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Caravan to Magnificent,
This review is from: Farther On Up The Road: The Chrysalis Years 1977-83 (Audio CD)
Any great artist may have a period of great commercial acclaim with record sales to match but that doesn't last forever. The tendency then, is to think that this is a result of an inferior product. In some cases perhaps, but certainly not here!
Another important consideration is that in the 70's and early 80's Artists like Robin were producing a record per year - sometimes two! Another reason why the 'commercial mass' may move on to the next thing: saturation -too much of a good thing.
My point being that although these releases were not as commercially successful as Robin's previous releases that in no way can be seen as a sign of inferior quality. Far from it, we have a diversity in scope that is amongst his best. In City Dreams is almost a Funk/Blues outing. Caravan to Midnight (long been my favourite RT release) is a R&B, meets Soul, meets the blues tour de force. All achieved with the same inimitable RT sound and yes, the wonderful Jimmy Dewar!
Victims of the fury is more aligned to a blues rock format and contains the sensational Roads to Freedom. Reason enough to buy it.
The two records with Jack Bruce are very good (especially BLT) but JB is not on a par as a singer or as good a fit as JD in my opinion and so not quite as pleasing for me.
Lastly Back it up -it has some great tunes on it, but perhaps, not quite on a par with the other releases here... This was the last Record with JD -sadly - and RT took a break before returning with Dave Bronze on vocals in Beyond the Mist. With all respect to Dave Bronze, I can't tell you how disappointed I was to finally get to see Robin in 1985 and then find no Jimmy on vocals!!! Never got to see him... Gutted! : (
Please don't let the consensus that reduced sales equals reduced quality... these are pretty much essential for any collection let alone a committed RT fan!
Buy, Buy... : )