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In his 2013 book, Travis Edward Pike’s Odd Tales and Wonders 1964-1974: A Decade of Performance, a memoir of his early career as a singer-songwriter, Travis wrote about Travis Pike’s Tea Party, the popular, Boston-based, concert-oriented musical group (1967-1969), who performed his original material. Only two of those songs, “If I Didn’t Love You Girl” and “The Likes of You” were recorded and released (1968, Alma Records, 45 rpm, single), but “If I Didn’t Love You Girl” subsequently found its way onto several European Psychedelic compilation albums. When their short-lived WBZ TV show “Here and Now” was cancelled (1968), the band migrated to Southern California where, to survive, they had to begin playing top 40 tunes in dance halls and bars. Working in clubs wasn’t so bad, but not being able to develop and showcase his original material was and Travis left the group in 1969.
Travis Edward Pike’s Tea Party Snack Platter is the latest triumph in Travis and Adam Pike’s on-going efforts to reclaim the best of the songs and music from Travis’s mid-sixties to early-seventies back catalog before the time capsule (Travis), deteriorates beyond salvage. In the eleven songs featured on this album, all culled from the Travis Pike’s Tea Party original repertoire enjoyed by their many concert fans, the brothers captured the essence of those early performances and the spirit of those musically exciting and socially turbulent times.
Audio samples from the Travis Edward Pike’s Tea Party Snack Platter are posted with this album in our Audio Download section.