I’ve been left at home on my own for the first time in year or so – Mrs F has escaped with a couple of her mates for a night away so its just me and the dogs. So (between the obligatory tasks that I’ve been left with) Ive been playing all of those records that don’t normally get to see the light of day – including the excellent Jack Bruce compilation ‘An Introduction To’. I cant think when was the last time I played JB but I was taken aback by just how fucking brilliant he is/was. Im not bothered about much of the Cream stuff or even the majority of JB’s later recordings just that tiny microcosm between 1969 and 1971 when he produced Songs For A Tailor, Things We Like and Harmony Row. The song structures are just extraordinary – often more classical than rock. SFAT has a stellar group of supporting musicians but they don’t get in the way. TWL is a muscular jazz set with John McLaughlin and Dick Heckstall Smith – proper modern jazz not your rock star trying to be cool and hip by getting a few horn players in and playing in 6/4. Harmony Row for me though is the real jewel in the crown – with just Chris Spedding and John Marshall supporting Bruce. It’s a stunning set of songs – Pete Brown excelling himself with vivid imagery which fits Jack’s voice to a tee. As I say he’s pretty good you know.
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