Silver Rails [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Silver Rails is Jack Bruce's first solo studio album since 2003's fine More Jack Than God. He recorded the set at Abbey Road with producer Rob Cass and collaborated with a dazzling array of musicians. Notably, he brought back John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana from the Spectrum Road tribute project dedicated to the Tony Williams' Lifetime -- which released its own album in 2012. He also enlisted son Malcolm Bruce and guest guitarists Phil Manzanera, Robin Trower, Bernie Marsden, and Uli Jon Roth. Bruce wrote songs with longtime collaborators Pete Brown and Kip Hanrahan, as well as his wife, Margrit Seyffer. The music is quite diverse, making the album a distant ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Silver Rails is Jack Bruce's first solo studio album since 2003's fine More Jack Than God. He recorded the set at Abbey Road with producer Rob Cass and collaborated with a dazzling array of musicians. Notably, he brought back John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana from the Spectrum Road tribute project dedicated to the Tony Williams' Lifetime -- which released its own album in 2012. He also enlisted son Malcolm Bruce and guest guitarists Phil Manzanera, Robin Trower, Bernie Marsden, and Uli Jon Roth. Bruce wrote songs with longtime collaborators Pete Brown and Kip Hanrahan, as well as his wife, Margrit Seyffer. The music is quite diverse, making the album a distant spiritual cousin to 1969's Songs for a Tailor. There are some scathing rockers, most notably the rumbling, politically intense "Drone," illustrated only by distorted bass and drums and samples of a WWII Stuka. "Reach for the Night" is a sophisticated, multivalent pop song with R&B and jazz overtones. The piano-driven rock of "Fields of Forever" actually recalls the spirit of "Doin' That Scrapyard Thing" from Cream's Goodbye album. "Rusty Lady," about the death of Margaret Thatcher (Bruce wasn't a fan), is a funky blues with Trower's silvery guitar punctuating the mix. The Caribbean rhythms and horns in "Candlelight" make it an exotic if sophisticated outlier here, Medeski's organ careening around a bubbling bassline, stuttering drum kit, brass, and Manzanera's dancing single lines and vamps. The complex melody in "Hidden Cities" walks a line between metal and prog, while the next cut, "Don't Look Now," commences as a lithe, weary ballad before gradually cracking open and transforming itself into a midtempo rocker. Marsden's stinging fills punch through Bruce's bassline in the strutting modern blues that is "Keep It Down." The set closes with the thundering rock & roll of "No Surrender," the most raucous tune on the set. Bruce's voice is a tad grainy after all these years, but his pitch and phrasing remain intact. Silver Rails is chancy and engaging, despite some inconsistent moments, and stands as a bright testament to an exceptional musician who, for over five decades, has pushed at the margins of every genre he's taken on. [The double-disc version included a DVD with an in-depth commentary on the creation of Silver Rails.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2014
  • Label: Esoteric Antenna
  • EAN: 5013929473034
  • Catalog Number: 21030
  • Sales rank: 21,833

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Candlelight (4:20)
  2. 2 Reach For the Night (6:19)
  3. 3 Fields of Forever (4:35)
  4. 4 Hidden Cities (5:01)
  5. 5 Don't Look Now (5:06)
  6. 6 Rusty Lady (5:13)
  7. 7 Industrial Child (3:40)
  8. 8 Drone (4:47)
  9. 9 Keep It Down (4:57)
  10. 10 No Surrender (3:33)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Making of Silver Rails
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Bruce Primary Artist, Piano, Bass Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron
Phil Manzanera Guitar
Robin Trower Guitar
Bernie Marsden Guitar
Malcolm Bruce Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
John Medeski Mellotron, Hammond B3
Tony Remy Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Winston Rollins Trombone
Uli Jon Roth Guitar
Frank Tontoh Drums
Russell Bennett Trumpet
Derek Nash Tenor Saxophone
Rob Cass Percussion, Background Vocals
Aruba Red Vocals
Pearse Macintyre Acoustic Guitar
Cindy Blackman Santana Drums
Kyla Bruce Vocals
Julie Iwheta Vocals
Chantelle Nandi Vocals
Milos Pál Drums, Djembe
Technical Credits
Jack Bruce Composer
Kip Hanrahan Composer
Paul Pritchard Engineer
Margrit Seyffer Composer, Executive Producer
Rob Cass Producer
Peter Brown Composer
Christian Wright Mastering
Pearse Macintyre Programming, Engineer
Kyla Simone Bruce Director
Sacha Jafri Paintings
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