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Aynsley has never been an artist to reheat the music of yesteryear. Influenced from an early age by the 60's RnB era, Lister takes these key elements and mixes them with a more current and melodic lyrical approach.

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  • Audio CD (14 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Manhaton Records
  • ASIN: B003MWRF7E
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,904 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Soundman 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sugar Low 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Purple Rain 9:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Quiet Boy! 3:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Early Morning Dew 5:52£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. What's It All About 6:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hurricane 6:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hero 6:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. With Me Tonight 9:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Crosstown Traffic 5:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. In The Morning 4:35£0.79  Buy MP3 

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By the end of the 2009 tour, Aynsley and his band were sounding in their best ever form. The addition of keys to the line-up had really freshened things up and given Aynsley a new found freedom. No longer having to worry about filling out the sound, Aynsley was able to play more melodically and expressively. This approach developed extensively over the course of the year and by the end of the tour things were really cooking. Aynsley felt that this was the perfect time to capture the live set, to produce an ideal statement of how the band had evolved, breathing new life into some of the classic tracks of Aynsley's extensive repertoire.

The Tower Sessions is in fact a "Greatest Live Hits" album. A collection of 11 songs, that Aynsley has performed on stages throughout the world over the years. Most importantly, the album includes the first ever recording of his fans' favourite track, a truly stellar version of Prince's Purple Rain.

Recorded in January 2010, at The Tower Winchester, totally live, no overdubs or studio trickery, the Tower Sessions is a superb example of Aynsley and his band in their prime: Fresh from the road with that `end of tour tightness' that really brings the songs to life.


A performance from a man who remains at the very top of the burgeoning UK electric blues tree. Purple Rain features Lister's best guitar work - ****1/2 -- Guitarist, September 2010

Lister is absolutely one of the best of his generation of British guitarists & it is about time he captured all that live talent on record - job done. --

The frontline of new blues is safe with this man amongst the ranks. -- Guitar Mag

This CD will enhance Aynsley's already formidable reputation even further. His songwriting goes from strength to strength & the band behind the leader is at tight & sharp as a tack. No overdubs, no studio trickery - these guys don't need them. Take a listen. -- Bluesart

Tower Sessions leaves no doubt that Lister is brilliant live. -- Classic Rock

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. H TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
When is a live album not a live album? When it's a live album recorded without an audience. See, Aynsley Lister had recorded a show for release as a live album, shortly after finishing his support slot with Lynyrd Skynyrd. But after heading off on his own tour, he came back to release that it no longer represented the sound of the band. So, he hired the Tower arts centre in Winchester and went in to record the live show as it had become. And this is the result.

So, it's not really a real live album. You can't have that without the sound of sweat running down the wall and a drunk eejit shouting out for 'Freebird'. What you have is a rather nice Aynsley Lister best of, a summation of his career to date. Now there is no doubting Mr Listers prowess on the guitar, although I've always found his vocals to be a bit average. Strange to relate, then, that this is his best vocal performance to date. Maybe less time dilly-dallying in the studio is the way to go.

The band themselves are in top form, and there's plenty of good songs to go around. They're fairly evenly split between his earlier Blues material and his more recent rock songs. 'Sugar Low' and 'Early Morning Dew' are the winners for me right now, although I'd have been happy for him to junk the cover of 'Crosstown Traffic' by Jimi Hendrix, and the dullathon that is 'Purple Rain' by Prince. When I saw him play it live, it was just right to fit in a toilet and juice break, but life is too short to hear it on a CD. Although I do seem to be in a minority on that one, if his diehard fans are anything to go by.

Is it better than the 2004 "Live" album? Not if you're a diehard Blues fan who's having trouble staying with his move to the mainstream. Should you buy this? Well, yes. It's a nice roundup of what he's been doing, and if you're new to his music, this is a good place to start.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kulgan on 14 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
When is a "live" album not a "live" album? When it's a session album. Okay, so a bit audience feedback is missing, but then I'd have to give this 6 stars. It was planned as a "live", and originally recorded as such, but a last minute change in keyboards made for a hasty change of plans and a schedule that meant a second live show wasn't possible in the time allowed. I'd view this much in the way as a radio session; there's the crackle of energy from "live" performance, but no destracting whoops and whistles through the slower parts of the solos.

Never mind the whittle, hear the quality. I admit, I'm a relative newcomer to Aynsley's music, but this retrospective session take is a welcome addition to my growing collection, and would shine in any collection of blues based rock. Aynsley's voice and guitar soar and growl in equal measure, Midus & Simon provide a solid backline for Aynsley to bounce off and the interplay with Dan on keyboards really bolsters the experience. This is a band at the top of the game, and enjoying it.

There's a lot of old favourites here from Aynsley's past work, a funkier sounding "Soundman", "Hero", "Quiet Boy" to more recent songs from his latest studio album; "Hurricane", "Early Morning Dew", "What's it all about" to the one fans have been clamouring for, the "Purple Rain" cover which is epic. All rounded off with a run through of the Hendrix standard "Crosstown Traffic".

Buy this! And if it whets your appetite see Aynsley and the band live.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FastHand on 15 Jun. 2010
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Oh yes " this is a great album" was the emmediate reaction upon listening to it for the first time. I always think that if that is your first impression, then it is a true reflection of your thoughts. I have only just been introduced to aynsley and have bought all his albums as a result and have not been disappointed. On the evidence of this one I now can't wait to see him live. Yes it is a strange "live" album as there is no atmosphere with no live audience. If you were to walk in to any of the tracks not realising that it was live, then you just would not know that it's live. The album is a good selection of aynsley's songs and is in my opinion worth getting just for "Purple Rain". Aynsley makes his guitar sing in places (reminiscence of Eric Clapton on "Old Love" live at the Albert Hall) and then it soars away again to finish with what I can only imagine is a live audience standing with arms raised swaying to the rhythm and singing along to the chorus. So yes I liked it even though I already have most of the songs. One can always pick holes in anything but as an album as it stands it's very very good, get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Gibson on 26 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
When is a live album not a live album? wasn't there a great discussion on this subject concerning Thin Lizzy- Live and Dangerous? well, that was voted best live album of all time if I remember, and lots of it was culled from various places, including studio sets, so, Aynsley live, excellent and without the crass and banal heckling which my 2nd fav band had suffered from, Wishbone Ash live in London 40..... I still can hear ?? whoever that voice is, coming over on quite passages which totally spoils the feel of the excellent performance.
But back to Aynsley, this is great, great sound, great electrics and almost, but not far from, his "real" live performance sound.
On CD he doesn't get that feel across (to me) and is far far better when being heard/seen live at a gig.
But, Purple Rain, who could want more.
An excellent album by an excellent band.
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