Bridge of Sighs (album)

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Bridge of Sighs
Trower Bridge of Sighs.jpg
Studio album by
Released20 April 1974
Recorded1973 - 1974 at Olympic and AIR studios, London
GenreBlues rock[1]
Length37:22
LabelChrysalis/Capitol
ProducerMatthew Fisher
Robin Trower chronology
Twice Removed from Yesterday
(1973)
Bridge of Sighs
(1974)
For Earth Below
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]

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

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,[3] Trower explained how the album got its title. Robin said that he had had the first line of the song for years and one day saw some sport pages which listed a racehorse called Bridge of Sighs, which he thought 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 five bonus tracks recorded for KMET radio at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, California:

  1. "Day of the Eagle" (recorded 29/5/74) – 3:48
  2. "Bridge of Sighs" (recorded 29/5/74) – 5:16
  3. "Too Rolling Stoned" (recorded 29/5/74) – 6:26
  4. "Lady Love" (recorded 29/5/74) – 3:12
  5. "Little Bit of Sympathy" (recorded 29/5/74) – 4:49

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) – 4:54
  2. "In This Place" (recorded 5/3/74) – 4:04
  3. "Alethea" (recorded 5/3/74) – 3:55
  4. "Little Bit of Sympathy" (recorded 5/3/74) – 3:52
  5. "Fine Day" (recorded 28/1/75) – 3:22
  6. "Confessin’ Midnight" (recorded 28/1/75) – 4:47
  7. "It's Only Money" (recorded 28/1/75) – 5:01
  8. "Gonna Be More Suspicious" (recorded 28/1/75) – 2:58

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Top 30 British Blues Rock Albums Of All Time". Classic Rock. Future plc. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ Horowitz, Hal. Album review Bridge of Sighs at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  3. ^ http://www.guitarworld.com/dear-guitar-hero-robin-trower-discusses-bridge-sighs-his-vibrato-guitars-effects-and-more