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This review is from: State To State: Live Across America 1974-1980 (Audio CD)
I don't wholly agree with the previous review, although the legendary Mr Howard's earlier review is spot on. Being culled from sound board recordings you don't expect multi-track quality but it's still highly listenable and the one thing that stands out is the energy of the band. The youthful Trower band pack a punch that you had to be there to believe ... I was at his UK shows.
The sound quality is mixed, from reasonable to very good, but never poor. Trower is on fire, just listen to the version of Daydream from Illinois 1976. And Jimmy Dewar shows was a great, great vocalist he was ... up there with blues rock's best including Paul Rodgers ... as showcased on his forte I Can't Wait Much Longer.
The Hendrix comparisons continue to rage even in press reviews for this CD, but I don't get it and it is unfair to say the least. Yes some early tracks hinted towards Hendrix, but anyone with a sustained guitar, using heavy vibrato, a univibe and wah wah will have a bit of Hendrix about them. Even the Satrian's and Van Halens of this world have admitted to a bit of a nod towards Jimi.
However, Trower is more than that. Great songs, great feel and excellent phrasing, he should just be ackowledged as a Master of his trade, even if that trade sticks mainly to the blues rock vein.
Overall, a great CD and a real must have for any true Trower fan.