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ROBIN TROWER – TWICE REMOVED FROM YESTERDAY – April 1973
Some albums, songs or even sounds connect with your psyche and when they do its like you’ve waited all your life to finally hear them and the feeling is the closest thing to experiencing a perfect environment for your soul.
00individual has been blessed to have experienced quite a few of these karmic sonic yearnings and at the top of the list was Angelo Badalamenti’s score(s) for David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” series.
When you hear this special personal music it’s like finding lost pieces of yourself that you didn’t know were missing until you hear them, and then repeated listenings are needed for survival.
Robin Trower’s “Twice Removed From Yesterday” is a perfect example of this phenomenon.
From early Procol Harum up through their great albums “Home” and “Broken Barricades”, 00individual was a huge fan of the band and of Trower’s guitar contributions and stand-out tracks; “Song For A Dreamer”, “Poor Mohammed”, “About To Die” and “Whiskey Train“.
Trower’s guitar prowess was an alluring driving force that, like a wild stallion, needed to be set free. So when he left Procol Harum and went power-trio with James Dewar and Reg Isadore, the planets were in alignment for the creation of these epic Hard Rock Space Blues tracks on this Monumental Rock Album.
Throughout Trower’s career comparisons to Hendrix always arise, it’s inescapable, he even humbly admits to it and wrote/dedicated “Song For A Dreamer” to Jimi, “the Man”, as he calls him. But I must say that I’ve always “felt” Trower’s total uniqueness, as I’m sure many have, and is why he is so loved all over the world.
Dewar – Trower – Isadore
Back in ’73 I was living in Inglewood and was at the tail-end of my Record and Tape Rack Jobber jobby-job where I’d get promo copies of just about any album i wanted and can remember the day that I got a copy of “Twice Removed From Yesterday”. As I held that album’s gorgeous front and back cover concept art in my hands I would soon find that the the mood of the covers went through the cardboard and paper and into the vinyl!
I played it as soon as I got home from jobbin’ and after playing both sides of this album a truly obscene amount of times, it eventually became a vital part of my life ever since.
Even though Trower out-did himself with his next album, “Bridge of Sighs”; his debut has always been a perfectly-timed landmark album on the Rock ‘n’ Roll ride of my lifetime that created a very cool and groovy feeling in my soul.
TWICE REMOVED FROM YESTERDAY
1. I Can’t Wait Much Longer – ripped me to “the blues rock depths of hard soulful art” shreds.
2. Daydream – amped-up symbiotic version of “Song For A Dreamer” and a truly exceptional song.
3. Hannah – 00individual must’ve under-appreciated this song as it is now my fourth favorite of this album!
4. Man Of The World – us Hippie natives rocked to this driving “Grapevine” riff.
5. I Can’t Stand It – seriously one of Rock’s Best Vocalists, James Dewar was a perfect match for Trower’s blues-based trio.
6. Rock Me Baby – blues standard given the “Trower Treatment”.
7. Twice Removed From Yesterday – the best homage to Jimi in lyric, composition, concept and performance by all three.
8. Sinner’s Song – a work-out for drummer Reg Isodore and an excellent display of relentless righteous Rock aggression!
9. Ballerina – a heartfelt track to end this amazing album – one of 00individual’s all-time favorites!
00individual has been fortunate to have seen Trower live in ’73 at the Whiskey a go-go,
’74 at the Hollywood Palladium, ’03 at the Ventura Theater and ’08 at the Canyon Club.
“Twice Removed From Yesterday” is one of the Top 79 Historic & Classic 1970s Rock Albums.