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2011 two CD set, the most comprehensive collection to date of the British guitarist's recordings for the BBC. Includes tracks; from his first John Peel session in March 1973. Additionally, recordings for Bob Harris including such classics as 'Day Of The Eagle' and 'Alethea' are featured. This set is completed by a concert recorded for the BBC in January 1975, where he performs songs from his first three LPs, including breakthrough album Bridge Of Sighs and his then new album, For Earth Below. All tracks have been included for their historical importance, and to present a complete anthology of Robin Trower's BBC sessions from 1973-75. EMI.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Import
  • ASIN: B004GAY2KO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 15, 2011
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Two discs-68,65 minutes each approximately. Disc 1 tracks 1-12 are previously unreleased, and Disc 2-tracks 5-14 are in the original broadcast form from the original master tapes. The sound varies from session to session-there's a disclaimer concerning the sound quality. But besides a slightly muffled, slightly distant sound with a lack of crispness-especially early on, Trower fans will find the sound passable and exciting-unless you're an audiophile. The January 1975 BBC concert has the best fidelity, and is finally heard in it's original form-and it's smoking hot. The booklet contains information on the various sessions and a few quotes from Trower on the sessions ("I always loved the idea of a trio-guitar,bass, drums. Makes a good noise."), along with some fairly small b&w photos (but none of Reg Isidore which is a crime) of the group.

Beginning with his first John Peel Session in 1973, guitarist Robin Trower shows why he is considered one of the best electric guitarists to come out of England. Gaining notoriety in PROCOL HARUM, he went on to form his own band, and with a large nod to Jimi Hendrix began a career that's still going strong today. This set represents Trower at his most vital peak, especially with bassist/vocalist Jim Dewar. The other key ingredient was Trower's use of a drummer (Reg Isidore and then Bill Lordan) who was able to play with pure power, or with a finesse that blended with both Trower's playing and Dewar's smoky vocals. Isidore is, arguably, the better fit for Trower. His playing incorporates both timing and a soulfulness that was a perfect fit for the band. Lordan was a more straight ahead drummer, and like Isidore, kept time with a subtle yet powerful style that enabled Trower to roam wherever he wanted.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. W. Fluke on March 27, 2011
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The Chrysalis record label is recreated here, nice touch. Most of this package has never been heard before and is a very welcome addition to anybody's collection of Robin Trower. 8 page booklet with some photos, liner notes and dates of the sessions. Excellent remastered sound, very exciting material. The one minor complaint is that if you have the old 1992 UK Windsong BBC disc of 29th January 1975, you need it for two tracks which do not appear on the final show on disc two here - Twice Removed From Yesterday and Rock Me Baby. It seems to me they can fit here so who knows why they are not. Highly recommended.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By El Kabong on April 28, 2012
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The other reviewers here have articulated the conventional strengths and weaknesses of this set so I won't even try. Let's just leave it at this: if you, like myself, place the vocals of the late great Jimmy Dewar on a pedestal few of his contemporaries (or successors) can approach - then this is a must-own set. Hell, I'd have bought this if it featured nothing but two dozen versions of "Daydream"; instead, we get Jimmy and his ideal creative partner (Mr Trower to you) spanning the length and breadth of their first three, Funky Paul-ed studio platters (the only egregious absences are "About to Begin", "A Tale Untold" and "For Earth Below" - on the other hand, we get three takes on "Daydream", and as many of "Little Bit of Sympathy", to make up for it). Need I say more? Those who know, and understand, will require no more preamble from me. No one suffered more for his art than Jim Dewar; the least you could do is hit play and soak in his bruised, tender, soul-deep majesty one last time. Go ahead, click 'purchase': you'll thank me for badgering you like this, I promise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By InfoSciGuy on November 6, 2012
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An excellent group of recordings, in which Trower frequently surprises by displaying a level of virtuosity and finesse not usually heard in his early recordings. You can begin to hear the Robin he became, not just the Robin he was. A few of these tracks are multitracked, but we can forgive that lack of "liveness" for the sake of the level of musicianship heard here. In short, a surprising collection: one that brings my Trower collection to a level of completeness it would not have had without the inclusion of these recordings. A must-have for the true Trower...I was going to say "fan", but we're not merely fans, are we? What we have in common is that we recognize something in Robin that is exceedingly rare: a musician who has simply continued to grow and improve with every passing year. May he have many more!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rohit R on May 31, 2011
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Robin Trower live at BBC is one of the best live albums of all time from one of the finest guitarists.This double live albums shows him at his best and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard Glenn on June 22, 2013
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I first saw Robin Trower in San Diego at the old San Diego Chargers field in Bal Boa Park. The year was 1977. Robin Trower amazed with his guitar work. James Dewer who played Bass Guitar and was the bands vocalist had this amazing blues and soulful style that I'll never forget rounding out was Bill Lorden on drums. For me this was one of the best rock/blues trios in rocks history. BBC Live Recordings have alway been fantastic. If you like Robin Trower then this collection of songs will be a great addision to your cd colection. I also Recomend the Robin Trower - A Tale Untold: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1976)
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By Peter Baklava on May 12, 2011
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Robin Trower arrived in the early 70's with a band that combined the tight funkiness of England's "Free" with the amped-up power of Cream and Jimi Hendrix. These thirty pieces of evidence from the BBC show that Trower, while no huge innovator, clearly had something special going for him.

For serious fans, these sessions give more opportunities to reassess Trower and understand the ways that he "tweaked" his sound from album to album. His debut long-player, "Twice Removed From Yesterday" (released in 1973), retained a strong dose of psychedelic coloring from the late Sixties. Then, with "Bridge of Sighs" and "For Earth Below", Trower kept some of the exotic sound, but added progressively more funky stylings. The best of the John Peel sessions here is the last, when Trower burns through four "Earth Below" selections, beginning with "A Fine Day". Those are manna for any fan of nuanced hard rock, because this band could definitely bring it.

These sets also reinforce the fact that Trower was a sound-painter. Although he was more restrained than Hendrix, more formal, compact, and less visionary-- Trower was still a master at creating aural textures and playing them off of each other.

His only "downfall" seemed to be that he came from England. His name wasn't Billy Bob, and he wasn't born in Texas, it's true. There's an old story floating around that Stevie Ray Vaughan pasted his brother on the chin when Jimmy spoke up one day and said, "you sound like Robin Trower". Well, as this collection attests, sounding like Robin Trower wasn't anything to sniff at. These tracks bristle, and it's just a pity Robin couldn't have brought a little more of that "live edge" to his studio albums, which maybe had a touch too much polish when all was said and done.
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