I recently caught Walter Trout live at the Oklahoma City Blues Fest. He's a bonafied blues guitar master who deserves to be heard. Trout reeled off several intense guitar solos that night that were well over 10 minutes long. This guy is one busy guitar picker! His versatile and imanginative playing though, makes every song a new experience. Although it's hard to put down on a studio album what you get at a Trout live show, he comes close on "Go The Distance". All it took was one listen for me to get hooked on this. I think it's head and shoulders above anything he's ever done before. The songs here feature cooler arrangements and better songwriting than his previous efforts. Some of the prime cuts: "Outta Control", a nice rock and roller that features some nice bumpin' organ lines. This one really got everyone up dancing the night he performed it. "Ride Till I'm Satisified", which has a nice Stevie Ray rhythm to it. The title track "Go The Distance", a slower tune and a great showcase for a burnin' Trout solo. "Message In A Doorway" as well as "Faithful", features some very good B3 organ and piano playing by Bill Mason. "Bugle Billy" is a nice change of pace tearjerker about a fallen veteran, that features a beautiful smooth trumpet solo on the end of it, along with Trout's underrated soulful singing. I loved this one. I also like and can relate to the lyrics to "I Don't Want My MTV", where he sings about "everytime I watch MTV I feel like I'm really getting old, because they never play anything that seems to satisfy my soul". My favorite cut here with the hardest hitting blues grooves is "Gotta Leave This Town". Trout really tears up the aluminum on this one, and comes closest to duplicating his live show's solo. "Go The Distance" is Trout's best studio album to date. I also recommend his live cd, which is Trout at his very best.