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Radio Active Import, Original recording remastered

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2008 release, the first time on CD for this album from the Canadian Rock/Blues guitarist, originally released in 1981. Moving to the UK in the early '70s, Travers made a name for himself as a top notch guitarist who blended Hard Rock and Blues into a musical stew. Concentrating on the U.S. market in the late '70s, Travers reached his commercial peak with a slew of great albums including Radio Active. 10 tracks. Lemon Records.

1. New Age Music
2. My Life Is on the Line (I Just Wanna Live It That Way)
3. (I Just Wanna) Live It My Way
4. I Don't Wanna Be Awak
5. I Can Love You
6. I Can Love You
7. Feelin' in Love
8. Play It Like You See It
9. Electric Detective

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: LEMON RECORDS
  • ASIN: B001E2N5KA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Tucker on November 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
First the good:

-Awesome album by Pat Travers (5 stars)

-Incredible packaging on this first ever available on CD (8 page booklet with nice period piece interviews, photos, and new commentary from David Ling -albeit with a few glaring typos) -4 stars

Now the bad:

-these are obviously vinyl transfers (source being taken from an actual record album instead of the original master tapes), although the best vinyl transfers I've heard yet. You will not hear any scratches, pops, or clicks. But there are some sonic shortcomings that are inherent in vinyl that is still present. Low frequency rumble for one (at the beginning and during some quiet passages, you can actually hear the needle riding the record groove) and the ever increasing distortion that record albums have as the needle progresses towards the end of each side (there was a reason that they didn't cut the record groove any farther towards the center than they did). Each revolution that the record makes keeps getting shorter and shorter in length, but the speed of 33 1/3 rpm remains a constant. So with each revolution of the record, the same amount of time & music (approx 7 seconds) is given less and less space or distance. Thereby reducing sound quality gradually with each turn of the record. Think of it in the tape world where slower speeds mean less sound & picture quality (VHS in the SLP or EP mode anyone).

One would think that vinyl transfers to digital CDs to not even remotely be a legitimate source (as far a legal licensing from the original record label -in this case it is now Universal). It's something that the high class bootleggers have been doing and now it's gone legitimate mainstream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Footpath Cowboy VINE VOICE on November 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
RADIO ACTIVE was a creative departure for Pat Travers. On this CD, he experimented with reggae on some songs, and succeeded in blending it with hard rock. Someone else might have failed but Pat succeeds quite well. Perhaps this is because living in Florida enabled him to absorb the rhythms of the islands better than, say, Ted Nugent, and blend them with Southern rock and 70s metal in a way that recalls old Jimi Hendrix albums. This isn't the first CD to buy by Pat Travers (that honor goes to HEAT IN THE STREET), but it's an immensely satisfying album in its own right.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By skippy wango on November 13, 2008
Format: Audio CD
i've been waiting for this fantastic album to be available on CD for ever. so reading the track listing i see there are some SONGS MISSING?? "I Just Wanna Live It My Way", which is beautiful blues ballad isn't listed. is it on the actual CD? make sure you get the 2 Radio Active songs on the Anthology CD's. those don't sound like "vinyl transfers". this CD needs a proper and complete re-release. one of my favorite albums of all time!!!! missing track!!!!! WTF!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dragonwheel on May 29, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I think Pat Travers was experimenting with another type of sound on this one, but he may have left many of his fans feeling a bit perplexed. It has kind of a reggae feel, but reggae doesn't really combine very well with heavy metal. Many of the guitar solos sound muffled in the audio effects he was playing with extensively on this record, and some songs come off as half completed concepts. It grows on you if you let it, but it isn't one of his best efforts. Definitely lacks the bouncy rock feel of his signature song "Boom Boom Out Go The Lights." It is like he was listening to old Hendrix albums and tried to create a Hendrix like feel across the record, but only partly succeeded due to a fairly high level of sonic obscurity generated by the effects pedals he used all through the record. I have seen Pat Travers CD's selling for 30 bucks plus each in many record stores recently, which I think is kind of weird.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William B. Hawley on August 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
You Know me as a long time Pat Travers fan and friend (since 1976). I first saw Pat live at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in So. Cal. I was blown away with the Makin Magic Tour. Years later Pat has cut many albums. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT . . . Do Not Forget to buy Pat Travers "Radioactive" ABOVE ALL OTHERS.

If 3 out of 3 thought my two other Travers reviews were helpful then pay attention to this. Say you lost your first copy of this CD or your just wondering what Travers album is the hottest? I will tell you Now: RADIOACTIVE. Let me break down the tunes: "New Age Music" starts with an electric "lead in" that with smolder you. Everything is Fire Engine Red Hot!! The fills, the solo and even some of the chorus lines, "Sweeter Than the Sweet" "I Rock Music" says PT. I cannot believe a Gibson Les Paul can make sounds like this. This is one of my absolute favorite tasty power guitar riffs in the P.T. Library. When Pat says, "This is the Music I know, follows me where ever I go" - He knows what he's talking about.. The fourth track titled " I Don't Wanna Be Awake" has funny lyrics, power cords and a slew of incredibly bone chilling, hard edge Pat Travers guitar licks. "Live it My Way", "I Can Love You" and "Play it Like You See It" are three melter guitar and crybaby solo love songs from Pat Travers. I wonder who he was dating back then? If you liked the crybaby melter songs, "Magnolia" from the first album, or "What You Mean to Me" off the "Makin Magic" album then you will be ecstatic with this trio. In addition, The instrumental "Untitled" is a treat as Pat Travers shows off his keyboard genius and takes you straight up on an elevator ride. The last tune for this Cd is entitled "Electric Detective" and is the sound that becomes an entire theme of this electric album. This is as ELECTRIC as we have had the pleasure of seeing by Mr. Travers. You will listen to the song "New Age Music" and realize what I mean by "electric". TY - Blu
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