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Bridge of Sighs [MFSL Audiophile Original Master Recording]
Robin Trower
Bridge of Sighs [MFSL Audiophile Original Master Recording]
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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Robin Trower left Procol Harum to pursue his own musical vision and, while Spinal Tap has made the efforts of those who pursued such "heaviness" seem positively ludicrous, one listen to side one of Bridge of Sighs should p...  more »


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All Artists: Robin Trower
Title: Bridge of Sighs [MFSL Audiophile Original Master Recording]
Members Wishing: 10
Total Copies: 0
Label: Mobile Fidelity
Original Release Date: 1/1/1974
Re-Release Date: 10/15/1996
Album Type: Gold CD
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Blues Rock, Rock Guitarists, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 015775168428, 094632105745

Robin Trower left Procol Harum to pursue his own musical vision and, while Spinal Tap has made the efforts of those who pursued such "heaviness" seem positively ludicrous, one listen to side one of Bridge of Sighs should prove once and for all that such pursuits are not always in vain. Trower leads a power trio of unrestrained heaviness, anchored by his sublimely bloated lead guitar and bassist James Dewar's throaty vocals. The wind sounds that segue the title track into "In This Place" may be a bit too much mystical gobbledygook but Matthew Fisher's subtle production throughout makes this one of the finest introductions into early-'70s wasted drug rock. --Rob O'Connor

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"Wasted drug rock?"What?
Randolph Carter | Florida, FL United States | 12/16/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""...wasted drug rock?" Who signs up the morons that review these CDs? How do you sell a product by tearing it down? Another Goon with a keyboard that obviously knows nothing about the album he's reviewing. And Hendrix comparisons? My God! I find much of Henrix' catalog to be unlistenable, and to me, it hasn't stood the test of time. He was Robin's contemporary. When I listen to Trower I hear another guitarist altogether, one who was not dropping Acid or LSD for inspiration. Hendrix was all right but if he somehow survived today he would be a complete burn out by now. The man is 70 years old and has had a career in music for over 40 years now and he's referred to like some kind of hack! Yet he is still to be haunted by the ghost of a man who died, oh lets see, 40 YEARS AGO?!! Some ranting? Yes , the reviewer set me off. Trower deserves better!"
Summer of 1974
peterstoll | Michigan | 12/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Trower- Bridge of SighsA truly unique record for all time, 'Bridge of Sighs' is perhaps the best non-Zep heavy offering of the period. Although many considered Trower's sound here to be merely Hendrix-esque, it was, and is, unique.1974 was, at once, a bounty and a bit of a no-man's land for hard rock. Zep took a big break, and Cooper's 'Muscle of Love', while great, left a massive opening for Trower and this record. 'Bridge' was THE heavy record of the year. But it was, and is, much more.Completely original tonal dynamics, brilliant songwriting, and literally-perfect musicianship are the hallmarks of this fantastic effort. Every song is, at once, mellow and heavy. This goes not only to outstanding production, but also to perfect conception and execution on the part of the Trower power trio itself. Rock somehow came of age on this record. It owes nothing to any other band of the time; in that alone, this album is an unqualified success.A disc without 'hits', this album was, nevertheless, the stalwart of AOR DJs during the summer of '74, and beyond, and was a surprisingly-smashing commercial success, sold by the near-millions at stores for approximately $5.00. Go figure.For those seeking the Roots of Rock in the 1970's, buy this one, for sure...'Day of the Eagle' opens the record, and a new time: a time when every great new record destroyed what came before. A real groove, clearly distinct from Zep, Sabbath, and Aerosmith in all ways, this song gets right down to business immediately without pretense, and crushes previously-standard time signatures in deference to a truly new sound. This fact cannot be overstated.With its rolling pull-off start, the title track follows. Nicely-depressing, droning, and slow, the stage is set. If you were stoned, young, and 'there', this was IT. If not, the album may lack some meaning, but it's still awesome. A tricky fade gives rise to the next, slower than molasses, bluesy track, and all that follows: rare, utter perfection.An awesome A+ collection ensues. This is neither Plant nor Osborne, Page nor Blackmore. Here, Trower shreds through his new sound, but always relinquishes before becoming self-indulgent. Everything flows like the perfect trip. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be given to this record is the fact that no one attempted to copy it. It was, in some critics' eyes, the capstone of a very brief, but incredibly cool time. Trower's original chord choices, and tunes, make this thing. The vocals of Dewar are monumentally outstanding (listen!), but I'm selling Trower, the guitarist, without remorse. Not a tough sell.Bluesy, but not blues, the buzzy set will take control of all who listen, with heretofore undone syncopation, and the album-wide restatement of the real birth of a new phase-shifted sound. Andy Summers, for better or worse, eat your heart out. For you kids, this is a must-have. Everyone else, you've got it, rotting in your basement. Rediscover it on CD."
My Favorite Album of all time
Working Man | Atlanta, Georgia | 04/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is truly a classic and my favorite album of all-time. From Day of the Eagle to Little Bit of Sympathy this album is Trower is at his best. There's not a single bad song on this album. If you know Trower then you obviously know this album and if you're not familiar with him then buy this disc. You may choose the two for one version or if it's still available the version with bonus live tracks is also terrific."