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5.0 out of 5 stars The album title says it all!, 18 April 2005
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Dr. D. B. Sillars - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One of a Kind (Audio CD)
After Bruford's debut solo album and then a stint with UK, his attention turned to forming his own band. With the core team that appeared on "Feels Good to Me", this debut band album was less jazzy, but explored some of the more fusion type instrumental ideas that the first UK album delved into, leaving Jobson and Wetton to wallow in the more pomp rock aspects.
In some ways "One of a Kind" owes more to National Health than UK. The opening track "Hells Bells" is a stormer, with Dave Stewart belting out bubbling synth lead lines. "Fainting in Coils" hints at the Hatfield and the North sense of humour with Bruford himself reading from Lewis Carroll. The part of Alice is read by the future Mrs Brian Eno! "The Abingdon Chasp" is a gorgeous Allan Holdsworth piece. The final two tracks "Forever Until Sunday" and "The Sahara of Snow" were originally played by UK. In fact Eddie Jobson guests on violin on the former, which on the original album was uncredited, Jobson not wishing to confuse past and present UK. Now he is at last credited in the sleeve notes. This CD version is rounded out by an excellent bonus track, "Manacles". This live track may lack sonic fidelity (i.e. it is of bootleg quality) but more than makes up for that in a superbly typical fuzzy organ solo by Dave Stewart.
"One of a Kind" is an exceptional album from an exceptional band. Freed by the band politics of UK, Bruford and team mates really stretch out and enjoy what they are doing here. It's a pity that the line-up didn't last long. Allan Holdsworth left soon after the recording of the album to be replaced by John Clark who features on the bonus track and on the following, final studio album "Gradually Going Tornado".
It's good that Bill Bruford is making his back catalogue widely available. On the strength of "One of a Kind", this album is very special and should be considered alongside the very best fusion and instrumental rock that was being produced back in the late 70's.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Bruford, 25 Sept. 2005
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This review is from: One of a Kind (Audio CD)
Bill Bruford was a founding member of Yes through the years 1968-1972, and whilst with the band recorded five albums, each of which was more successful than its predecessor. When Bill left Yes in 1972 following the release of "Close To the Edge", there were those who concluded that he'd taken leave of his senses.
But it proved an astute musical move. As King Crimson's enigmatic leader Robert Fripp decided to split the band after three tumultuous albums and move on to other projects, Bill moved to playing countless sessions, and was also briefly a member of the bands National Health, Gong and, more famously, Genesis, where he played alongside Phil Collins, who had just stepped up to the microphone following the departure of Peter Gabriel. Bill was the drummer in the live Genesis situation and was with the band for the majority of 1976 while the band toured their album "A Trick of the Tail".
Bill recorded his debut album as a leader in 1978-- "Feels Good To Me", but it wasn't until the conclusion of an 18-month spell with the band UK that his vision of a more permanent outfit bore fruit. Joining Bill and guitarist Allan Holdsworth in "Bruford" was bassist Jeff Berlin and keyboardist Dave Stewart, both of whom had also made key musical contributions to Feels Good to Me.
Key tracks on One of a Kind include Hell's Bells, Fainting In Coils and Five G.
This re-issue of "One of a Kind" has been re-mastered, and includes a previously unreleased bonus track-- "Manacles".
As with all the albums in the Winterfold series of releases, "One Of A Kind" comes re-packaged with a bonus disc containing music from the contrasting Summerfold catalogue and an exclusive interview with Bill Bruford.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I defy you to keep your foot tapping in time with Bruford's!, 24 July 2000
This review is from: One of a Kind (Audio CD)
I bought this when it first came out and it still sounds fresh now all these years later.
This album completely redefined jazz rock and gave it a British sound, free from the excessess of the American jazz rock scene.
Holdsworth's guitar sound inspired a generation to rediscover the joys of the 'wangy bar', Jeff Berlin proved himself to be one of the most underestimated exponents of the bass guitar the other side of the millenium and Dave Stewart has his finest hour.
You must give this one a try!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly the Apex of British Fusion, 24 Nov. 2003
This review is from: One of a Kind (Audio CD)
Here the term Bruford refers to the band, not the drummer! It's truly a band effort, every member a world-class figure of that era and since. One Of A Kind took British jazz-rock fusion to a level of excellence in composition and performance never equalled since. The chemistry is just amazing - Bruford's skewed beats, Dave L. Stewart's tasteful splashes of melody and inventive harmony (not to mention highly original atmospheric textures), nicely compliment the athletic bass work of 'wunderkind' Jeff Berlin and simply awesome guitar-playing of Allan Holdsworth (England's finest electric guitarist ever), whose fret board soars with the fluidity of John Coltrane's sax. I'm still listening to this album 25 years on. So are many other people! Each piece is meticulously structured and arranged - a masterpiece (THE masterpiece?) of the genre.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thankyou amazon, 1 Aug. 2004
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R. Fardell "bobby byblos" (bodiam, e.sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: One of a Kind (Audio CD)
been searching for a copy of this amazing album for years ...it has stood the test of time! it is the best example of an ageless classic of british jazz/fusion. Bill B. is the real driving force behind his band with his old roto toms. Dave Stewart (the other one is not in this guy's league) is totally underrated and possibly under used over the last 20 yrs. as a master of the added note or 4...jeff berlin is awesome on bass (mark king is not god)...alan holdsworth is superb, however his guitar sound can be slighly personal and therefore a little irritating at times, although that is my only slight criticism...so glad to listen to it over and over after all this time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let it grow., 1 Nov. 2014
This review is from: One of a Kind (Audio CD)
The production on this album is very glossy, which is the reason I prefer the versions on the far rougher live album 'The Bruford Tapes'. That said, the music is rarely less than excellent (we'll take the musicianship for granted) and never indulgent. Yes, there are complex time signatures and the virtuoso playing you'd expect on a jazz fusion album but in addition to these there is also melody - something often missed by many who mine this genre in their efforts to dazzle the listener but who end up being nothing more than, to paraphrase King Lear, '...all sound and fury, signifying nothing'.

None of the tracks are excessively long and there is enough going on arrangement-wise to keep most listeners happy. Dave Stewart's playing is up to his usual standard i.e great. His approach is never less than interesting and has always been so since his days in the Canterbury scene and later National Health. Stand out tracks for me include 'the Abingdon chasp' (there's a wonderful moment about 2.50 in that gets me every time), not to mention 'Never On a Sunday' which features a violin intro by Eddie Jobson. They're all great, though,and I'd urge anyone considering buying it to take the plunge and not be put off by the production. Like most good music, it's a grower.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Bruford, 20 Mar. 2013
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If you have the other two Bruford albums you'll most likely find no surprises here. It more resembles 'Feels Good to Me' rather than 'Gradually Going Tornado. The compositions are good, well arranged and clever, the musicianship is of supreme quality as you'd expect from the superb fusion musicians who appear on the album, namely Allan Holdsworth, Dave Stewart of Egg and National Health (rather than Eurythmics of course) the mighty Jeff Berlin and of course Bruford himself. Highly recommended if you like intricate jazz/rock fusion of the 'geometric' math type.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruford at his best, 5 Mar. 2014
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I am a big fan of Bruford in his post-King Crimson and Jazz (ish) phase. His drum work is quite exquisite - crisp, compulsive and always concise. This album has a great combination of musicians. Alan Holdsworth's guitar playing is excellent and Dave Stewart (of National Health/Hatfield and the North/Egg, not Eurythmics) anchors the music with his distinctive keyboard sounds. Strongly recommend this album along with 'Feels good to me' (which also features Kenny Wheeler) and the later album 'Gradually Going Tornado' which is more rock influenced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I defy you to keep your foot tapping in time with Bruford's!, 24 July 2000
This review is from: One of a Kind (Audio CD)
I bought this when it first came out and it still sounds fresh now all these years later.
This album completely redefined jazz rock and gave it a British sound, free from the excessess of the American jazz rock scene.
Holdsworth's guitar sound inspired a generation to rediscover the joys of the 'wangy bar', Jeff Berlin proved himself to be one of the most underestimated exponents of the bass guitar the other side of the millenium and Dave Stewart has his finest hour.
You must give this one a try!
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5.0 out of 5 stars To my mind one of the best jazz rock fusion albums ever released, 20 Nov. 2014
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J. Franks "John" (Wales, UK) - See all my reviews
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To my mind one of the best jazz rock fusion albums ever released. Bruford's compositional ability came into its own and his drumming is confident, precise and exciting. Allan Holdsworth commits some of his best ever playing here and the other band members match and complement the strengths of the lead lines and the percussion. Simply one of those albums where everything comes together to create a tour de force.
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