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A Tale Untold: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1976)

A Tale Untold: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1976)

26 Jul 2010

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  • Original Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Chrysalis UK
  • Copyright: 2010 Chrysalis Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 3:26:13
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  • ASIN: B003URCSCS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,608 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
If you're a fan of blues rock guitar legends today must be some kind of red letter day or manna from heaven with box sets released by Ten Years After with Alvin Lee, The Groundhogs with Tony McPhee and last but by no means least this remastered reissue of Robin Trower's entire output between 1973 and 1976 on Chrysalis at an incredibly reasonable price (reflected sadly in the poor packaging that goes with it).

Robin Trower is now in his sixth decade but still going strong and has been recently recording with the great Jack Bruce. It was however the immediate period following his departure from Procol Harum in 1971 that Trower hit a purple patch and probably had his greatest commercial success with albums frequently camped in the top ten of the USA album charts. In the 1970s not to have his superb "Live" album recorded from a 1975 stadium show in Sweden would lead to all kind of insults and damnations from friends who regularly whispered Trower's name in the same sentence as Jimi Hendrix or Jeff Beck. If the truth be told Trower was never quite that revolutionary or experimental but a brilliant guitarist all the same and a true grandmaster.

What is particularly special about these recordings is that they fully confirm that Trower was certainly not a one man band and like the "Experience" the musicians who backed Trower prove that whole is the sum of the parts. His supporting musicians were world class. While much is made of the great blues voice of Paul Rodgers surely Scottish bassist, lyricist and vocalist, the late Jimmy Dewar was every bit his equal? On both the studio and live version of hugely emotive "I can't wait much longer" and the cover of B B King's "Rock me baby" he demonstrates a rich and affecting voice that has a deep soul quality to it and warm timbre.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By dj fern on 8 Aug 2010
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Whilst I agree 100% with reviewer Red on Black regarding all aspects of the music contained in this set, and acknowledge that the music is the essential component!!
I must take issue with the presentation of this set:

1. The first 4 studio albums cover art was original, imaginative and to me a major part of the whole experience!! (Trower himself praises them) So why such a cheap looking presentation throughout this reissue??
2. Why split up the individual albums across separate CDs? when (as previous Trower re-issues have shown)all the music would still fit on 3 discs without this being necessary.
3. Some background history and interviews, would have enhanced the package.
-EMI take a look at recent reissues of Pete Brown, Quintessence etc on the Repertoire label for how to do this- Demonstrating real interest in and care for the music being re-released.
This is wonderful music that deserved more respect and care from the record label.
A missed opportunity
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr Blackwell TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Aug 2010
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If your looking for expansive booklets,elaborate packaging,then look elsewhere,this is as flimsy a package as you'll find.However thats not its purpose,this collection is solely a means to an end,a cheap way of collecting Trowers early work.

What you get are his first 5 albums including ''Bridge Of Sighs' and the fantastic 'Live' spread over 3 discs with some edits and b'sides thrown in,
the remastered sound is fantastic.

For the money,you cant go wrong a fantastic intro to the music of Robin Trower,sit back,crack open a bottle (or two) and experience the magic of Trower,truly underated.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By DENNIS WHITLOCK on 7 Aug 2010
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I really do not need to go through this set of 5 albums on 3 cds as I would be preaching to the converted for 'already fans' and there is enough praise elsewhere for non-commited or new listeners to Trower.

It is enough to say that these are probably the 5 greatest albums of Hendrix-style rock playing to be found, all from the same band, and represent the best of Trower's career. I already had 4 of them but to have all 5 in a single package was too tempting an option so bought it.

3 cds requires a good case within which to keep them. Whoever commissioned the supplier of the case that my package was supplied in should be sacked. On the first opening it almost literally fell apart. Not one of the discs is held in place. The front cover fell away from the spine, its hinge pins non-existent and I seemed to spend quite a time discovering fragments of the clear plastic (which feels particularly flimsy) scattered in my car, which is where I first opened it. In truth it doesn't for a moment diminish the music, but it did make a buying experience less than pleasant.
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By os TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 Sep 2014
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If you know Robin Trower then to describe his particular brand of soulful, blues infused rock would seem superfluous. However, if you have chanced upon this review and are unaware of Mr Trower, please read on.

Robin Trower as a guitarist is a distinctive stylist. His solos have a warm, layered sound. He bends notes, adds vibrato (his most distinctive feature?) and sustains them until he has wrenched the last drop of energy and emotion out of them. His chord work is also interesting,his chords often hang in the air, an ethereal backdrop to the main action.As a writer Robin varies his work from hard rock to blues, funk and the occasional ballad. So you are looking for a power trio noise barrage, look elsewhere, because his albums are not all wail and crunch by any means.

Fans will know that the albums assembled here are superior stuff. From time the tunes can be less then inspired, but overall who can argue with songs like 'Too Rolling Stoned', 'Daydream' and 'I Can't Live Without You' for starters? `Bridge of Sighs' is of course a classic of the genre and the live set is one of the most powerful albums of this sort around. I should finally mention just how good the band is as a collective. James Dewar was one of the most underrated vocalists of his era. He gives Trower's music life and a warmth that it might otherwise lack.

So a very good collection. The bonus material is not particularly generous and sleevenotes are at a minimum. The remastering brings out the detail of the recordings, but might be a little bright for some tastes.
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