Songs For A Tailor (bonus Tracks) (rmst) CD (2003)

Artist: Jack Bruce

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Label Msi Music
SKU 62281722
UPC 044006560328
UPC 14 00044006560328
Format CD
Release Date 4/7/2003
Author Jack Bruce
Compilation Appearance Got Blues (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance This Is The Blues Vol 1
Compilation Appearance This Is The Blues Vol 2
Compilation Appearance Mod Scene
Compilation Appearance Keep Calm And Salute The Beatles
Associated Artist/Work Cuicoland Express (The)
Associated Artist/Work Heckstall-Smith, Dick
Associated Artist/Work Preston, Don (Keyboards)
Associated Artist/Work Richards, Keith
Associated Artist/Work Trower, Robin
Technical Info
CatalogID 0656032
Lable Name Universal Distribution
Released 04/07/2003
Original Release 1969
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00044006560328
Musical Guests
George Harrison
Felix Pappalardi
Chris Spedding
Jon Hiseman
Album Notes and Credits
George Harrison is credited on this album as "L'Angelo Misterioso."
Formerly the bass player for Cream, Jack Bruce's 1969 solo debut is presented here digitally remastered and with four additional tracks, including alternate mixes of "Ministry of Bag," "Weird of Hermiston," "Clearout," and "Ministry of Bag."
CD contains 4 bonus tracks.
With a live version of "Crossroads" going Top 30 for Cream, Songs for a Tailor was released in 1969, showing many more sides of Jack Bruce. George Harrison (again using his L'Angelo Misterioso moniker) appears on the first track, "Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune," though his guitar is not as prominent as the performance on "Badge." The song is bass heavy with Colosseum members Dick Heckstall-Smith and Jon Hiseman providing a different flavor to what Bruce fans had become accustomed to. Hiseman drums on eight of the ten compositions, including "Theme From an Imaginary Western," the second track, and Jack Bruce's greatest hit that never charted. With "just" Chris Spedding on guitar and Jon Hiseman on drums, Bruce paints a masterpiece performing the bass, piano, organ, and vocals. The song is so significant it was covered by Mountain, Colosseum, and a Colosseum spin-off, Greenslade. One has to keep in mind that the influential Blind Faith album was being recorded this same year (and according to the late Jimmy Miller, producer of that disc, Jack Bruce filled in for Rick Grech on some of the Blind Faith material). Bruce's omnipresence on the charts and in the studio gives the diversity on Songs for a Tailor that much more intrigue. "Tickets to Water Falls" and "Weird of Hermiston" feature the Hiseman/Spedding/Bruce trio, and though the wild abandon of Ginger Baker is replaced by Hiseman's jazz undercurrents, these are still basically two- to three-and-a-half-minute songs, not as extended as the material on Bruce's work on his John McLaughlin/Heckstall-Smith/Hiseman disc Things We Like recorded a year before this, but released two years after Songs for a Tailor in 1971. The history is important because this album is one of the most unique fusions of jazz with pop and contains less emphasis on the blues, a genre so essential to Bruce's career. Indeed, "Theme From an Imaginary Western" is total pop. It is to Jack Bruce what "Midnight Rider" is to Greg Allman, a real defining moment. "Rope Ladder to the Moon" has that refreshing sparkle found on "Tickets to Water Falls" and "Weird of Hermiston," but Bruce has only John Marshall on drums and producer Felix Pappalardi adding some vocals while he provides cellos, vocals, guitar, piano, and bass. Side two goes back to the thick progressive sound of the first track on side one, and has a lot in common with another important album from this year, Janis Joplin's I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! Jack Bruce and Janis Joplin were two of the most familiar superstar voices on radio performing hard blues-pop. Joplin added horns to augment her expression the same time Jack Bruce was mixing saxes and trumpets to three tracks of this jazz/pop exploration. "He the Richmond" deviates from that, throwing a curve with Bruce on acoustic guitar, Pappalardi on percussion, and Marshall slipping in again on drums. But the short one minute and 44 second "Boston Ball Game, 1967" proves the point about the pop/jazz fusion succinctly and is a nice little burst of creativity. "To Isengard" has Chris Spedding, Felix Pappalardi, and Jack Bruce on acoustic guitars, a dreamy folk tune until Hiseman's drums kick in on some freeform journey, Spedding's guitar sounding more like the group Roxy Music, which he would eventually join as a sideman, over the total jazz of the bass and drums. "The Clearout" has Spedding, Hiseman, and Bruce end the album with progressive pop slightly different from the other recordings here. As with 1971's Harmony Row, Peter Brown composed all the lyrics on Songs for a Tailor with Jack Bruce writing the music. A lyric sheet is enclosed and displays the serious nature of this project. It is picture perfect in construction, performance, and presentation. ~ Joe Viglione
Professional Reviews
Uncut (6/03, p.115) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...An outstanding album in its fresh as ever..."
Mojo (Publisher) (4/03, pp.116-8) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Each track is such a groove, or multitude of grooves, that you take the breathtaking musicianship for granted..."
Disc 1
1 Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune
2 Theme from an Imaginary Western
3 Tickets to Waterfalls
4 Weird of Hermiston
5 Rope Ladder to the Moon
6 Ministry of Bag, The
7 He the Richmond
8 Boston Ball Game 1967
9 To Isengard
10 Clearout, The
11 Ministry of Bag - (previously unreleased)
12 Weird of Hermiston - (Alternate Mix, previously unreleased)
13 Clearout, The - (Alternate Mix, previously unreleased)
14 Ministry of Bag - (Alternate Mix, previously unreleased)

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