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Bridge Of Sighs - Robin Trower

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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: Robin Trower / Extra tracks / Audio CD released 1999-12-23 at Chrysalis

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      30.01.2010 21:59
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      **Introduction** Around Christmas I saw a programme on BBC which was a series of performances shown on BBC in the 60's and 70's. I had heard of Robin Trower from his time with Procol Harum but was not too aware of his solo material. Over his career he has been compared to Jimi Hendrix in terms of his playling style and ability and on seeing his performances on the BBC I knew I just had to make my way to Spotify and check him out. This was the first album I listened to from him. **Bridge of Sighs** Bridge of Sighs was released in 1974 and is the second release. Although this album is noted as a solo album he was joined by James Dewar who played Bass and sang lead vocals and Reg Isidore on Drums. "Bridge of Sighs was the follow up to "Twice Removed from Yesterday" which was released a year earlier in 1973. The album was produced by Trower's former band mate organist Matthew Fisher. This album was his breakthrough as a solo artist. The album was named after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice, Italy. 1 Day of the Eagle 2 Bridge of Sighs 3 In This Place 4 The Fool and Me 5 Too Rolling Stoned 6 About to Begin 7 Lady Love 8 Little bit of Sympathy **My View** "Day of the Eagle" Robin Trower opens the album with a fantastic energetic track which has been covered by Metal bands Opeth and Metallica. This has a great up tempo feel and really showcases the strong vocals of James Dewar. This is a very fine up tempo Blues track with some great guitar work from Robin Trower who displays several great solos. "Bridge of Sighs" This slows the pace with a lovely Bluesy ballad, James Dewar's vocals sound like a Raspy version of Paul Weller. I love the way the guitar flows along and Robin just waits until the perfect time to let loose with the solos. The bass guitar and drums both work extremely well with the guitar and the music is absolutely brilliant throughout. "In This Place" This is another slower track and has an excellent introduction with bluesy guitar licks and very timely drum parts. This track really builds well and once in full flow it really is a very impressive track with some great individual moments from Robin Trower and James Dewar in particular. Another very good track indeed. "The Fool and Me" This is a great rocking blues track which has a really fantastic flow. James Dewar's vocals are again very strong and the great flow of this track really makes it very good indeed. The best bit of this song is undoubtedly when Dewar and Trower let loose on the Bass and guitar at the same time. Brilliant stuff. "Too Rolling Stoned" This opens with a fantastic melody from James Dewar's bass guitar and then the Hendrix like Guitar licks from Robin Trower come in. This is yet another very flowing track with great musicianship. Some really great licks from Trower are topped off by the fantastic flow of the drums and the bass guitar as well. This is another very good track indeed. "About to begin" This is a lovely slowed down Blues track which starts with really beautiful guitar which sets the emotive scene and the tender vocals from James Dewar really add a great touch. This is one of the best tracks on the album and it builds wonderfully until the lovely guitar solo from Robin which is just so brilliantly done. "Lady Love" This is the penultimate track on the album and is a very flowing track which has a similar feel to Deep Purple in my opinion. This track continues the feel of the album and is another very strong track. It might not have the emotion of some others but it's still a very fine track with some great guitar work as ever from Robin Trower. "Little bit of Sympathy" This is the final track on the album and is a fabulous ending to the album, Trower's guitar jumps in at the start with a fantastic pace and this is quite a heavy track with a great flow. I like the way Dewar's vocals blend with Robin's guitar and the overall feel of this track is a very good one indeed. This has the feel of a live improvised jam session. Fantastic. **Overall** This is a very fine album indeed, it showcases the incredibly impressive guitar work of Robin Trower, The fine bass playing and very emotive vocals of James Dewar and the thump and catchy drumming of Reg Isidore. There are some very very good songs on "Bridge of Sighs" and with an album released just last year he is still showing his amazing ability into his 60's. Sadly not with the fine vocals of James Dewar who died in 2002. This is a fine tribute.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Day of the Eagle
      2 Bridge of Sighs
      3 In This Place
      4 The Fool and Me
      5 Too Rolling Stoned
      6 About to Begin
      7 Lady Love
      8 Little Bit of Sympathy
      9 Day of the Eagle [live]
      10 Bridge of Sighs [live]
      11 Too Rolling Stoned [live]
      12 Lady Love [live]
      13 Little Bit of Sympathy [live]