Sunday, March 22, 2015

CD Review: A Couple Of Canadian Classic Rockers With New Music To Enjoy

Canadian guitarist, singer, songwriter Randy Bachman is releasing his first solo album in five years. Being affiliated to such bands as The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive puts a big target on your back to create classic rock anthems and Bachman definitely delivers on his latest release, "Heavy Blues." The new eleven-song release, begins with "The Edge," which carries a powerhouse rhythm comparable to only The Who in their heyday. Bachman also invites a load of friends along to help out on this new release, including the blues guitar wizardry of Joe Bonamassa on the seventies sounding "Bad Child" and the godfather of grunge, Neil Young on the dirty heavy rock of "Little Girl Lost." The slick pedal steel guitar performance of Robert Randolph gives an extra spark to "Oh My Lord," while the late-Jeff Healey lended his skills to "Confessin' To The Devil," one of his final performances. The album closes with the slow blues of "We Need To Talk," which is the only time you notice the roughness in Randy Bachman's voice. To find out more about his latest release "Heavy Blues," please visit randybachman.com.

Fellow Canadian guitarist, singer, songwriter Pat Travers has had an amazing career lasting over forty years. In the mid-seventies his band, the Pat Travers Band continuously climbed the charts with their guitar-driven classic rock. With over twenty studio albums in his catalog, Pat Travers looks to add to his legacy with his latest album "Retro Rocket." It was released on March 17th through Purple Pyramid Records. The new eleven-song release begins with the newly inspired fire of "I Always Run" and "Searching For A Clue" as Travers shows no signs of slowing down at age 60. He builds the foundation of his amazing solo with the slow, bluesy beginning of "Who Can You Turn To," before finishing with an intense, frenzy rock 'n' roll blast of power. He lets loose again on the six-plus minute excitement of "You Can't Get Their From Here" and keeps the energy going all the way to the live six-minute closer "Looking Up," that showcases a preview of Travers' live delivery. He tacks on a bonus track to the album, the two-minute theme song to "The Living Dead," entitled "Lead Me Home." To find out more about Pat Travers new album "Retro Rocket," please visit cleorecs.com.

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