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Feature Story: Six-string god Robin Trower powers up on new collaboration with Jack Bruce

English wah-wah guitar great Robin Trower has enjoyed two huge careers, first as axeman in the prog collective Procol Harum and then as a gold and platinum solo artist through the heady ‘70s. Add three more decades onto that, and Robin never stopped finding novel outlets for his thick blues guitar skills, one of the greatest collaborations being his work with the incomparable Jack Bruce.

Backstage Pass: Talking lyrics with Procol Harum's Keith Reid

Surreal, dreamy, opaque — all are words that could describe the evocative lyrics of Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade Of Pale.” Emerging from the mists of England’s late-’60s progressive-rock bog, “Whiter Shade Of Pale” — with a little help from the offshore pirate radio station Radio London — unexpectedly shot straight up to #1 in the U.K. and stayed on top of the charts for six weeks. Stateside, it climbed to #5 and sold more than a million copies. The man responsible for the impressionistic imagery of the song’s lyrics is Keith Reid.