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  posted on 2/15/2020 at 12:53 PM
I love Robin Trower's music and style. Probably seen him maybe half dozen times since the late 90s. Last time being 2014. Seemed like for a bit there he was touring every year which I thought was odd for a musician his age, either just loves it or wants the income. Last few times I've seen him has been just a 3 piece band, no dedicated singer. Robin sings some.

 

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  posted on 2/15/2020 at 01:06 PM
One for V-day, a valentine for Hannah W. - R.I.P. I can still see your face like it was yesterday. Walk in beauty like the night . . .

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOOPXHiuk08

 

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  posted on 2/15/2020 at 05:23 PM
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https://youtu.be/a3DsErlBPdY
I think this live version of Daydream puts the studio version to shame. His guitar tone is much better (not as sterile sounding as the ‘73 studio recording) and his solos just ooze with soul. Bill Lordan is drumming on this version as opposed to Reg Isadore on the original. IMO, Lordan is a much better drummer.
I think Robin unfairly got labeled as a Hendrix clone after Jimi died. Robin will be the first to say that Hendrix, along with BB King and Albert King were huge influences on him. The fact that he played a Strat into a Marshall and used the hell out of a Wah and Uni-Vibe probably just reinforced the Jimi “clone” tag. Robin will always point to James Briwn as a huge influence and that funkiness has been prevalent in his recordings since day one. I think the more you listen to his work, the more you’ll hear his own distinct style. Also, not many aging guitar heroes from the 60’s & 70’s haven’t had some decline in their playing abilities. Besides Jeff Beck, Robin is one of a very few that come to mind immediately.
There's another live version available, off his 2005 DVD 'Living Out of Time - Live'....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xos5c4GQyHA

Since this is live video, you get to see another great Trower characteristic; namely his endless expressions. I was living in Charlotte around this 2005 timeframe, and went to see him over in SC at a little club called the Handlebar. I had just picked up a Nikon D3, which was revolutionary for low-light performance at the time, and they let me bring that in. I've probably got 100+ shots of his various expressions.

And man, that vibrato.....

 

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  posted on 2/15/2020 at 08:35 PM
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I Love Robin Trower

the song that is pure Trower to my ears is Long Misty Days.
Enjoy the journey!


Always loved Trower and his sound. Bridge of Sighs was one of the greatest guitar records of all time. Amazes me how people come on these threads and describe it as this or that, as if you could actually play any notes that anyone would care about

Anyway, those of us that are old enough and can appreciate this music are overjoyed that he is still killing it. I finally got to see him @ the Keswick last year. A consummate musician.

 

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  posted on 2/16/2020 at 12:55 AM
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I Love Robin Trower

the song that is pure Trower to my ears is Long Misty Days.
Enjoy the journey!


Always loved Trower and his sound. Bridge of Sighs was one of the greatest guitar records of all time. Amazes me how people come on these threads and describe it as this or that, as if you could actually play any notes that anyone would care about

Anyway, those of us that are old enough and can appreciate this music are overjoyed that he is still killing it. I finally got to see him @ the Keswick last year. A consummate musician.


Strange how people hear different things. Because of this thread, I cranked Bridge Of Sighs today and when he does those first bends 14 seconds in and then goes to the groove for the verse - how can you not want to turn it up and pick up a guitar to play along. Then at the 2 minute mark he takes off on the first wah solo then at the 3 minute mark it turns to that slow blues solo. Vibrato and bends that helped build rock guitar.

Day Of The Eagle is worth the price of the album alone.

And then the 2nd song starts and Good Lord it gets even better with Bridge Of Sighs. What a tune for laid back bluesy soloing.

 

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  posted on 2/16/2020 at 11:15 AM
Side note: There is a Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Between two prisons. During the Inquisition pirisoners were led across to their death. Legend has it the sighs of the phantom condemned can be heard as you pass underneath.



https://www.italyguides.it/en/veneto/venice/bridge-of-sighs

 

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  posted on 2/16/2020 at 12:28 PM
"Amazes me how people come on these threads and describe it as this or that, as if you could actually play any notes that anyone would care about"

"Strange how people hear different things."


Yep. Different people are different.

 

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  posted on 2/16/2020 at 01:50 PM
nevermind - overshare. Guess you had to be there - any you catch Trower 73-74?

 

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