Robin Trower, This Was Now ’74-’98

George Smith

By George Smith

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

The first disc in this set, a 1974 recording of the Robin Trower Band, is taken from the group's artistic peak, touring in support of Bridge of Sighs with Reg Isidore on the drum stool. Isidore would soon leave under a cloud, replaced by Bill Lordan from Sly & the Family Stone. In truth, however, the band was at its best with the former on drums. The first few moments of the concert come minus an open microphone for lead singer Jimmy Dewar, but it matters little for the morose curtain of billowing distortion that Trower hangs around the music — still a benchmark of heavy guitar rock mastery.