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Bridge of Sighs.
Bridge of Sighs has long been considered THE seminal album of Robin Trower's career. His second release, after leaving Procol Harem, Bridge became a landmark in heavy blues guitar playing.

The power trio format proved to be the perfect canvas for Robin Trower's subtle ocean of sound. James Dewar's vocals/bass and Reg Isidore's drums allowed Trower the space he needed to create memorable blues. "Bridge of Sighs," "In This Place" and "About to Begin" are atmospheric splendors of Hendrix-ian trance blues. The sheer power of "Day of the Eagle," "Lady Love" and "Too Rolling Stoned" showcase the funk blues side of Trower's guitar playing. Robin has long sited Albert King as his biggest influence. This is evident in the liquid vibrato and sensuous phrasing in his guitar playing.

Robin Trower's complete mastery of the blues has prolonged his career for almost 40 years.

posted: October 2006.


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