of his timeless classics. And yes, I know I live in the past and hold the line up of Pat Thrall, the amazing bassist Mars Cowling and drum god Tommy Aldridge as the bench mark, so I was a bit nervous to hear how PT's band of relative "no names" would pull off the magical performances that I grew up with. But relax, this band of newcomers pulls them off, with flying colors. New 2nd guitarist, Kirk McKim, bassist Frank Mc Daniel, and drummer Eric Frates do a great job, while no one can really replace the aforementioned line up of legends, these guys are pretty awesome. Much obvious care was taken to add all of the nuisances that, just have to be there. Case in point, the just about 'note for note' riffing of Kirk McKim on the classic Pat Thrall delay heavy lead on "Heat In The Street". He nails it!
There are 13 tracks on Stick With What You Know, with highlights being the classic PT tunes like, "Heat In The Street", "Crash & Burn", "Life In London" and newer song "Elijah". PT of course has his blues in there with some tasty slide guitar on "Red House" and "If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day". A personal CD favorite, (in my opinion), is the greatest Hard Rock riff of ALL TIME, "Snortin' Whisky". They play this as if it was 1979 and he had just written it. Smokin'! And then of course there's "Boom Boom (Out Go The Lights). Another great rendition of the Blues & a PT timeless standard.
All and all Pat Travers again does NOT disappoint. The man, now in his 50's, is still as tasty a player as he ever was and he has not lost a bit on that great voice of his. Travers has also been known for his thick, chorused guitar tone and that too, has not been lost. PT still has it, and with the help of his younger band, I hope he continues to be as relevant as he has always been. Another case of a somewhat cult legend that deserves more than he has gotten. A true Hard Rock/Blues Rock legend! Stick With What You Know is a great return to the style that made him a name in the late '70's & '80's. If you are a new PT listener, this is a great place to start. A little new & a bunch of the old. And if you've been a PT fan, you'll dig the vibe and energy from this new band. Pat Travers has still got it & he flaunts it! Pick this up!
- Life In London
- Crash And Burn
- I Don't Care
- Heat In The Street
- Red House
- If I had Possession Over Judgement Day
- Oh Pretty Woman
- PT Nutz aka Linus And Lucy
- Snortin' Whisky
- PT's Solo Theme
- Born Under A Bad Sign