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Robin Trower sits down in the studio with his touring band and brings the intensity of Twice Removed from Yesterday and Bridge of Sighs to brand new recordings that act as if nearly forty years haven’t passed. The guitar tone is still deep and epic as is Trower’s vocals. “Maybe I Can Be a Friend” belongs in the Trower canon of pure classics. The title track gets down to serious business with a tough gait that gives away nothing. “Don’t Look Back” still feels introspective even if its message goes in the other direction. “The Turning” highlights some brilliant backing vocals that carefully augment the instrumental textures. The guitar solo in “Dressed In Gold” is a fluid piece of Trower’s genius. “Find Me” stalks the avenues with a desperate edge. “Song For Those Who Fell” quickens the pace for a little more swagger. Ever since his days in Procol Harum, Trower has been crafting his tunes to embrace and transcend the blues-rock genre. This is another stroke of that great genius.

Customer Reviews


Sounds Great keep it comming Robin

It keeps getting better

Untethered from concerns about mass market appeal, Trower is making the best music of his career. While I am sure he wants to sell records, he sure isn't compromising his art. "The Playful Heart" isn't trendy, but it sure is good.

Thank you Robin!

Another great record . The notes melt off his strat and you can feel the soul. Great song writting and lyrics!


Born: March 9, 1945 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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....
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