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Pat Travers & Carmine Appice: The Balls Album

One jam born every minute.

Pat Travers & Carmine Appice The Balls Album cover

Old-school rock’n’roll hustlers guitarist/vocalist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice originally teamed up in 2004 for a hefty jam session with bassist TM Stevens that lasted until the tape ran out. It was fun while it lasted.

Travers turned up his shred-ometer to match Appice’s bombastic tub-thumping and ripped cheerfully through a number of styles, from blues rock to funk rock to southern rock to psychedelia, with a ballad thrown in for good measure. He even chucked in a few guide vocals, sounding like David Bowie at one point.

The resulting album, titled It Takes A Lot Of Balls, got released into a void, but a dozen years later they’ve tarted up the tapes, stuck on a new cover and added a couple of bonus tracks, including a cover of Barry White’s Never Gonna Give You Up. In fact, you might think it’s a brand new release. Gercha.

Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.