Bridge of Sighs (album)

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Bridge of Sighs
Trower Bridge of Sighs.jpg
Studio album by Robin Trower
Released 20 April 1974
Recorded 1973 - 1974 at Olympic and AIR studios, London
Genre Blues rock, hard rock
Length 37:22
Label Chrysalis/Capitol
Producer Matthew Fisher
Robin Trower chronology
Twice Removed from Yesterday
(1973)Twice Removed from Yesterday1973
Bridge of Sighs
For Earth Below
(1975)For Earth Below1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Bridge of Sighs is the second solo album by the English guitarist and songwriter Robin Trower. It was released in 1974. Bridge of Sighs, his second album after leaving Procol Harum, was a breakthrough album for Trower. Songs from this album, such as "Bridge of Sighs", "Too Rolling Stoned", "Day of the Eagle" and "Little Bit of Sympathy", have become live concert staples for Trower.

The album was produced by organist Matthew Fisher, formerly Trower's bandmate in Procol Harum. Acclaimed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick was this album's sound engineer.

In an interview with Guitar World,[2] Robin Trower explained how the album got its title. Robin said that he had had the first line of the song for years and then one day he saw some sport pages which listed a racehorse called Bridge of Sighs and thought that would be a great title.

Bridge of Sighs (Chrysalis 1057) reached #7 in the United States during a chart stay of 31 weeks. It was certified Gold on 10 September 1974. Early printings of the original album cover had the front image upside-down and were more greenish in colour.

The title track was covered by Opeth for the special edition of their 2008 album Watershed.

"Day of the Eagle" was covered by Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens on his third solo album Memory Crash. Tesla also covered the song on their 2007 Real to Reel album as did Armored Saint on their Nod to the Old School record.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Robin Trower; except where indicated

  1. "Day of the Eagle" – 4:59
  2. "Bridge of Sighs" – 5:05
  3. "In This Place" – 4:28
  4. "The Fool and Me" (Trower, James Dewar) – 3:57
  5. "Too Rolling Stoned" – 7:29
  6. "About to Begin" – 3:43
  7. "Lady Love" (Trower, James Dewar) – 3:21
  8. "Little Bit of Sympathy" – 4:20

The album was remastered and remixed in 1999 with bonus tracks recorded for KMET radio on 29 May 1974 at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, California:

  1. "Day of the Eagle" (Live)
  2. "Bridge of Sighs" (Live)
  3. "Too Rolling Stoned" (Live)
  4. "Lady Love" (Live)
  5. "Little Bit of Sympathy" (Live)

The album was remastered and released in 2007 with eight bonus tracks from BBC Radio 1's "John Peel Sessions":

  1. "Bridge of Sighs" (recorded 5/3/74)
  2. "In This Place" (recorded 5/3/74)
  3. "Alethea" (recorded 5/3/74)
  4. "Little Bit of Sympathy" (recorded 5/3/74)
  5. "Fine Day" (recorded 28/1/75)
  6. "Confessin’ Midnight" (recorded 28/1/75)
  7. "It's Only Money" (recorded 28/1/75)
  8. "Gonna Be More Suspicious" (recorded 28/1/75)