Songs for a Tailor [UK Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
After nearly a decade as a primary fixture on London's seminal electric R&B scene in groups such as Blues Incorporated, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and Cream, Jack Bruce bass/keyboards/vocals commenced his solo career with the release of Songs for a Tailor 1969. Bruce's decision to temporarily can the decidedly jazzier tunes that he had recorded the previous year with John McLaughlin guitar, Jon Hiseman drums, and Dick Heckstall-Smith brass/woodwinds proved to be a shrewd artistic decision. After having recently exited Cream, Bruce establishes his own identity with this collection of more inclusive songs, rather than the instrumentally intensive sides that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
After nearly a decade as a primary fixture on London's seminal electric R&B scene in groups such as Blues Incorporated, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and Cream, Jack Bruce bass/keyboards/vocals commenced his solo career with the release of Songs for a Tailor 1969. Bruce's decision to temporarily can the decidedly jazzier tunes that he had recorded the previous year with John McLaughlin guitar, Jon Hiseman drums, and Dick Heckstall-Smith brass/woodwinds proved to be a shrewd artistic decision. After having recently exited Cream, Bruce establishes his own identity with this collection of more inclusive songs, rather than the instrumentally intensive sides that would eventually come out as Things We Like 1970. Bruce exhibits his versatility as a multi-instrumentalist and, along with collaborator Pete Brown lyrics, his prowess as a songwriter. Interestingly, a majority of the titles are executed by compact power trios. The personnel includes Chris Spedding guitar, Hiseman, and Felix Pappalardi vocals/guitar. Although comparisons to Cream are perhaps inevitable, the diversity of musicians as well as the strong arrangements of equally inspired material give these a distinct feel. From right off the bat, Bruce's inimitable and undulating basslines thrust the groove on the cryptically titled lead track, "Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune." The lineup is of considerable note here, as a subdued George Harrison, under the alias of L'Angelo Misterioso, joins Bruce, Hiseman, Harry Beckett trumpet, Henry Lowther trumpet, Heckstall-Smith, and Art Theman sax. The off-kilter intro lands into a heavy rocker with prominent brass augmentation, recalling the punctuation of Chicago's fusion of jazz and straight-ahead rock & roll. This directly contrasts the other two cuts with the horn section. The R&B vibe on "Ministry of Bag" is agile and funky, much like the bluesy Bay Area blend from the Electric Flag or Cold Blood. In the same vein, "Boston Ball Game 1967" is another inspired brief flash of jazzy rock -- clocking in at under two minutes. One obvious standout from the respective three-piece combos is Bruce's definitive reading of "Theme from an Imaginary Western." The song's earthy quality is not unlike that which permeates the Band's debut, Music from Big Pink 1968. "Weird of Hermiston" and the uptempo and trippy "Tickets to Waterfalls" both feature Bruce on organ, providing a slightly psychedelic feel à la Traffic. [In 2003 Songs for a Tailor was issued with digitally remastered sound and four previously unreleased supplementary sides: demo and alternate mix versions of "Ministry of Bag" as well as alternate mixes of both "Weird of Hermiston" and "The Clearout."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 044006560328
  • Catalog Number: 656032
  • Sales rank: 25,927

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jack Bruce Primary Artist, Organ, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Cello, Electric Piano, Vocals
George Harrison Guitar
Harry Beckett Trumpet
Henry Lowther Trumpet
Chris Spedding Guitar
Dick Heckstall-Smith Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jon Hiseman Drums
John Marshall Drums
John Mumford Trombone
Felix Pappalardi Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Art Themen Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jack Bruce Arranger
Andy Johns Engineer
Felix Pappalardi Producer
Phil Smee Packaging
Mark Powell Producer, Liner Notes
Paschal Byrne Remastering
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