"Back It Up", the album, represents some of the very best of Robin Trower and should be in every Trower fan's collection. It will be argued here that it is the best complete album since 1974's well-known "Bridge of Sighs". Some of the highlights of the original "Back It Up" album include the grittiness and forcefulness of the leadoff title track, "Back It Up", followed perfectly by James Dewar's soulful lyrics and the easily accessible tune on "The River", and the pick-up-the-pace power of the third track, "Black to Red". Some other favorites of this writer are the driving rhythm of "Settle the Score", and the electrifying guitar work at the close of "None But the Brave". This song ends with an exciting barrage of Trower's guitar which too soon fades out, leaving one muttering to himself, "Hot, hot--that was so hot!" But alas, one is only left with the empty feeling of wanting to start a crusade to find the inventor of such a musical fadeout and properly pulverize the idiot! As an album, "Back It Up" has an honesty that is missing from the previous effort, "Victims of the Fury". Although "Victims" had some very good material, notably "Madhouse" and "Roads to Freedom", most of that album did not conect with this writer in the same emotional way of "Back It Up". I can't adequately explain why, but I think this difference can best be described as the total of the spirit and force making up the album. Whatever "Victims" lacked in depth, Trower and Dewar made up for with a vengeance on "Back It Up". Although 1974's "Bridge of Sighs" will always be regarded by many as THE MASTERWORK of Robin Trower, this writer casts his vote for "Back It Up" as its equal in stature. Mysteriously unavailable in retail stores (and unorderable, too) "Back It Up" is now again available on the "Beat Goes On" label on Amazon. This new release is from 1999 (the album was originally released in 1982)and is identical to the original except that its cover is white, whereas the first version was black. My personal thanks go out to "Beat Goes On" for the re-release of this classic album. If you're a new Trower fan, or one who never collected "Back It Up" I heartily recommend purchasing a copy of it from Amazon. It's truly Trower/Dewar at their musical best. Reviewed 11-9-01 by: GaryLShelton@Home.com
when i first saw this in the shop i thought it was gonna be a bit dry and weak since it was a 1983 album. i thought that a true 70's guitarist might turn a bit funny in the 80's like many others but no. this album sounds like it was made in '75 or something. one of his best ever. 'River' has got to be one of my favourite tracks ever. so singable. if you like Robin Trower or rock/blues in general, you have to have this album.
Recently,I managed to get hold of this album in the sales box at a record shop. Being "into" Trower,having seen him play live in the mid 70`s and 90`s,and owning many of his albums,I knew this release was hard to get hold of. I`ve been playing this at home and in the car for a couple of weeks now and can honestly say that it is as good as the other reviews make it out to be. Trower`s playing is exemplary,the band are on top form and Dewar`s vocals help the well written songs to move along at a great pace. Having been alittle disappointed with Trowers latest album"Where you are going to" mainly because of his poor singing,I can`t help thinking how much he could do with a singer of Dewar`s range and ability.He really does raise the bar,and is the ideal vocalist for Trower`s playing and songs. If you appreciate Trower and his music,and if you ever see this album for sale at a reasonable price then buy it. You will not be disappointed.
This CD is worth the cover price for the unsurpassable 'Benny Dancer' not to mention the other tracks. I think this is a great guitar album. I cannot survive without hearing 'Benny Dancer'on a regular basis, and if you have never 'got down' to this track, then you are in for a treat. Life doesn't get much better than listening to this track. Try watching a sunset over the sea horizon, taking a drink or two, and ENJOY!