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Toronto rocker Pat Travers has a new album coming out; Retro Rocket

Canadian guitar icon Pat Travers says he’s stripped back his sound on his upcoming album Retro Rocket.

It’s set for launch on March 17 via Cleopatra and he reveals he took the decision as he wanted to capture the sound of the 70s.

He tells Classic Rock Revisited: “With Retro Rocket all I really did was just strip everything down. I had a ’57 Gold Top Les Paul and no effects, and I just played it all one time through. I did a couple of overdubs, but nothing major. I just tried to get that raw kind of feel that bands were doing in the 70s because they had to – there was no other way to record then.

“More and more, I am using less and less of any kinds of effects on guitar. I am even using less guitar picks and I am playing my Fender Telecaster a lot more. I am into finding things on a simple guitar that sound great without having to sex them up to make them sound good.”

He continues: “A couple of weeks ago I got thinking about Paul Kossoff and Free. I went on YouTube and called up a bunch of their early live concerts. I think I have as much of a connection with him as I do with Jimi Hendrix – maybe even more so.”

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