We've featured and covered this guitar god countless times on the Dinosaur Days over the years and he is already well documented in these p ages, so we won't repeat his history again here. This album featured his longtime friend, bassist/vocalist Jimmy Dewar (ex-Stone the Crows) and Bill Lordan (ex-American Gypsy) on drums. It's a brilliant album and is essential listening for anyone who's keen to know how a guitar should be played. Trower is still around today, albeit in a slightly different guise (he's now singing a heck of a lot more than he used to, although the guitar magic is still very much in evidence!). His new album, "Go My Way", was released a few months ago.

ROBIN TROWER
The song played was Shame the devil, taken off For Earth Below, 1974, his third album, and the first to feature drummer Bill Lordan. Undoubtedly one of the finest guitarists in the world. Robin Trower's first " major " band was " The Paramounts ", and then Procul Harum. Visit his website.

Robin Trower 
Robin Trower - Messin' the Blues, from "In Concert on the King Biscuit Flower Hour", recorded in the UD in October 1977 and released in 1995. UK blues/rock guitarist Trower had, by this stage, already established himself as one of the world's leading guitarists. His first band of note was Procol Harum, which he left in the early seventies to embark on a solo career. (He first formed the short-lived "Jude"). His first solo album, "Twice Removed from Yesterday", was released in 1973 on Chrysalis Records and featured ex-Stone the Crows bassist/vocalist Jimmy Dewar and drummer Reg Isidore. Later albums saw ex-Sly and the Family Stone drummer Bill Lordan replace Isidore and they became very popular in the US. Trower would go on to collaborate with Jack Bruce (bass and vocals) and Lordan to form BLT. Our featured album finds Trower in fine form with Lordan on drums, Dewar on vocals and Rustee Allen (who appeared on "In City Dreams" and "Caravan to Midnight"), on bass. T rower continued to record well into the eighties, with ex-Gamma vocalist Davey Patterson, bassist Dave Bronze and drummers Pete Thompson, Bobby Clouter and Alan Clarke. The nineties saw him move into a more funky blues/rock direction with a number of talented young musicians such as the unheralded Mayuyu on drums and Livingston Brown on bass, vocals and keyboards. He's still very active and recently released a new album, "Go My Way". 
  
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Biography by Greg Prato
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. 

 

 

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Robin Trower - 1973 - Twice Removed from Yesterday - 4/5

Robin Trower - 1974 - Bridge of Sighs - 4.5/5

Robin Trower - 1975 - For Earth Below - 3/5

Robin Trower - 1976 - Long Misty Days - 3/5

Robin Trower - 1977 - In City Dreams - 3/5

Robin Trower - 1978 - Caravan To Midnight - 3/5

Robin Trower - 1980 - Victims of the Fury - 3/5

Robin Trower - 1981 - B.L.T. - 3/5

Robin Trower - 1983 - Back It Up - 3/5

Robin Trower - 1985 - Beyond the Mist - 1.5/5

Robin Trower - 1987 - Passion - 2/5

Robin Trower - 1988 - Take What You Need - 3/5

Robin Trower - 1990 - In the Line of Fire - 2/5

Robin Trower - 1994 - 20th Century Blues - 3.5/5

Robin Trower - 1997 - Someday Blues - 3.5/5

Robin Trower - 2000 - Go My Way - 4/5

Robin Trower - 2004 - Living out of Time - 4/5

Robin Trower - 2005 - Another Day Blues - 3.5/5

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