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Rock Ballad of The Week: Blues Edition: Robin Trower “Maybe I Could Be A Friend”

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Lift your face to the warming of the sun
No other world could be ours
Forget the play on words ill used by everyone
That draw us in to their wasted hours

And maybe I could be a friend

We could turn toward the coming rise
Or drift on back into a life of ease
Your thoughts and mine, thrown up into the sky
To float like blossoms in the breeze

And maybe I could be a friend

Through this time into another time
And not to wish for any more

We will learn the days we must complete
And when to let them go their own way
Break right through the surface of deceit
Out into fields of silver wing at play

And maybe I could be a friend
Maybe I could be a friend

Trower was born in Catford, London, but grew up in Southend-on-Sea, Essex. In 1962, he formed a group that became The Paramounts, later including Westcliff High School pupil Gary Brooker. The Paramounts disbanded in 1966 to pursue individual projects. During this time, Trower created a local three-piece band called the Jam (not to be confused with the later group with Paul Weller). Trower then joined Brooker’s new band Procol Harum following the success of their debut single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” in 1967, remaining with them until 1971 and appearing on Procol Harum’s first five albums.

Before launching his eponymous band, he joined singer Frankie Miller, ex-Stone the Crows bassist/singer James Dewar, and former Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker to form the short-lived combo Jude.  This outfit did not record and soon split up.

Trower retained Dewar as his bassist, who took on lead vocals as well, and recruited drummer Reg Isidore (later replaced by Bill Lordan) to form the Robin Trower Band in 1973.

Perhaps Trower’s most famous album is Bridge of Sighs (1974). This album, along with his first and third solo albums, was produced by his former Procol Harum bandmate, organist Matthew Fisher. Despite differences, Trower’s early power trio work was noted for Hendrixesque influences. Trower is an influential guitarist who has inspired other guitar legends such as Robert Fripp, who praised him for his bends and the quality of his sounds, and took lessons from him.

In the early 1980s, Trower teamed up with former Cream bassist Jack Bruce and his previous drummers Lordan and Isidore, for two albums, BLT (Bruce, Lordan, Trower) and Truce (Trower, Bruce, Isidore). After those albums, he released another album with James Dewar on vocals titled Back It Up in 1983.  Robin Trower was dropped from Chrysalis Records afterwards.

Trower at the Liri Blues Festival, Italy, in 2005

In 1991 Trower was also a part of the Night of the Guitars II European tour organised by Sting and The Police manager Miles Copeland. The tour featured Ronnie Montrose, Saga‘s Ian Crichton, Dave Sharman, Jan Akkerman and Laurie Wisefield.

Thirteen albums later, Trower’s album, Living Out of Time (2003), features the return of veteran bandmates Dave Bronze on bass, vocalist Davey Pattison (formerly with Ronnie Montrose‘s band Gamma) and Pete Thompson on drums—the same line-up as the mid 1980s albums Passion and Take What You Need.

With the same bandmates Trower gave a concert on his 60th birthday in Bonn, Germany. The concert was recorded by the German television channel WDR. It was then released on DVD and subsequently on CD throughout Europe and later the US under the title Living Out of Time: Live. Trower toured the United States and Canada in the summer and autumn of 2006.

In 2007 Trower released a third recording with Jack Bruce, Seven Moons, featuring Gary Husband on drums. A 2008 world tour began in Ft. Pierce, Florida on 16 January 2008. Joining Davey Pattison and Pete Thompson was Glenn Letsch (formerly of Gamma) playing bass. European dates began in April. The show of 29 March 2008 at the Royal Oak Music Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan was released as a double album on V12 Records. As his “big hero” he referenced the early James Brown where blues is crossing over into rock and roll.  In 2016, Robin enjoyed a very successful tour of the USA. He is currently touring the U.S. again.

*source: wikipedia

 

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Author: syl65

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6 thoughts on “Rock Ballad of The Week: Blues Edition: Robin Trower “Maybe I Could Be A Friend”

  1. Wow, that’s a special song. One to lay back, and simply listen. The guitar parts are fantastic and add those special spices. A long way this man has come to tell from the information. Thank you for this song today, Sylvester! Have a great day!!

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