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The mid-year preview: The albums we can't wait to hear in 2017

There have already been some classic rock albums this year but, as a wise man once said, you ain’t seen nothing yet. We look ahead to the records we’re eagerly anticipating…

Robin Trower

Projected sales might be modest, but Trower’s power remains undimmed. “This is the best thing I’ve ever done,” he tells us

The challenge facing every 60s guitar god is to stay relevant in the modern age. And yet on August 4 Robin Trower will release what he considers some of his best music to date on Time And Emotion, its title a fair indication of the weighty themes within.

“I liked the title, because I’ve been around a long time,” chuckles the 72-year-old, whose breakthrough came with Procol Harum in 1967, “and emotion is the key to what I do. The Land Of Plenty is my reaction to the riots in America and an overview of poverty in the West. You’re The One is about my late wife. Bitten By The Snake is about people being hooked on drugs, basically. It’s a little bit preachy, that lyric, I know, but these are the things I feel strongly about.”

Did he consider including a few lighter moments? “When something is fundamentally blues-influenced, I’m not sure how positive it can be. But it can still be uplifting, that’s the key to it. There’s always a certain amount of joyfulness to my guitar playing, whatever I’m doing. It’s the most fun you can have – at my age, anyway.”

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