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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Propelz
  • ASIN: B008I34YUS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Homesick
  2. Cry For Me Baby
  3. Whispering Fields
  4. I Walked A Mile With Sorrow
  5. Earthquake
  6. Aphrodite
  7. Secret Sorrow
  8. Stranger Blues
  9. Homework
  10. Desired Haven
  11. Come to Me
  12. Merciful Sea
  13. Refugees
  14. Bend in the Road

Product Description

On August 28th, 1012 legendary guitarist Jeremy Spencer, an original member of Peter Green s Fleetwood Mac, member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and featured artist on Propelz, is releasing the CD version of his epic album, Bend In The Road. Packing a vintage vibe , the masterfully crafted collection of songs coming from the deepest core of his heart fuses Spencer s artistry as a consummate slide guitarist, singer/songwriter, interpreter, and illustrator. Sounding as authentically tasty and fiery as ever, Spencer displays a far wider guitar palette, insight, and conviction that have continued to evolve since his long absence from the public eye. Bend In The Road, which was released as a limited edition double LP for International Record Store Day in April 2012, is now available worldwide on CD. Destined to be a classic that ever increasingly entertains with each listen, the CD features 14 tracks --1 of which is exclusive: Homework (but without the songs Jambo, Strange Woman, The Sun is Shining, and Blind Lover, which only appear on the Limited LP Edition). In Fleetwood Mac, Jeremy shared the spotlight with reticent star-super nova Peter Green, embodying Elmore James riffs and vocals obsessively and uncannily. He possessed an equal fervor and absolute command of quintessential early rock and roll, personifying personal hero Buddy Holly and his ilk spot on. On 'Bend In The Road,' the Elmore and Buddy influences and impeccable blues and rock rendering remain intact and vibrant, while also present is a new collaborative nature. He selflessly trades guitar licks and support with Brett Lucas (the young Detroit guitarist and aficionado who co-produced the album and whose band augments the proceedings) in the way Green and Kirwan shared on the iconic "Albatross", the torching "Like It This Way" and the introspective "World In Harmony". On the album s elegant "Merciful Sea", producer Brett managed to persuade Jeremy to reveal his hereto unsung, intimate, and affecting piano playing for all to marvel. Throughout these tracks one can hear an expansive range of influences from Django to Marty Robbins. Jeremy plays effortlessly while seamlessly incorporating these influences and making them his own, as natural and easy of a fit as that of his beloved ceramic slides. This record is a career culmination of technique meeting soul that has a transcendent, Layla-esque, quality. With its escalating and emotive sequence of songs, which are spiritually driven and invested (recalling LPs of yore, but without sounding dated), the album instead sounds intoxicatingly assured, relaxed, and out of the blue resonant.

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So here's one of the many Fleetwood Mac guitarists, this time from back in the sixties. And it's good to hear him still playing and performing, what with the passing of Bobs Welch and Weston, and the sadly missing in action Danny Kirwan.

"Bend In The Road" was originally released as a limited edition double LP for International Record Store Day in April 2012, and the CD has a few differences. The record contained 17 tracks, four of which were exclusive to that release. So, the CD repeats the other 13 tracks plus adds one more new song, just to really annoy the folks who bought the album.

And things haven't changed a lot in the world of Jeremy Spencer in the 40 odd years since his time in Fleetwood Mac. He still likes slide guitar blues, and sometimes dips into country grooves, but this album could have come from any point in his career. You know where you are when he kicks things off with 'Homesick', a song originally recorded by James Williamson in 1952, and it's a real showcase for Spencer's slide guitar. And given his past you won't be surprised to see him have a crack at 'Cry for Me Baby', an old Elmore James tune.

He's got a second guitarist along with in the guise of Brett Lucas, who also co-produced the album and their interplay is a real treat. As one of the survivors of the Mac, it's great to see Mr Spencer in such fine fettle, and this record comes highly recommended.
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In the good old days of the early Fleetwood Mac Jeremy Spencer was the guitar imitator of elmore James and the singer of rock and roll stuff. He stood in the shadow of Peter Kreen and Danny Kirwan. Jeremy Spencer blow my top with this sublime record. It sounded just like old Mac and that' s very welcom in this era!
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A much better session than some of his recent output, but still doesn't achieve his playing in Fleetwood Mac. He is a good songwriter but needs to return to some more of the staples he played so wonderfully in The Mac.
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HASH(0x8bcaf9cc) out of 5 stars The short man is back 7 Mar. 2013
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I can't believe this cd. I never considered Jeremy Spencer to be that great in the Green era FM but this cd and his previous are really great. Not only is his voice as strong as ever but his guitar playing is much improved over the Elmore James schtick he used to play in FM. If you like old Fleetwood Mac and the blues, you'll love this cd.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bf35690) out of 5 stars Smooth Slide Guitar 31 Oct. 2012
By Steve - Published on
Smooth Slide Guitar. Relaxing; Toe Tappin'/Finger Popin' Blues! If you liked Precious Little you'll like this one. Former member of Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c44784c) out of 5 stars He's Back and Better Than Ever! 5 April 2013
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It is amazing. Jeremy has been missing from the record making scene since the '70s, and then in 2006 he returns with a vengeance with a wonderful album recorded in Norway called Precious Little, and then in 2012 this wonderful album recorded in Michigan ably backed up by a blues band from Detroit. His youthful, earnest sounding tenor has lost nothing, his songwriting is great, and his economical but soulful slide playing is that of a master. If you were a fan of Jeremy in Fleetwood Mac, check these albums out. You will not be disappointed. The Elmore James influence is still evident, but Jeremy's wonderful slide playing is polished to a bright shine.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c146cb4) out of 5 stars Best album ever from Jeremy Spencer 4 Jan. 2013
By Mark C. McCarty - Published on
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Excellent album. Truly, some of the finest guitar you will ever hear (check out the solo on Refugees) with some uplifting messages as well. His previous album was also excellent.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bdf9834) out of 5 stars Reminiscent of early Fleetwood Mac, but current as well 21 Feb. 2013
By Gary W. Davis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Do yourself a favor and listen to the soundclips on the mp3 page for this title and then buy this cd. excellent.
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