Monday, October 02, 2023

October Joe Vig Top 40 2023 Harriet Schock album PAINTINGS / Fernando Saunders Cashmere Dreams / Jack Bruce / Heavenly Cream / Foghat / MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL /



Paintings is a wondrous song about an artist not wanting to let go, ("Paintings" live on YouTube)  


Harriet Schock's critically acclaimed recordings are majestic, and few can sing them the way the author does.  Indeed, it takes a Johnny Mathis, Smokey Robinson, Helen Reddy, Roberta Flack and few others to capture the tender nuances Schock tucks into her melodies and expressive feelings. 


Music video by The Rolling Stones performing Child Of The Moon. Director: Michael Lindsay-Hogg Cinematographer: Anthony B Richmond Filmed in 1968, this surrealist promotional film features all five original band members and Emmy Award-winning actress Dame Eileen June Atkins. Shot on a farm near Enfield, outside north London, the eerie music video for “Child of the Moon” is an early example of the narrative approach, when the format was in its infancy, over a decade before the advent of MTV. #ChildOfTheMoon #TheRollingStones #OfficialMusicVideo © 2021 ABKCO Music & Record, Inc.

Song Review by Richie Unterberger

As the non-LP B-side of the Rolling Stones' "Jumping Jack Flash" single in 1968, "Child of the Moon" was one of the more obscure tracks the band released in the 1960s, although it got a slightly wider hearing when it was included in the More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) collection in the early '70s. Along with "Jumping Jack Flash" itself, it was the first recording the Stones released that was produced by Jimmy Miller, and was indicative of their slide toward a slightly more laid-back, funkier rock sound than they'd pursued on their more pop- and psychedelic-influenced 1966-1967 releases. The song has its champions as an undiscovered nugget of the group's catalog, but there's a reason it was a B-side: it's filler, and not one of their most distinguished late-'60s efforts by any means. There's a bit of a drone to the melody and a pronounced drawl to the Mick Jagger lead vocal, like a bit of a hangover from the chorus crescendos of their 1967 single "We Love You." "Child of the Moon" is a less memorable tune than "We Love You," however, with a bit of a hangover from their psychedelic era as well in the lyrics comparing the woman to a "Child of the Moon." That's a more benign, cosmic view of women, à la "She's a Rainbow," than the group often offered. As he often did during this era, Nicky Hopkins added session piano; the saxophone is played by Brian Jones, in one of the less heralded of his many contributions of instrumentation other than guitar on Rolling Stones records. For such a relatively little-known Rolling Stones song, it's gotten its share of covers, including versions by alternative rock bands the Celibate Rifles and Band of Susans.












On November 10, Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. in partnership with Legacy Recordings will be releasing Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hollywood Bowl August 18, 1967 on vinyl, CD and all digital platforms. This live concert performance, captured just five days before the US release of Are You Experienced, their album debut, is notable for being one of the last times the band performed in front of an audience as relative unknowns. Finally, the set can be enjoyed by the rest of the world for the first time ever; amazingly, not a single second of this unique, two-track live recording has ever been released before in any capacity, either via official channels or elsewise.  Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hollywood Bowl August 18, 1967

  1. Introduction
  2. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  3. Killing Floor
  4. The Wind Cries Mary
  5. Foxey Lady
  6. Catfish Blues
  7. Fire
  8. Like a Rolling Stone
  9. Purple Haze
  10. Wild Thing

Jimi Hendrix: Guitar, Lead Vocals
Mitch Mitchel: Drums
Noel Redding: Bass, Backing Vocals

Produced By Janie Hendrix, Eddie Kramer, & John McDermott for Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. 



As John Lennon Would Say “Out NOW!”: 
Hey everybody! “The Lost Weekend: A Love Story” is released tomorrow, October 13 on Blu-Ray, DVD and array of streaming platforms. 

I spent two years consulting on this cool-ass film and I can honestly say I am more proud of this film than any other I was privileged to work on. 

My friend May Pang finally gets to set the record straight on her 18 months as John Lennon’s girlfriend as well as her years as J&Y’s assistant previous to that. 

Have a watch and let me know what you think? Don’t forget to watch the credits at the end! I get the best one of my career!

5)Fernando Saunders Cashmere Dreams

Cashmere Dreams Review

by Joe Viglione [-]

If Steve Porcaro producing the hip sideman to Marianne Faithul during her A Child's Adventure phase, and Lou Reed during his Legendary Hearts/New Sensations period, sounds like a paradox, it is a joyful one. Feeling more like a Joan Armatrading disc than one of the aforementioned legends (who both have classy essays on the album jacket singing the journeyman bassist's praises), Fernando Saunders has a highly listenable disc which contains flavors of Prince without a testosterone overdose. Very subdued pop. Great album cover has Saunders in a dream state flowing into some otherworld. This is very radio-friendly stuff, from "Stallion" running wild and free (a bit reminiscent of the sentiment of "Little Red Corvette") to the catchy pop of "Hook in My Heart," the entire production (most by Saunders himself, except for the contributions by Porcaro) is a delight from start to finish. The two songs produced by Toto keyboard player Steve Porcaro actually have Jeff Porcaro on drums and Steve Lukather on guitar. On paper, Toto backing a musician from Lou Reed's band is a punk rock fan's worst nightmare, but it works.This is amazing stuff, and unlike other artists who have famous friends chipping in, everyone takes a back seat to the guy who has provided a rhythmic undertone to so many. Fernando Saunders has a great voice, his own style, and one of those records radio should be chastised for not seeking out and playing on its merits. Hearing a song co-written by Lou Reed that Michael Jackson could have a huge hit with is, in itself, monumental. Perhaps this is where Paula Abdul got the idea for her hit of the same name, "Opposites Attract," which appeared just a year later.


6  Karen Ann Hunter My One Desire 

"Dreamy Day" is an elegant and mysterious melody from Karen Ann Hunter, who has a number of YouTube videos on her Topic (click above) .   "If I Were You" is terrific, flavors of Francois Hardy, early early Marianne Faithful, Heidi Jo Hines (daughter of Denny Laine from Wings,) just great.

7)Cy Curnin of the FIXX

The Returning Sun Review

by Joe Viglione

On 2005's Mayfly, lead singer of the Fixx Cy Curnin had mainstream keyboardist Bill Champlin and guitarist Bruce Gaitsch (both of Chicago/Peter Cetera fame) working with him; but fear not, with Lou Reed/Marianne Faithfull bassist extraordinaire Fernando Saunders, and the equally "faithful" (to Curnin's solo work) Billy Ward, Curnin comes up with a super contemporary album of pop hooks and high-tech sound on this outing, The Returning Sun, released two years after Mayfly . Opening track "We Might Find It" nicks exactly from the "Don't You (Forget About Me)" Simple Minds riff, recycling it 22 years after that song hit number one. And if track two, "Remember Me When I'm Gone," isn't playing with the Simple Minds title ("...don't you forget about me when I'm gone..."), well, going to that source and bringing it back to the future is the trick, and this veteran artists pulls it off majestically. "Falling Apart Together" blends Europop with just a dash of some machine shop industrial to very good effect. Meanwhile, the title track eases up a bit, perhaps some techno/folk with island flavorings, reverse reggae under a very nice melody. Real staying power here, "The Returning Sun" possibly being a double entendre -- some musical prodigal son returning to his roots -- perhaps in light of what went down on the Mayfly disc! All ten songs are under ten minutes, except for "The Future's Not What It Used to Be," maybe a nice theme song for a Terminator 4 movie? The packaging is elegant on Curnin's own record label and the music is easy to absorb. "Nothing Is Normal" would fit onto any Fixx album, and that's a good thing; the voice is strong and the message is communicated. Clark Stiles programs a wonderful "The World Will Always Turn," solid progressive pop that could easily fit onto Top 40 play lists -- and should. The stereo separation is great and there's loads of creativity keeping the tracks fresh enough to warrant repeated spins. Hopefully, the mates in his main band will embrace the final two tracks here for "Damned If You Do" also has something special to groove to, and an attractive production mixing gloss into the sound spaces. The Returning Sun is an impressive disc from Curnin and "Nothing Is Normal" keeps coming back as a standout on a collection rippling with potential.

      8)Jacknifed   Jean Beauvoir 

Jacknifed Review

by Joe Viglione

Jean Beauvoir has the image and the sound down on Jacknifed, and the one time Plasmatics bass player/Ramones producer abandons his hard rock day gigs for very Prince-sounding dance music here. This album has a lot in common musically with bassist Fernando Saunders' Cashmere Dreams, although Saunders is able to create separate identities for his songs, while Beauvoir has a sameness which is a slight drawback. The excellent hooks in "Jimmy" and "Spend Your Life With Me" get lost in the double frosting that is the keyboard/drum overabundance. Emulating Prince's vocal riffs and mini-howls doesn't help either. Where Jonzun Crew guitarist Tony "Rocks" Cowan will experiment with sound and vocal technique making his material so different it oftentimes sounds like someone else from track to track, Beauvoir finds his groove and sticks with it. The title track has a nice Tommy Lafferty solo, and that identifies another problem with the disc. Jean Beauvoir pulls an Emmit Rhodes/Paul McCartney/Todd Rundgren by playing most of the instruments himself. The aforementioned knew the inherent dangers of limiting your flavors, and did their best to compensate. There's no compensation here. Also, they played to their audience -- adding a Ramones-style rocker or something along the lines of a metal/dance version of "Dream Lover" from New Hope for the Wretched or "Sex Junkie" from Beyond the Valley of 1984 would have been hooks for his fan base to latch onto, and would have added a much needed other dimension here. The lyrics are hip and show another side of the multi-talented Jean Beauvor -- "I cop a score of 90/talking, talking about intelligence/I think I'm high and mighty" -- the emphasis seems to be on the word "high" in "Gamblin' Man" which sounds like a song of regret in the midst of narcotic-induced dilemma. Former Plasmastics lead guitarist Richie Stotts had a demo floating around including a song "The Man With the X Ray Eyes" -- had the two collaborated on this album, and included the best of both worlds, it could have gone from good to great.           



This YouTube is terrific
Superb song and video from Kowtow Popof, "Leaving Indiana" at three minutes and twenty-five seconds has a title/chorus that is a perpetual Lady Mondegreen (misheard lyric,) over a smooth bed of lovely pop.  Brilliant.  #10 on the October Top 40

Punk isn’t a style or genre — it’s an ethos. It is anti-fake and anti-glitz, anti-establishment and anti-authoritarian. Most of all, punk is DIY.

Rock artists who came of age wrestling with the corporate system eventually hardened against it. They created an alternate mode of operation — one where they could produce their own records, book their own shows, and set their own courses.

Kowtow Popof was — and is — one of those artists.

Now well into a career as an obstinate, empathetic singer/songwriter, Popof revisits his early rebellions on the freshly sown A Punk’s Garden of Versus. Juggling echoes as disparate as David Bowie, R.E.M., America, the Band, Wire, and Genesis, he refines an eclectic equation all his own.

Artists don’t really change with time — they mostly dig deeper where they’re planted.

So get out your spade and harvest the Punk’s Garden.

Listen at Bandcamp

Official site


Malcolm Bruce, son of Jack Bruce of Cream
Jack’s son Malcolm Bruce speaks with The Strange Brew about the recording of ‘Heavenly Cream’ which is out next month, as well as delving into his own solo projects and what inspires his creative process.
“Some artists carry with them a legacy that’s not just a burden but a profound source of inspiration. Malcolm Bruce, son of Jack Bruce, embodies this duality as a composer, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. In Jason Barnard’s open conversation with Malcolm about the new album, Heavenly Cream, we delve into the project’s origins and what listeners can anticipate. Heavenly Cream is a tribute to Cream’s catalogue, masterminded by the late Cream lyricist Pete Brown, and featuring a remarkable ensemble of musicians, including Ginger Baker. Malcolm takes us behind the scenes of this landmark project, that now also serves as a tribute to the artists involved that we have lost.”
RIP the legendary artists who participated, who are sadly no longer with us: Ginger Baker, Pete Brown, Bernie Marsden and Pee Wee Ellis 🌹
Malcolm shares some fascinating insight including Pete and Ginger’s reconciliation after what turned out to be Ginger’s final recording session

I really love tribute albums, collecting tributes to Glen Miller, Mario Lanza and others long before rock and roll took over.  Tribs to Black Sabbath, the Pixies (which I reviewed for the Boston Globe,) even the Carpenters, all add to the myths and legends.  And they give us another perspective on each artist's craft.   Add to the collection Heavenly Cream. As the publicist's notes inform us: "... Malcolm Bruce, Jack’s son, who, as a musician of note, was involved in the making of the album (along with) Tad McDonald, Pete Brown’s stepson, who, while not involved in the making of the album itself can speak to his stepfather’s songwriting genius.  Both live in the UK."   

Press Release
Quarto Valley Records proudly announces the new album “Heavenly Cream: An Acoustic Tribute to Cream.” The album takes us on a magical journey -- traveling the brief course of the iconic band’s musical life -- back to the raw, stripped-down magic of the creativity of Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, and Pete Brown. Passionately produced and mixed by Rob Cass, the new album will be released via Quarto Valley Records on November 3rd on vinyl, CD and digitally on all platforms.


Formed in 1966, CREAM quickly became known for their explosive impromptu style – high-volume blues jamming, extended solos and flashy instrumental showmanship. 


Widely thought of as the first supergroup, CREAM paved the way for many other music genres. 


The project honors CREAM’s legacy with a 15-track tribute album and features Pete Brown and Ginger Baker plus an impressive roster of renowned musicians who knew, or were inspired by the iconic supergroup including Joe Bonamassa, Deborah Bonham, Malcolm Bruce, Peter Bullick, Nathan James, Bernie Marsden, Maggie Bell, Rob Cass, Clem Clempson, Paul Rodgers and Bobby Rush. 
There were also invaluable musical contributions from Cheryl Alleyne, Winston Blissett, Moreno Buttinar, Abass Dodoo, John Donaldson, Pee Wee Ellis, Mo Foster, Neil Murray, Mo Nazam, Tony Remy, and Frank Tontoh. 
While recording this tribute album, Pete Brown shared, “It took me a long time before I would attempt those songs. I grew up in Jack’s shadow, like Malcolm did as well, you know. I’m not trying to be Jack. No one will ever be Jack.” He added, “Eventually I felt, well, they’re my songs as well and eventually, I grew into those songs that Jack and I wrote.”


The first single off the album, “Sunshine of Your Love,” was released on September 1 and features Ginger Baker on drums, Joe Bonamassa on vocals and guitar, Malcom Bruce on piano and the late Bernie Marsden on vocals and guitar, with Neil Murray on bass and Abass Dodoo on percussion. 


This iconic song, co-written by Jack Bruce and Pete Brown was included on Cream’s best-selling second album Disraeli Gears in November 1967 and became one of Cream’s fan favorites. 


With elements of hard rock and psychedelia, Cream bassist Bruce developed a distinctive riff for the tune which became his signature bass riff.


An edited version of the song was released in the U.S. that December and became the band’s first and highest charting American single. It entered Billboard’s “Hot 100” chart in January 1968, reaching number 36. To this day, the song remains one of the band’s most endearing tunes. It was later named to Rolling Stone’s 500 “Greatest Songs of All Time,” ranking number 65. The endurance of “Sunshine of Your Love” makes it a fitting first taste of the new album and the magic of Cream and their music. Now available to stream on all platforms. Stream here.
“Heavenly Cream: An Acoustic Tribute to Cream” was recorded at Sensible Music and the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. Years in the making, Quarto Valley Records’ executive Mike Carden initially approached Pete Brown, his long-time colleague and friend, in 2017 about a different project and out of that meeting came the concept of doing a recording -- a retrospective of CREAM music -- which both Pete and Mike mutually agreed to. Pete had remained friends with Ginger Baker over the years and brought him on board. Following suit came Malcom Bruce (Jack’s son), and the gathering of the incredible talent on the album began to fall into place. 


On recording this album, Malcom Bruce said, “I feel very much that in my own small way I’m carrying on a tradition that’s incredibly unique in the musical canon as it were.” 


“Quarto Valley Records is honored to be releasing this all-star tribute to one of the greatest bands in rock history,” said label founder Bruce Quarto. “To have recorded this musical masterpiece with the incredible roster of musicians makes this project unbelievably special. And having worked with legends Ginger Baker, Pete Brown and Bernie Marsden truly takes it to a historical level. When you listen to this album, you can feel the passion that went into the project and hear it pouring out of every note. Enjoy!” 


  1. I Feel Free (Feat: Deborah Bonham, Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (3:17)
  2. White Room (Feat: Pete Brown, Malcolm Bruce and Clem Clempson) (5:46)
  3. Theme for An Imaginary Western (Feat: Pete Brown, Malcolm Bruce and Clem Clempson) (3:38)
  4. We're Going Wrong (Feat Malcolm Bruce and Clem Clempson) (3:32)
  5. Sunshine of Your Love (Feat: Ginger Baker, Joe Bonamassa, Malcolm Bruce and Bernie Marsden) (4:49)
  6. Deserted Cities of The Heart (Feat: Joe Bonamassa, Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (3:51)
  7. Sweet Wine (Feat: Ginger Baker, Nathan James, Pee Wee Ellis, Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (3:08)
  8. Tales of Brave Ulysses (Feat: Ginger Baker, Nathan James, Pee Wee Ellis Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (3:18)
  9. Crossroads (Feat: Ginger Baker, Bernie Marsden, Joe Bonamassa and Malcolm Bruce) (2:53)
10. Take It Back (Feat: Maggie Bell, Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (3:22)
11. Spoonful (Feat: Bobby Rush, Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (4:39)
12. Sitting On Top Of The World (Feat: Bobby Rush, Maggie Bell, Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (4:55)
13. Badge (Feat: Deborah Bonham, Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (3:36)
14. Politician (Feat: Pete Brown, Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (5:16)
15. Born Under a Bad Sign (Feat: Paul Rodgers, Bernie Marsden and Malcolm Bruce) (3:51)




Produced and mixed by Rob Cass
Executive Producer Bruce S Quarto
Executive Producer Pete Brown
Associate Executive Producer Mark Waters
Supervising Producer Michael Carden
Project Coordinator Peter Conway
Recorded at Sensible Music and Abbey Road Studios, London


Studio Engineers: John Moon, Paul Pritchard, Jonny Firth, Joe Taylor, George Oulton, Pearse Macintyre

Ginger Baker drum tech: Andy Chard

'HEAVENLY CREAM' first single out now featuring Ginger Baker, Joe Bonamassa + album release date

'HEAVENLY CREAM'' (formerly Cream Acoustic) is finally being released on November 3rd 2023 to coincide with Mark Waters' documentary THE CREAM ACOUSTIC SESSIONS.. Featuring an incredible cast of musicians including Malcolm Bruce, Ginger Baker, Pete Brown, Bernie Marsden, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Rodgers, Bobby Rush, Deborah Bonham, Abass Dodoo, Neil Murray, Pee Wee Ellis, Nathan James and more.

The first single 'Sunshine Of Your Love', featuring Ginger Baker, Joe Bonamassa, Bernie Marsden, Neil Murray, Abass Dodoo and Malcolm Bruce is out now.


Sonic Mojo is Foghat’s highly anticipated and long-awaited 17th studio album—their first in seven years--on the band’s label, Foghat Records, which is distributed by Select-O-Hits (part of the Sun Records family). It will be available as a single CD with 12-tracks and a six-page gatefold cover, as well as an 11-track, limited edition 180gram, purple neon vinyl. Digital pre-orders are now available here (including CDs available on Amazon), while CD and vinyl (including autographed copies) and merchandise bundles are available to pre-order here


On Sonic Mojo founding member, drummer and leader of the pack Roger Earl is joined by stalwart guitarist, engineer, and co-producer Bryan Bassett (formerly with Wild Cherry and Molly Hatchet), fun-loving bassist Rodney O’Quinn (longtime member of the Pat Travers Band), and on lead vocals and guitar, Scott Holt (who toured and recorded with the legendary Buddy Guy for 10+ years). 


The band is available for interviews to extol the virtues of its latest masterpiece.



The other band members are also available for interviews and will be happy to talk about the new album, their own respective careers outside of Foghat, and of course about the fun they have touring and recording in Foghat.


The new album absolutely cements Foghat’s title as the undisputed Kings of Boogie Rock as it showcases the band’s trademark crunchy riffs, soaring slide guitar leads, infectious melodies, bluesy influences, and their take-no-prisoners approach to their loud, heavy, blues-rock that fans everywhere can’t get enough of.


The album’s first single, “Drivin’ On,” was released today (co-written by the late Kim Simmonds, Roger’s friend and former Savoy Brown band mate), and a video for the song can be seen on the band’s official YouTube page.



Formed in 1971 when Earl, lead vocalist/guitarist Lonesome Dave Peverett, and bassist Tony Stevens left the British blues-rock band, Savoy Brown, Foghat has earned eight Gold records, one Platinum record and one double-Platinum record.  They continue to release new music every few years, and are in constant motion on the road, maintaining a rigorous touring schedule that has been a staple of the band since its formation. 


They sadly lost Lonesome Dave Peverett in 2000, founding lead guitarist Rod Price in 2005, and former bassist Craig MacGregor in 2018, but Roger Earl keeps banging and kicking to keep Foghat’s musical legacy going.  


“I will rock until I drop,” is Roger’s favorite saying when it comes to Foghat and his life in general.


Please use the following links below to access all things Foghat including music, bio, discography, and the latest news. 
Foghat website:




Foghat link to first new single Drivin’ On -


A link to classic Foghat - I Just Want to Make Love to You – live 1974 -


Queen of the Night Review

by Joe Viglione [-]
Producer Jerry Wexler puts the earthy vocals of Maggie Bell in a beautiful setting here. She stretches John Prine's "Souvenirs" to the max with Steve Gadd ably assisting by splashing the drums as deep as Bell's vocals. Her uptempo version of J.J. Cale's "After Midnight" is more captivating than Eric Clapton's; she oozes that Etta James sexuality while Reggie Young throws some tasty guitar into the semi-calypso groove. Bell's identity is unique on much of the material, but a couple of tunes have her paying tribute to some of her sisters. The title track, "Queen of the Night," is drenched in gorgeous harmonies by the Sweet Inspirations and is pure Genya Ravan, but conversely, the cover of "A Woman Left Lonely," embraced totally by Janis Joplin on Pearl, is a sweet vocal and totally alien to how Joplin ripped the song to shreds so wonderfully. It works on an entirely different level on Queen of the Night -- Bell's voice is an instrument that slips into different styles on a moment's notice. She takes the fun but silly Ringo Starr/Vini Poncia number five hit from the same year and gives it some style, then turns around with Deadric Malone's "As the Years Go Passing By" and delivers another brand of quality sound. Cornell Dupree's fabulous guitar leads cook in the background -- the frosting on the cake for "As the Years Go Passing By." Intense and beautiful, it is the real sleeper here. While Merry Clayton was singing backup on Ringo Starr's "Oh My My" and ex-Black Oak Arkansas Ruby Starr would track Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," Bell broke through her Stone the Crows image to cover a range of ideas, giving even David Clayton Thomas some respectability, taking his original "Yesterday's Music" to new heights with a Bonnie Bramlett-style touch of gospel. From Will Jennings to Carole Bayer Sager and Peter Allen, Bell's Queen of the Night is a stunningly marvelous mix of blues, pop, soul, and Southern rock. "We Had It All" builds with a smoldering tension that gives Bell a platform for her inspired phrasings. Sager must've been over the top when she first heard this version of "The Other Side." This is music straight from the heart, which concludes with "Trade Winds," piano, drums, and Bell's voice tapering off like the end of a great set at some intimate nightclub. This is an extraordinary creation worth pulling out when you want to appreciate a fine wine like Queen of the Night.

14) Monty Python and The Holy Grail

This December, prepare to celebrate 48 1/2 years of Monty Python and The Holy Grail with a special nationwide theatrical re-release in select theaters via Iconic Events Releasing and Mercury Studios. Tickets are available at
This film achieved that, and so much more. Monty Python and The Holy Grail isn’t just a film – it’s a cultural landmark.

 Originally released in 1975, the legendary comedy troupe’s send-up of King Arthur, the quest for Camelot, and its contextualized historic folklore established itself as a blueprint for satirical comedy.

20)Peace on Earth  Richard Alan Krieger "Crane"
Sandpoint, Idaho

Crane played trumpet and sang back-up vocals with the iconic rock band “The Minutemen” from San Pedro/L.A.

 was also the writer/singer/bassist of the rock group Tragicomedy who recorded the album "Homage to Nada."

21  Cream demo She Was Like a Bearded Rainbow

22)Jethro Tull   Wolf Unchained




38) A Question of Time Review

by Joe Viglione [-]

A Question of Time is an album to appreciate, as Jack Bruce nicely wraps his diverse styles up in rock & roll packaging. Willie Dixon's "Blues You Can't Lose" is extraordinary noise, the late Nicky Hopkins bringing his unmistakable piano to a mix of Albert Collins' leads, Jimmy Ripp's slide and rhythms, Bruce's bass, harmonica, and voice, and the strong drumming of Dougie Bowne. In its slow dirge statement, "Blues You Can't Lose" is as powerful as the blistering Bruce tune that opens the set, "Life on Earth." "Make Love" is a great change of pace; the first of eight Pete Brown/Jack Bruce collaborations, it utilizes innovative percussion, subtle keyboards, and -- surprise of surprises -- effects on Bruce's voice. Ginger Baker toured with Bruce at this point in time, and though Bowne is admirable on the epic pop/rock of "No Surrender," it is Baker's contributions to "Hey Now Princess" (with Ripp doing his best Clapton) and his definite drums on "Obsession" (with guitars by Allan Holdsworth and Vivian Campbell) that bring this disc to the Cream level. The transition from "Hey Now Princess" to the Willie Dixon tune is just lovely, while "Obsession" is perfect Disraeli Gears-type music. Tony Willams steps in on the reggae-esque "Kwela," the other Bruce-only composition and, without the Cream drummer on this, Bruce still manages to sound like Ginger Baker's Air Force. Produced by Joe Blaney and Bruce, the song "A Question of Time" is a bizarre, colorful mix of clashing images and sound, while the album A Question of Time is one of the more complete Bruce recordings for those fans who know him from his pop radio hits. It is one of the most accessible discs by rock's premier bassist for both those in his cult and the casual fan. This project uses his mastery of jazz, pop, acoustic, and blues to give listeners what Jack Bruce does best: rock & roll. [The 2007 edition includes one bonus track.]

39)Jack Bruce Band  How's Tricks
How's Tricks Review

by Joe Viglione [-]

A wonderfully tortured Jack Bruce vocal on the song "Without a Word" opens up How's Tricks, the second LP for RSO records by the journeyman bassist/vocalist. Produced by Bill Halverson, who engineered Cream as well as solo Eric Clapton recordings, the material further fuses the all out jazz of Things We Like with the pop found on "Songs for a Taylor." "Johnny B'77" has the quartet driving the melody onto the fringes of rock, while "Time" bares elements Bruce brought to Disraeli Gears, defining his third of the Cream saga. As former bandmate Leslie West had his Leslie West Band out and about in the mid-70s, this quartet is listed as the Jack Bruce Band. It is yet another about-face for Bruce, singing nine more sets of lyrics by Peter Brown, with guitarist Hughie Burns and keyboardist Tony Hymas getting their chance to participate in the songwriting; it's basically well-performed pop with jazz overtones that has the voice of Jack Bruce adding the blues. The reggae of the title track, and the accompanying album art, may have made for some marketing confusion. There's a magician with cards and old-world glitz permeating this show, the band holding a crystal ball on the back-cover photograph. Having left Atlantic for Robert Stigwood's imprint, a bit more direction could have been in store for this important artist. The packaging doesn't have the elegance of Harmony Row, nor does it show respect for the music inside the package. Hughie Burns takes the lead vocal on "Baby Jane," his own composition, and it sounds out of place, disrupting the flow which returns on the exquisite "Lost Inside a Song," where Jack Bruce picks up where he left off. The Steely Dan comparisons are harder to make here, songs like "Madhouse" more hardcore jazz-rock than Fagen and Becker would care to indulge in. "Waiting for the Call" is perhaps the album's blusiest track, with magnificent harmonica-playing by the vocalist/rock legend. "Outsiders" sounds like Roxy Music gone jazz, while the final track, written by keyboardist Tony Hymas and lyricist Peter Brown, is a nice melodic vehicle for Jack Bruce's voice to conclude the album with. Simon Phillips provides solid drumming throughout, and the well-crafted lyrics are included on the inner sleeve. A strange but highly musical and important outing in the Jack Bruce catalog.

40)Jack Bruce Harmony Row
Harmony Row Review

by Joe Viglione [-]

Harmony Row is the legitimate follow-up to Jack Bruce'excellent songs for a tailor, although 1971 also saw the almost-simultaneous release of 1968 jazz tapes entitled Things We Like by this artist. An elaborate gatefold package has a shadow photo of the artist from the back, overlooking a golden sun on the waters. The self-produced disc begins with the pop excursion "Can You Follow," which blends into "Escape To The Royal Wood (On Ice)." Jack Bruce provides the voice, keyboards, bass, and some percussion, making this very much a solo project. "You Burned The Tables On Me" takes things into a progressive rock-meets-jazz arena. The only reference to blues here is Bruce's voice, but guitarist Chris Spedding's scratchy guitar, and the percussion -- either by Jack Bruce or drummer John Marshall (who plays on what is not specified) make the track sound almost like Cream without Clapton. There's a rare photo of Peter Brown in the second cardboard gatefold, and one of Bruce, while all of Brown's lyrics are spread out for public consumption. A nice touch, as Peter Brown is to Jack Bruce what Keith Reid is to Procul Harum, and the cleverly obscured words are sometimes the only foundation to grasp at while one of rock & roll's most innovative bassists goes from genre to genre, combining rhythms and melodies that defy commercial categorization. Harmony Row is the album that combines many flavors of Bruce's experimentations, making it courageous, adventurous, and hardly the product for a mass audience. "Folk Song" is barely a folk song; it is a progressive pop tune with that elegant, Procul Harum-like, sweeping, mystical statement. There's a pretty piano against church-like organ and vocals, with amazing guitar embellishments by Chris Spedding. "Folk Song" has elements Bruce would examine again, on the album Monkjack; it's a song which should have made him the darling of underground FM radio. It's a far cry from the all-out assault of his forthcoming power trio, West, Bruce & Laing, which emerged a year after this. The delicacy of "Smiles And Grins" suggests that hard jazz is what would have given the project with Leslie West a much needed diversion. But what happened was that Bruce embraced the trail Mountain stampeded down, while a purer blending of the two would have been re-readings of this Harmony Row material. "Post War" is a good example of how the underappreciated Leslie West could have expanded his influence -- Spedding's contributions are enormous, and like West, he is the only other musician save the drummer on Bruce's essential projects in 1971 and 1972, on the albums Harmony Row, and Why Dontcha. Drummer John Marshall appeared on the previous Songs for a Tailor, as did Spedding, though they didn't perform together on that disc. Here, Jack Bruce takes two players from that solo album, and moves them into another head-space. His use of the talents around him is impeccable, and yet another reason why fans should have embraced this quirky and intelligent troubadour. "A Letter Of Thanks" is so complex it borders on The Mothers Of Invention-style of non-groove, while "Victoria Sage" is more in-line with the ideas set forth on Songs for a Tailor, and with exquisite vocals by this tremendous singer. The final track, the tasty, Spanish-influenced "The Consul At Sunset," utilizes multiple percussive ideas with piano and guitars overlapping Peter Brown's words; those words are as important as the contributions from Marshall, Spedding, and Bruce. It's actually quite an amazing transition when set against the other discs released in this four-year period, and a stunning output from a major artist without yielding a Top 40 hit.


Songs for a Tailor Review

by Joe Viglione [-]

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.


"The Boy," track two on Jack Bruce's exquisite CD, Monkjack, has the former blues/hard rocker sounding like John Cale, introspective and ready to tell some tales. The instrumental "Shouldn't We" has the bassist/vocalist from Cream pitting his piano against collaborator Bernie Worrell's Hammond B-3, in a wonderful interplay of keyboard sounds. "David's Harp" has melodies which Aimee Mann toys with, but they are drenched in Bruce's bluesy pop voice, a voice that rules on classic rock radio when "White Room" blasts to break up the tedium of consultant run play lists. A classic voice should be an integral part of classic rock radio, and this jazzy/folksy/all keyboard disc would fit very nicely in that format. The sounds of both the piano and the hammond organ, recorded at Ztudio Zerkal, Germany, by Walter Quintus, are rich and resonant with the skills of a journeyman. Inside the CD case, Bruce peers out from among the buses, and on the front and back cover his face is a photographic negative. There is little information about the recording of this project in the beautiful 16-page booklet which accompanies this package. The music speaks for itself, with just lyrics, credits, pleasant artwork, and colors among the photos. To take each title and critique it would do great injustice to this release -- all the material is grade A. To single out the effectiveness of titles, and show appreciation, that is what is in order here. "Laughing on Music Street" is a melancholy piano piece with Bruce's voice augmented by Hammond B-3 swells which come up at the right moments. The lyrics to this in the booklet are next to a profile of Bruce against a very liquid-looking piano top. Again, John Cale has made a career out of this type of presentation, but Cale goes off onto a dark rampage where Bruce keeps things on a plateau that doesn't go over the edge. "Weird of Hermiston" is the fourth of the Bruce/Brown compositions here, and it is so very like John Cale, only with that Hammond B3 of Bernie Worrell's oozing in and out rather than a string quartet. "Tightrope" has piano runs holding up a dangling vocal by Bruce -- and it persists, one of four songs over five minutes in length. "Third Degree" would be nice in a private detective film, a moody, jazzy, dramatic piece with chords from the depths. For fans of this legend, a very nice glimpse into the working of his creative mind. For those who want something to listen to while doing other things, Monkjack does not get in the way -- it kind of stays along side of you. A very wonderful selection of compositions by a familiar voice in a different setting.                 


Out Of The Storm is Jack Bruce yet again taking a different path. No one can accuse this man of being redundant as he leaves behind the hard rock of Whatever Turns You On from his 1973 work with West, Bruce & Laing and takes on Steely Dan with a track like "Keep On Wondering." The problem with West, Bruce & Laing is that they should have been the back-up band providing Jack Bruce the vehicle to express his artistry. "Keep It Down" would have been a tremendous track for WBL, and Lou Reed/Alice Cooper guitarist Steve Hunter provides the tasteful licks which Leslie West would've used a sledgehammer to find. The title track is real introspection with more "I" references than found on a page in a Marie Osmond autobiography. Bruce uses the rock format to sing the poetry that he and long time collaborator Peter Brown have crafted here. When played next to his other albums, from Things We Like to Monkjack, as well as the aforementioned Leslie West collaborations, the indellible voice of Jack Bruce is found to belong, not to a chameleon, but to a true changeling. In an industry that resists change, his music evolves in relentless fashion, switching formats as efficiently and quickly as he switches record labels. While Eric Clapton achieves the acclaim, it is Jack Bruce who delivers a novel and totally original title like "One" with a vocal that moves from cabaret to blues to soul. The man has one of the most powerful and identifiable rock & roll voices, and his body of work is overpowering. "One" has the drums of Jim Gordon and another venture into the Procul Harum sound Bruce has toyed with over various albums in different ways. Out Of The Storm is another excellent chapter with Steve Hunter showing proficiency and remarkable restraint. Robin Trower, Mick Taylor, Leslie West, Eric Clapton and so many other guitar greats have put their sound next to Jack Bruce's voice, and this is Steve Hunter aiding and abetting, but not getting in the way of Bruce's creative pop/jazz.                 

Classic Rock Review quoting me: The album has a solid ending with “Pollution Woman”. About the song, critic Joe Viglione wrote that this was the direction the band should have taken for the entire album. He also suggests that keyboards might have stabilized the band. The inclusion of keys via Mountain’s Knight or Blind Faith’s Winwood would have been monumental in establishing a firmer ground upon which to develop the band’s sound. I might have to agree to some degree, though not entirely, because some of these songs are phenomenal as they are. However, I will agree with Viglione regarding the production of the album. There wasn’t as much “oomph” in the production to give it that heavy-ass Mountain sound with the jazzy basslines Bruce’s blues contained. It wasn’t all Johns’ fault, as the band did have a hand in production.


Jack Bruce, Bill Lordan, Robin Trower - B.L.T. - 1981 - Chrysalis

It wasn't until the 1980 Victims of the Fury album, seven years into his solo career, that Robin Trower would employ former Procul Harum bandmate Keith Reid to provide lyrics (with Reid probably the only lyricist in history to get band status). Though this is officially a Robin Trower release entitled B.L.T., the marquee giving Jack Bruce and Bill Lordan equal heading above the double-sized name of Robin Trower, the project is shouldered by all talents involved and inhibited by a dreadful cover photo of a white bread sandwich: bacon, lettuce and tomato with -- if you look closely -- raw bacon. All concerned would have been better off titling this a Jack Bruce/Robin Trower project with drummer Bill Lordan. The vocals are all the work of Bruce with the production by Trower, and a moment like "Won't Let You Down" is among the best for both the vocalist of Cream and the guitar player from Procol Harum. "Won't Let You Down" is subtle, stunning, and beautiful. It oozes out of the speakers with double-tracked Trower guitar work that sounds like he was listening to Hendrix's Cry of Love album again. And there's nothing wrong with that. "Into Money," "What It Is" (another song about money), and "No Island Lost" are interesting because they take the West, Bruce & Laing concept further into the realm of progressive rock, a place where all parties concerned feel very comfortable. For the Trower fans who couldn't get enough of him sounding like Hendrix, take the "Voodoo Chile" riffs of "No Island Lost" and add the highly commercial voice of Jack Bruce. The combination is appealing while the artists lift the melody of "Voodoo Chile" as well the guitar, making for some amazing and magnetic stuff. With the exception of "End Game" and "Won't Let You Down," the songs are all in the three-minute range for this artistic experiment which works so well. Where Peter Brown is to Jack Bruce what Dewer and Reid are to Trower (a rare Brown/Bruce/Trower composition would show up on the following disc, Truce), this is only the second album where Keith Reid gets to collaborate with his former bandmate in the eight years between Trower's solo debut and B.L.T.. There would be more. The Trower/Reid combo makes perfect sense, especially since the lyricist is probably the only one in history who got band billing. The music these fellows weave is tremendous and becomes a distinctive work in the Jack Bruce catalog, combining his talents with colleagues who share his vision. The fluid sounds which make "Life on Earth" such an appealing opener for side two show that even on a title written solely by Bruce,the only one on the disc, it blends in perfectly with the material, mostly written by Trower and Reid. "Carmen" is absolutely haunting, and this is one of those beautiful discs that true fans have to seek out. Couple the terrible album cover of B.L.T. with the equally absurd marketing of West, Bruce & Laing's Whatever Turns You On and one gets the feeling that numerous record labels were trying their hardest to keep Jack Bruce's music as underground as possible. He deserves better, and B.L.T. is an experiment that, musically, is very successful and holds many revelations. A more compelling package is in order for the magic that's in these grooves. © Joe Viglione © 2012 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved

The album hending with “Pollution Woman”. About the song, critic Joe Viglione wrote that this was the direction the band should have taken for the entire album. He also suggests that keyboards might have stabilized the band. The inclusion of keys via Mountain’s Knight or Blind Faith’s Winwood would have been monumental in establishing a firmer ground upon which to develop the band’s sound. I might have to agree to some degree, though not entirely, because some of these songs are phenomenal as they are. However, I will agree with Viglione regarding the production of the album. There wasn’t as much “oomph” in the production to give it that heavy-ass Mountain sound with the jazzy basslines Bruce’s blues contained. It wasn’t all Johns’ fault, as the band did have a hand in production.

From Joe Viglione’s review of the album: “Harmony Row is the album that combines many flavors of Bruce’s experimentations, making it courageous, adventurous, and hardly the product for a mass audience. “Folk Song” is barely a folk song; it is a progressive pop tune with that elegant, Procul Harum-like, sweeping, mystical statement. … it’s a song which should have made him the darling of underground FM radio.”

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