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Shadows In The Air (OLD VERSION)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 11 July 2001
I just got the cd by express mail from amazon uk and had a chance to first plug in last night in at 11pm. I am devoted JB fan and had some expectations regarding the cd (something like cd "question of time" 1989 maybe). While listening to it I could easily recall "old" songs of cream 1968/ west bruce laing 1972 and from JB solo album "Songs for tailor" 1969. They are reworked perfectly with the help of Clapton and "Latinos". New numbers are similar to the work of JB with Kip Hanrahan (check out Kip cds of american clave - exotica, many roads, vertical.. from 90s featuring JB). Anyway the first impression is that Jack decided to follow the new songs in the calm and distinctive mood of "Monkjack" and concentrated with new material mostly on musical side - he plays piano, bass and acoustic guitar. Vernon Reid should be given extra credit for his guitar contribution. Gary Moore is not jumping up with his guitar but follows the mood (you can hear him twice on new numbers). The album is beautifully released with lyrics and lots of pictures. Have you heard of Cream and JB - - belive me you got to buy it. Nice for summer as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
TOP 100 REVIEWERon 10 September 2014
Each time I listen to an album by the unique Jack Bruce it sounds like the best thing I've heard since - well, since the last one.
This hour-plus of sheer magic features guest spots from Clapton - a new version of Sunshine of Your Love similar to the old one, and a complete re-imagining of White Room as a slow, Latin flavoured song; from the late Gary Moore on two tracks, where his sumptuous guitar sound pays dividends, and from Dr John (who's cropped up everywhere over the years) playing keyboards on two other songs.
Vernon Reid, of that exciting, underrated band Living Colour, plays guitar on six tracks, and various other musicians, including a violinist, percussionists and a brass section, add to the fun.
Fun? Oh yes! There are several quite contemplative songs on this wonderful record from 2001, but the overall feeling is one of uplifting music allied to the lyrics (for the most part) of old Bruce stalwart Pete Brown.
If you already like JB, hesitate no longer, and get hold of a copy. If like me you love the guy, and just about anything he's turned his hand to since the heady days of the mid-sixties and Cream, then this is essential stuff.
I don't know or care whether you'd call Jack a blues, jazz, rock, or even a soul singer, but there's plenty of his characteristic soulful, bluesy, jazz-inflected singing here, along with the expected nifty bass work.
The lengthy opener Out Into The Fields gives hints of what's to come. It's a truly superb song that builds to an impassioned climax over Reid's guitar and Alfredo Triff's violin. Things don't let up for a moment, and there really isn't one dud track. I get the feeling JB took infinite pains with this set of fifteen songs, such is the precision of the playing, the musical textures, and his own often understated singing.
There's such amazing variety on show too. Directions Home is "for Tony Williams and Larry Young", the two jazz musicians with whom he'd already collaborated, and is unlike anything else here.
It's so good to hear Jack & Eric playing a storm on Sunshine...and the brand new version of White Room (one of my favourite Cream songs) has to be heard to be believed. Beautiful.
It all comes with a booklet which includes all the song lyrics, plus photos of a flowing-haired Jack, along with the musicians.
I think Jack Bruce is one of Britain's most brilliant musicians, with a voice I never tire of hearing. This recording is so good I can only urge you to get a copy as soon as you can, and be seduced by this incredible music.

As I say: unique.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 8 August 2001
Singer/composer/bassist Bruce releases a new album full of great stuff. As well as a plethora of new material their is a reworking of a few classics from his back catalogue. Fine contributions from Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Vernon Reid and a host of drummers/percussionists. But the real star is Bruces impassioned voice. Soft, loud, slow, fast he sings with true feeling and skill. Welcome back Jack.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2001
Jack makes a very welcome return to top form with this CD. Anyone familiar with his solo work will welcome this. The addition of a couple of slightly reworked Cream tracks ( with the able assistance of a Mr. Clapton ) is just icing on the cake.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Jack Bruce was a true virtuoso in the Graham Bond Organization, cream, and as this album proves beyond! I like the addition of the cream tracks featuring Eric Clapton, It is a pity Ginger Baker never recorded with them for a full cream reunion! Gary Moore is also brilliant. Jack Bruce just shines. Buy it!!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Singer/composer/bassist Bruce releases a new album full of great stuff. As well as a plethora of new material their is a reworking of a few classics from his back catalogue. Fine contributions from Eric Clapton, Gary Moore, Vernon Reid and a host of drummers/percussionists. But the real star is Bruces impassioned voice. Soft, loud, slow, fast he sings with true feeling and skill. Welcome back Jack.
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on 19 March 2015
What an album one of the best bass players of our time.I play this a lot.
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