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Travers, Pat: P.T. Power Trio

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.

Added: September 22nd 2003
Reviewer: Jedd Beaudoin
Related Link: Pat Travers Website
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Language: english

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