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The Playful Heart [Original recording remastered]

Robin Trower Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B004L21EBM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Playful Heart (Digitally Remastered Version) 4:050.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Don't Look Back (Digitally Remastered Version) 5:030.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Turning (Digitally Remastered Version) 6:220.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Dressed In Gold (Digitally Remastered Version) 3:380.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Find Me (Digitally Remastered Version) 6:200.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Song For Those Who Fell (Digitally Remastered Version) 3:410.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Maybe I Can Be A Friend (Digitally Remastered Version) 6:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Prince Of Shattered Dreams (Digitally Remastered Version) 6:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Camille (Digitally Remastered Version) 4:330.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Not Inside - Outside (Digitally Remastered Version) 3:260.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. And We Shall Call It Love (Digitally Remastered Version) 7:440.89  Buy MP3 


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CD Description

THE BRAND NEW ALBUM from a guitarist who has been consistently admired by the rock media on both sides of the Atlantic - one of the UK's finest exponents of virtuoso electric guitar, with an individual style that is a cut above the rest. The former Procol Harum guitarist first came to fame as a soloist in the early 70s, with classic rock hit albums such as Bridge Of Sighs and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most evocative guitarists and singers on the British rock scene - a reputation which has lasted to this day, with consistently good album releases. 11 new recordings are presented on a brilliantly produced album that is a master class of guitar playing, matched by a distinctive vocal style. Trower is backed by a superb group, and serves up a well crafted mix of songs and styles to delight guitar rock fans worldwide. Expertly remastered superb sound -top quality reproduction. The best in the business! Sighs of delight will greet the news that Robin Trower is back with a brand new album of cutting edge performances that reach new heights of passion and imagination. Still touring and recording after forty years, Robin's latest CD The Playful Heart offers a master class of guitar playing, matched by his own distinctive vocal style and he is backed by a superb group that plays with unerring sympathetic intensity. Brilliantly produced by Livingston Brown, this 11 track CD unveils a seductive blend of well crafted songs and styles. They range from the upbeat title track to the slow and moody Don't Look Back , the sensuous Dressed In Gold and the spooky Prince Of Shattered Dreams . The memory of Jimi Hendrix remains a strong influence on the Trower sound, while his own blues-drenched musicianship remains as fresh and inspirational as ever.

About the Artist

Robin came to fame in the early Seventies with such albums as Bridge Of Sighs and was quickly acknowledged as one of the most evocative guitarists and singers on the British rock scene. After gaining experience in the Paramounts and Procol Harum, the lad from Essex quickly became an international star, once he had formed the Robin Trower Band and enjoyed great success in America with a succession of hit albums.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great return to form 16 Dec 2010
By Grum
I wasn't going to add my twopenneth to this, but was forced into doing so by the one star review from someone that hasn't actually heard this CD yet.
This is an excellent album. To my ears, it's very reminiscent of his early work. Some great, typically Trower, guitar work and the vocals are not a problem either.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Well, how is the most unsung guitar legend in rock history performing in his mid 60's ?
Pretty amazingly well IMHO.
You might think he stopped playing live long ago and now occasionally puts out a token studio album. If so, you couldn't be more wrong ! He's recently completed a tour of Europe and the UK prior to an exhaustive tour of the USA starting early next year. And he's been doing the same thing for the last few years ! Check out the double live RT@RO 08 cd and hear a master virtuoso at work.
For this latest album, in essence Trower uses his road band and they are one seriously tight unit, honed to perfection over many tours - I think a special mention is due here for Pete Thompson, who is a simply awesome drummer.
This is the first (band) album of new material since 'Living Out Of Time' released in 2004 and that album was an excellent collection of original songs. And previous to that, the next stand out album was 'Go My Way' circa 2000. So it seems that around every 5 years something a bit special is released. Well 2010 has followed that progression, 'The Playful Heart' for the most part is song writing and playing of the highest calibre. In fact, for me, the soloing on some tracks is right out of Trowers top drawer and that's saying something when you take into consideration his glory years of the mid 70's - Bridge of Sighs etc !
Firstly, the cd sounds fantastic (especially on high end ear phones or Hi-Fi) courtesy of long time Trower collaborator Livingston Brown taking care of production.
The cd couldn't start any better. The title track is a fabulous song, instantly memorable not least due to unusual chords and chord sequences that Trower creates effortlessly. He also comes up with quirky and thought provoking lyrics.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ''You've done it Robin'' - Magnificent! 21 Feb 2011
By J. Berry VINE VOICE
'You've done it Robin'. You've made an album that even surpasses 'Bridge of Sighs'. 'The Playful Heart' is outstanding and IMO is the ultimate Robin Trower studio album. Some of the reviews below go into detail about the songs so I am not going to repeat it. Having much preferred the 70s Trower music and really not been touched too much by the rest except for some outstanding live albums and one or two exceptions, Robin has reached his peak again. I particularly like his jazzy, soulful rich chord structured solos to his blues rock playing and this album is in abundance with his jazz, soulful style of playing. Also the songwriting is strong and tuneful and the singing is good as well. In my book track 10 is the only weak number on the album, the rest is magnificent. 'The Playful Heart' is his best album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Still a fan, but ouch 28 Feb 2011
By Hughami
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Like my review for his last CD stated... I'm a huge Mr. Trower fan, but dear God, his singing is cringeworthy! The tracks he sings on are just unplayable for me. Ouch... Believe me it hurts me to say it! The wonderful Mr. Davey Pattison sings roughly half the tracks and as you'd ecpect a BIG difference when he does. More of DP here or anywhere else... PLEASE?

I know you are not making money from your CD's these days, Robin (I assume not, as that seems to be the state of the market) and you want to enjoy yourself and try something new -but your limited vocals (to be kind) are reflected in and affecting the guitar parts -at least to my ears - on the songs you do sing. So, not much to savour there either.

You are a stunning and soulful guitar player and a great, great song writer.. can't you just say two out three ain't bad? (Forgive me for a little paraphrasing Mr. Loaf)

A RT fan (still!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Davey
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This to me is what Robin Trower is all about, I liked the last album but not as much as this one. It has all the hallmarks of the earlier records some great riffs and classic Trower Guitar sounds that dig into your soul, classic use of the wah wah pedal in parts of "dressed in Gold " remind me of " All Along The Watchtower".
The title track is brilliant and drives along with great drumming and guitar work.
I feel a subtle connection between this album and the "Passion" album of the eighties, which I felt was one of the best engineered records I had ever heard.
My favorite track is no3 "The Turning" I like the riff and the way it moves on, to then slow right down with some lovely slow guitar breaks, moving stuff ! I love it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could improve 17 Jan 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Its a bit dull,Compared to what he can do whith a guitar,His singing is never great but on this CD ,The rest is not either.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Songs but Poorer vocals. 20 Nov 2013
By elljam
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Robin Trower was either on an extremely tight budget or had developed a mad ego as he started collecting his pension. He has managed to get himself one of the best vocalists ever (Davey Pattison) for his most recent albums/tours but decided he either can't afford or doesn't need him for a whole album this time & instead will replace him with his own "dulcet" tones.
On top of this has written the worst batch of songs (bar a few)that I've heard from him, which even Pattison can't save for most of the time. In fact even the great Pattison is sounding the most lacklustre I've heard him, but I imagine it's down to a lack of enthusiasm at the songs presented to him.
To my ears the only tunes worth any mention are "The playful heart" & "Not inside-outside", although "Dressed in gold" would be up there with Pattison singing it rather than Trower.

Let's hope this was a one off !
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Its just trower
I am so fed up with Trower being compared to Hendrix. There was a comparison 40 years ago but the people who go on and on about it what are you comparing it with, you can listen to... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mr. P. S. Edmunds
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music for the new millenium
It is so nice to hear someone making real music these days. I have just revisited Trower's music in the last 2 weeks. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Keith
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music but poor vocals
This latest RT CD is a bit of a mixed bag to say the least, after coming back to Robin Trower's music after a long gap, I was most impressed with "Living out of Time". Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by Dr. Jon. Heels
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Strikes Gold
Robin Trower's latest album is a real gem with a wealth of wonderful guitar work and styles. The title track has a truly blistering guitar solo that is as good as anything he's... Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2011 by Kaz 67
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Trower - The Playful Heart Album
Blown away by Robins new album, remarkable guitar playing, blues, rock got the lot if you appreciate great guitar playing, soulful sound. Hendrix lives again! Buy it now!
Published on 26 July 2011 by Stevie
5.0 out of 5 stars Trower Does It Again
I am very excited Robin Trower continues to release high quality music and this CD is exceptional stuff. Read more
Published on 23 May 2011 by Bring_back_the_60s
5.0 out of 5 stars not remastered
Wonderful album but please beware...this is not remastered so please do not be fooled into buying another copy on that basis.
Otherwise i agree with the 5 star review ratings.
Published on 5 April 2011 by B. Strong
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