Ed Bruce

Puzzles

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The single-disc, 29-track compilation Puzzles collects all of Ed Bruce's RCA recordings from the late '60s, including "Blue Denim Eyes," "By Route of New Orleans," "Walker's Woods," "Last Train to Clarksville," "Painted Girls and Wine," "Memphis Morning," "Why Can't I Come Home," "Ninety Seven More to Go," "Give Me More Than You Can Take," "Something Else to Mess Your Mind" and no less than three versions of the title track. While this material is not among Bruce's best-known, it is among his best. Though the duplicate versions of some tracks can be tedious -- "Puzzles" is presented in three versions, there are two takes of "I'd Be Best Leaving You," there are both dubbed and undubbed versions of "Painted Girls and Wine" and "Blue Bayou" -- Puzzles nevertheless is an excellent way to become acquainted with a fine, underappreciated talent.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
2:42
2 3:05
3 2:34
4 2:49
5 2:25
6 3:10
7 3:50
8 2:43
9 2:36
10 2:11
11
2:50
12 2:35
13 1:59
14 2:44
15 2:29
16 2:51
17 2:23
18 2:53
19 2:29
20 2:25
21 2:18
22 2:35
23
2:48
24
2:41
25
2:51
26 2:50
27 2:35
28 2:48
29
2:46
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