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Travis Edward Pike's Tea Party Snack Platter

by Travis Edward Pike

William Phillips, a critic covering the First Annual Boston Pop Festival in 1968 wrote "Travis Pike's Tea Party performed in about every conceivable pop style from straight rock to psychedelic to folk to rinky-dinky ragtime...pleasing and versatile."
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If I Didn't Love You Girl
2:47 $0.99
2. Okay
2:48 $0.99
3. Worried Sick
2:43 $0.99
4. Can't You See
2:48 $0.99
5. One-Ten Blues
3:32 $0.99
6. Stay By Me
3:01 $0.99
7. What's the Matter With Your Mind
3:19 $0.99
8. In Your Eyes
3:46 $0.99
9. I'll Do Anything I Can
2:58 $0.99
10. You Got What I Need
3:18 $0.99
11. Oh Mama (2014)
2:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
In this CD album, Travis and his brother, Adam, recreate the songs and sounds of Travis Pike's Tea Party, one of Boston's outstanding sixties rock bands, popular throughout New England. If you love sixties rock 'n' roll, you're already half way to becoming a fan. A concert group, Travis Pike’s Tea Party’s repertoire was made up entirely of original songs, composed by Travis and performed primarily in colleges, coffeehouses, and concert venues like the Psychedelic Supermarket. The Pike brothers have been recording the best of the songs and music from Travis’s mid-sixties to early-seventies back catalog. These eleven selections were all Travis Pike’s Tea Party crowd favorites.

IF I DIDN”T LOVE YOU GIRL (Runtime 2:48)
Side one of Travis Pike’s Tea Party’s only single, "If I Didn't Love You Girl," released by Alma Records in 1967, is history, but it found its way onto several European compilation albums. The Pike’s new recording of “If I Didn’t Love You Girl,” introduces a psychedelic vocal concept. It’s background vocal verses directly contradict the lead vocal, reflecting the ego-preserving schizophrenia of young love.

OKAY (Runtime 2:48)
One of the first rock songs in the band’s repertoire, “Okay” offers excuses, rather than apologies; going so far as to imply that the girl’s unusually high standards are what make the vocalist’s misbehavior seem inappropriate -- certainly not a good argument in a Western relationship. Knowing Travis, with its deliberately Russian sounding instrumental release, he may be making a cultural statement.

WORRIED SICK (Runtime 2:43)
“Worried Sick,” was Pike’s tongue-in-cheek, rock-a-billy tune, but most audiences were too busy grooving on the mountain harmonies to catch his comic lyrics. Never performed after the group’s California migration, this will be new to all but their most loyal New England fans.
CAN’T YOU SEE (Runtime 2:48)
Pike’s “Can’t You See” is a refreshing, broken-hearted ballad, in that it doesn’t threaten or wish ill upon the purportedly responsible party in the failed relationship. For this recording, Travis picked and sang lead. Adam played everything else and sang both harmony parts.

ONE-TEN BLUES (Runtime 3:32)
Pike’s perspective on the blues is less about form than feeling, and the feeling in”One-Ten Blues” is lonely and mournful, trying to come to grips with a personal loss so profound that recovery is uncertain, perhaps impossible.

STAY BY ME (Runtime 3:01)
A rocking, powerful plea to save a relationship, based on an appeal to love and history, “Stay By Me” is more evolved and less recognizable in its most recent incarnation than many of the others cut, but still, unmistakably Travis Pike.

On the other hand, Pike’s “What’s the Matter with Your Mind” offers a disappointed suitor’s only legal and societally acceptable recourse, when he finally recognizes that his advances, however sincere, have been in vain. He hangs up the phone, a satisfactory ending to an unsatisfactory romance.

IN YOUR EYES (Runtime 3:45)
Latin rhythms propel Pike’s “In Your Eyes,” a song about the sting of a failed relationship, when the man discovers that the woman he loves has been enjoying the embraces of another man behind his back.

I’LL DO ANYTHING I CAN (Runtime 2:58)
Pike’s “I’ll Do Anything I Can” is one of those promises made out of desperate, adolescent infatuation, but will “anything” ever be enough to win this particular gal -- or any other, for that matter. Experience suggests a vague “anything” hasn’t much of a chance against a regular “something” – like a steady job.

YOU GOT WHAT I NEED (Runtime 3:18)
This show-stopping, foot-stomping, head-bopping, audience favorite, “You Got What I Need” is Pike’s most primal celebration of post-adolescent, hormonal activity run amuck.

OH MAMA (2014) (Runtime 2:54)
First released in 2013 in “Odd Tales and Wonders Stories in Song,” “Oh Mama (2014)” is the most recent version of another one of Travis Pike’s Tea Party’s outstanding, hard rock tunes. The lyrics in this audience favorite never say what, exactly, Mama did, but it seems it might have global implications!



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