Title - United State of Mind
Artist - Trower - Priest - Brown
For those unaware, releasing on CD in the US on April 16th, 2021 is a fantastic album entitled United State of Mind (via Manhaton Records) that brings together three very different UK music legends: Robin Trower, Maxi Priest and Livingstone Brown.
Virtuoso rock guitarist Robin Trower found fame with Procol Harum, then went on to lead his very own power trio: The Robin Trower Band. His album Bridge of Sighs has sold millions of copies worldwide.
USM was one of the first pieces of music that I came up with for Maxi, Trower reflects, as soon as he heard it, Maxi had the lyric idea of On a lonely highway and everything started to fall into place from there.
I think it is one of the best tracks I have been involved in. Working on the album with Livi and Maxi was a complete joy from beginning to end.
Maxi Priest is an iconic British reggae vocalist, with Jamaican heritage, who is best known for singing reggae with added R&B flavor, creating that potent blend called reggae fusion.
Maxi was a pioneer in the genre and is acknowledged as one of the most successful reggae fusion acts of all time.
Livingstone Brown, meanwhile, is a talented producer/mix engineer and musician. As a session and touring musician during the 80s and 90s, Livingstone worked, separately, with Robin Trower and Maxi Priest; not to mention in his long career other high-calibre artists such as Ed Sheeran, The Waterboys, Tina Turner, Bryan Ferry, Kylie Minogue, De La Soul, ABC and Bill Withers, to name but an impressive several others!
1. United State of Mind
2. Are We Just People
3. On Fire Like Zsa Zsa
4. Walking Wounded
5. Sunrise Revolution
6. Hands To The Sky
7. Bring It All Back To You
8. Good Day
9. Where Our Love Came From
Featuring three artists with distinctive, trademark sounds and styles that dovetail and fuse together, creating an excellent whole that is full of atmosphere, allure and a whole lotta soul, the album opens on the Summer breeze of the title track United State of Mind which feeds seamlessly into the 70s slow funk groove of Are We Just People, Trowers lush mid-tempo guitar work on On Fire Like Zsa Zsa and then the slow crawl of the Hendrix-esque Walking Wounded.
That flow continues onward with the smooth and velvety ambiance of Sunrise Revolution and the gently funky Hands To The Sky, and the quieter tones of the ponderances within Bring It All Back To You, with the album rounding out on the rhythmically melodic Good Day, closing on Trowers renowned blues guitar work on the enigmatic Where Our Love Came From.
Amazon Purchase Links
United State of Mind - Official Lyric Video