Robin Trower Band - Alive In America
Robin Trower Band - Alive In America
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.
1. The Fool And Me
2. Twice Removed From Yesterday
3. Lady Love
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
We can ship to virtually any address in the world. Note that there are restrictions on some products, and some products cannot be shipped to international destinations.
When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.
Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. The weight of any such item can be found on its detail page. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).
You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).
If you need to return an item, please contact us with your order number and details about the product you would like to return. We will respond quickly with instructions for how to return items from your order.