Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Remastered reissue of the ex-Cream bassist's third solo album, originally released in 1971, includes five previously unreleased bonus tracks, 'Green Hills ('Can You Follow')', 'You Burned The Tables On Me', 'There's A ... more »
Remastered reissue of the ex-Cream bassist's third solo album, originally released in 1971, includes five previously unreleased bonus tracks, 'Green Hills ('Can You Follow')', 'You Burned The Tables On Me', 'There's A Forest', 'Escape To The Royal Wood (On Ice)', & 'Can You Follow' (Take One). Polydor. 2003.
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N. Wakabayashi | Jawsey | 05/02/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know who had the idea to remaster & reissue Jack Bruce's back catalogue, but for longtime fans, the move was brilliant. Also a LONG time coming, as many of these albums(for compact disc) were only available as imports(such as Songs for a Tailor), or on [internet store] at ridiculous prices. Of all the out of print albums done by Jack Bruce, this one was the one that was highly sought after by fans & collectors, (although I would recommend his first solo album, Songs For a Tailor beforehand). Although he (and Ginger) will ALWAYS be overshadowed by the commercial success of Clapton, albums such as this give a strong argument as to who had more "success" artistically/musically post-Cream. It's ambitious, challenging, & like his work in Cream... always intense. It's also a showcase for his overall talent, as he handles bass & vocals(obviously), keyboards, & percussion. Has Jack Bruce had a finer album vocally than Harmony Row? (Victoria's Sage? Folk Song?) One can toss aside the old cd's that they probably overpaid for(and it will annoy MANY) w/ these new reissues. These are the definitive versions of his work, added with the extra tracks(not necessarily essential on Harmony Row..but interesting at times), & fantastic liner notes.A highly recommended reissue!!"
You can finally buy it! Can I give it a 10?
G. Wallace | Hilliard, OH USA | 05/05/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jack's personal favorite among his solo records. I bought it in 1971, the year it came out, at a going out-of-business sale. I bought a CD player so I could play the re-release in the late eighties. That also went out of print soon after but at least CD's take a while wearing out. I don't know quite how to describe the record. It's wildly romantic but it also contains some strange alienated urbanscapes and a dark Latin-inflected closing track based on Lowry's Under the Volcano. It might be my favorite record; certainly it would be one of the desert island ten. The bonus tracks are actually pretty interesting, too. The first transfer to CD in 1988 or so was pretty effective. I'm still making up my mind about this one. Maybe a little more bass, which is a good thing when Jack's the bass player!"
Simply The Finest
G. Wallace | 02/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After the demise of Cream, it was a bit of a shock to listen to Songs For a Tailor. But in a few short months back in 69, it was my favorite album. Then two years later came Harmony Row. Another shock! Why was Jack Bruce forcing his listeners to keep growing, musically speaking? Well, once again, within a few months, Harmony Row was my favorite album in rock. Now, over thirty years later, I still believe it is one of the most brilliant albums in rock history, and the greatest solo album! Jack's voice is simply beautiful. Folk Song and Victoria Sage are haunting and exquisite. Escape To The Royal Wood is majestic. Every song on the album seems to be related, in terms of sound, instrumentation, lyrics, and ability to evoke emotions. This album is not accessible from the start. For a person newly discovering Jack Bruce, give this album time. This is beautiful music and unlike any heard anywhere else in rock.
Simply the best!"