Jack Bruce

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Fleaismyhero, Nov 25, 2001.

  1. I've always heard that Jack Bruce is a good bass player but I've never heard anything that really amazed me, but that's probably only because I haven't heard too much of his stuff. I mean, the guy inspired Geezer Butler so he's gotta have something good. What're some good songs of his?
  2. listen to the live version of spoonfull from cream's wheels of fire and try and say the same thing.
  3. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Or "Crossroads".

    Jack Bruce isn't Michael Manring, and he's not trying to be. His focus is different. Also, he's one of the original innovators on the electric bass, from a time when bassists were supposed to be felt more than heard. He totally slays me.
  4. Rien

    Rien Guest

    Oct 6, 2001
    Check out Wheels of Fire by Cream
    Bruce is great, he was a huge influence on me.
    I still haven't gotten his new album yet, i gotta pick it up.
  5. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    West, Bruce and Laing. "Why Doncha" Kick-ass bass.
  6. I second that. The live stuff is great. Also 'The White Room' is a personal favorite.
  7. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Jack Bruce is more concerned with song structure on his solo material, so you need to listen to the whole package. He also plays a mean piano. On his solo stuff, look for Songs for a Tailor (with "Theme from an Imaginary Western" and "Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune") or Harmony Row. For a jazzy side, pick up Things We Like, where Jack plays electric upright alongside guitar great John McLaughlin. West, Bruce and Laing songs would be "Out in The Fields" (also on his new Shadows in the Air), or "Powerhouse Sod".
  8. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    What about Bruce's work with The Graham Bond Organization? Pretty cool little '60s jazzy R&B/Rock outfit.
    I also like, I think, it's the first LIVE Cream disc(Volume 1)...Baker & Bruce deliver the goods!

    I think the most recent thing I have by Bruce is A Question Of Time...from 10+ years ago?
    Anyway, some killer players are involved-
    Tony Williams, Alan Holdsworth, Vernon Reid, Bernie Worrell, Steve Jordan, etc
    It's a Rocked-out/jazzy/funky disc(if I recall) with vocals. ;)
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Bernie Worell is playing with Jack Bruce's latest band. I saw them live on "Later" - UK TV programme a few weeks ago and he seemed to have a really good band.

    But I wasn't too taken with his bass playing - didn't like the tone and his intonation on fretless definitely sounded "off" - it was very high in the mix and the slight pitch discrepancies really grated on my ear, meaning I couldn't listen to anything else! :(
  10. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    my dad has it...i really like it...as for songs..."Powerhouse Sod", "Pollution Woman", and alot of live stuff

  11. how bad can a guy be when he came up with a song called "never tell your mother that she's out of tune?" not only is the title funny as hell, the song itself is awesome.
  12. RHCFlea


    Jun 16, 2001
    Washington DC
    always like "sunshine of your love" myself
  13. Deserted Cities of the Heart
    Anyone for Tennis
    Sitting on Top of The World
    We're Going Wrong
    World Of Pain

    and my all-time favourite bass song,

    Pressed Rat and Warthog. It's absolutely nuts.
  14. LiquidMidnight


    Dec 25, 2000
    Everytime my band covers Crossroads, I'm thinking to myself, "Jack Bruce's makes me sound like Mark Hoppus on this song" :( :D

    Another great Cream tune with some great bass playing is "Anyone for Tennis".
  15. and of course born under a bad sign is awesome.
  16. Bob Clayton

    Bob Clayton Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    Deptford, NJ
    yea...thats fun to play