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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.

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This is it !!!

I still remember when I first heard this. I never thought a live band could sound this tight . This is as close to perfect as you can get for straight up rock and roll. We all have our music that defined our generation and if you were a teen in the late 70's this was it . "F" Disco and "Long live Rock and Roll"

My inspiration

Back when this album first came out, I was just getting into playing Bass. I still to this day get the chills (good ones). I said to myself "I'd like to do this!" Low a behold I had a stint with Greg Howe during the "Howe II" period. We played some of these songs. Pat Travers, and Pat Thrall played off each other so well, and Mars Cowling on Bass just melted together... So much improv going on. Tommy Aldridge needs no say... he just kicks major butt. In short, a must have for any player Vern Parsons, BAssist

Great Live Album

Along with perhaps Robin Trower, Pat Travers is easily the most under rated guitarist of the 70's era (when everyone could at least play thier instrument). The benchmark of a good player, to me, is that he or she has his or her own unique style. Travers certainly has his licks in a row on this album. Not to mention that the performance turned in by drummer Tommy Aldridge is also top notch. The only thing keeping this from 5 stars; although a good player, Pat Thrall's guitar synth is a little annoying at times. Bottom line, the PTB is hitting on all cylinders on Go for What You Know. Good buy!


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 paying...
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