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Jack: The Biography of Jack Bruce
Jack: The Biography of Jack Bruce
by Steven Myatt
Edition: Hardcover

27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A disgrace, 2 Feb 2006
Having been a fan of Jack Bruce since "Fresh Cream" then on through his amazing solo albums and collaborations with a wide variety of other musicians, I was excited to find that a biography had at last appeared - and just in good time to ask my daughter to make it my Christmas present.
What a bringdown. I have never come across such a shoddily produced book. Dozens of typos litter virtually every page. The factual errors are laughable - the belief that John Mayall's "Top of the World" is the same song as Howling Wolf's "Sitting on Top of the World"; a Wheels of Fire track quoted as "Deserted Cities of the Night"; the assertion that there are no blues songs on Disraeli Gears - so what's Arthur Reynolds' "Outside Woman Blues" then?
All in all, a travesty - and this for a musical legend who deserves so much better.
Here's the killer too. My daughter is a student who has to be careful how she spends her money. If you love Jack, Cream, music biography or, hell, simply books - avoid!

Vicious Cycle
Vicious Cycle
Offered by cdspot
Price: 6.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skynyrd are back! (again), 29 May 2003
This review is from: Vicious Cycle (Audio CD)
Arguably the best Southern blues 'n' boogie band of all time return with their first studio album in four years - and there's another personnel change. Following the sad death of original bass player Leon Wilkeson during the making of the album (he appears on two tracks) bottom end duties fall to one Ean Evans who acquits himself superbly throughout.
The album kicks off with two cracking "jus'-like-the-ol'-days" tracks ("That's How I like It" and "Pick 'em Up") which perfectly encapsulate that much-loved Skynyrd good ole boys Dixie raunch 'n' swing - like only they do. Vocalist Johnny Van Zant is on top form and Gary Rossington's Les Paul tears in with his usual swagger and style.
"Dead Man Walkin'" (a tale of wrongful conviction) starts in a sparse country blues style but explodes into life after a not unreasonable period - well it is Skynyrd. Nice to hear some bluesy acoustic guitar here and there in intros before the band kicks in - effective.
"The Way" has a killer riff which is followed by a wonderful chord sequence on the chorus.
"Sweet Mama" and "Rockin' Little Town" do exactly what you would expect from the titles.
There are horns (gulp!) here and there but they actually complement the tracks they're on very well, adding tasteful embellishment without ever being obtrusive.
The low points are the slower ballad style tracks - Red White & Blue (inexplicably lifted as the single in the US although lyrically it's good; Hell or Heaven (awash with strings!)- which sound like bad AOR (think Toto/Foreigner) and the bonus track - a completely surplus to requirements remake of "Gimme Back My Bullets" with Kid Rock which adds zero to the original. Skynyrd don't need to "get down and happening" with any Kiddy-come-lately.
So overall a pretty triumphant return to form. If you are a Lynyrd Skynyrd fan from way back you won't be disappointed - just skip the ballads and crank up the rest!

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