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While some blues-rock enthusiasts were a bit miffed that Pat Travers dialed down the rootsy tones in his 1977 sophomore solo album, fans of the man’s hard rock still consider it one of his best studio performances. Makin’ Magic opens as the title track bulges with robust riffs, backed by the dynamic rhythm section of drummer Nicko McBrain and bassist Peter “Mars” Cowling. Much like Robin Trower or Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush, Travers and company are totally unapologetic about their Jimi Hendrix worship. But it’s Travers’ rhythm section that more closely resembles The Experience’s Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell in both playing style and musicianship. Check out the following “Rock 'N Roll Susie,” which plays with ZZ Top’s muscled attack, Thin Lizzy’s tightness, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s loose boogie. Although rumors buzzed that the power ballad “Stevie” was based on Stevie Nicks, it's actually about Travers’ younger brother Steven. Anyone craving Travers’ hard attack on the blues need look no further than his blistering rendition of Blind Willie McTell’s “Statesboro Blues.”

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Paving the way

Pat Travers begins to mature on his 2nd outing. Opening with the title track Makin' Magic, he lays the groundwork for his career which is about to take off. One of his finest moments, the standouts include material that would later surface on Live-Go For What You Know. Those include, Hooked On Music, Stevie, and Makin' Magic. Statesboro Blues and Rock n Roll Susie have Southern Rock bred right in them. One of my all time FAVORITE Rock instrumentals is the closer, What You Mean To Me! Pat Travers is a guitar virtuoso. The lights were just about to go BOOM BOOM. You should already be downloading this one.


This is classic 70's rock.Pat's best . If you like Montrose & ZZ you'll love this. My Favorite is the song Stevie and Rock N' Roll Susie.

Getting better

Some really good songs here. Some of these are better if you listen to "Go For What You Know" live. Still, a decent effort showing more polish than previous releases.


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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