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Trower, phase 2
, March 11, 2011
This review is from: Robin Trower - Long Misty Days / In City Dreams (Audio CD)
Long Misty Days marks the 2nd phase to Trower's career. Following a trio of classic albums plus a powerful live record released in '74; Long Misty Days was released in 1976 marks a tenture of obscure albums from him and band. His orignal 3 albums remain his most known but the mid/late 70's work also have some great songs waiting to be rediscovered.
Opening with Same Rain Falls, its a standard style Trower song, not a powerful opener but still hits its marks. As does Hold Me, offering some more blues the band was known for. Caledonia features some more imperssive cymbal work from Bill Lorden which we heard alot of in From Earth Below, his debut with the band. Pride brings the album back to classic Trower territory, a nice rocker with a memorable chorus it gives way to Islands. Another great ballad style track easily on par with his classic slow burn favorites like Hannah and In This Place, only replacing the more spacey nature of those songs with a gentle approach. It's an essential. SMO another good rocker along with I Can't Live Without You offers a more variation on the blues/rock style formula the band had perfected in the past only offering a slight more mainstream sound. Messin' The Blues is of course what it says. A dirty blooze style number more commonly found on an early Fleetwood Mac album. The major highlight besides Islands though is of course the title track. A heart wrenching riff provides this sedate slightly spacey piece into another Trower masterpiece.
1977's In City Dreams offers another dose of the core Trower band sound only another slight variation. the opener Somebody Calling has a nice more mellow rock feel to it. There's a groove but this is the album where the band really loses alot of its more aggressive rock energy in favor for slowed down material. Also interesting to note, new bassist Rustee Allen joins the band while bassist/vocalist Dewar moves over to strictly vocals. Sweet Wine Of Love has a nice mellow groove and its mainstream lyrics and more funkier bass work (notable popping techniques used here not familar of Dewar's style) def make you notice a change in style. It's a highlight for sure as is Bluebird another song that reminds you of Hendrix's One Rainy Wash, a gently and lovely ballad punctuated by Dewars sweet vocal. Falling Star and Farther Up On The Road offer a little more of old Trower. Ala For Earth Below, funky more uptempo rockers that compliment the mellow songs nicely. Smile once again has a real burning groove that sounds like something George Clinton would be doing and Loves Gonna Bring You Around has a nice more melodic blues rock approach. Closed out with the title track in more mellow fashion this is a different more mainstream Robin Trower but that shouldnt stop you from owning these albums just listening with a different ear than you would Bridge Of Sighs.
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