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Songs for a Tailor

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  • Audio CD (1 April 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00000769W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I had this album on vinyl and hadn't listened to it for years, so my first reaction was surprise that it still stands up so well. Liberated from Cream, Jack Bruce could finally do what he wanted, with that fabulous bass to the fore, driving the melody as well as the rhythm. Great songs that are still different and challenging, and the added delight of Jon Hiseman's drumming on a few tracks. The bonus tracks are also enlightening, especially the almost punk Clearout and the Ministry of Bag demo. The uninitiated may take a few hearings to get into it, but persevere, it's worth it.
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After the break up of Cream Jack Bruce dove right into his second solo album (his first was an instrumental album that was released after this one). "Songs for a Tailor" features a couple of tracks written for Cream (but unrecorded or rejected)along with a strong group of new originals that Bruce wrote with his lyricist Pete Brown.

"Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune" shows Bruce's love of jazz with its unusual time signature and interesting horn arrangement. It features exceptional guitar playing by George Harrison. "Theme From an Imaginary Western" with its dominating sound of piano sounds unlike anything that Cream recorded. Although it sounds a bit like The Band, the music was actually written BEFORE The Band had recorded their first album back in 1963. "Tickets to Waterfalls" features nice piano and bass playing by Bruce along with a terrific vocal. "Weird of Hermiston" with its opening descending piano riff sounds nothing what you might expect from the title. This song was originally written for Cream (and there is a demo of it on the Cream box set "Those Were The Days").

The strangest song is the closer "The Clearout" (which was also written by Bruce/Brown for Cream to record and, again, there is a Cream demo on the box set). One could easily imagine Cream releasing this inspite of the subdued guitar work of the usually impressive Chris Spedding--one could imagine both Spedding if allowed to (and Clapton still in his prime)tearing this song up with a killer solo. The band includes Spedding, Bruce (who plays bas, piano, guitar, organ on the album) drummer Jon Hiseman and some nice sax playing by Dick Heckstall.

The reissue includes extensive liner notes about Bruce's career, the recording of the album and comments from Bruce and his lyricist Pete Brown.
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Recorded after the demise of Cream this album highlights the phenomenal compositional and vocal skills of the young Jack Bruce. The main players alongside Bruce are guitarist Chris Spedding and drummer Jon Hiseman. The album is full of fairly short succinct songs of great rhythm, unexpected twists and real invention. One of the greatest albums of all time. Not many people know that. Lots of albums are bestowed with the classic tag, most are over rated.This is the genuine article. For those with open, enquiring minds and want something more than the much touted, commercial and bleeding obvious.
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Whilst Eric Clapton sank into well-paid mediocrity Jack Bruce showed with this album that he was interested first and foremost in the music. Wildly creative, always well played and often edgy, this is a classic album whcih deserves a revival.
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Recorded after the demise of Cream this album highlights the phenomenal compositional and vocal skills of the young Jack Bruce. The main players alongside Bruce are guitarist Chris Spedding and drummer Jon Hiseman. The album is full of fairly short succinct songs of great rhythm, unexpected twists and real invention.
One of the greatest albums of all time.
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Jack has been a great influance on other artists as a bass player from when he played with John Mayall. Together with Clapton and Baker in Cream he helped change the way Blues were played and understood. When this album was first released it proved to me what a brilliant artist he was. It covers Jazz Blues Fusion like nothing else of its time. Today its still hits the spot.
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I remember when this album came out in vinyl many years ago after Jack Bruce left Cream. Being a big fan of the supergroup and alot younger then, I wasn't sure when I first heard it, however, having matured and broadened my musical outlook, I love it now. Jack's jazz influence is clear and there is a certain bluesy feel to it as well.
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Some saw the release of this album as commercial suicide.
Fresh from his stint with the original supergroup, Cream, Jack's
first solo album is not quite what you would expect.
Gone are the extended forays into improvisation and the whacked out wah wah guitar solos.
In their place is a set of short,tight, punchy songs, exemplified by the opener, NEVER TELL YOUR MOTHER SHE's OUT OF TUNE.
Accompanied in the main by John Marshall on drums and Chris Spedding on guitar, the band weave their way around Jack's sinuous vocals to create a sound which was hardly synonimous with the acid daze of the late sixties.
Two of the songs, THEME FROM AN IMAGINARY WESTERN and ROPE LADDER TO THE MOON, covered by Mountain and Colosseum respectively, are instant classics.
The rest is beautufully performed mutated rythem & blues.
Perhaps not as intriguing as it's follow up HARMONY ROW, this is possibly THE great overlooked album of the sixties.
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