travis pike

Travis Pike: Renaissance Man Revisited

Long overlooked, musician, songwriter and now, podcaster, Travis Pike has taken a unique career journey that’s worth checking out.

BY HARVEY KUBERNIK ©  2018

I have worked with Travis Pike on my books chronicling The Beatles and The Doors, and he oversaw the layout and design of Inside Cave Hollywood. The Harvey Kubernik Music InnerViews and InterViews Collection VOL 1, published by Cave Hollywood.

Now he’s published 1964 – 1974:  A Decade of Odd Tales and Wonders, a revised and much expanded memoir of the first ten years of his 

prodigious and prolific career in music.  Having pulled together the Afterword to this new book, I can tell you it’s a 

deeper exploration of that era, with many more visuals and artifacts — and I should know.  I pulled together the Introduction to his 2013 Odd Tales and Wonders:  A Decade of Performance.

And in America, he’s doing podcasts for Goldmine magazine, Open Mynd Collectibles internet radio, and being featured in articles and reviews on Forgotten Hits and Cave Hollywood, and in Goldmine, Ugly Things and now in Record Collector News.

Travis, in complete control of his legacy and catalog, recording and releasing albums of audience favorites from 50 years ago, now has record labels contacting him to license and lease his master recordings!  

Travis’ first movie title song was “Demo Derby,” arranged and produced by Arthur Korb at Ace Recording Studios in Boston, and recorded by The Rondels.  That 28-minute action featurette opened in 1964 with Robin and the Seven Hoods and Viva Las Vegas, before being booked as the “second feature” that played on thousands of screens across the U.S.A. with The Beatles Hard Day’s Night. Continue reading

ELECTRIC BLUES ICON HOWLIN’ WOLF’S LEGENDARY 1959 DEBUT LP MOANIN’ IN THE MOONLIGHT

REISSUED ON VINYL AHEAD OF 60TH ANNIVERSARY

 By Harvey Kubernik ©  2018

Chester Arthur Burnett, (June 10, 1910-January 10, 1976) better known to blues fans as Howlin’ Wolf, remains one of the essential

Courtesy of Geffen/UMe

exponents of the electric blues. With a raw, booming voice and explosive guitar and harmonica styles to match, the Mississippi-bred Wolf made music that was unmatched in its primal ferocity.

In the process, he, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Buddy Guy, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Etta James and others helped to put the Leonard and Phil Chess owned Chess Records on the map as America’s preeminent blues label.

Now, just in time for the 60th anniversary of Moanin’ In The Moonlight’s original high-fidelity release, Geffen/UMe has made available a special vinyl edition of the mono album. 

Remastered from the original flat master tape, this new edition features a high quality 150-gram black vinyl pressing housed in a printed sleeve with scans of the analog tape box and comes in a distinctive tip-on jacket reproducing the album’s distinctive original cover artwork by

Don S. Bronstein. The LP displays the 1959 liner notes from Billboard editor Paul Ackerman.    Continue reading

HARVEY KUBERNIK INTERVIEW WITH TRAVIS PIKE

ABOUT THE CURRENT RELEASE OF HIS 20TH ANNIVERSARY PLATINUM EDITION OF GRUMPUSS ON DVD.

HK:  You recorded your live performance of Grumpuss on PAL Digibeta.  Was that a benefit or impediment to preparing the 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition DVD?

TP:  Given my restricted budget, a film shoot, with equipment rentals, raw stock, and processing was prohibitively expensive, and did not allow the instant feedback available in the digital media, especially important when you must capture the entire show in a single afternoon, before a live audience, with no possibility of reshooting any elements not captured that day.  Furthermore, the show was created for a television and home video release, and digital equipment requires less physical space and is less cumbersome where space is limited, as ours was.  By then, many major motion pictures were being edited on AVID workstations, so had it been shot and processed on film, it would still have had to be digitized for editing. So, for this Grumpuss 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition, it was enormously beneficial to have had it recorded and mastered on Digibeta, especially when it came to having it reformatted by Deluxe Entertainment Services. They were able to convert it to NTSC at the same time they formatted it for DVD. The conversion from PAL to NTSC was necessary because NTSC DVD’s play on PAL, but not the other way around.  The finished file looked great, but then it had to be authored for the DVD release. Continue reading

Travis Pike’s Career Relaunch Celebrates the Fiftieth Anniversary of the 1967 Summer of Love in an Interview by Harvey Kubernik

HK: Do you think the big, Winter 2016/17 UGLY THINGS MAGAZINE publication of the career and retrospective multi-page spread on you and your music, and the clips from the 1966 movie, Feelin’ Good, now viewed as a cult classic, were game-changers?   Here we are, doing another interview for Cave Hollywood, and the February 10, 2017 Forgotten Hits Newsletter contained our lengthy, in-depth interview on your perspective on the 1967 Summer of Love, which I understand is now posted on all your websites in your Online Interviews and Pictorials.

TP: Yes, especially with regard to my music. Between our Ugly Things interview, and the positive Mike Stax review of my book Odd Tales and Wonders 1964-1974 A Decade of Performance, and my CD catalog, I’ve been rediscovered by some of my old fans, and I’m attracting new ones here, in Canada, Australia, Europe and the U.K.  I never imagined that the Feelin’ Good music sequences I posted on YouTube would become so popular.  In the UK, State Records is releasing “Watch Out Woman” and “The Way That I Need You,” the two songs I sang on the esplanade on a vinyl 45 in early July, and UK DeeJay Rob Bailey has included “If I Didn’t Love You Girl” in his latest compilation album, and will be releasing a vinyl 45 of it and “The Likes of You” later this summer. Continue reading