Trower, Robin - The Best Of Robin Trower - Speed Of Sound

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Fuel 2000
Catalog Number: 061258
Format: CD
Total Time: 62:29:00

The Best of Robin Trower - Speed Of Sound has all his greatest songs culled from an enormously successful recording career that is still in progress. Fourteen songs seem hardly enough for such a long career, but it gets the job done just fine and every song is a sonic delight.

Trower's music has always sounded so vibrant and today to me. He has been and still is one of the best rock guitarists in the world. Compared with the great Jimi Hendrix and sited for creating his music with his influence lurking in the shadows, his distinct sound has a worldly appeal that still attracts new listeners. When his excellent Bridge Of Sighs album was getting heavy rotation on all the prominent AOR stations all the comparisons by the press began. I remember that LP very well. The first song on this remastered set is off that exceptional release. Who can forget "Day Of The Eagle" with its rapid-fire guitar runs and the late James Dewar's unmistakable powerful and masculine vocals to accompany his high octane playing? Forging ahead successfully with several more fantastic albums, he did manage to create his own legacy by taking a little bit of the past and all his influences to come up with an original sound and style regardless of any criticisms or comparisons to other artists.

Trower's blues inclined guitar rock was fervent, authoritative, and at times beautiful. The best part about the exchange he had with his lead vocalist and bass player James Dewar is that the singer could match him note for note whether it was a hard fast rocker or a soft jazz-blues toned ballad. Psychedelic, blues, rock, and jazz ? all of those styles and atmospheres are part of the music of Robin Trower, and sometimes you could hear it all come together in one song. When you listen to the version of the blues classic "Further On Up the Road," it will leave no doubt from whence the man came. "Little Bit Of Sympathy" and "Too Rolling Stoned" are two of the ultimate guitar songs that remain unforgettable and continue to stand up well to this day.

This man is from a lineage of great British blues-rock guitarists and one of the greats of all time as far as I am concerned. To hear all of this music once again is great, to hear it remastered puts you right in the center of a bliss zone that you will not want to leave. Now there is only one thing left to do?get this CD and play it loud.

Day Of The Eagle (4:59) / Man Of The World (2:41) / Twice Removed From Yesterday (3:53) / Daydream (6:21) / Too Rolling Stoned (7:32) / Long Misty Days (5:43) / Little Bit Of Sympathy [Live] (4:53) / Shame The Devil (3:36) / I Can't Wait Much Longer (5:19) / In This Place (4:33) / Sweet Wine Of Love (2:56) / Won't Let You Down (Performed By Trower / Jack Bruce) (4:24 ) / Farther Up The Road (2:37) / Bridge Of Sighs [Live] (5:22)

Robin Trower - guitar (all tracks) Jimmy Dewar - bass, vocals (1 -11, 13, 14?) Reg Isidore - drums (1 - 5, 7?, 9 - 10, 14?) Bill Lordan - drums (6, 7?, 8, 12) Rusty Allen - bass (11, 13) Jack Bruce - bass (12)

Twice Removed From Yesterday (1973)
Bridge Of Sighs (1974)
For Earth Below (1975)
Twice (1975)
Live (1976)
Long Misty Days (1976)
In City Dreams (1977)
Caravan To Midnight (1978)
Victims Of The Fury (1980)
B.L.T. (1981)
Truce (1982)
Back It Up (1983)
Beyond The Mist (1985)
Passion (1987)
Take What You Need (1988)
No Stopping Anytime (1989)
In The Line Of Fire (1990)
Essential (1991)
Collection (1992)
20th Century Blues (1994)
Anthology (1994)
Live In Concert (1995)
New Haven 1977 (1996)
King Biscuit Flower Hour (1996)
Someday Blues (1997)
Back 2 Back Hits (1998) (2 on 1 with Michael Schenker)
Bridge Of Sighs [Expanded Edition] (1999)
This Was Now 1974-1998 (1999)
Go My Way (2000)
Live! (2000)
Speed Of Sound: The Best Of Robin Trower (2002)

Genre: Rock

Origin UK

Added: January 12th 2003
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Language: english


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