Bill Bruford's Earthworks Live: Stamping Ground [Bonus Disc]

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Even by the standards set on the previous three studio CDs by Bill Bruford's Earthworks, drummer Bill Bruford hits on all cylinders on the live 1994 release Stamping Ground. The music is practically uncategorizable, as Bruford and bassist Tim Harries set a muscular pace for saxophonist Iain Ballamy and keyboardist/horn player Django Bates on the serpentine opener "Nerve." "Up North" slows the pace and showcases Ballamy's melodic sensibilities, then the lengthier workouts begin. "A Stone's Throw" features a duet intro between Ballamy and Bruford (on percussion), then the saxophonist sways over the acoustic bassline of Harries and the embellishments of Bruford. The drummer toyed with the primary use of electronic drums ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Even by the standards set on the previous three studio CDs by Bill Bruford's Earthworks, drummer Bill Bruford hits on all cylinders on the live 1994 release Stamping Ground. The music is practically uncategorizable, as Bruford and bassist Tim Harries set a muscular pace for saxophonist Iain Ballamy and keyboardist/horn player Django Bates on the serpentine opener "Nerve." "Up North" slows the pace and showcases Ballamy's melodic sensibilities, then the lengthier workouts begin. "A Stone's Throw" features a duet intro between Ballamy and Bruford (on percussion), then the saxophonist sways over the acoustic bassline of Harries and the embellishments of Bruford. The drummer toyed with the primary use of electronic drums on Earthworks releases in the '80s, but reverts to a more acoustic format here -- yet the intro to the nine-minute "Pilgrim's Way" still shows the melodic possibilities of Bruford's creative electric "chordal drums." Bates' "Emotional Shirt" blends classical sensibilities with a shuffling jazz/fusion rhythmic pattern; Ballamy's "It Needn't End in Tears" is a stately ballad spotlighting the saxophonist's lyrical playing, and "All Heaven Broke Loose" lives up to its title with a sensitive intro and explosive buildup. Bates' brooding, seven-minute "Candles Still Flicker in Romania's Dark" is the official finale, but its subtitled, 11-minute, part two ("Bridge of Inhibition") provides the exhilarating climax. Bruford's chordal patterns sound practically symphonic amid this epic's starts and stops -- further proof of the originality of one of the most musical drummers of all time. Like all great live releases, Stamping Ground
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Summerfold Uk
  • UPC: 604388638024
  • Catalog Number: 12
  • Sales rank: 256,054

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nerve - Bill Bruford (6:09)
  2. 2 Up North - Bill Bruford (5:21)
  3. 3 A Stone's Throw - Bill Bruford (8:18)
  4. 4 Pilgrim's Way - Bill Bruford (8:46)
  5. 5 Emotional Shirt - Bill Bruford (6:04)
  6. 6 It Needn't End in Tears - Bill Bruford (8:02)
  7. 7 All Heaven Broke Loose: Psalm/Old Song - Bill Bruford (7:52)
  8. 8 Candles Still Flicker in Romania's Dark - Bill Bruford (6:45)
  9. 9 Bridge of Inhibition - Bill Bruford (11:04)
  10. 10 Hotel Splendour - Bill Bruford (5:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [Untitled Track] - Bill Bruford (5:39)
  2. 2 [Untitled Track] - Bill Bruford (6:01)
  3. 3 [Untitled Track] - Bill Bruford (7:44)
  4. 4 [Untitled Track] - Bill Bruford (11:17)
  5. 5 [Untitled Track] - Bill Bruford (6:03)
  6. 6 [Untitled Track] - Bill Bruford (2:17)
  7. 7 [Untitled Track] - Bill Bruford (6:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Bruford's Earthworks Primary Artist
Bill Bruford Indexed Contributor, Drums, Electronic Drums, Chordal Drum
Iain Ballamy Saxophone
Django Bates Keyboards, Peck Horn
Tim Harries Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Iain Ballamy Composer
John Burns Remastering
Derek Drescher Producer
Dave McKean Illustrations
Andrew Murdock Engineer
Mike Walter Engineer
Anthony Whittaker Digital Editing
Robert Sandall Liner Notes
Chris E. Thomas Digital Editing
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