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PAT TRAVERS ‘Power Trio’ (Blues Bureau/Shrapnel BB20462) (2003)

An album of covers from the very underrated blues rock guitarist Pat Travers. He is joined on bass by Gunter Nezhoda and legendary drummer, Aynsley Dunbar (Whitesnake/Jouney/UFO). As the band adopt a classic power trio format you can guess that these covers rock like a good ‘un!

Nice and bluesy version of Cream’s ‘White Room’, plenty of guitar from Travers on here. Plenty of other great blues workouts as well like ‘Day Of The Eagle’ and ‘Inside Looking Out’, with Travers’ gravely voice suiting the song well. The latter also features some slow soloing accompanied by sparse drum and bass backing. ‘Free Man’ ups the pace, featuring frantic guitar and pounding drums. The track sees Chris Logan (MSG) adding backing vocals and Mike Varney guesting on guitar as well. ZZ Top’s ‘Nasty Dogs And Funky Kings’ is a great slice of blues boogie - clean riffs and Travers sounding like he is a member of ZZ Top! Album highlight for me is the sterling cover of Free’s ‘Fire And Water’, Travers may not have the vocal range of Paul Rodgers but he adds a dirty, blues feel to the song and boy, what a damn fine solo!

If you like blues rock or just damn fine guitar driven rock then grab this album. A cracking choice of covers that suit the trio well and allows Pat Travers to illustrate his guitar talents fully. Dunbar and Nezhoda provide a rock solid backbeat throughout and hopefully this line-up could get out and do some live dates.


Review by Jason Ritchie

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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