Jack Bruce & Robin Trower – Seven Moons Live

January 01, 1970





There are those that have accused Jack Bruce of sometimes
under performing by rehashing overly familiar fare (i.e. constant Cream) and
lowering his standards to replay turgid heavy metal (the ill considered West
Bruce and Laing).  After all, his avant
garde repertoire demonstrated he was capable of exploring the outer realms of
fusion and melody, just as his nimble fretwork and stirring vocals have marked
him as perhaps the greatest bassist/vocalist in contemporary realms, Paul
McCartney and John Entwistle notwithstanding. 
Consequently, his union with guitarist Robin Trower was seen by some as
yet another attempt to recapture former glories, putting him back in driving
mode with a flashy guitarist and a powerhouse drummer (in this case the
more-than-capable Gary Husband). 


However, if that was the suspicion with the trio’s three
earlier entries, doubts could be erased given the evidence exhibited on this
live recording taken from a concert this past February in Holland.  While the ever-present Cream classics are
still included – the well trod but still sturdy 
“Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room” and “Politician” – the emphasis is
mainly on the duo’s collaborative compositions. In fact, there’s an unexpected
freshness and vitality evident in these proceedings, a combination that may
have been less than evident on the trio’s trio of studio albums.  Bruce’s vocals are still as resounding as
ever and his bass work still fills in all the spaces, allowing Trower’s guitar
to soar as Husband holds down the center. 


Trower appears to have pulled back on the Hendrix
inflections that marked his earliest expositions, but if he’s handed the reigns
to Bruce, it makes the formula all the more fluid.  “So Far To Yesterday” and “Perfect Place”
skip along blithely while “Just Another Day” explores those darker, more obtuse
realms that made for such interesting offshoots in Bruce’s eclectic solo
career.  Yes, there’s still ample
evidence the group holds a penchant for stultifying blues riffing and an
occasional leaden melody, but overall Seven
Moons Live
finds its participants shining brightly in the collective


Standout Tracks: “So Far to Yesterday,” “White Room” LEE ZIMMERMAN


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