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Robin Trower - Twice Removed From Yesterday
Label: Bgo - Beat Goes on
Release: 1973

Tracklisting:
Side One:
I Can't Wait Much Longer
Daydream
Hannah
Man Of The World
Side Two:
I Can't Stand It
Rock Me Baby
Twice Removed From Yesterday
Sinner's Song
Ballerina
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This album opens with the Hazy "I Can't Wait Much Longer". Complete with a sprawling, distant mix, half mumbled lyrics (like most of the rest of this side), and far off organ backing, it makes a nice opening to the misty first side. "Daydream" conjures up image of a Greatful Dead concert (LOTS of pot smoke). It has a nice melody with the bass playing a mini slide solo every few seconds. Trower comes in with a nice guitar solo to end the song as well. "Hannah" is the heaviest number yet, with crunchy bass and guitar tones and a melody reminiscent of the first six notes of "Aqualung". In fact, the entire first side of the album sounds like Hendrix met John Entwistle at some pub, and then they got stoned and recorded an album. (Trower is constantly using the chromatic run from "Hey Joe" throughout the album, and most of his solos sound alot like Hendrix). Dewar finally sings and Trower plays an excellent guitar solo to end the song. "Man Of The World" is the most upbeat track so far, sounding alot like early british invaision (vocal harmonies, etc). And the song fades out to end the first side.

Most of the first side (except for "Man Of The World") is mixed far away and it's a little hard to hear, even with the treble all the way up. This gives it a nice mood of mystery and boredom.

"I Can't Stand It" sounds like something you might find on Hendrix's 1967 album, "Are You Experienced?". The mix is much brighter than the first side and it has a great guitar hook to boot. "Rock Me Baby" is an excuse for Trower to solo, and he does it quite well without playing 329058952807020 in the four minute run time. Dewar sings convincingly and the song comes together nicely. It could probably benefit from being longer however. "Twice Removed From Yesterday" is well done Psychedelia, with jangly chords and lots of echo. It even has the usual spoken word portion, complete with strange stereo effects before it fades into the distance. "Sinner's Song" is at first reminiscent of "Hannah", with the same heavy guitar tone (but this time playing a good riff as well). Dewar preaches about how sin is bad for a few verses before a short drum solo, Dewar starts up the riff to "Break On Through" and a long psychedelic section starts up, with Trower going crazy. After the blast of "Sinner's Song", "Ballerina" is a great way to close the album. Dewar sings a beautiful vocal line over a delicate guitar track, and layers upon layers build (i counted seven) until the track fades into the distance.

If this were much longer, it would just be horribly boring and dragged out. Due to time constraints however, most songs are the perfect length and the album stays fairly interesting all the way through. 8 out of 10.

Robin Trower (the band) is:
James Dewar - Bass/Vocals
He has excellent tone (like Entwhistle but not as thunderous), plus his vocal seems to fit every song perfectly.
Reg Isido - Drums
Nothing special here, any session man could have done this (but the drums arent really the driving force behind this album anyways)
Robin Trower - Guitar
Trower is very good throughout the record, but it feels like he's holding something back the entire time. Like he could play a tyrannical solo, but instead he just sits back and noodles. Thats the only thing keeping this record from a higher rating.

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