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Compendium 1987-2013

Robin Trower Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Nov 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: IMPORT
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Inside Out-From the album Another Days Blues
2. Freefall-From the album What Lies Beneath
3. Too Much Joy-From the album Go My Way
4. Seven Moons-From the album Seven Moons
5. The Playful Heart-From the album The Playful Heart
6. Please Tell Me-From the album Living Out Of Time
7. The Turning-From the album The Playful Heart
8. Tear It Up-From the album Take What You Need
9. Passion-From the album Passion
10. The Last Door-From the album Seven Moons
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Dressed In Gold-From the album The Playful Heart
2. Breathless-From the album Go My Way
3. Prince Of Shattered Dreams-From the album The Playful Heart
4. Another Time Another Place-From the album Living Out Of Time
5. 20th Century Blues-From the album 20th Century Blues
6. Living Out Of Time-From the album Living Out of Time
7. So Far To Yesterday-From the album Seven Moons
8. Blue For Soul-From the album Go My Way
9. Don t Lose Faith in Tomorrow-From 20th Century Blues
10. Next In Line-From the album Another Days Blues
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Product Description

Here's a truly outstanding new collection of some of the finest recordings by one of rock's most admired guitar heroes. This double CD set comprises 35 tracks gathered from a range of original recordings released between 1987-2013, now all together for the first time on one album. Our compilation runs from his first studio album after leaving Chrysalis Records, 1987's 'Passion', to the latest highly regarded 'Roots And Branches', an album of covers and retro-inspired originals that pays homage to Trower's blues roots. The track listing is the most comprehensive yet offered by any label. It was selected in collaboration with Robin himself to perfectly represent the second half of his stellar career, that still continues both 'live' and on record. Like all the great bluesmen, Trower gets better with age! Some tracks included here are hard or impossible to find, due to label changes in Robin's latter career. The 35 tracks represented give a fully detailed picture of his development as a guitarist and musician over the past 26 years. Booklet with authoritative and extensive liner notes written by respected author and journalist Michael Heatley.

Product Description

2013 'Repertoire', 35 tracks, 2-CD.
1987-2013 V2 Records/Warner UK/GNP Crescendo
Medium 1
  1. Inside out
  2. Freefall
  3. Too much joy
  4. Seven moons
  5. The playful heart
  6. Please tell me
  7. The turning
  8. Tear it up
  9. Passion
  10. The last door
  11. The thrill is gone
  12. If forever
  13. Not inside-outside
  14. Looking for a true love
  15. Crossroads
  16. Prisoner of love
  17. Go my way
Medium 2
  1. Dressed in gold
  2. Breathless
  3. Prince of shattered dreams
  4. Another time another place
  5. 20th century blues
  6. Living out of time
  7. So far to yesterday
  8. Blue for soul
  9. Don't lose faith in tomorrow
  10. Next in line
  11. Sleeping on the moon
  12. Once the spell is broken
  13. See my life
  14. Sea of love
  15. Wish you were mine
  16. Secret place
  17. Just another day
  18. No time

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Later Trower but still Great. 20 Feb 2014
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A big fan of Mr Trower in his early days. This Compedium has allowed me to catch up on some of his later stuff. A Great guitarist. Pinches a bit from Hendrix but can you blame him. Prefered James Dewar singing but sadly he is no longer with us. Also Sympathy to Robin who has just lost his wife.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trower Power 11 Feb 2014
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Robin has brought an experience to me that few can do, that is as a blues/jazz musician myself I appreciate when an artist truly has "ronin" quality, & it's pure Rock Thunder-God Guitar Power, achem (straightening tie), service was exemplary nuff said
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Brilliant !!! 27 Aug 2014
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Bought this album after hearing one track on the radio. Pleased I did every track is top notch especially the ones featuring Jack Bruce. Robin is one of the best guitarists around. Bought this along with the Origional Album CD's to replace the LP's I have stored in the loft. My collection is pretty much complete.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Jan 2014
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Having only listed to a few tracks of Robin Towers post 1987 music, I was looking forward to this Compendium and was not disappointed in the least. Robin Trower at is best, doing what he wants to do as an artist and hang the rest! As a result I will be getting a number of the Albums featured. And if he tours GB again will go a see him for the first time since 1980!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trower Sans Dewar 6 Feb 2014
By Peter Baklava - Published on
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Robin Trower's "Compendium" is a very satisfying summary of the great guitarist's later work, after his association with Chrysalis Records had ended. It includes tracks from the following albums: "Passion" (1987), "Take What You Need" (1988), "In the Line of Fire" (1990), "20th Century Blues" (1994), "Go My Way" (2000), "Living Out of Time" (2003), "Another Day's Blues" (2005), "Seven Moons" (2008), "What Lies Beneath" (2009), "The Playful Heart (2011), and "Roots and Branches (2013). Featured on vocals are Trower himself, Davey Pattison, Jack Bruce, Livingstone Brown, Richard Watts, and Hazel Fernandez.

Trower personally chose the thirty-five tracks contained in "Compendium", and didn't shirk from acknowledging some of the 80's material that he wasn't particularly proud of (Trower has been quoted as saying he wished he'd never recorded in the 1980's). The early efforts (three from "Passion", and one each from "Take What You Need" and "In the Line of Fire") are very listenable--it's just that it's a shock to hear Trower doing power ballads with a keyboard/synth behind him.

With "20th Century Blues", Trower abandoned this approach (which he called "making records by committee"), and soon founded the V-12 label with his manager Derek Sutton in order to make music more in line with his aims. "20th Century Blues" and "Go My Way" are both very strong albums ( the latter being named in the liner notes as Trower's favorite), and I personally would like to have seen more pulled from them (like "Precious Gift", "Into Dust", "Rise Up Like the Sun", and "Run With the Wolves"). That's a minor quibble, but it would have made this a five-star compilation instead of a four and one-half.

This still is pretty essential as a chart of Trower's remarkable resurrection (after the record companies had left him for dead), taking more risks, actually bettering his early collaborations with Jack Bruce, and revealing a creative maturity while still retaining his trademark fiery licks. This is Trower's case for his latter-day career, and it's vital stuff, especially for anybody who has taken a pass on his post-Dewar work. For anybody like that, this should be a mindblower. I am well aware that many Trower fans refuse to believe he could accomplish anything without James Dewar on board, but this collection proves that Trower is a creative musician who has been able to adapt his sound for over forty years!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very pleasantly surprised to say the least... 26 April 2014
By Last Son Of Gallifrey - Published on
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Like everyone else that would ever read my review, I absolutely love Robin Trower. I believe that he single-handedly kept Procol Harum's 'Home' from boring me to death, and he elevates 'Broken Barricades' from a very good album to a great album. His Chrysalis output is always thrilling, and I love his collaborations with Jack Bruce and others. I came into Compendium 1987-2013 with low expectations, having read negative opinions from many-including Robin himself-of this era of his work. With this in mind, I have to say that most of Compendium is simply spectacular. No, none of the featured vocalists will make anyone forget the late-great James Dewar, but they all do at least a pretty good job, and even the weaker tracks are saved by Robin's always thrilling guitar work. One other thing I noticed is how good the Hammond organ sounds when playing behind the guitar. I can't help but wonder what the classic albums might have sounded like if he had added a full time organist to the power trio. Four stars because it is not nearly as stunning as his 70's work. If you're a Trower fan and have been hesitant like I was, go ahead and make this purchase. You'll be glad you did.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great compilation. 14 Jan 2014
By AZ A/V FAN - Published on
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This collection spans many years, and it includes different flavors of music that he has played. Robin is an unbelievable musician, and seems to play with talented artists.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars robin trower the white jimi hendrix 21 May 2014
By David Ray Stewart - Published on
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people would say it the same kind of type of music that jimi Hendrix would play if he was alive today some people would say that robin trower did his own type of his music well I like both of music jimi make sound of weird robin make sound like it should be
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 12 May 2014
By Larry Ray Williams - Published on
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Too much slow music.wanted more faster beat and guitar.Faster tempo with more guitar sound.liked the essential Robin Trower the best .
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