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Songs For A Tailor [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

Jack Bruce Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 April 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00008A8LI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Songs for a Tailor is ex-Cream bass player Jack Bruce's first solo album. This digitally remastered version of his 1969 solo album comes complete with four bonus tracks and sleeve notes by Mark Powell.

BBC Review

While Jack Bruce's solo career has beaten a sometimes wayward path (most notably in the formation of several dodgy power trios with guitarists Gary Moore, Robin Trower and Leslie West), his 1969 solo debut is worthy of the oft-used 'classic album' tag. It's a long way from the bluesy bluster of uber-trio Cream, though the bassist's aggression and authority shines through just as strongly here. The words are provided by Pete Brown, whose writing partnership with the bassist provided Cream's most substantial material. His slightly surreal prose is a great fit with Bruce's vocal delivery, which ranges from bruised, fragile white soul to bluesy belting.

Bruce's intricate but powerful settings concoct a fusion of rock, jazz and proggy psychedelia, given both punch and focus by Felix Pappalardi's spacious production. While there's a superficial resemblance to the early jazz/rock fusions of Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears, this is much more adventurous, elegant fare. From sweaty R'n'B (''Ministry of Bag'') to psychedelic jazz improv (''Boston Ball Game 1967''), Procol Harum-esque melancholia (''Theme for an Imaginary Western'') to the intricate songforms of ''Ropeladder to the Moon'', Songs covers all the bases but never sounds thin or overstretched.

Unsurprisingly, the bass is up close and in your face throughout all this genre hopping. Bruce's melodic invention and (let's not put too fine a point on it) balls inspired a generation of potential bassists in ways few had done before; gone were the days when four string duties were handed out to the worst guitarist in the average rock band (though they do seem to be back now). Support comes from Colosseum's Jon Hiseman and Dick Heckstall-Smith, plus the wondrous Chris Spedding (melting a few frets at the Boston Ball Game) and a host of horn players.

Those who'll be hearing this for the first time are to be envied, while seasoned Bruceologists will be rewarded with a sparkling remastering job and the obligatory extra demo versions, alternate mixes and edits. Classic stuff (there, I've said it). --Peter Marsh

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The man's a genius 14 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
I had this album on vinyl and hadn't listened to it for years, so my first reaction was surprise that it still stands up so well. Liberated from Cream, Jack Bruce could finally do what he wanted, with that fabulous bass to the fore, driving the melody as well as the rhythm. Great songs that are still different and challenging, and the added delight of Jon Hiseman's drumming on a few tracks. The bonus tracks are also enlightening, especially the almost punk Clearout and the Ministry of Bag demo. The uninitiated may take a few hearings to get into it, but persevere, it's worth it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A genuine forgotten classic 8 Aug 2001
By Mr P VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Recorded after the demise of Cream this album highlights the phenomenal compositional and vocal skills of the young Jack Bruce. The main players alongside Bruce are guitarist Chris Spedding and drummer Jon Hiseman. The album is full of fairly short succinct songs of great rhythm, unexpected twists and real invention. One of the greatest albums of all time. Not many people know that. Lots of albums are bestowed with the classic tag, most are over rated.This is the genuine article. For those with open, enquiring minds and want something more than the much touted, commercial and bleeding obvious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It just doesent get any better than this. 6 Aug 2001
Format:Audio CD
Jack has been a great influance on other artists as a bass player from when he played with John Mayall. Together with Clapton and Baker in Cream he helped change the way Blues were played and understood. When this album was first released it proved to me what a brilliant artist he was. It covers Jazz Blues Fusion like nothing else of its time. Today its still hits the spot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Way better than Clapton 11 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
Whilst Eric Clapton sank into well-paid mediocrity Jack Bruce showed with this album that he was interested first and foremost in the music. Wildly creative, always well played and often edgy, this is a classic album whcih deserves a revival.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 4 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
I remember when this album came out in vinyl many years ago after Jack Bruce left Cream. Being a big fan of the supergroup and alot younger then, I wasn't sure when I first heard it, however, having matured and broadened my musical outlook, I love it now. Jack's jazz influence is clear and there is a certain bluesy feel to it as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theme for an imaginary heaven 15 July 2003
By Mr P VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Recorded after the demise of Cream this album highlights the phenomenal compositional and vocal skills of the young Jack Bruce. The main players alongside Bruce are guitarist Chris Spedding and drummer Jon Hiseman. The album is full of fairly short succinct songs of great rhythm, unexpected twists and real invention.
One of the greatest albums of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Debut" solo album classic effort 1 May 2007
By Wayne Klein VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After the break up of Cream Jack Bruce dove right into his second solo album (his first was an instrumental album that was released after this one). "Songs for a Tailor" features a couple of tracks written for Cream (but unrecorded or rejected)along with a strong group of new originals that Bruce wrote with his lyricist Pete Brown.

"Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune" shows Bruce's love of jazz with its unusual time signature and interesting horn arrangement. It features exceptional guitar playing by George Harrison. "Theme From an Imaginary Western" with its dominating sound of piano sounds unlike anything that Cream recorded. Although it sounds a bit like The Band, the music was actually written BEFORE The Band had recorded their first album back in 1963. "Tickets to Waterfalls" features nice piano and bass playing by Bruce along with a terrific vocal. "Weird of Hermiston" with its opening descending piano riff sounds nothing what you might expect from the title. This song was originally written for Cream (and there is a demo of it on the Cream box set "Those Were The Days").

The strangest song is the closer "The Clearout" (which was also written by Bruce/Brown for Cream to record and, again, there is a Cream demo on the box set). One could easily imagine Cream releasing this inspite of the subdued guitar work of the usually impressive Chris Spedding--one could imagine both Spedding if allowed to (and Clapton still in his prime)tearing this song up with a killer solo. The band includes Spedding, Bruce (who plays bas, piano, guitar, organ on the album) drummer Jon Hiseman and some nice sax playing by Dick Heckstall.

The reissue includes extensive liner notes about Bruce's career, the recording of the album and comments from Bruce and his lyricist Pete Brown.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything Is Peaches but the Cream 30 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
Some saw the release of this album as commercial suicide.
Fresh from his stint with the original supergroup, Cream, Jack's
first solo album is not quite what you would expect.
Gone are the extended forays into improvisation and the whacked out wah wah guitar solos.
In their place is a set of short,tight, punchy songs, exemplified by the opener, NEVER TELL YOUR MOTHER SHE's OUT OF TUNE.
Accompanied in the main by John Marshall on drums and Chris Spedding on guitar, the band weave their way around Jack's sinuous vocals to create a sound which was hardly synonimous with the acid daze of the late sixties.
Two of the songs, THEME FROM AN IMAGINARY WESTERN and ROPE LADDER TO THE MOON, covered by Mountain and Colosseum respectively, are instant classics.
The rest is beautufully performed mutated rythem & blues.
Perhaps not as intriguing as it's follow up HARMONY ROW, this is possibly THE great overlooked album of the sixties.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great memories
Published 6 hours ago by Christopher Bowles
5.0 out of 5 stars Jack Bruce is a brilliant musician and I recommend this album from the...
Jack Bruce is a brilliant musician and I recommend this album from the young Jack highly to all lovers of REALLY GOOD MUSIC!
Published 1 month ago by pingfloy
5.0 out of 5 stars when jack met pete
I first went south in 1964 . I was a stranger in a strange land where the streets were paved with dog turds and angels wept in dark alleys . Read more
Published 2 months ago by david handy ( a mackem )
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to hear the songs of my youth
highly recommended he has brilliant vocals and to me it doesn't date even though its at least thirty odd years ago
Published 4 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful songs
songs for a tailor is well worth a listen, the album reveals more each time you hear it. simply wonderful.
Published 7 months ago by Mrs Amanda Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a superb album that gets better the more you listen to it.
This is one of the really great rock albums. Jack Bruce's former band - Cream - were probably the best blues / rock band ever. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Bob Hoare
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I have been after this album for 40 years and it was worth waiting for. It has always been rated highly so I can appreciate why now.
Published 19 months ago by John F. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Rope ladders & waterfalls
There is no British singer from the sixties (apart from Paul Rodgers: the Voice) to whom I'd rather listen than Jack Bruce. Read more
Published 21 months ago by GlynLuke
5.0 out of 5 stars How to follow Cream.
Songs For A Tailor. Excellent album. Personally I think its Jacks finest hour barre Live Cream. Never Tell Your Mothers She Out Of Tune, Rope Ladder To The Moon, Theme For An... Read more
Published on 28 Oct 2011 by Karlos B
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic
I did have the original vinyl record but that was long ago; I had forgotten how melodic Jack's bass was and you can lose yourself just riding his playing. Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2009 by I. Gillespie
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