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Editors’ Notes

Long considered by fans to be Pat Travers' finest hour, Live! Go for What You Know is an exciting live album from his 1979 U.S. tour, featuring a backing band of no small consequence. Guitarist Pat Thrall, bassist Mars Cowling, and drummer Tommy Aldridge (who debuted together with 1979's Heat in the Street) turn this performance into an intelligent, virtuoso hard rock showcase. Right from the onset of "Hooked on Music," the band explores the broad tonal ranges of electric guitar and the beauty of a flexible rhythm section. Travers is based in the blues, but his music takes on significant rock power here. The chemistry is undeniable and quite funky, with "Gettin' Better" capturing a group as influenced by Parliament-Funkadelic as by the usual blues suspects. The Stan Lewis blues classic "Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights)" allows audience participation and is the album's clear centerpiece. Fans of tasteful, intricate guitar work shouldn't overlook this grand band.

Customer Reviews

One Of The Best Live Rock Guitar Albums Ever!

This album is the "bible" of smoking guitar licks! Pat Travers, and Pat Thrall rip it up on every track. And with Tommy Aldridge driving the band, how can you go wrong? IMHO, it's a tie between this album, and Humble Pie's, Rockin' The Fillmore, for best ever live rock albums! If you're a guitarist, and don't have this album in your collection, get it now!

Don’t Miss / Can’t Miss

Pat Travers and band were firing on all cylinders and the chemistry was unreal. Travers and Thrall meshed different styles beautifully whether trading licks or weaving parts in unison. Tommy Aldridge and Mars Cowling provided a rhythm section that gave the guitars room to explore. I saw these guys in 1980 and was blown away. Live albums were the rage in the late 70’s, this album and Cheap Trick’s Budokan being fine examples (whereas Peter Frampton and Thin Lizzy needed the studio to significantly fix their ‘live’ albums).


Born: April 12, 1954 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

While most bluesy hard rock acts of the '70s and '80s hailed from the United States (the South, to be exact), there were several exceptions to the rule, such as Canadian singer/guitarist Pat Travers. Born in Toronto on April 12, 1954, Travers first picked up the guitar just prior to entering his teens, after witnessing a local performance by the great Jimi Hendrix. It wasn't long before Travers was studying the other top rock guitarists of the day (Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, etc.), and...
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