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Trower / Priest / Brown: United State of Mind

A chance meeting of Maxi Priest and Robin Trower in Livingstone Brown’s studio has led to a collaboration bringing us United State of Mind. Blending R&B, Funk, Soul, and a touch of blues, this unlikely combination of artists hit the mark on their debut. Each musician stamps their unique musical personalities on the music without stepping on each other’s toes. I sit here with a smile on my face, bobbing my head to the groove of each tune. I am floored with Maxi Priest; I love his vocal style, cool, smooth, with a rich tone. Speaking of tone, Trower compliments these songs with his single coil strat weaving the perfect notes to soar over the music. Trower has always been a guitarist that puts taste and emotion first, his playing fits perfectly in this trio. I get a 70’s vibe here, but it is not dated by any means. Excellent songwriting, production and musicianship, nothing forced or contrived as the songs flow from one to another. This is not a genre that I normally gravitate to, but I get nothing but sheer enjoyment listening to the music. The music has a slow burning intensity to it; and never forget that a smoldering fire is still hot!

Robin Trower - Guitar
Livingstone Brown -Bass & Keyboards
Maxi Priest- Vocals
Additional Musicians: Christ Taggart (Drums), Fergus Gerrand (Percussion), Angus Mooncrieff (Trumpet), James Arben (Sax), Ed Rieband (Trombone), Steve Morris (Violin), Adrian Smith (Viola), Chris Worsey (Cello), Eileen Hunter (Flute)

Track Listing

  1. United State Of Mind (3:38)
  2. Are We Just People (5:07)
  3. On Fire Like Zsa Zsa (3:21)
  4. Walking Wounded (4:14)
  5. Sunrise Revolution (5:26)
  6. Hands To The Sky (4:21)
  7. Bring It All Back To You (4:26)
  8. Good Day (4:17)
  9. Where Our Love Came From (4:19)

Added: April 19th 2021
Reviewer: Eric Porter
Related Link: Band Website
Hits: 697
Language: english

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