Pat Travers has helped guitar more than he's ever hurt
it, that's for sure but this disc, comprised of cover
tunes such as Bob Dylan's "Hwy. 61 Revisited" (with a
strong nod to the Johnny Winters arrangement of the
song), Free's "Fire and Water" and Cream's "White
Room" fails to live up to the promise of Travers
getting behind these classics and giving them
what-for; you'd expect/suspect that a guitarist of
this caliber would remodel these songs somewhat, pound out a wall or two, put his stamp on them.
But that rarely happens here. In fact, most of the
time Travers and his cohorts, Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
and Gunter Nezhoda (bass) stick so closely to the
originals that you wonder why they bothered at all. At
least Pat's guitar tones make the listening bearable.
The trio's take on "Day Of The Eagle" from Robin
Trower proves mightily interesting, since so few
recognize the impact that RT has had one the guitar
world either but that hardly makes it the safety with
which its played okay.
In all, you have to wonder what PT was up to when he
decided to do this album and if his career wouldn't be
better served by aligning himself with a high-caliber
player from this generation of axe slingers and seeing
what comes of that. I'm sure he'd be more than welcome
by more than a few.