Spirit: Live at the BBC 1971-1978

Spirit: Live at the BBC 1971-1978

by Jack Bruce
     
 
This three-disc set compiles two previously released Jack Bruce concerts with sessions that haven't been heard before, at least not officially. It should be noted that these are not his complete BBC sessions; ardent fans will more than likely quibble and argue about what is not here, though they will more than likely agree on what is. A contribution to the latter

Overview

This three-disc set compiles two previously released Jack Bruce concerts with sessions that haven't been heard before, at least not officially. It should be noted that these are not his complete BBC sessions; ardent fans will more than likely quibble and argue about what is not here, though they will more than likely agree on what is. A contribution to the latter argument is the exclusion of the killer Sounds of the 70s session with guitarist Chris Spedding and drummer John Marshall, who played on Bruce's Harmony Row album. Protest duly noted. Tracks one through nine on disc one feature most of the BBC in Concert set from 1971 with Spedding, organist Graham Bond, and Marshall. This version contains a superior stereo mix and does not sound like the often bootlegged and hissy mono tape that was issued previously on Windsong. The other three cuts -- all excellent -- come from an incomplete Jazz in Britain session with saxophonist John Surman and Jon Hiseman on drums. Disc two is a reissue of the bassist's performance on the Old Grey Whistle Test in 1975, with Carla Bley, Mick Taylor, Ronnie Leahy, and Bruce Gary. This is in mono since the show was broadcast that way, but the sound is exemplary. A bonus is that it restores the entirety of the original broadcast, and contains "Without a Word," which was left off the Strange Fruit release. There's a schizophrenic aspect to the last two cuts on disc two -- and the final cut on three -- in that they comprise an entire Jazz in Britain session by Surman, Bruce, and Hiseman, seven years after the aforementioned 1971 date on the program (hence the "1978" in this set's title). The rest of disc three is devoted to the 1977 In Concert Live at the Paris Theater with drummer Simon Phillips, guitarist Hugh Burns, and keyboardist Tony Hymas. The band was supporting Bruce's How's Tricks? album. The sound is fantastic, perhaps because it was originally mixed in quad then remastered for stereo. Burns is no Spedding or Taylor, but the bassist and drummer lock on, and their interplay is incendiary. Whether or not this is Bruce at his very best is -- and always will be -- debatable among fans. That said, when culled, what this collection reveals is how awe-inspiring his playing and leadership could be; it's a quality that makes this collection well worth the investment.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2008
Label:
Ume Imports
UPC:
0600753055687
catalogNumber:
5305568
Rank:
58422

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. You Burned the Tables on Me
  2. Smiles and Grins
  3. Folk Song
  4. A Letter of Thanks
  5. We're Going Wrong
  6. The Clearout
  7. Have You Ever Loved a Woman?
  8. Powerhouse Sod
  9. You Sure Look Good to Me
  10. Jack's Gone
  11. Clearway
  12. Powerhouse Sod

Disc 2

  1. Can You Follow?
  2. Morning Story
  3. Keep It Down
  4. Pieces of Mind
  5. One
  6. Spirit
  7. Without a Word
  8. Smiles and Grins
  9. Fifteen Minutes Past Three
  10. Ten to Four

Disc 3

  1. Madhouse
  2. Without a Word
  3. Times
  4. Baby Jane
  5. Born Under a Bad Sign
  6. Lost Inside a Song
  7. Something to Live For
  8. How's Tricks
  9. Spirit
  10. Out into the Fields
  11. You Burned the Tables on Me
  12. Twenty Past Four

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jack Bruce   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Mick Taylor   Guitar
Carla Bley   Keyboards
Chris Spedding   Guitar
Graham Bond   Keyboards
Simon Phillips   Percussion,Drums
Hugh Burns   Guitar
Bruce Gary   Percussion,Drums
Jon Hiseman   Percussion,Drums
Tony Hymas   Keyboards
Ronnie Leahy   Keyboards
John Marshall   Drums
Art Themen   Saxophone

Technical Credits

William Bell   Composer
Jack Bruce   Composer
John Surman   Composer
Tony Williams   Composer
Corky Laing   Composer
Pete Brown   Composer
Hugh Burns   Composer
Jon Hiseman   Composer
Tony Hymas   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Leslie West   Composer
Billy Myles   Composer
Peter Brown   Composer
Janet Godfrey   Composer
Ben Wiseman   Remixing

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