Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Bridge of Sighs

Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs (Expanded Edition)
Pic over the album cover is the real Bridge of Sighs in Venice,Italy. It goes from the Doge's Palace, over the canal and to the prison on the other side. It was named Bridge of Sighs due to the anguished cries of those on their way to the pokey. My grandson Gage and I made sure to make a heavy sigh during our walkover. I also turned him on the the Robin Trower track that I just happened to have on the trusty iPod. He thought it was a bit too slow. I don't think we ever paid that much attention to the speed of this song. It was far to trippy of a tune to care much in our altered states.
Guitarist Robin Trower's watershed sophomore solo disc remains his most stunning, representative, and consistent collection of tunes. This 24-bit digitally remastered 25th anniversary reissue, which tacks on five live tracks adding nearly 25 minutes to the original playing time, actually improves upon the original. Mixing obvious Hendrix influences with blues and psychedelia, then adding the immensely soulful vocals of James Dewer, Robin Trower pushed the often limited boundaries of the power trio concept into refreshing new waters. The concept gels best in the first track, "Day of the Eagle," where the opening riff rocking morphs into the dreamy washes of gooey guitar chords that characterize the album's distinctive title track that follows. At his best, Trower's gauzy sheets of oozing, wistful sound and subtle use of wah-wah combine with Dewer's whisky-soaked soul-drenched vocals to take a song like the wistful ballad "In This Place" into orbit. "Too Rolling Stoned," another highlight and one of the most covered tracks from this album, adds throbbing, subtle funk to the mix, changing tempos midway to a slow, forceful amble on top of which Trower lays his quicksilver guitar. The live tracks, although similar to the album versions, prove that even without overdubs and the safety of the studio, Trower and band easily convey the same feel, and add a slightly rougher edge, along with some low-key, crowd-pleasing flourishes. One of the few Trower albums without a weak cut, and in 2000, unfortunately one of the only ones still in print in the U.S., Bridge of Sighs holds up to repeated listenings as a timeless work, as well as the crown jewel in Robin Trower's extensive yet inconsistent catalog. ~ Hal Horowitz, All Music Guide


Brandonio! said...

thanks for this , I've been a fan of this cat's for decades, but never took the time to listen to a whole album. I think I'll have to give this a listen. thanks for the reminder.