- Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
- Original Release Date: 1974
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Chrysalis
- ASIN: B000003JAB
- Average Customer Review: 368 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,904 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Bridge of Sighs
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Robin Trower left Procol Harum to pursue his own musical vision and, while Spinal Tap has made the efforts of those who pursued such "heaviness" seem positively ludicrous, one listen to side one of Bridge of Sighs should prove once and for all that such pursuits are not always in vain. Trower leads a power trio of unrestrained heaviness, anchored by his sublimely bloated lead guitar and bassist James Dewar's throaty vocals. The wind sounds that segue the title track into "In This Place" may be a bit too much mystical gobbledygook but Matthew Fisher's subtle production throughout makes this one of the finest introductions into early-'70s wasted drug rock. --Rob O'Connor
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Using a stripped-down three piece ensemble, Trower manages to pack more intense, driving music between the grooves than seems possible -- his mastery of his instrument, his effortless leads, slides, effects, and unique sounds -- enables him to create an virtuosic otherworldly space inside his mind that is fully realized, moody, energetic, beautiful, and thrilling.
For me the title track remains one of Trower's finest pieces of recorded music -- intense, brooding, weary, relentless, and ultimately redemptive. Is there anyone who can hear the opening bars of that song, with its amazing and creative wash of sounds, the dragging bass line, the fat guitar, and not feel better?
The bonus tracks find Trower's three-piece rocking out in LA in 1974 -- not essential, but coming after the studio versions, an interesting look at how these songs sound live. Hint: pretty darn good.
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