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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern album by a well proven, versatile artist, 17 Nov 2000
This review is from: Somethin' Els (Audio CD)
Any fan of Jack Bruce has to have this album! Apart from being one of THE best recordings he has ever done (in my opinion) it is also a land mark recording in the fact that it has Eric Clapton on there (first time they had recorded since the split of Cream), and also Clem Clempson! There's some beautiful guitar work on there and Jacks bass playing is nothing short of magnificent! It's a brilliant studio album, with great, fresh songs, and stunning performances!
It's a shame this album didn't get the support that it deserved at them time - but it's still a great piece of work, no matter what the sales figures were like!
It was recorded on the CMP label, in Germany and the studios output is often used as reference material for Hifi buffs!
There's also some nice little gems on there for bass players, Child Song utilises muti-tracked bass parts - sounding like a piano part!
Waiting on a word, Ships, and Willpower are definite hits if I ever heard one!
I'd say that this is also a very good into to Jack Bruce, for the un-acquanted!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ships in the night, 14 Sep 2014
GlynLuke (York UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Somethin' Els (Audio CD)
Every record by Jack Bruce is different from the last. This one's very different, from almost anything else I've heard, by Jack or by anyone.
This magnificent musician never ceases to amaze, thrill and inspire me. He can sing tenderly, or like a soaring angel who just can't keep what he has to say to himself.
He can hit notes you wouldn't believe possible, and he can move you near to tears with a slow-burn ballad.
This 1993 album followed Automatic, on which he'd flirted with techno sounds. He'd also not personally been a very happy bunny, so it's doubly good to hear him so joyously abandoned on these varied songs, the first three with old compadre Eric Clapton guesting on guitar, to fine effect. In fact these three tracks are quite wonderful, Waiting on a Word & Ships in the Night being particularly memorable, as is the lovely Close Enough For Love.
From then on it's surprises all the way, with a couple of angular, wayward numbers that at first sound a bit of a trial to listen to, but in fact are all of a piece with JB's questing spirit.
The album proper ends with an affecting instrumental called FM, one of several tracks which prove what a superb pianist (and all-round stunning musician) Jack is.
The extra three tracks are astonishing, and would appear to be from another album altogether - Snake Music - made with Mark Nauseef and Miroslav Tadic, with David Torn on guitar. One of them is a version of old JB song Rope Ladder To The Moon, and another is a very slow, brooding cover of the old classic Hendrix hit The Wind Cries Mary - which you must hear!
Maggie Reilly sings with Jack on two songs, and the excellent Clem Clempson plays guitar on most tracks.
I love almost everything Jack Bruce does, and this is no exception. As singer or bass virtuoso, pianist or harmonica player (a good example of that here, too) this man is close to genius.

Somethin els? Somethin els again...!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hear it now....tumbling down..., 3 Dec 2009
Mr P "radletteer" (UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Somethin' Els (Audio CD)
Whilst painting the downstairs loo for Christmas I clapped the headphones on with Somethin Els.
Not my favourite Jack album but lots and lots to love.
A passionate opener in Waiting on a Word and then the boisterous Willpower both with Eric Clapton playing lead.
Ships in the Night is one of the highlights with Maggie Reilly and Jack dovetailing beautifully on the vocals. Truly magical.
Great work on the piano and an all too rare outing on the cello from The Bruce too. All that and a great outro from Mr Clapton.
Peaces of the East is a mainly electronic offering with only Stuart Elliot on drums and Reilly on backing vocals accompanying Jacks multilayered keyboard sounds. An unusual track but all the better for it - "they love their nightmare."
Close Enough for Love is a Jack power ballad - with the Bruce tonsils reaching out plaintively. Strange piano bar jazz middle section with a recording from a party or something that features an argumentative Mrs Bruce if you listen closely.
G.B. Dawn Blues (For Graham Bond) has an appearance by Dick Heckstall-Smith on saxes and stomps along. Great organ and piano from Jack as one has come to expect.
Criminality is another weird one with mainly Jack on the electronics, Anton Fier on drums and Ray Gomez on guitar. It starts off with part of a speech by former Tory MP Douglas Hurd. It doesn't all work but in the main is pretty enjoyable with some fantastic screaming soprano sax by the great Dave Liebman at the end.
Then possibly the best - Childsong - mainly Jack singing and on multi-basses and percussion. Trilok Gurtu and Mark Nauseef are on percussion too. Liebman's sax floats in and out with amazing grace. No other instruments. Its sparse and dense at the same time. Utterly spellbinding. Sublime, restrained singing... The fade out is awesome with Jack freewheeling with help from the amazing Liebman "...tumbling down...... hear it now........." Truly great. I saw a fabulous live version of this performed by Jack and Gary Husband on second keyboard at The Clapham Grand Theatre, London in 1993.
The closing FM is a solo piano composition and takes us slowly down from the serious highs of the previous track.
All in all, despite it not being among my all-time favourites, a great Jack Bruce album nonetheless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD, 7 Mar 2014
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I listen to a lot of music and this CD is really something else. It's in my top 3 of all time, just wonderful, and Eric playing as well - what else is there to say.
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