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KOKOMO / RISE AND SHINE
KOKOMO / RISE AND SHINE
Price: £11.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Kokomo Heaven!, 11 May 2014
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This review is from: KOKOMO / RISE AND SHINE (Audio CD)
This 2CD-set from BGO Records, an excellent replacement for our much-loved and totally overplayed vinyl LPs, celebrates a great band at the height of its powers. The first two studio albums are included here in their entirety, digitally re-mastered, one CD for each album, both brilliant and yet quite different in so many ways.

The BGO package comes with a whole host of photos, alternative cover illustration for the second album 'Rise and Shine' and some great liner notes written by John Tobler. All-in-all, it's a great production.

Thoroughly recommended especially if you're an RnB, soul and funk fan (Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye ...)

This CD is all the more important given the fact that the band have announced they'll be getting back together for some 'live' dates in and around London and the South East in August 2014.


State To State: Live Across America 1974-1980
State To State: Live Across America 1974-1980
Price: £17.77

10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Trower!, 3 Oct. 2013
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Thank you Amazon! My copy of 'State to State' arrived today and I must say, having just listened to it (a double CD set), it's been well worth the wait. The music is live! There are some excellent versions of classic tracks from Robin Trower's early studio albums such as 'Bridge of Sighs' and 'In City Dreams'. All the performances were recorded in America during the period 1974-1980. Wonderful to hear the luscious sound of James Dewar's velvet vocals. Absolutely gorgeous!State To State: Live Across America 1974-1980


ROOTS AND BRANCHES
ROOTS AND BRANCHES
Price: £13.92

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All that's missing here is the horn section!, 10 Feb. 2013
This review is from: ROOTS AND BRANCHES (Audio CD)
`Roots and Branches' is a fine collection of classic covers and original songs. For those of us who have kept tabs on Mr T since his trail-blazing, guitar hero days of the seventies, this new CD is further proof, if proof were needed, that Robin's playing just gets better and better, more soulful and expressive than ever.

'Roots' is a tribute album to some of Mr T's musical heroes - BB King, Howlin' Wolf, Booker T et al. My favourite cover has to be Robin's fabulous arrangement of Ray Charles' `I Believe To My Soul'. It's the blues, perfectly stated. 'One of these days and it won't be long' cries singer Richard Watts. We get whispered falsetto backing vocals, then underneath Robin's soulful solo, the swell of rich chords from Luke Smith's keys. Everything about it, is just so right. The vocal touch, the pauses, the expectation, the subtlety all makes for something completely different.

The Trower tunes on `Roots' are very much in keeping with the special vibe which producer Livingstone Brown and the band create on the covers. `When I Heard Your Name' is a dark and sultry affair led by drummer Chris Taggart and his battery of floor toms. You can almost imagine Richard Watts standing at the mike, alongside his fellow backing singers, dressed in their sharply-cut DJs, synchronising every arm, leg and head movement, well into the mould of those Motown, Stax and Atlantic vocal groups of the 60s and 70s. All that's missing here is the horn section!


Sweet Soulful Music
Sweet Soulful Music
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Price: £28.95

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bop 'til you drop, 3 Sept. 2006
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I bought 'La Booga Rooga' back in the 70s and loved it. Of course, Andy was no stranger to the spotlight even then but boy did he have what it takes to do something magical with a tune and some words. So with this in mind, I bought 'Sweet Soulful Music'. Wow! 30 years on, older and wiser he may be but the songs on this new CD are simply divine. Moving on from the funk-edge that was 'Rooga', I'd say 'Soulful' is more rootsy, vaguely Cooder-esque. But Andy's definitely his own man here. Can't wait to hear these songs live when Andy goes on tour in the UK [October / November 2006]. Enjoy!


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