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White Knight
Nov-29-2010, 06:57
:guitar: Does anybody remember Robin Trower of Procol Harum and his solo career thereafter? I was always a great fan of the late great and much missed Jimi Hendrix. When I heard Robin Trower on some of his initial solo albums, it struck me that he was trying to emulate Hendrix, whether deliberately or not, and came up with a very haunting and --in its own way--original sound.:cool: Am I mistaken in this impression, or do other people come away with the same conclusion? And from a technical/innovative and melodic standpoint, how does Trower stack up against Hendrix.:confused:

teddy
Nov-29-2010, 19:12
Always liked PC Steve. Had a quick listen to Robin on spotify. Sounds good. He reminds me of someone else but I can not think who. Will try again later and come back to this thread.

teddy

White Knight
Nov-29-2010, 23:27
Teddy, thanx so much for your feedback to my poser. Could you clarify tho who or what you mean by PC:confused:. Ciao for now and I look forward--as always--to hearing from you soon.:wave: Steve.

teddy
Nov-30-2010, 12:14
Steve

Sorry PC = Procol Harum, not - politically correct. :D:D

teddy

White Knight
Dec-01-2010, 00:11
:oTeddy, stupid me! I should have figured your PC referred to Procul Harum given the context of my thread.:guitar: Anyway, I hope you are well and look forward to hearing from you again. Ciao for now, Steve.:wave: p.s. how is this color for the peepers?:grin:

teddy
Dec-01-2010, 14:58
I see he recordeed quite a few CREAM numbers with Jack Bruce. Certainly shades of Hendrix on Bridge of Sighs and in some of his guitar playing he seems to emulate him. But on a lot of his solo tracks I hear CREAM. Was he a Clapton fan? There is certainly a blues influence on Rock Me Baby amojngst others. Maybe this is why he teamed with Bruce as he was the main vacalist with CREAM as well as writing some of their numbers.
Like him. He will go on my list

teddy

White Knight
Dec-02-2010, 02:33
I see he recordeed quite a few CREAM numbers with Jack Bruce. Certainly shades of Hendrix on Bridge of Sighs and in some of his guitar playing he seems to emulate him. But on a lot of his solo tracks I hear CREAM. Was he a Clapton fan? There is certainly a blues influence on Rock Me Baby amojngst others. Maybe this is why he teamed with Bruce as he was the main vacalist with CREAM as well as writing some of their numbers.
Like him. He will go on my list

teddy
Great point you make about Trower being a blues aficionado; however, I don't know if he is a Clapton fan or devotee to explain the blues motif in some of his work. I'll try to do some research on this and get back to you. As do you, I hear a lot of Hendrix inflection/influence in his work, especially on Bridge of Sighs. :wave: Hope to hear from you soon, Steve.

teddy
Dec-15-2010, 15:47
Steve You could always post a thread on Trower. Colin did some excellent ones.

teddy

White Knight
Dec-17-2010, 03:59
Steve You could always post a thread on Trower. Colin did some excellent ones.

teddy
Ok Teddy, I'll look into doing that

White Knight
Dec-22-2010, 00:50
John, just a quick clarification: when you first saw Trower in 1970, was Jimi Hendrix still alive? And if so, did you mark any changes in his style to a more--for lack of a better term--"Hendrixian" type of playing and mood setting after his death?

White Knight
Dec-24-2010, 01:35
John. I wish I were a musician like yourself so that I could understand some of your observations better, but thanx for sharing your experiences and insights with me. I saw Procol Harum in the early seventies--I believe--just before I was going into the Army in 1974. And for the life of me, I can't recall if Trower was playing in the group at that time or not. Oh well, I guess it's just another function of my getting old. :rolleyes::bawl:Happy Holidays to you and I hope you are well. Steve

garethbarnes
Dec-27-2010, 19:40
I saw Robin Trower with Procul Harum in the 70s in Oxford. He was a little restricted in that role and only appeared to shine on one number called Simple Sister. I got his first three solo albums which were excellent but then the press over here got after him for the Hendrix thing and he left for the US and never came back as far as I know. He did go a little commercial and I think the power trio is a hard one to develop. Jimmy Dewar was the first bass player and very good vocalist but he's dead now! Trower is an artist in his own right and not simply a Hendrix copyist...

teddy
Dec-27-2010, 20:42
Robin Trower is touring in the USA quite extensively in 2011. Too far for me to go unfortunately but could be OK for you Steve. He has just finished a tour of Europe.

teddy

White Knight
Dec-27-2010, 22:17
Teddy, hi. Thanks for the heads up on Trower; I'll look into it, though I doubt I can afford to go any more. Happy Holidays to you and I hope your eye is better. Steve

White Knight
Dec-27-2010, 22:25
I saw Robin Trower with Procul Harum in the 70s in Oxford. He was a little restricted in that role and only appeared to shine on one number called Simple Sister. I got his first three solo albums which were excellent but then the press over here got after him for the Hendrix thing and he left for the US and never came back as far as I know. He did go a little commercial and I think the power trio is a hard one to develop. Jimmy Dewar was the first bass player and very good vocalist but he's dead now! Trower is an artist in his own right and not simply a Hendrix copyist...
Hi garethbarnes and thanx for that 411 on Trower; I was unaware that he had caught flak on the other side of "the pond' for playing ala Hendrix. And you're right: his playing on " Simple Sister' was dynamite! :guitar::tiphat:

White Knight
Jan-13-2011, 00:06
Yes John I do believe that it was their big crowd pleaser for awhile, perhaps because of the repetitive /building bass and piano lines--if memory serves--all of which really underlay the whole structure of the piece and acted as immediate identifiers of same in peoples' minds. However, that's just an uneducated guess on my part.

flyingace
Mar-31-2012, 01:17
I just don't hear that much Hendrix in Trower's playing. Yes, he used a variant of a Jimi riff for Bridge of Sighs, but gee whiz doesn't everybody copy everybody else? I think the accusation that he 'copied' Hendrix is utterly unwarranted and it hurt his career.

If he sounds like anybody, it's SRV. But Trower came first.

teddy
Mar-31-2012, 13:41
Hello fg and welcome to the forum. Trust you will enjoy your time here as much as I do

teddy