ARTIST: Robin Trower
TITLE: Twice Removed from Yesterday
YEAR RELEASED: 1973
CHART ACTION: #106
SINGLES: Man of the World
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Alas, none.
LINEUP: Robin Trower, James Dewar, Reg Isidore
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Ex Procol-Harum guitarist goes solo and releases a solid album full of tasty guitar.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: No doubt Trower was chomping on the bit during his time in Procol Harum, as his talents were underused in that band. He contributed the great “Whisky Train” to the band in 1970, and two tracks in 1971 that were more blues rock and not proggy at all. So when he finally split from Procol Harum, Trower went all in to become a guitar hero much like Hendrix, Clapton and Rory Gallagher.
This record is a good start for him. While his songwriting isn’t quite polished, and a few tracks drag a bit, it’s an excellent start. His tone and playing are pretty unique and his backing musicians complement him well.
The slow, spacy “Daydream” is a highlight along with “Can’t Wait Much Longer”. All of this is good, and he’d get better.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Between Procol Harum and this solo album, he tried to create a new band called Jude with ex-members of Stone the Crows, Jethro Tull and singer Frankie Miller.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a B-side has been appended.
GRADE: B+: Great for guitar rock lovers. Trower is sadly underrated and forgotten.