British blues/progressive rock guitarist extraordinare Robin Trower is having his Chrysalis Records cachet of recordings being collected in one tidy 3-CD box set entitled Farther On Up the Road, which is being released tomorrow, March 13, 2012, but you listen to more than half of the 58 tracks contained on this set (28 of them) for FREE right now over at AOL Music, which is streaming the album.
Farther Up the Road takes six of Tower’s releases from 1977-1983, which is comprised of his Robin Trower Band work — City Dreams (1977); Caravan to Midnight (1978); Victims of the Fury (1979), and Back it Up (1983) — as well as two records he recorded with Cream’s bassist and sometime lead singer Jack Bruce — 1981’s B.L.T and Truce, also recorded the same year.
Trower, (who just celebrated his 67th birthday this past March 9th) cut his teeth in the band Procol Harum, joining right after their seminal hit “Whiter Shade of Pale” in 1967 and leaving in 1971. The guitarist is best remembered for his 1974 solo Bridge of Sighs, in which he utilized fast, sincere fingerboard work ala Jimi Hendrix mixed with a King Crimson/Pink Floyd sound as well, which was certainly somewhat of a departure of the heavy rock records and light pop music
which permeated the early 1970s. Trower continued to release records after the success of Bridge of Sighs to limited success, but his cult fan base still remains strong to this day, as he is still active on the touring and recording circuit.
The songs Farther Up the Road range from slickly produced blues to heavy rockers, progressive instrumentals, to clean, crisp strong ballads, most with flange present, hypnotic and sturdy music, with sure footed confident playing by Trower (and his bandmates as well) with lots of soul and energy throughout. These records and songs were largely ignored during their original release, and it’s a testament to the enduring quality of this highly underrated musician that they are now being released in this stellar package.
So, be sure to head over to AOL Music right now to listen to 28 songs from Farther On Up the Road while they’re still streaming online for free.