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Robin Trower - For Earth Below Rehearsals And Jams-Old Victorian Church London England-September 1974

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After Robin Trower finished up his UK dates in mid-August 1974, in support of "Bridge of Sighs," he fired drummer Reg Isidore. Trower and bassist/vocalist James Dewar then flew to Los Angeles to audition new drummers. Trower had decided he wanted an American drummer with a distinctively American feel. After auditioning several drummers, Trower got a call from Bill Lordan, formerly of Sly Stone's band. Trower later told an interviewer that Lordan phoned him up and boasted that he was the best man for the job and to look no further. Lordan more than backed up this bold claim during his audition and immediately clinched the gig. In September 1974, Trower, Dewar, Lordan, and producer Matthew Fisher (keyboardist in Trower's old band, Procol Harum) assembled in London and rented a church to rehearse in and jam. The London rehearsals were designed to work out a new sound for the band, to help the new lineup gel, and to firm up ideas for their third album, FOR EARTH BELOW, which Fisher was producing.
In a very informative interview posted at Steve's Place (), an excellent Trower website, Trower drummer Bill Lordan recalls: "I went to England in September of 1974 to start rehearsals . . . (for the third album) FOR EARTH BELOW, the rehearsals were in an old Victorian Church in London. It wasn't an abandoned church, but it wasn't being used for services. It had a great acoustical sound for us. After rehearsing for a few weeks, we returned to Los Angeles to start recording FOR EARTH BELOW at The Record Plant [Hollywood], with Matthew Fisher producing. We cut the album and it seems like we went right on tour and I remember that the first gig was in Rochester, NY, November 4th, 1974." FOR EARTH BELOW was released in February 1975. All of the material here comes from those September 1974, jams and rehearsal sessions at the old Victorian church in London. NONE of these are studio outtakes or different mixes from the album. All of the numbers here are jams and rehearsals. They were recorded on a portable machine in the rehearsal room, and are not professional studio tracks. These numbers have a rough, jam feel to them similar to the Led Zep III and Stairway Sessions rehearsals and jams. This material is very special because it shows us a view of the Trower band that few have ever seen. Included are great jazz-rock fusion jams. These present a very unusual side of Trower. Matthew Fisher even joins in and plays keyboards on several of these wonderful jazz-rock and jazz-blues jams. In this material, we get the treat of listening to the band's creative process, as they work out ideas and experiment, doing some old numbers from the first two albums and working out new ideas for their third album. This is a rare opportunity to hear this superb, newly formed lineup having fun and letting go in a rehearsal room. Trower's guitar work is fabulous. NONE of these jams have been released anywhere, in any form. The quality is EX, similar to the Led Zep III Rehearsals or Stairway Sessions, and typical of a portable tape deck in the rehearsal room, which is what this band used to record their ideas in progress. This material comes from a very clean, low-gen tape of those jams.


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