Jump to content

Please note: You can easily log in to MPN using your Facebook account!

Robin Trower


Recommended Posts

Just went to the used record store and picked up Twice Removed From Yesterday by Robin Trower.


While I've got (and lost and replaced) a number of his albums, I'd forgotten just how dreamy and drifty a number of his tunes are - very cool.


I knew he'd joined Procol Harem way back, but it's been like a trip back to listen to him again after so many years.


Anybody know what he's up to now?


Reflecting on my herbal days,


Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • Replies 18
  • Created
  • Last Reply
I believe he is still performing... I seem to recall that he did a tour (or album?) fairly recently. I'm not certain about any of this, though.

May all your thoughts be random!

- Neil






Link to comment
Share on other sites

You've gotta love RT not to fall asleep listening to his solo stuff. Saw him years ago in NYC. Derringer was the opener. It shoulda been called the "Speed Meets Qualudes" tour. The only thing that actually improved when Trower hit the stage was the sound. As the main act, he probably had some pull in that department as far as soundchecks. Even the lighting went from big, bright and multi-colored to dark purples and greens. The music never got out of second gear.. just kind of droned on. I really liked the Bridge of Sighs album, but 2 hours was a little much.



WUDAYAKNOW.. For the first time in my life, I'm wrong again!!
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Living out of time....DVD is excellent. Trower is my kind of dreamy......The DVD really shows his fantastic control of the instrument. And, he pretty much defines tasteful.


BTW...the DVD is taken from his recent tour....i.e. from the past year or so.



"There once was a note, Pure and Easy. Playing so free, like a breath rippling by."






Link to comment
Share on other sites

Got to see Trower in a night club around 1989 in Montgomery Al.

Only about 350 people....GEEZ...what a rockin', close up, concert!!


THis is back before his bass player/singer died too.


I've always been a bigtime Trower fan.

It was like watching Clapton play close up.

I couldn't believe he was playing clubs and that was all that showed up.


Yep, Bridge of Sighs, For Earth Below, Twice Removed From Yesterday are all classics that rock.


I can still see him now on TV now back in the 70's with his famous Green Robin Hood Suit and hat on. :grin:

Who else could get away with wearing that while playing Rock classics? :grin:


WOW...check this out and go to HISTORY.

Check out his 1980 rig.

Pretty cool.



"Just play!"
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I knew he'd joined Procol Harum way back


Actually, Trower, Gary Brooker, PH's frontman, and BJ Wilson, their first drummer, were in a band called The Paramounts from '61 right on through to '67, when they changed the name, added keyboardist Matt Fisher and bassist David Knights, and promptly recorded their biggest hit - "Whiter Shade of Pale".


Before The Paramounts, Trower was literally too young to have been anywhere else. You might say Procol launched him as a guitarist, or you might say breaking out of Procol landed him in the worldwide infamy category. Either way, he was with Gary for the entire early part of his career, he didn't "join" Procol, he was a co-founder.


He did "re-join" them in '91 for a disastrous reunion record that bombed in the charts and in the critics' den...




For the record, I'm a monstrous Procol Harum fan, and am kinda ehhhhh on Trower's solo stuff - it was like he was trying too hard to channel Jimi Hendrix's fuzz-tone antics... I did like Bridge of Sighs, though...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Yeah, Griff,


I was a bit unsure on the Procol Harem thing.


I didn't think Trower had been in on the Whiter Shade of Pale, but came just after this (?).


Actually, I think this was referred to in the April GP Albums of '67 article, but don't have it right in front of me, so may be mistaken here.



Link to comment
Share on other sites

The definitive Trower recording...on my desert island disc list.

It's cheaper when purchased as part of a twofer with For Earth Below. The single disc (OOP) price is high.





A Jazz/Chord Melody Master-my former instructor www.robertconti.com


(FKA GuitarPlayerSoCal)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Uhhhh....I'll have to Google that one up Dave. :grin:


I know it was a few years ago.


He was with Trower for many years and I'm not sure how he died.


Man, he had a Great voice too!


Here we go.



James Dewar



Tragically, James Dewar, best known as bassist and vocalist for Robin Trower and Stone The Crows, passed away on May 16, 2002. Dewar had been ill since a medical mishap in 1987. He was born on October 12, 1942.


In many people's opinion, James Dewar was one of the best vocalists in rock and roll, and while there are many who are not familiar with his work, legions of fans maintain that Dewar's rich, powerful voice was among the best. His talents as a bass player were also exceptional. Most people who are reading this will be Robin Trower fans, but to those who haven't heard James sing and play, I urge you to listen to any of the many albums he has performed on. IMHO, Dewar's voice was very similar to "Paul Rodgers'", but had a beefy, soulful timbre that set him apart from others. Needless to say, he was vastly underated, but his legacy of music proves without a doubt that he was one of the greats.





"Just play!"
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I always thought that the run out jam on "Too Rollin' Stoned" was without a doubt one of the best 1 chord riffs I ever heard. I saw him twice, and both were great shows. Smaller places with lots of "atmosphere." Great shows!
"I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes." - Jimi Hendrix
Link to comment
Share on other sites


This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

  • Create New...