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Feelin' Better

by Travis Edward Pike

Seven of the songs Travis composed for his 1964 German-Italian band, The Five Beats, debuted in the 1966 movie, “FEELIN’ GOOD.” With the release of the songs on this album, all featuring his 1964 sound palette, Travis is “Feelin’ Better” than ever!
Genre: Rock: 60's Rock
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1. Cold, Cold Morning
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2. Things Aren't Always What They Seem
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3. Don't Hurt Me Again
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4. Trophy Woman
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5. Foolin' Around
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6. The Way That I Need You
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7. It Can't Be Right
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8. I Beg Your Pardon
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9. Feelin' Better
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10. Rock 'n' Roll
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11. End of Summer (2014)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The songs in "Feelin Better" were all inspired, one way or another, by The Five Beats, a German-Italian group assembled in 1964 to showcase “The Teddy” (Travis Pike), in live performances while he was stationed in Germany. In those days, Travis sang hit songs made popular by such recording artists as Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, The Everly Brothers, Ray Charles, The Clovers, The Coasters and Jerry Lee Lewis. He had just come to the attention of Polydor and Phillips Records when an auto accident put an end to his off-duty dance hall career as “Teddy, die Twistsensation aus USA.”

Back in the States, recovering from reconstructive surgery, Travis composed songs for The Five Beats in anticipation of a return to Germany. That return was never to be, but Travis did perform seven of those songs in the 1966 movie, “FEELIN’ GOOD.” Over the years, Travis changed and adapted some of the titles, lyrics, and arrangements, but for this album, with the help of special guest musicians Christopher Woodcock (saxophone), and Jon DuFresne (lead guitarist on “Rock N Roll” and “Cold, Cold Morning”), Travis and his superbly talented, multi-instrumentalist brother, Adam, were able to recapture the authentic sound of a half century ago for today’s sophisticated music collectors.

The album opener, “Cold, Cold Morning,” a more recent work, is not one of the songs from “FEELIN’ GOOD,” but features a sound palette of that era. The next seven cuts did evolve from songs featured in the movie, and back then, Travis wrote the film’s title song, Feelin’ Good,” performed by the Montclairs. But this isn’t a movie soundtrack album, so for this musical trip down memory lane, Travis composed a new title song he calls “Feelin’ Better.” The last two songs on the CD, both “Rock ‘n’ Roll and “End of Summer” didn’t make it onto the movie, but are songs Travis composed in 1965, with his European fans in mind.

COLD, COLD MORNING (Runtime 5:14)

“Cold, Cold Morning,” a soulful, jazzy song evolved from a piece Travis composed around 1967 that he called “Bad Week.” Travis Pike and the Boston Massacre did a demo, but Travis was never pleased with his original lyrics and it was abandoned early on. Going through his back catalog, he remembered how much he liked the music and decided to take another crack at the lyrics. Now the jazzy opener tells a country-western story centered on a Taylor guitar. (On this CD, you’ll actually hear Travis finger-picking his Taylor guitar, purchased in 1974, and featured on “Don’t Hurt Me Again,” “The Way That I Need You,” “I Beg Your Pardon,” and “End of Summer.”)

THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM (Runtime2:54)

This song was “Watch Out Woman” when it was played on Boston’s Charles River Esplanade in “FEELIN’ GOOD.” In this release, “Things Aren’t Always What They Seem” has the same theme, but the arrangement, lyric, title and situation are all updated and the consensus is, the song is better than ever.

DON’T HURT ME AGAIN (Runtime 3:01)

The lyrics to “Don’t Hurt Me Again” haven’t changed at all since it was first heard in “FEELIN’ GOOD.” In this newest arrangement, Travis’ finger-picks on his acoustic guitar, more like his coffeehouse version, but it is the addition of the string parts that marks its evolution most.

TROPHY WOMAN (Runtime 2:57)

“Trophy Woman” evolved from the song, “Wicked Woman,” in the 1966 film. Today, even with its updated lyrics and Five Beats arrangement, it remains true to the instrumentation and sound of its era and is far and away more exciting than the movie soundtrack version.

FOOLIN’ AROUND (Runtime 2:47)

This song, originally composed for the Five Beats features a sax part (never in the movie) and a rock piano part (never in the movie or any Five Beats arrangements), so while “Foolin’ Around” is lyrically identical to its predecessor, and absolutely true to its period, it is a step up in every other respect.

THE WAY THAT I NEED YOU (Runtime 2:47)

In the feature film, Pike’s soulful, country-western style ballad, “The Way That I Need You” was another song featured in the Charles River Esplanade sequence, but this classic, early Travis Pike arrangement, transcends the movie soundtrack and the scope of the Five Beat live performances.

IT CAN’T BE RIGHT (Runtime 3:05)

“It Can’t Be Right” (formerly “It Isn’t Right”), apart from Adam’s rock piano part, is perhaps most like the version in the 1966 “FEELIN’ GOOD” movie soundtrack.

I BEG YOUR PARDON (Runtime 2:53)

Adam doubled Travis’ finger picking in parts of this lovely arrangement of “I Beg Your Pardon,” the song first heard in the beautifully filmed “FEELIN’ GOOD” sequence, shot on a Swan Boat in Boston’s famous Public Gardens, in which “Ted” (Travis Pike), wins back “Karen” (Patricia Ewing).

FEELIN’ BETTER (Runtime 3:36)

Travis composed the music to what with the release of this album became “Feelin’ Better” years ago. The verses were already written, but it was only when he decided he wanted a new title song for this CD, that he created the “Feelin’ Better” hook. Vocals by Travis Pike, Lauran Doverspike and Barbara Jordan.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL (Runtime 2:48)

“Rock N Roll” was composed in early 1965 for The Five Beats, and arranged for them in the American rock style then popular in Germany. This is another one never before performed or recorded,making it the “newest old song” on this CD.

END OF SUMMER (2014) (Runtime 3:36)

As for “End of Summer (2014),” an instrumental version of this song became the theme for the 1975 Golden Globe nominated Best Documentary Film, “THE SECOND GUN.” Written for “Teddy’s” German fans, with verses in German and English, the actual song, complete with vocal, was first released on the 2013 “Odd Tales and Wonders Stories in Song” CD. According to Travis, this 2014 “bonus cut” arrangement makes this the most complete version to date.

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