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Hear it now....tumbling down...,
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.