September 5, 2009 – 4:10 am

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First UK Gig 2009 [Uxbridge 129, 2CD]

Live at The Empire, Shepherds Bush, London, UK, August 5, 2009. Very good audience recording.

On the surface, it does look like an anomaly. Rock music is supposed to be a young man’s music but looking at Jack Bruce and Robin Trower on stage, they look like somebody’s grandfather (and probably are), especially with Trower’s craggy look, white hair and thinning top; and Bruce looking like Willie Nelson’s slightly younger brother.

Trower, once upon a time with Procol Harum, has played some flashy guitar in the past but here, in blues rock mode, it’s a sustained slow burn all the way and how he makes his guitar sing and talk. Those who have seen Trower live or watched the Seven Moons Live DVD will know Trower isn’t a sedate guitarist playing in the shadows. He is quite animated, with ever-changing facial expressions to match.

If Trower gets the spotlight in his solo sections, he is ably supported by the rhythm section of Bruce on bass and Gary Husband on drums. Husband, with his jazz backgrounds, provides solid backing, thus allowing Bruce to roam free on the fretboard.

The power trio has been heavily promoting their latest Seven Moons album, if nothing else for the fact that it is a real collaborative effort, especially between Bruce and Trower, and not a case of one musician backing the other. While fans have been generally rather enthusiastic about the album, live, it is that old chestnut, Sunshine Of Your Love, that perks up your ears.

On the other hand, Bruce and Trower do not need a catchy pop tune to strut their stuff. One gets the feeling that with these guitar masters, a song merely provides a frame - it is how they weave their magic around the song that matters. And just because they look old doesn’t make them anything less. In fact, as this gig shows, these guys can still rock.

Thanks to Lincoln Park Mark for sharing these tracks taken from a Japanese boot. The taper sounds a little distant - there seems to be a very slight echo - but Bruce’s gravelly vocals and running bass and Trower’s stinging guitar are prominently clear and upfront.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Disc 1
Track 101. Seven Moons (7.8MB)
Track 102. Lives Of Clay (7.9MB)
Track 103. Distant Places Of The Heart (8.0MB)
Track 104.  Sunshine Of Your Love (17.1MB)
Track 105. Carmen (7.8MB)
Track 106. Perfect Place (6.4MB)
Track 107. We’re Going Wrong (9.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. So Far To Yesterday (6.0MB)
Track 202. Just Another Day (10.3MB)
Track 203. The Last Door (7.2MB)
Track 204. Bad Case Of Celebrity (7.4MB)
Track 205. Come To Me (7.9MB)
Track 206. White Room (13.7MB)
Track 207. Politician (9.7MB)

Jack Bruce - bass and vocal
Robin Trower - guitar
Gary Husband - drums


2008 was a busy year for Jack Bruce releases. First, there was Seven Moons. Spirit was a three-CD set of Jack Bruce at the BBC over the years and Can You Follow?, a six-CD Jack Bruce retrospective. Click on the links to order the respective releases.


  2. hey bigo, this looks cool. i’ll get it. i like the germany show you offered in march?. was walking around playing it not to long ago.

    i researched this venue. i think it’s: the o2 shepherd’s bush empire, shepherd’s bush, london, england 8.5.09. look it up on wikipedia and they have an official site.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 5, 2009

  3. Wonderful Jack and still magic Robin…
    It’s great this reunion…Procol’s & Cream
    where’s is Ginger?

    By ALEJANDRO on Sep 7, 2009

  4. Where’s Ginger? You need to read the recent interview he did with Rolling Stone… THEN you’ll know why Ginger Baker wasn’t there. What a crotchety old fart (I say that with the utmost respect).

    By Shaun on Sep 16, 2009

  5. thanxxx for all the great old music, bigO

    By metaljohn333 on Feb 11, 2013

  6. Hello, The following songs aren’t working for this show

    Track 104. Sunshine Of Your Love (16.7MB - visit the html page to download the track

    Track 105. Carmen (7.4MB)

    Track 201. So Far To Yesterday (5.7MB)

    Track 206. White Room (13.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)

    By stump on Mar 21, 2016

  7. Dear Sirs,

    Hi, please help me with links of JACK BRUCE, ROBIN TROWER & GARY HUSBAND - LONDON 2009

    Regards and thanks in advance


    By LUISSUNSET on Jan 26, 2020

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