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Robin Trower Band - Alive In America

Robin Trower Band - Alive In America

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Robin Leonard Trower (born 9 March 1945) is an English rock guitarist who achieved success with Procol Harum throughout 1967–1971, and then again as the bandleader of his own power trio known as the Robin Trower Band.

In 1962, he formed a band that became the Paramounts, later including Westcliff High School pupil Gary Brooker. The Paramounts disbanded in 1966 to pursue individual projects. During this time, Trower created a local three-piece band called the Jam (not to be confused with the later group with Paul Weller). Trower then joined Brooker’s new band Procol Harum following the success of their debut single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” in 1967, remaining with them until 1971 and appearing on the group’s first five albums.

Before launching his eponymous band, he joined singer Frankie Miller, ex-Stone the Crows bassist/singer James Dewar, and former Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker to form the short-lived combo Jude. This outfit did not record and soon split up.

Trower retained Dewar as his bassist, who took on lead vocals as well, and recruited drummer Reg Isidore to form the Robin Trower Band in 1973. In 1974, the group released Bridge of Sighs. This album, along with his first and third solo albums, was produced by his former Procol Harum bandmate, organist Matthew Fisher.

His early power trio work was noted for Jimi Hendrix influences. Trower is an influential guitarist who has inspired other guitar legends such as Robert Fripp, who praised him for his string bending and the quality of his sounds, and took lessons from him.

During a 1971 tour with Jethro Tull, Robin Trower arrived early for a sound check and found Martin Barre’s Fender Stratocaster (which Barre used for slide playing) propped up against an amplifier. Trower picked up the guitar, plugged it in, and with a shout that resounded around the auditorium he yelled, “This is it!” “I then switched to Strat” he says. “Up to then I had been playing Les Pauls.” Since then Trower has been an ongoing proponent of the Fender Stratocaster.

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 group 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. Trower returned to Procol Harum briefly for the reunion outing Prodigal Stranger in 1991.

This album was recorded in Denver, Colorado on August 6, 1973 as a part of a radio broadcast series.

 

Tracklist: 

1. The Fool And Me

2. Twice Removed From Yesterday

3. Lady Love

4. Daydream

5. Another Day, Another Night

6. I Can’t Wait Much Longer

7. Man Of The World

8. Sinner’s Song

9. Little Bit Of Sympathy

10. I Can’t Stand It

11. Robin Trower Interview - Part 1

12. Robin Trower Interview - Part 2

13. Robin Trower Interview - Part 3

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