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Twice Removed [CASSETTE] [Import]

Robin Trower Audio Cassette
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Trower grew up in the seaside resort of Southend-on-Sea, Essex. In 1962, Trower formed a group that became The Paramounts, later including fellow Southend High School pupil Gary Brooker. The Paramounts disbanded in 1966 to pursue individual projects. During this time, Trower created a local three-piece band called 'The Jam' - not to be confused with the later group with Paul Weller. ... Read more in Amazon's Robin Trower Store

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  • Audio Cassette (17 Oct 1990)
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000EE6E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

1. I Can't Wait Much Longer
2. Daydream
3. Hannah
4. Man of the World
5. I Can't Stand It
6. Rock Me Baby
7. Twice Removed from Yesterday
8. Sinner's Song
9. Ballerina

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Trower’s first solo album from 1973 made the US Top 200 Albums. The power trio features James Dewar on bass and Reg Isidore on drums. Trower had a string of chart success on both side of the Atlantic and is still recording and gigging to this day. Digitally remastered and slip-cased, and with new notes by Mick Clarke.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chasing Jimi and it works... 10 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
All but wiped from collective memory by the towering success of 1974's 'Bridge of Sighs' and charting single 'Too Rolling Stoned', former Procul Harum guitarist Trower's solo debut of the previous year affirmed the schism within a band splitting into two camps (progressive and blues). Nailing his colours to the latter, he delivered a brooding, soulful set of originals and a cover of BB King's 'Rock Me Baby' while prominent within his power trio's soundscape was a self-professed admiration of the recently-deceased Jimi Hendrix (also late of a three man line-up). Trower was one of many disciples but unlike the many wannabees had nailed the man's technique to the floor. Elapsing as a respectfully mournful, mid-paced affair in blues rock, 'Twice Removed From Yesterday' would have benefited from occasionally more up-tempo material, but still repays in spades when Trower brews up storms with bassist Jim Dewar's vocals the perfect complement to some emotive and sinewy playing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Overlooked Debut 17 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
When people talk about early-period Trower, they almost invariably focus on Bridge of Sighs, the album that led to his breakthrough to the big time. Whilst BoS was undeniably excellent, Twice Removed doesn't deserve to be left lurking in its shadow. True, it's relatively slower paced than later albums, but it does feature a rousing Rock Me Baby, the elegant I Can't Wait Much Longer and the all-time-classic Hendrix tribute, Daydream. James Dewar's superb vocals are a fantastic complement to Trower's classy guitar work throughout - what an underrated singer he was. Recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great in your face guitar 23 May 2011
Format:Audio CD
I love Bridge Of Sighs, the 2nd Trower CD/LP.
When I heard this CD was being released I ordered it and I am very glad I did.
The late Reg Isidore on drums is brilliant on this CD as is bass/vocals The late James Dewar.
Sad these 2 are gone but their music lives on.
My fav songs are Hannah & I Can't Wait Much Longer.

It's a special music experience and highly recommended especially if you like Jimi Hendrix.
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5.0 out of 5 stars my music 4 Sep 2011
By telstar
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album on cd after finally getting fed up of listening to it on vinyl must be getting idle, the product arrived in perfect condition,and on time, great service,thanks a lot. keep up the good work,Mick.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quality recording 22 July 2008
By B. E Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Update May 12, 2011.

Alright, perhaps I did make one too many comparisons to other artists in my original review of Robin Trower's Twice Removed From Yesterday, which explains all the negativity in the comments section. I should have explained the album in detail like I normally do. I'm not sure why I didn't do that originally.

Anyway, here's a better review of Twice Removed from Yesterday.

What instantly strikes me about this album is the mood. It's dreamy yes, but underneath the beautiful guitar playing and vocal melodies I sense a fairly melancholy and depressing vibe. It's like being in heaven alone.

"Daydream" contains shades of Jimi Hendrix in the guitar solos and atmosphere, but what blows me away is how HUGE the music sounds. This is definitely different from most 70's hard rock bands. When I say "huge" I mean it sounds like some important grand statement, like this is how a beautiful song is supposed to be written. Hendrix never quite reached a level *this* awesome.

One key difference between Trower and Hendrix is that Robin Trower tends to really dig into your emotions with his guitar playing, whereas Hendrix occasionally goes for emotion, but also had his moments of showing off. I also feel that Hendrix's music is more immediately enjoyable whereas Trower's guitar skills take time to absorb.

I can imagine how magical this song must have sounded when it was originally released, and even today it still sounds pretty cool. I believe Rainbow was influenced heavily by this song because "Catch the Rainbow" contains a strikingly similar flow and atmosphere.

"I Can't Wait Much Longer" has a surprisingly soulful vocal melody. I like the way the verse melody builds with emotional intensity until the incredibly sad "Cuz every day gets stronger, and every day grows and grows, and I can't wait much longer" lines comes in. The guitar riff even seems to follow with the vocal melody, and it's a perfect moment of songwriting really. It's truly amazing. The feeling matches the album cover, too.

"Hannah" features a slow-moving but very powerful guitar riff in the beginning until James Dewar really blows me away with just as much passion here that he illustrated in the two previous songs. I can't recall another hard rock band that utilized so much soul. The guitar solo seems hard to notice at first since it's covered in a thick layer of haze, but with repeated listens you can make out most of it.

A song like "Rock Me Baby" would have been in danger of becoming just another attempt at the blues by a 70's rock band, but luckily some quality guitar licks save what would have otherwise been an average song because the vocal melody fails to make an impression on me. Dewar sounds like he's disappointed while singing it, like he wants to put some soul into it but forced to restrain himself and sing a simple blues pattern instead.

"Sinner's Song" starts out innocently enough with a decent verse melody before totally catching me off guard with a fantastic guitar solo. It feels more like a freak out jam, though. It's *awesome*. Anyone who likes this guitar jam absolutely must hear Santana's Love, Devotion & Surrender album. It contains the same kind of guitar intensity but stretched out much much longer.

What an eerie way to end the album with "Ballerina". Is it pretty? Yeah. Is it dreamy? Yes it is. Does it feel unsettling? Absolutely!

Anyway here's my older review and you know, I still stand by most of it, but an album of this quality definitely deserved a more detailed review.

People keep comparing Robin Trower's guitar playing to Jimi Hendrix, but to me, his first album closely resembles the classic period of Cream. He doesn't necessarily have Eric Clapton's guitar style, but the mood is similar to the psychedelic period of Cream.

I'd say Trower's guitar playing reminds me of a slower, and more atmospheric Ritchie Blackmore with a vocalist that isn't much different from the singer of Bad Company.

The songwriting on Twice Removed From Yesterday is pretty strong. Back in the 70's hard rock bands didn't just rock out- they could also back it up with strong songwriting, and that's exactly what this album delivers. I really like it. The way the album was recorded is really cool too, because it feels like everything's a dream. I recommend it.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Debut Album RE-Issued 12 April 2010
By LBloom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the beginning or as it said on the plastic cover "The Bridge to The Bridge of Sighs" an often overlooked, underrated album in my book. This is a little underproduced compared to Bridge of Sighs but is still a classic. It was only available for a long time as one of the two on one cds (with Bridge of Sighs on same cd) and then that went out of print. I guess if you want the debut of a master musician, this is it.
This would be better for the fan that is already familiar with Trower and just wants a new copy for prosperity or whatever; the new fan may be better off with "The Essential Robin Trower" as more of an overview of Robin Trower.
Solid playing on solid songs, no nonsense and yes, for those that don't know, if there are any, it is derivative of Hendrix. All in all a great debut and welcom re-release. Also includes the bonus track "Take A Fast Train"
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure emotion 1 May 2010
By WKT - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Great album (sorry I'm of the Album generation!) We don't have many Robin/Dewar recordings to savor--so I'm grateful for the ones we have! I still to this day remember the first time I heard TR. I was a teenager living in Germany. I was sitting on the couch one evening just listening to the radio--most likely plucking on my cheap Framus (German) Strat copy dreaming of being able to play like Jimi and carry the flame for him (dreaming!) And I distinctly remember the disk jockey introducing the next song because he said something to the effect that: "this brilliant new guitarist was going to make a big impact on the guitar world with his Hendrix like vibe or tone"...then, blasting out of the little radio speaker came a cascade of pure sonic nirvana, "Little Bit of Sympathy." I don't think I even slept that night. I wasn't even sure I believed my ears--I was both excited and crest fallen that someone had beaten me to my childish goal! It was a double wammy as I was as impressed with the vocals as I was the guitar playing! RIP James! One of Rocks greatest vocalist ever! Robins guitar and James' soulful voice were a match made in heaven! Needles to say the very next morning I went out and found the 'Sighs" album and "Twice Removed". I was astounded! No doubt BOS was a better album but "Twice Removed" is still one of my favorites. It's a slice of guitar history. Compare him to Hendrix or not--what sets Trower apart is his Raw Emotion. That ability to push emotion through your finger tips out the speaker/or soundhole and into the listener--some call that the Blues. Whatever it is, it's not an easy task to accomplish...and very few players ever achieve it: Trower HAS IT, Hendrix certainly had it in spades, Bloomfield, Rory Gallagher, The Kings (BB,Albert,Freddie), to name a few. Trower once said in an Guitar Player interview that he wasn't happy with the sound quality of this album being the groups first studio attempt they didn't take as much control over the recording and mixing duties as they did with the next recording. You can clearly hear the difference between this and BOS in the overall sound quality--but the material is still very strong. I highly recommend it! If your just discovering Trower it's a must have!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally... 2 Sep 2010
By M. Flis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In my opinion, the best Robin Trower album! After years of watching people who owned the ill-fated original CD issue of this album over-charge for this online, it has been remastered and sounds great and is priced reasonably finally. Great debut from a great band. Ha ha ha to the rest of you price-gougers who are STUCK with the over-priced inferior pressings. Patience paid off for many of us waiting for the re-issue of this masterpiece.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU OWN THE BGO, YOU MAY NOT NEED THIS 15 April 2010
By BOB - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm always interested in anything/everything RT, and especially with the promise of improved audio to the older catalog titles.

However, comparing this new release to the 1997 BGO-label Twice/Bridge remastered two-fer, I found virtually no difference in the mastering of that disc and this new release.

The addition of the "Man Of The World" single b-side, "Take A Fast Train", is, of course, a nice bonus, but not necessarily essential. Plus, having owned the BGO since its release, I wasn't aware that it had fell OOP, or that it was being hawked for ridiculous prices here on Amazon, so this re-release at a normal cost is also welcome.

However, if you already have the BGO, you may wish to consider whether or not to re-purchase this edition, just to end up with the same audio, and the one bonus track.

As the booklet liner notes document, "Twice" will always be overshadowed by "Bridge Of Sighs", and was recorded quickly on a shoestring budget without a record company deal. But, what a fabulous and timeless album it turned out to be.

9/2010 UPDATE: EMI has released a FABULOUS new RT 3CD set, A Tale Untold: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1976). It not only contains the first five RT albums in their entirety, with bonus tracks (including "Take A Fast Train"), it has the best mastering of ANY RT release! So, bypass this CD, and definitely replace any of the first 5 RT albums you have in your collection with that new set, you won't be sorry!
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