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4.6 out of 5 stars
Out Of The Storm
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 8 September 2014
This is, to be unapologetically blatant about it, one of the most beautiful albums I have ever heard, at least in the realm of 'rock' music, though this has as little to do with conventional rock as the music of, say, Van Morrison or Eno.
The cover alone makes you want to hear the music inside - Jack barely visible in a woodland clearing at night, his jacket hung on a low branch of a nearby tree, against the bark of which an old bicycle leans. A ghostly light illumines the scene.
According to the notes in the excellent booklet, he and the photographer went out hoping for a storm, since the LP was going to be called Into the Storm, but not a drop fell. However, they did find a wood, went into the wood, and so...
The songs were composed by Jack B and his old writing companion Pete Brown - who should get an award of some kind - and each one is a gem. There are no actual 'highlights' though Brown's own favourite, the movingly lyrical Golden Days should be mentioned, as should the title track and the wonderful Timeslip. But really, the whole album is so very special that cherry-picking is pointless.
On all the songs, there is a feeling of a hesitant light making its presence felt through an encroaching darkness. It's haunting stuff - 'but beautiful' as the man said.
Over the years, Jack Bruce has become one of my favourite people in contemporary music, a stunning singer - whose every word can be understood, such is the bold, full-hearted generosity of his voice - as well as a remarkable bass player and, as if that weren't enough, multi-instrumentalist, not to mention a songwriter of a rare and distinctive originality.

This is one of Jack Bruce's finest recordings, and I happily recommend it without qualifications, and with all my heart.
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on 6 September 2015
masterpiece, great songs recorded at the time Lennon and Stones recorded in San Franciso, great songs, highly recommended
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on 9 October 2015
Great album
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on 23 November 2011
This is Jack's first solo album using American musicians and it's a more serious, sombre work than the brilliant 'Songs for a Tailor' and 'Harmony Row' which have a quirky English quality. I first bought this as a young 18 year old drummer and the demands Jack makes on the listener with incredible musicianship/imagination made a huge impact. There simply isn't much music around of this quality. The disjointed, unorthodox compositional style won't be everyone's cup of tea, but there is endless inspiration in this and Jack's previous two solo albums.
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on 5 September 2011
The mighty bass master released a string of brilliant solo albums early on in his career Songs For A Tailor,HARMONY ROW and last but not least this brilliant album. In many way the final conclusion of a triology of adventurous works mixing rock, metal, jazz, avant garde.

This was troubled times for Jack having just seen the sad demise of the super power trio West, Bruce & Laing and being severely strung out on hard drugs. None the less everything is just perfect on this album, his singing, his trademark bass playing: busy, melodic, rhythmic challenging. And showing his mastery of the keys too. The stingning and singing guitar of Steve Hunter (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper). And two accomplished studio drummers: Jim Keltner and Jim Gordon.

And immensely varied album comprising two of Jack Bruce's most beautiful ballads "One" and "Golden Days" and ending with the very Cream like power track "Timeslip". Add to this some upliftin and deep lyrics from Pete Brown really trying to counteract the dark moods of his friend hoping to bring him 'out of the storm'.

An absolute must for anyone interested in this excentric and uniquely gifted Artist. And ofc the new Esoteric mastering is excellent.
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on 3 October 2011
I originally bought this album on impulse the year after it came out and at that time recommended it to anyone who would listen as the best kept secret of the Jack Bruce canon. I never thought I'd see it again on CD and was resigned to buying it as a download when Esoteric's beautifully re-mastered version was released. Hearing it again after a break of thirty odd years, I am reminded of what I loved about it. The songs range from jazz-inflected to balladeering to out and out rocky and, as ever with Bruce's solo albums, sound all the better for being without the distraction of an in-your-face guitarist.

There's nothing here as poppy as "Sunshine", but there is music to lose yourself in, reflect on and revel in. It's full of quirky, well-turned tunes, often defying simplistic categorization, and Pete Brown's lyrics wind themselves sinuously through the album with some truly thought-provoking imagery. "Into the Storm" sets out a manifesto for anyone embarking on a new course of action, "Keep it down" is a knowing plan of attack for when you're caught up in trying circumstances and "Keep on Wond'ring" suggests what to do when it's all gone wrong. This will never, sadly, be a mainstream success but as an example of top class musicianship and subtle exploration of emotions it is worthy of a elevated place in Jack's pantheon of excellence. Quite simply, it's life-affirming.
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on 3 October 2011
Its ok but took some getting into gets better as you start to understand it as Jack plays most of the insruments ,I much prefer severn moons CD & DVD but its ok
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