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Robin Trower


Robin Trower first came to prominence with the rather sedate Procol Harum. After some attempts to amp up the group's sound on tracks like "Whiskey Train," the Hendrix influenced Blues guitarist set out on his own with vocalist/bassist Jimmy Dewar and drummer Reggie Isadore. "Bridge Of Sighs," released in '74, was both a commercial and artistic success. Subsequent albums had an outstanding track or two but failed to register. A pairing with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce in the '80s didn't help matters. Trower continued recording in the '90s with solid, if unexceptional results.





Trower issued "Living Out Of Time" in '03. The set featured returning bandmates Davey Pattison (vocals), Dave Bronze (bass) and Pete Thompson (drums). This line-up produced both "Passion" ('87) and "Take What You Need" ('88). An '06 tour resulted in "Living Out Of Time: Live." The effort contained songs from throughout Trower's career including "Too Rolling Stoned" and "Bridge Of Sighs."

Trower revisited his past once again when he re-teamed with Jack Bruce for the '08 album "Seven Moons." He took over the vocal duties on his '09 effort "What Lies Beneath."

"Seven Moons Live" also dropped in '09. Recorded during a Trower/Bruce Eurpoean tour, it was the duo's first live release in the U.S.

"The Playful Heart," an introspective studio effort, preceded '11's "Roots And Branches." Trower went to the well on the latter with covers of "Hound Dog," "Little Red Rooster," and "The Thrill is Gone" done in their original R&B style.
Robin Trower Discography

Studio Albums:

1973 Twice Removed From Yesterday
1974 Bridge Of Sighs
1975 For Earth Below
1976 Long Misty Days
1977 In City Dreams
1978 Caravan To Midnight
1979 Victims Of The Fury
1983 Back It Up
1987 Passion
1988 Take What You Need
1990 In The Line Of Fire
1994 20th Century Blues
1997 Someday Blues
2000 Go My Way
2004 Living Out Of Time
2005 Another Days Blues
2008 Seven Moons
2009 What Lies Beneath
2010 The Playful Heart
2013 Roots And Branches

Live Albums:

1976 Robin Trower Live
1985 Beyond The Mist
1992 Live In Concert
1996 In Concert
1996 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Robin Trower
1999 This Was Now '74-'98
2005 Living Out Of Time: Live
2008 RT@RO.08
2009 Seven Moons Live
2011 Robin Trower At The BBC 1973-1975

Compilation:

1991 Essential Robin Trower

"Bridge Of Sighs" with the title track, "Too Rolling Stoned" and "Day Of The Eagle" is Robin Trower's top drawer album. Live, Trower launches extended solos that actually propel songs rather than simply provide concert filler. A couple live CDs, "Live In Concert" and "The King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Robin Trower," show his guitar pyrotechnics in the best light. "Essential Robin Trower" covers his first eight albums and does a decent job, though "Bridge Of Sighs" is still the first choice.

On "Seven Moons" Trower still shows flashes of Hendrix while Bruce, who handles the vocals, is inexorably linked with Cream. But this isn't Cream with the substitution of Trower for Clapton, nor is it a Hendrix psychedelic adventure. Rather, the pair (along with drummer Gary Husband) roll through a set of heavy riff-based Blues.

At times "What Lies Beneath" sounds like Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler fronting a Hendrix tribute band. Not a bad combination. Trower has a nasal drawl that he uses in an expressive and confident manner. The Hendrix, with shades of Santana ("Wish You Were Mine" and "Time And Emotion"), guitar work is appealing.

Most of the tracks are mid-tempo but the muscular "Freefall" kicks up the energy and the heat. "Skin And Bones" follows suit though not as successfully but "Buffalo Blues" takes the groove to the mat.


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