Friday, August 21, 2009

Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons Live

Revered sixties rock titans here recommence a collaboration that bore two albums in the early eighties, not a 'Bruce does Cream songs with Trower on guitar instead of Clapton', though a couple do crop up. Recorded live in Holland earlier this year, this is a trawl through jazz-based bluesy funk of a perhaps unsurprisingly late sixties ilk (right down to the welcome of 'what a nice vibe') floating on waves of rippling prog-tinged stoner psych (like Distant Places Of The Heart and Just Another Day). Shorn of Hendrix's searing guitar, or Clapton's of the Cream era when he was actually worth his weight in strings and picks if not leads it might get a bit ploddy, indulgent and too tastefully polite, even the Cream tunes which sorely miss Ginger Baker's demonic drumming, as does the whole, with more than a few songs lulling into post five minutes in length and then some. A dream ticket for some though it has all the hallmarks of being more one of those for collectors, guitar magazine subscribers and armchair connoisseurs to relax to after Sunday lunch perhaps with a glass of Chateauneuf to others.
Stu Gibson

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