A review Travis Edward Pike’s best work

By Lee Zimmerman

TRAVIS EDWARD PIKE
OUTSIDE THE BOX
(Otherworld Cottage Industries)
Genre: Pop
Summary: It’s hardly surprising, especially given Travis Pike’s wide array of endeavors — from making music to authoring books to working in film — that he’s an eclectic auteur. The aptly dubbed Outside the Box epitomizes that scattershot diversity of direction, with a selection of songs that effectively covers a wide variety of different genres and dissimilar styles. Teamed with his younger brother Adam, it veers from the winsome to the wacky, without sacrificing the melodic intent. Suffice it to say, it only underscores the appeal.


TRAVIS EDWARD PIKE
GRUMPUSS — 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition
(Otherworld Cottage Industries)
Genre: Fantasy, Story-telling
Summary: A retelling of Pike’s unlikely tale of “a large surly cat,” a mystical monster of terrifying proportions, the two-disc Grumpuss finds the author providing a narrative that’s not unlike a traditional tale from the Middle Ages. The author’s affectation of an English accent requires the listener to lean in closely to fully appreciate all the wacky wordplay, but Pike’s obvious enthusiasm alone allows for some superb storytelling.


TRAVIS EDWARD PIKE
MORNINGSTONE MUSIC
(Otherworld Cottage Industries)
Genre: Pop
Summary: A story set to music, and not unlike a pop opera of sorts, Morningstone Music has Pike imagining an ancient world that’s reimagined in the ‘80s, one inhabited by characters with strange, supernatural powers and the ability to seduce and distract those of the opposite sex. It’s an ever-twisting tale of mysticism and magic, and though the music and melodies are skilful spectacular, intriguing and expressive, the listener is best advised to read the liner notes to fully appreciate the plot.


TRAVIS EDWARD PIKE
TEA PARTY SNACK PLATTER
(Otherworld Cottage Industries)
Genre: Rock
Summary: Prior to claiming a career as a storyteller and composer, Travis Pike began his musical journey at the helm of a Boston band modestly dubbed Travis Pike’s Tea Party. Though they only released one single, and their tenure was brief, lasting only from 1967 – ’68, they still sound like they could have been worthy contenders as far as that archival era was considered. Indeed, all of the songs included herein are radio worthy and hold up surprisingly well, even some 50 years past their prime. Timeless and tuneful, these re-recordings compare favorably with anything offered up by the Monkees, the Raiders, the McCoys, the Standells, and all the others of that ilk.



TRAVIS EDWARD PIKE
Feelin’ Better
(Otherworld Cottage Industries)
Genre: Pop, Rock
Summary: Another archival effort, Feelin Better revisits songs written for a proposed reunion with Pike’s overseas ‘60s back-up band, The Five Beats. Some songs made it to the score of a cult film called Feelin’ Good, and all boast hit potential, thanks to this series of perky, punchy performances by this current combo. Here again, the songs are of a vintage variety, but the arrangements meld both classic and contemporary elements. Pike may not have gotten his due early on, but this belated return makes the wait worthwhile.


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