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||9th March 1945
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||Catford, London, England, UK
Robin Trower (born March 9, 1945 in Catford, England) is a legendary British rock guitarist who achieved success with Procol Harum during the 1960's, and then again as the leader of his own power trio.
In 1962 Robin Trower and Gary Brooker formed a group that would come to be known as The Paramounts. Brooker had left The Paramounts in 1966 to form Procol Harum, which Trower joined in 1967, and where he remained until 1972. After going solo in 1973, he found the individual success that has made him a living legend today. Armed with a fluid and powerful guitar style, refined during his stint with Procol, he recruited singer/bassist James Dewar and drummer Reg Isidore (later replaced by Bill Lordan) to form the Robin Trower Band in 1973.
Perhaps Trower's most famous album is Bridge of Sighs (1974), a gem widely recognized as one of the best rock albums ever recorded, an artful blend of his powerful guitar playing with the equally powerful singing of the late James Dewar.
In 1977, feeling he had already proven himself as a performer, Trower's unbridled passion for musical integrity inspired him to venture into new musical realms, as demonstrated by the release of the jaded In City Dreams album. The independent streak Trower displayed when he had left Procol Harum had surfaced again. The 1978 release of the polished jewel Caravan to Midnight simply reiterated the fact Trower had chosen his own road to freedom. "I am spending much more time and energy and effort on writing and arranging the material," he said at the time, adding "I think music today is suffering greatly from a cleanness. It's too set, too pat, too clever, there's not enough spontaneity."
Trower's most recent album, Living Out of Time (2003), recalls the unmatched majesty and power of his early solo performances while brilliantly exploring exquisite new vistas. Living Out of Time features the return of veteran bandmates Dave Bronze on bass, vocalist Davey Pattison (formerly with Ronnie Montrose's band Gamma) and Pete Thompson on drums - the same lineup as the mid 1980s albums Passion and Take What You Need.
As of May, 2005, Trower is touring Europe, with concerts scheduled into July, while plans for a possible US tour in early 2006 remain uncertain.
Robin Trower Band, except as noted:
- 1967 Procol Harum (Procol Harum)
- 1968 Shine on Brightly (Procol)
- 1969 A Salty Dog (Procol)
- 1970 Home (Procol)
- 1971 Broken Barricades (Procol)
- 1973 Best of Procol Harum (Procol)
- 1973 Twice Removed From Yesterday
- 1974 Bridge of Sighs
- 1975 For Earth Below
- 1976 Robin Trower Live
- 1976 Long Misty Days
- 1977 In City Dreams
- 1978 Caravan to Midnight
- 1980 Victims of the Fury
- 1981 BLT (with Jack Bruce & Bill Lordan)
- 1982 Truce (w/ Bruce & Lordan)
- 1983 Back It Up
- 1985 Beyond the Mist
- 1987 Passion
- 1988 Take What You Need
- 1990 In the Line of Fire
- 1991 Essential Robin Trower
- 1991 Prodigal Stranger (Procol)
- 1993 Taxi (Bryan Ferry Band)
- 1994 20th Century Blues
- 1994 Mamouna (Ferry)
- 1995 BBC Radio One - Live
- 1995 The Long Goodbye (Procol)
- 1995 King Biscuit Flower Hour Presents Robin Trower
- 1997 Someday Blues
- 1999 This Was Now
- 2000 Go My Way
- 2002 Speed Of Sound: The Best Of Robin Trower
- 2003 Living Out of Time
- AngelFire.com - Robin Trower Unofficial California Homepage
- Inter.net - Bridge of Sighs fan site: Robin Trower on the 'Net
- OlsenArt.com - Funky Paul Olsen's artwork for Robin Trower
- ProcolHarum.com - 'Beyond the Pale' (Procol Harum's official website)
- ProcolHarum.com - Living out of time album review, Ken Stasion
- RobinTrower.com - Robin Trower's official tour merchandise website
- RobinTrower.net - 'Robin Trower Network' (Fan Site)
- Shaw.ca - Steve's Place (comprehensive fan website)
- TrowerPower.com - Robin Trower's official website
It is also widely known that Robin Trowers or an agent thereof is responsible for the most of the content of this page.
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