THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: UNDER THE INFLUENCE

April 24, 2010 – 4:08 am

Unabashedly Hendrix as Trower’s Spellbound indicates.

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ROBIN TROWER
Neptune Rising [The Third Eye, 1CD]

Live in concert 1973-1975. Excellent soundboard stereo. This bootleg was released in 1995.

As a solo artist, ex-Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower pursued music influenced by Jimi Hendrix. Trower was joined by drummer Bill Lordan and the late James Dewar on bass and lead vocals. These tracks are radio concert recordings recorded in front of invited audiences at three recordings studios: Cincinnati, Ohio; Sausalito, California and London, England. - Philip Cohen

Robin Trower reportedly wept the night he heard Jimi Hendrix was dead. But he wasn’t a big Hendrix fan until after the guitarist’s passing. It was then that he and Procol Harum lyricist Keith Reid decided to write a tribute.

Trower told Bud Scoppa of Guitar World in 1988 that “…when Hendrix died, Keith and I decided to write a tribute to him for the following Procol Harum album. We came up with Song For A Dreamer [which appears on 1972’s Broken Barricades], and I thought, ‘Well, to make sure I get it right, I’ll sit down and study some of his albums’ - because in fact I only owned  the first one, Are You Experienced?, at the time.

“And then, from studying and then doing the tracks - making it sound as much as his playing as possible - I got inspired. Otherwise, I don’t know whether I would’ve been influenced by him. But when I really listened to it, I just dug it.”

The longest show on Neptune Rising is from 1974 and on this show Trower is playing a Fender Stratocaster and mimicking Hendrix’s fluid lines. Examples are plenty on Spellbound and the searing solos on Can’t Wait Much Longer. Listen also to the 1975 concert, where Trower and band receive the loudest cheers as he starts into Suspicious, itself sounding suspiciously (sic) like a Hendrix number.

All this quickly gave him a big following. But while he could imitate the master’s licks, Trower lacked Hendrix’s vision which had brought the guitarist to the edge of jazz when he died. Trower’s ’70s work stayed in the blues rock genre. It all came to a halt in 1980 when Trower chucked it all and decided to stay at home for the next five years.

Trower has explained it like this: “You know the guitarist Roy Buchanan? I played with him about a year-and-a-half ago; we were talking after the show, and he said to me, ‘You never should have said that Hendrix inspired you. That was your biggest mistake’.”

You can read the rest of Bud Scoppa’s interview with Trower here
http://www.procolharum.com/99/scoppa_trower_rw.htm

When Trower emerged in 1985, his albums were more song driven. Both record labels and music fans were not so loyal. Trower no longer had major label support (bye bye Chrysalis) and he signed on to GNP Crescendo, a jazz label.

Robin Trower is 65 and his last group was a power trio with Jack Bruce and Gary Husband. Welcome back. Thanks to Phil Cohen for sharing this gem.
- Professor Red

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Twice Removed From Yesterday (5.7MB)
Track 02. Bridge Of Sighs* (8.3MB)
Track 03. Alethea (6.3MB)
Track 04. Lady Love* (3.9MB)
Track 05. Daydream Spellbound (10.4MB)
Track 06. Too Rolling Stoned* (7.1MB)
Track 07. Can’t Wait Much Longer (8.6MB)
Track 08. Day Of The Eagle* (5.1MB)
Track 09. Little Bit Of Sympathy* (6.1MB)

Lineup: Robin Trower - guitar; James Dewar -  bass/vox; Bill Lordan - drums
Tks 1-9 live at Fifth Floor Studios, Cincinnati, OH, Nov 24, 1974. Five songs are from Bridge Of Sighs.

Track 10. The Fool & Me (6.3MB)
Track 11. Man Of The World (4.0MB)
Track 12. Sinner’s Song (5.0MB)

Tks 10-12 live at Record Plant, Sausalito, CA, Jan 13, 1973. Same lineup as above.

Track 13. Gonna Be More Suspicious Suspicious (4.6MB)
Track 14. A Fine Day Stay With Me (4.6MB)
Track 15. Rock Me Baby (8.1MB)

Tks 13-15 live at Paris Theatre, London, UK, Jan 29, 1975. Same lineup as above.

Bridge of Sighs released in 1974 is Robin Trower’s acclaimed power trio album and also his albatross. Click on the link to order Robin Trower albums.

  1. 11 Responses to “THE PHILIP COHEN COLLECTION: UNDER THE INFLUENCE”

  2. Thank you, Big O, for sharing these Philip Cohen Collections. They are excellent.
    Myself, I just can’t get enough early Trower. While I was a huge Procol fan (especially “Home”), it was Dewar’s soulful voice that really hooked me into Trower’s solo stuff. Wonderful! Keep up the great work!

    By golgo hakase on Apr 24, 2010

  3. the phil cohen collection shares are awesome..thanks to all involved.

    By sluggo on Apr 24, 2010

  4. I echo the comments above. Thanks, as always, to Phil for providing some great (and great sounding) music. Robin Trower, regardless of age, has produced some nice sounding music. It’s even better when he’s with sympathetic musicians and singers (Dewar most definitely!). Thanks for this almost 69 minute treasure. I’ll have to alert and advise my friends.

    By Dennis on Apr 24, 2010

  5. hey bigo, thanks! this is pretty good.

    best,
    ed

    By Ed Saad on Apr 24, 2010

  6. Great live performance by this great Procol Harum’s guitarist…just amazing!

    By Rochacrimson on Apr 25, 2010

  7. songs 11 and 12 are introduced as featuring Reggie on drums, which I assume is Reg Isidore instead of Bill Lordan

    By wikimed on Dec 28, 2012

  8. Saw Trower many times,at the Palladium , L’amours , Stone Pony, Capitol Theater in Passaic and various other venues in NYC metro area. Always put on quite a show and was a great listen whether live or on all the albums.I went to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice and it truly is a sad palce. Thanks for the music BIGO!

    By tunafan on Oct 15, 2013

  9. At the risk of telling you what you already know: Track 5 is Daydream from Trower’s first album. Track 13 is Gonna Be More Suspicious from his third record. Track 14 is A Fine Day also from his third record. Thanks for the tracks - these guys were impossibly good in their time frame. - S.

    By slot sleet on Oct 18, 2013

  10. Hello slot sleet

    Thanks for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Oct 18, 2013

  11. Bill Lordan didn’t join Robin Trower until For Earth Below in 1975.

    By David Eric on Oct 22, 2013

  12. Hey Big O. I’m trying to download this show, but only hlf the tracks are working (and yes, I have refreshed the site a couple times).
    Tracks that aren’t working are 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 14 & 15. Any chance these can be reconnected?
    A million thanks.

    By Rick on Mar 15, 2017

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