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Jet Set Jewel [Original recording remastered]

Jack Bruce Audio CD
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JACK BRUCE. The composer, the singer, the multi-instrumentalist, the Legend. Hailed as one of the most powerful vocalists and greatest bassists of his time, his improvisational skill and utterly unique, free-spirited approach to composition and performance would forever change electric music. His pioneering, full-toned, free-wheeling playing on the electric bass revolutionised the way the ... Read more in Amazon's Jack Bruce Store

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  • Audio CD (5 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00009L1NX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 317,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Boy
2. Head in the sun
3. Neighbour neighbour
4. Childsong
5. Jet set jewel
6. Please
7. Maybe the dawn
8. Mickey the fiddler
9. She's moving on
10. Best is still to come

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great album finds it way 25 years later 2 July 2003
By murilix
Format:Audio CD
Judging from the 3 tracks previously available on the Willpower anthology - while other 3 found in different recordings their way to other JB albums ("The Boy", "Neighbour, Neighbour" and "Childsong") - we could tell the stuff was good. Guess the wait was worthwhile. In "Jet Set Jewel", the quartet comprised of Bruce, Hymas, Burns and Phillips simply shine all the time. The band had definitely reached maturity by the time this album was recorded, making this easily the best Jack Bruce album of the period. Not to mention Dick Heckstall-Smith on a couple of tracks.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A non-glittering jewel 7 Oct 2003
Format:Audio CD
The until now unreleased album from 1978. The opener The Boy (Bruce/Hart) will be familiar from Monkjack. A pretty decent version here too.
Head in the Sun is next, written by Tony Hymas and Pete Brown. Not a very memorable song unfortunately and Jacks singing sounds constipated at times. Neighbour, Neighbour is OK but the live version on Cities of the Heart is better. Dick Heckstall-Smith tries his best in the middle. Not my favourite vocal performance. In fact a lot of the vocals on this album are sub par for this usually wonderful singer.
Track 4 is Childsong previously heard on Somethin Els and Desire Develops an Edge (Kip Hanrahan). This is a fine version with Jacks tonsils used to much better effect. Next up is Jet Set Jewell known to us from Willpower. One of the best tracks on the album, Pete Brown thinks its one of the best they did together. I would not go that far though. Nice guitar work from Hughie Burns.
Please, another Hymas song is next. It really is pretty dreadful. About 2 marks out of 100 in my opinion. Track 7 Maybe Its Dawn is another Hymas/Brown collaboration and leaves a lot to be desired. Lets face it Hymas just pales in comparison as a writer when compared to JB. Singing on this track too is not his best. Mickey The Fiddler again we know from Willpower and is a pretty good Bruce/Hart effort. Shes Moving On too is co written by Lyricist David Hart. Wooly opening with voice and piano. Soft bits are just too soft. The rest of the song is just about OK. It sounds like Jack could possibly make this song a lot better if he recorded it afresh.
The closing and excellent Jack classic Best Is Still To Come we know again from Willpower but I prefer the version on Automatic. We need Automatic re-released too folks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unreleased (WHY?) Gem from the 70's 14 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
People are sometimes confused by Jacks solo career after Cream. They should not be his dozen TRUE SOLO albums from 1969 Songs for a Tailor to 2003 More Jack than God are totally consistent. Brilliant Songs written with Master Wordsmith Pete Brown, world class musicians and of course that famous voice and bass.

The Confusion has arisen with his Non Solo collaborative works which cover everything from Free Jazz, the avant garde to Hard Rock. Although they have their moments of genius to,these are really for the devotees. Anything with Jacks name alone on the sleeve is a true gem.

This one dates from 1978 and features his then current touring band of Simon Philips , Tony Hymas & Hughie Burns. Tighter than the previous years Hows Tricks set (They had been touring for 18 months)As has been said songs on here have appeared on other Jack Cds in the intervening 25 years, but it is unfair to say these originals are inferior. And I've seen him play SIX out of these ten tracks live, so the previous reviewer needs to see more live Jack, as Jack obviously rates this album. Another Solo Masterpiece.

Get them all: Songs for a tailor,Harmony Row,Out of the Storm,Hows Tricks, I've always wanted to do this, Automatic, Somethin' Els, Deserted Cities Live,Monkjack, Shadows in the Air & More Jack than God. The quality control NEVER slips.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Forgotten Treasure 22 Nov 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
There are many reasons why this album is not regarded as one of Jack's best. Firstly there is the cover which has various style crimes contained on it, the trashy airport novel front cover and the band with pre-punk seventies haircuts and white suits. Then there is the music which is not earlier free jazz influenced blues/rock of his Cream and immediate post-Cream days but a more smooth Fusion based influenced sound. This, like much of Jack's music, is quite complex stuff, therefore, these superficial style issues can get in the way of just having a good listen. I am sure that many have cast it aside before they have given it a chance. I bought this because it was part of a UK reissue programme (i.e. I did not buy this import version)and at first filed it under "other works by..." and stuck to listening to his first couple of albums. Now that I have taken the time to go back to it I am glad I kept it. This is great stuff; as good as any of is other work although it does not have the pull of nostalgia that songs like "Letter of Thanks" etc, have for me it is still a great musician and peerless singer at the top of his form. Try to see/listen past the stle follies of the era and you will be rewarded.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE lost rock masterpiece of the 1970s 20 Sep 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Who were the fools that shelved this amazing album 25 years ago? Jack mentions in the liner notes how really bitter he was about this at the time & it's easy to see why now 25 years later: "Jet Set Jewel" was, for once, a fantastically produced set of 10 peerless songs with Jack's voice at the top of its form that would have completely revived his career without giving up an ounce of artistic integrity.
The usual complaint about Jack's voice being 'whiny' & annoying doesn't apply here at all as his voice not only seems to have regained the almost operatic range & power it had in the glory days of Cream but it & every other instrument were fine-tuned in the studio & balanced & layered & textured in every detail to a Steely Dan level of perfection.
As for the songs, all 10 are winners full of the type of raw power, passion, beautiful & unexpected melodic turns & colorful lyrics Jack last displayed on the great "Harmony Row," except that now you also have the added bonus of Dennis MacKay's superior original production & 2003 level digital remastering. Most of the songs are too progressive & complicated to have garnered much AOR radio play in the late '70s but the title track written with Pete Brown is the exception. The title track is a flat-out AOR hit that never happened. Bruce fans have heard this song before in concert but never like this. The production & the sheer strength of Jack's voice (which unfortunately he lost a couple of years later and never quite regained to this awesome level of mastery)during these sessions will amaze you. This is exactly how Jack & his band needed to sound to recapture the mythic dimension of the best late '60s psychedelic rock with 1978 studio technology.
There are very few albums you listen to all the way through and are so amazed by you can do nothing but say "wow!" This is one of them. You are literally mesmerized and glad to be alive in a world where something as cool as this album can at least be created (even if not brought to the public for 25 years).
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "Jewel", a true gem... 17 Oct 2003
By Jason A. Levine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having read the previous review, I felt even more compelled to comment about this magnificent 'lost' treasure. In true Grail-like fashion, "Jet Set Jewel" is a collection of melodic masterpieces and engineering perfection, with everyone (on both sides of the studio glass) in top form.
From song to song, you're constantly reminded of the innovation (and influence) that Jack Bruce actually had on modern rock songwriting. Being 1978, Jack & Co. can be heard seguing from very dramatic, progressive passages, into slick 'dance' music interludes; but these disco-fusion moments are so happening, I could barely stop myself from moving along. We're talking *thick* grooves here, and with Jack on the bass and Simon Phillips on drums, you're gonna feel the groove...all over.
...and the engineering: as echoed previously, it's of Steely Dan calibur.
Jack was back...in full form. And did the record company have any interest? Well, that's a story you'll have to read about in the liner notes (which are *also* top-notch!)
If you want to take a surreal trip to 1978 and hear what the best of the best was capable of creating, then hop aboard the Concorde - and join the Jet Set...
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of the Vault 25 years later 24 Jun 2003
By G. Wallace - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The liner notes tell the story of Bruce's unfortunate artistic imprisonment at Polygram and the scuttling of this finished record. Polygram finally released three of the better numbers in 1989 as part of a Jack Bruce retrospective. Bruce re-recorded three compositions that were among the finest songs on albums in the 80's and 90's (The Boy on 1995's Monkjack, Childsong on 1993's Something Els and Mickey the Fiddler for his 1980 comeback). Those numbers are also highlights on Jet Set Jewel. Of the remaining songs, Neighbor Neighbor is a rather pedestrian blues and three more are actually Tony Hymas compositions. That leaves She's Moving On as the unheard Jack Bruce song (lyric by David Hart) and it's as much a two-part piece as To Isengard or Post War. Playing and production strongly recall How's Tricks and the material is of comparable quality. It's probably not the first Jack Bruce record for a new listener, in part because of all the Hymas compositions. Certainly one the Jack Bruce fans will want to own, though. This one was released after Universal acquired Polygram, so maybe mergers aren't all bad.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a gift for hard core JB fans 30 Jun 2003
By Studebacher Hoch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you're only a luke warm Jack Bruce fan, this album will not win you over. But if you are a hard core fan, as I am, this will be a most rewarding experience. The album's (arguably) best three songs have already showed up on Willpower and some others have been performed in other contexts: Childsong on SomethinEls and a Kip Hanrahan album, Neighbor Neighbor on his live 50th birthday album. Still, the versions on this CD are superb.
While Songs for a Tailor could be called "eclectic" moving freely from folk to jazz to R&B, Jet Set Jewel is even more far flung. I'd call it eccentric. From blues to reggae to latin jazz to folk to near operatic - it's almost jarring how much ground he covers - sometimes within a single song. One tune, in particular, "She Moved" sounds like Michael Mantler meets Billy Joel.
This album is a huge leap forward from "Hows Tricks", this line-ups first effort. The musicisans seem much more polished and they are comfortable and energized working with each other. Also - the songs, themselves, are much better - the compositions are far more ambitious and the arrangements are nothing less than brave.
The songs are mostly little stories about people and relationships, which, in itself, is a little different for Jack. I'm not sure if it all hangs together the way that say "Harmony Row" does. And because I'm more familiar with some songs than others, its difficult to look at the whole thing - as a single piece. I have a feeling that songs that sound a bit weird to me now will probably wind up being my favorites down the road.
Anyway, some albums are deep - this one is thick and dense and porous and tangled and sometimes airy. It is always joyous and profoundly moving in only the way Jack Bruce can be.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A jewel of an album that flew faster than the trendy music of the time finally gets issued 25 Feb 2012
By Monkeyshines - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The history of "Jet Set Jewel" is as complicated as Jack Bruce's life. Bruce put together a strong album for RSO/Polydor back in 1978. The label rejected it AND then stated that he wasn't recording for them anymore but they weren't going to release him from his contract preventing him from making new music with any other label at the time.

Chalk it up to wanting to screw an artist that with Cream had helped create the RSO label. Jack got screwed. It's appropriate now that Bruce is getting a long overdue reassassement for his outstanding solo career that Polydor got around to reissuing Jack's back catalog in expanded form back in 2002--it shouldn't have taken so long.

"Jet Set Jewel" lives up to its title--it's complex but fascinating music from Bruce who clearly was out of step with what was being released in 1978 (hence the arrogant comment from his label that it was "unreleasable")but it certainly WOULD have sold to those listening to Bruce's music at the time and it's an often brilliant set.

This is a exceptional set of music that should have been released back in 1978. Luckily, it is finally getting its due.

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