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Robin Trower

Two re-issues reviewed


Phil Sutcliffe's review (from the June 1997 issue of the UK's Q Magazine) of the recent re-issue of Robin Trower's Twice Removed From Yesterday / Bridge of Sighs 2-on-1 CD (Beat Goes On records BGO 339) available from CDNow as an import:

Both albums on the CD were produced by Matthew Fisher, giving Procol Harum fans two reasons for buying it!

 

Robert Fripp's touching sleeve tribute states that Robin Trower 'has been widely criticised for his influences'. Make that singular. The former Procul [sic] Harum guitarist lived and breathed Hendrix.

Reviewers largely accused him of copying. Listeners, especially in America, recognised that he was truly inspired by his hero.This album, combining the Trower trio's first two records, constantly captures the heat and depth of his soulmate partnership with singer Jimmy Dewar. In Bridge of Sighs it sports the pure, primeval masterwork by which Trower should be remembered. As Fripp, who took guitar lessons from him, magnamimously reports, 'This was a man who hung himself on the details: the quality of sound, the nuances of each inflection and tearing bend, and abandonment to the feel of the moment.'

Rating: 4 stars (highest rating) 


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