guitars Rock Flashback: Robin Trower

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This week in 1945, guitarist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Robin Trower[/lastfm] was born in Catford, England. Like many British kids in the early ’60s, he was enchanted by American rhythm and blues music — his first band, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]the Paramounts[/lastfm], was mostly an R&B cover band that enjoyed some chart success in the UK. Trower joined [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Procol Harum[/lastfm] in 1967, just after the band had hit with “Whiter Shade of Pale,” and played on the band’s most famous albums until leaving for a solo career in 1972.

Trower formed a power trio with vocalist [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]James Dewar[/lastfm] and drummer Reg Isidore (eventually replaced by Bill Lordan), and released his first solo album, Twice Removed From Yesterday, in 1973. Comparisons to [lastfm link_type=””]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] were unavoidable, but they didn’t stand in the way of his success throughout the remainder of the 1970s.

In the ’80s, he collaborated with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jack Bruce[/lastfm] of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cream[/lastfm] and in the ’90s with [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bryan Ferry[/lastfm]. He’s also continued to release albums under his own name, right up to 2010’s The Playful Heart.

While Trower is most famous for the 1974 album Bridge of Sighs, which features “Too Rolling Stoned” and “Day of the Eagle,” we like the hypnotic “About to Begin.” Take four minutes to stare at the album cover and let the music wash over you.


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