Living Out of Time

  • 2006
  • Living Out of Time
  • Robin Trower
  • Ruf Records


One of the albums I bought in 1974 was “Bridge of Sighs” by Robin Trower. I had heard one or two tracks on the radio, and thought his guitar style, which emulated that of Jimi Hendrix, was pretty amazing.

Now, more than 30 years later, Trower gives us “Living Out of Time,” a live concert that was recorded in Bonn, Germany, during the Rockpalast Crossroads Festival, on September 3, 2005.

I thought I still had my 1974 vinyl copy of “Bridge of Sighs,” though I had not listened to it in many years. I was anxious to compare the four songs from that album that appear on this CD: “Too Rolling Stoned,” “Day of The Eagle,” “Bridge of Sighs,” and “Little Bit of Sympathy.” But, alas, I must have worn it out, or loaned it to someone and never gotten it back, as it is nowhere to be found.

No matter. Trower sounds just as great as I remember him, if not better. This set contains a mix of rock and blues. Each of the 13 songs, which were all composed by Trower, features his amazing guitar work. Trower masterfully wrings every drop of tone from his Stratocaster. Davey Pattison’s vocals are a perfect complement to Trower’s fret board pyrotechnics. (Though the concert was recorded in Germany, all of the lyrics are in English.) Dave Bronze lays down the bass and Pete Thomson’s drums provide the rhythm that drives the band.

Though there are several blues tunes on the CD, notably “Rise Up Like The Sun” and “I Want You to Love Me,” this is primarily a rock performance, not that there’s anything wrong with that. But the blues shines through even in the material that may not be strictly categorized as “the blues.” The soul and passion that the band brings to each song are undeniable.

I highly recommend “Living Out of Time” for those who appreciate great guitar playing in the blues and rock vein, although the blues purist may be somewhat disappointed.