Jack Bruce

Bird Alone

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If it weren't for Jack Bruce being in absolutely superb voice on Bird Alone, a double-disc live recording from May of 1980 in Denver with an all-but-uncredited band, this set would absolutely wank. The sound is utterly dodgy -- as in bootleg style. Other than the clear basslines and vocals, it's difficult to hear who's playing what and when, most of the time. The program is a slew of old Cream tunes, cuts from his '70s solo records, and songs from West, Bruce & Laing. The band seems to be from the "I've Always Wanted To Do This Tour," with drummer Billy Cobham, saxman/keyboardist David Sancious (a jazzman who also played with the early E Street Band), and guitarist Clem Clemson. This is utterly unnecessary for anyone except the most die-hard Jack Bruce fan.

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