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What Lies Beneath (Digipak) [CD]

Robin Trower Audio CD
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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 CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B004N3NFL6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 302,177 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Wish You Were Mine (Digitally Remastered Version) 4:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. What Lies Beneath (Digitally Remastered Version) 3:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. As You Watch Aech City Fall (Part 1) (Digitally Remastered Version) 3:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. As You Watch Aech City Fall (Part 2) (Digitally Remastered Version) 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Freefall (Digitally Remastered Version) 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Once The Spell Is Broken (Digitally Remastered Version) 5:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sleeping On The Moon (Digitally Remastered Version) 3:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Time And Emotion (Digitally Remastered Version) 4:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Skin And Bone (Digitally Remastered Version) 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Buffalo Blues (Digitally Remastered Version) 4:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Find A Place (Digitally Remastered Version) 4:470.99  Buy MP3 

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Robin Trower's guitar work is exemplary on this 2009 album and he sets up grooves and moods to captivate the listener on a recording that was praised by critics and fans alike. Produced by bass player Livingstone Brown and recorded with a first class backing group, the songs range from slow and moody to foot stomping rockers. Booklet with authoritative and extensive liner notes written by respected author and journalist Chris Welch. Expertly re-mastered superb sound - top quality reproduction. The best in the business! A superb collection of songs by the master guitarist and singer lies beneath this recent studio album. Robin Trower is heard weaving his magic over some 11 tracks that flow together in creative harmony. Trower's guitar work is exemplary and sets up grooves and moods designed to captivate the listener. Produced by bass player Livingstone Brown and recorded in 2009 with a first class backing group, the songs range from the slow and moody Wish You Were Mine to the foot stomping title track. A sensuous two part arrangement called 'As You Watch Each City Fall' is matched by majestic ballad 'Once the Spell Is Broken' and an angry 'Sleeping On The Moon'. There is an hypnotic power behind much of the music on this remarkable CD that has been praised by critics and fans alike.

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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Trower 19 Aug 2009
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Well this a terrific CD. Robin Trower playing here is superb. The feel of the album is pretty laid back, but I feel this brings out the best in him. There are lots of great songs here as well as guitar. The openening instrumental track even has lush strings on it and it works. So many highlights here and one is definitely 'Once the spell is broken'such amazing guitar tone as throughout. There is also the added bonus of hammond organ on a couple of tracks and 'Time and Emotion' is another stand out track with emotive guitar playing.
The Detailed sleeve notes tell of the recording sessions and how he got the sound he wanted.
On this album Robin sings himself. I love Davey Pattisons voice on previous albums as its similar to the late great James Dewar. RT chose to sing here himself as the register was not quite right for DP. while RT's vocals are not great they sound fine in the context of the songs. But of course we mainly listen to to RT for the guitar playing and he is on top form here.
I have all of his albums and this one is certainly one the best in ages.
So if you love quality guitar with loads of feel buy it, you won't be disappointed. Five stars as the guitar playing seals it and great songs too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Trower - So underrated! 15 Sep 2009
By vectis
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For Robin Trower's fine guitar playing and vocals provided by the late James Dewer,
no Robin Trower album will ever achieve the brilliance of Bridge Of Sighs.
Nevertheless, if you recognise great guitar work when you hear it, then this album will not disappoint you.
Each track has been well worked and yet again, this is another fine example of Robin Trower's brilliance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Trower for me in a long time 7 April 2010
By Davey
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I like instrumental tracks more than sung ones and this album does it for me on this account. But I have to say what a fine recording Livingstone Brown has made, the beautiful tones of the stratocaster are so easy on the ear and Robins vibrato and string bending is superb and very well supported by the strings and organ on several tracks. This is Robin reaching out and trying new ideas and subtly blending them with his old style so you hardly know that you are listening to something fresh. My favourite tracks are "Wish you were mine" "As you watch each city fall part 2 " "sleeping on the moon" "Time and emotion" and "Find a Place" As to Robin singing on this cd I like it, and it does sound like he has been having singing lessons, his vibrato is much improved.
A great album a great improvement from that awful one he did with Jack Bruce.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dodgy warbling 17 Mar 2012
By Ullage
Format:Audio CD
As noted the guitar playing is beautifully considred and expressive. It's curious that guitarists in particular labour under the impression they can sing however, and Trower's vocals drag the songs back, bringing them flatly earthwards. It's a curiously dispiriting experience. One reviewer says "you don't buy a Robin Trower album for the singing but for the guitar playing" or words to that effect. I disagree - music is about ensemble playing and the experience is of listening to a whole musical expreience working together, not just elements of it. Why hobble yourself by employing less-than-par singing? Would he have employed a less than par drummer, or less than par bass player? Hubris! Ego! He's got nothing to say vocally but tons to say with his playing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but..... 26 Mar 2010
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I read a review about this being Trower's best album since "Bridge Of Sighs". This created a false impression on me because I thought it was to be as rocky. It isn't. It's nearer to "In City Dreams", possibly on a par with "Caravan To Midnight". I was hooked in with interest, following the opening three tracks and their differant styles, listening to the band back Trower exceptionally well. Trower's guitar work, as ever, is brilliant, but the album as a whole and on a second listening is a tad too laid back for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best RT since Bridge of Sighs 18 Jun 2013
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This album is one of Robins best, a throw back to the days of his much loved "Bridge of Sighs".It is well thought out with songs rich in mood and talent. Better still the man himself takes the vocal credits and, of course, a guitar tone to die for! Brilliant!
If you love BoS you will certainly love WLB
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 10 April 2013
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Its quite boring for Trower. Twice removed from his earley stuff which was fantastic. He is still good live though and can still rock hard at his tender age.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A good album from great guitarist . 18 April 2012
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Today Robin Trower must be one of the most underrated guitarist in the world. In the 70`s he made 3 great albums and excellent live recordings. For me, he was right next to Jimi so I`ve been a huge fan ever since.
"What Lies Beneath" is a good album but ofcourse it`s not "Bridge of Sighs" or "20th Century Blues". My favorite is "As You Watch Each City Fall", a great song that has Jimi all over it. Great guitar playing. Robin Trower is not a good singer but his kind of a spooky way of singing/speaking the songs is ok . I`ve always been for the guitar.
It`s definately not his greatest album but worth buying.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy studio album
I really like this album from Mr Trower (a major influence on my playing when i were a wee chap). It is more laid back and more a continuation of "Go my way" - another great album... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2010 by JLB
3.0 out of 5 stars Spine tingling guitarist, masterful composer but (sorry) lousy singer
I have been a fan of Robin's for more than 30 years... still am, a huge one in all but his singing. To be frank Robin's sublime playing and compositions need no singing, his... Read more
Published on 18 Dec 2010 by Hughami
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT A PATCH
Time to retire old buddy. Poor songs. Awful awful vocals. A mere patch on what you turned out back in the days.
Published on 9 Jun 2010 by Rockhead
3.0 out of 5 stars the tune goes on ......and on
Invariably the newer Robin Trower cds always get compared to his classic output on such albums as 'Twice removed from yesterday' 'bridge of sighs' and 'for earth below. Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2010 by zargb5
5.0 out of 5 stars SMO0TH TROWER POWER
Published on 11 Nov 2009 by mike pedril
4.0 out of 5 stars Great guitar playing, great recording, but ...
As noted by other reviewers Davey Pattisons vocals are replaced by Robin's on this CD. It's a slightly more laid back feel on this album and his singing complements that, but the... Read more
Published on 5 Nov 2009 by Roger Software
3.0 out of 5 stars please stick to playing the guitar
an average album, signs of guitar greatness in parts, but definitely don't buy it for the vocals!
Published on 4 Nov 2009 by J. Pallot
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