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Robin Trower

Throughout his long and winding solo career, guitarist Robin Trower has had to endure countless comparisons to Jimi Hendrix, due to his uncanny ability to channel Hendrix's bluesy/psychedelic, Fender Strat-fueled playing style. Born on March 9, 1945, in Catford, England, Trower spent the early '60s playing guitar in various London based outfits; the most successful one being the R&B group the Paramounts, who specialized mostly in covers, but managed to issue several singles between 1963 and 1965. It wasn't until 1967 that Trower received his big break however, when he joined Procol Harum. The group had just scored a worldwide smash hit with "A Whiter Shade of Pale," but the only problem was that the band's leader, singer/pianist Gary Brooker, didn't have a proper band to back him. Brooker was previously a bandmate of Trower's in the Paramounts, and offered the guitar slot in his new fast-rising project to his old friend. As a result, Trower appeared on such Procol Harum classics as 1967's Procol Harum, 1968's Shine on Brightly, 1969's A Salty Dog, 1970's Home (which spawned the popular Trower tune "Whiskey Train"), and 1971's Broken Barricades.

While Procol Harum helped launch Trower's career, the guitarist realized there was limited space for his guitar work, and eventually left for a solo career. Enlisting singer/bassist James Dewar and drummer Reg Isidore (who was soon replaced by Bill Lordan) as a backing band, Trower issued his solo debut, Twice Removed From Yesterday, in 1973. The album barely left a dent in the U.S. charts, but that would change soon enough with his next release, 1974's Bridge of Sighs. With rock fans still reeling from Hendrix's death a few years earlier, the album sounded eerily similar to the late guitarist's work with the Jimi Hendrix Experience (especially his 1968 release, Electric Ladyland), and as a result, the album sky rocketed into the U.S. Top Ten, peaking at number seven.

Although Bridge of Sighs was to be his most popular solo release, Trower's stock continued to rise throughout the mid-'70s, as he became an arena headliner on the strength of such hit albums as 1975's For Earth Below, 1976's Robin Trower Live!, and Long Misty Days, plus 1977's In City Dreams. Further releases followed, yet by the dawn of the '80s, it became quite obvious that Trower's star was rapidly fading, as each album sold less than its predecessor. A brief union with ex-Cream bassist/vocalist Jack Bruce spawned a pair of releases, 1981's B.L.T. and 1982's Truce, before Trower returned back to his solo career.

The '80s saw Trower try and expand his audience with several releases that attempted to update his blues-rock style (such as 1987's slick produced Passion), but none returned the guitarist back to the top of the charts. During the early '90s, Trower returned back to Procol Harum for a brief reunion (1991's Prodigal Stranger), before backing ex-Roxy Music singer Bryan Ferry on a few releases (1993's Taxi and 1994's Mamouna, the latter of which Trower earned a co-producer credit for). Trower continued to issue solo albums in the 21st century (2000's Go My Way), while a steady stream of live sets and compilations appeared. Trower returned to work with Ferry once more on 2002's Frantic, again earning a production credit. Reassembling most of his late-'80s band, Trower released Living Out of Time in 2004 and returned with Another Days Blues in late 2005. What Lies Beneath appeared in 2009 from V-12 Records. ~ Greg Prato, Rovi
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Damm he can keep with thabest of them
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Tha' BEST !!!!! EDDY SALINAS.... H- TOWN. B.D.H. *713*
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Where is the (For Earth Below) Album listing Pandora? --Comon' tell the truth Shame the Devil..
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This man can pick with the best
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Happy Birth Day to Robin Trower. I am a new fan.
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If u had to pick an album that was the 70s Bridge of Sighs hands down most of the people I meet know the year it came out 1974 rock on Robin
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How could I have for got Mr. Trower?
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I saw him several times but I liked him the most when he had frontman David Patterson. I like David when he was with Gamma. What a singer.
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The best trower rocks it's wish said it
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mewilcox5
I've seen Robin Trower in concert many times back in the '80s, at small clubs in Dallas & Austin - always a good show. I normally don't like covers of songs, but check out Opeth's version of Bridge of Sighs!
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Love this man,in my opinion, better than Hendrix and do not get me wrong because I love Jimi!!
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Saw him at a small club n Dallas mid 80s u would have thought he was playing n front of 50,000 people he was great
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all.aces.gb
WOW ! From the first time I heard him in the 70s, and still WOW in 2015...
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Yes,he most certainly should be inducted into the Hall of Fame! Give the man the credit where it is deserved!
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SAME MESSAGE FOR jwh.ctpd6
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A TIP FOR JOHN V PETERSON I LOVE TROWER TOO BUT IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN GREAT GUITAR PLAYING GET PANDORA TO PLAY JOE SATRIANI ! YOU'LL THANK ME FOREVER
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EVERYBODY SAY IT WITH ME NOW........P L A Y MORE SELECTIONS FROM TROWER'S IN CITY DREAMS PANDORA BABY !
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The man can play!
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milosdad
John Peterson, very interesting comment. You're right though. I find it interesting that Trower has never appeared at the festival. I would prefer his slow, burning style to a lot of the slash players out there.
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Robin Trower continues to be my favorite guitarist and as many have said before me the most underrated guitarist. I know Eric Clapton is a long time friend of Gary Brooker from Procal Harum, yet Robin Trower is never included in the Crossroads Blues Festivals either. They were even born six days apart back in March of 1945!
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Trower should do a few albums with drummer Ginger Baker- now that would be a kick!
I was snowed in at University of Illinois back in 73-4, and Trower with Jim Dewar on bass played an extra hour after the show. Impressive, traces of Hendrix and Cream. Saw him in early l980's with Jack Bruce and it was killer show. They played and hour and half, then came back and did encore hendrix/crea m songs-knocko u t performance! Check out the cd/dvd of Jack Bruce/Robin Trower - Seven Moons Live!
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Was lucky enough to see him live and what a show it was-
Too bad he doesn't get the respect he surely deserves. More people should be aware of this tremendous talent.
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I Saw Robin Trower play in Detroit in the 90's. It was his birthday and the other band who was supposed to play, bus broke down. Trower played for 2 hr.'s straight..it was an amazing display of talent. One of the most under rated Guitarist's in history.
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bevbevan
Among the highlights of my radio career, and there were many, was a live broadcast of Robin Trower's band at the Record Plant. Trower used Hendrix's influences to carve his own path and James Dewar - I think - is still one of the greatest voices in rock music (R.I.P. James) along with Paul Rodgers. What a memorable night that was. Live in the studio and no overdubs or soundtrack enhancements .
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Good stuff
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Keith swisher one of the greatest
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Sorry,trower , n o t thrower
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I know thrower has a bassist,does n ' t older thrower seem to have more bass ? Unless I'm just bringing up a baseless argument. ......AYYYYE ?
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Throwers best album besides caravan to midnight!Jam e s dewar sounded better than ever
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Eres un maestro !
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Master blues rock
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He's coming to Orlando in a couple or weeks...what a treat we're in for! One of the true Strat Masters if all time! RIP James
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hroberts500
Is that jimi? When I was a kid, that's what I thought.
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milosdad
You're right Robert. Personally, I cannot separate Trower's playing from Dewar's vocals.
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No mention of Dewar's death. Guy had a great set of pipes...
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Back in the70s when Towers hit the scene......h i s outrageous guitar riffs were really good for the head. I mean this man had a sound like no other...of course everyone compared him to Hendrix. But after hearing him for a while you realized he was in a class of his own...Blew me away! I saw him about a year ago at B.B. Kings....in NYC....was not a disappointme n t . He took me back to the 70s.
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Really enjoyed this music as a young kid and fun to go back and listen to again...
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The """BEST""". Eddy salinas . He Town !!! Seen him 7 times & still waiting 4 more.....
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Awesome concert in St. Louis....
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wegoweko
1995 at a small bar in Elkhart In., won tickets. Front row. Blew out my left ear, was actually dizzy after the show (not induced by booze or other things). Hell of a show but I learned how important his lead singer was to the overall sound.
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Wish the right lyrics were posted! Other than that...great song!
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Good guitarist, horrible singer
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robin trower is no doubt one of the very best guitarists of all time
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Yea he is so clean listen
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Top five.
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Accomplished guitarist with few peers, Better than anyone now.
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Can't wait to see him Oct 4th.......
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Just good nusic
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RT is coming to Orlando in November...w h a t a treat! Amazing guitarist, underrated and underplayed. RIP James!
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He makes it look so effortlessly
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