Jack Bruce Band - How's Tricks (1977)

Re-up too here of this album to for Jack Bruce's death.

Of course, nothing Jack Bruce recorded after Out of the Storm would reach the peaks of his 3 first solo LPs (minus the jazz rock one with McLaughlin) but it would be too easy to forget that he composed and played great songs too afterwards. I posted the 1978 refused album Jet Set Jewel here, its predecessor was released, with the same band, and even if there are some weak moments, there are also enough good to great songs to make it a "not to be forgotten" album. The sound is not too much polluted by the production climate of the year 1976 (the album was recorded in the autumn of 1976, one of the worst period in music history, punk was only burgeoning). Songs were mostly written by Jack Bruce for the music and Pete Brown for the lyrics, a long enduring partnership that guaranteed a sort of continuity for a musician changing styles sometimes too often. Of course, this album is not hard to find so I'm not totally authorized to post it but these songs are forgotten, even by those who know Bruce career (not fans of course). So I think it was a good idea to offer it for memories. PS. I posted the CD version with 2 bonus tracks. The booklet is in the rar file. Don't remember where I caught this album. Not my rip (only 192 kb).


Jack Bruce - Jet Set Jewel (1978)

Jack Bruce died today at 71 from his liver illness. This re-up of a fine album refused by the label that caused great damage to his career, is a way to give him a deserved hommage. For those who thought that Jack Bruce was only the Cream bassist, let's say that he was the main (and best) composer of the band, the singer, and that he had a long solo career with some of the best albums being released in modern music (specially Songs for a Tailor, Harmony Row and Out of the Storm). Meanwhile, catch this forgotten LP here.

Here's maybe the record that sent to the dustbin the career of Jack Bruce, another album rejected by a label (RSO), showing how these bastards had the power to refuse shamelessly to issue great albums from geniuses. Cos' Jet Set Jewel is a much better album than was the previous one, How's Trick recorded and issued 2 years before. But let's consider the situation. We are in 1978, for the last 2 years Jack Bruce has a band, and seems to recover from the sudden dismiss of Mick Taylor 3 years before, who ended his former Jack Bruce Band (with Carla Bley), without any album recorded or released. In this new band there's Simon Phillips on drums, Tony Hymas on keyboards and Hughie Burns on guitars. Their first album (How's Trick) was quite uneven and frankly weak (production and compositions). After a long year touring (with a mixed response of the crowd, waiting for old Cream songs when the band only offered his new repertoire), they took a year off followed by the recording of an album entitled Jet Set Jewel (from the eponymous song featuring a sarcastic text on the rockstars life on tour). The recording was difficult because Jack Bruce was hard on heroine and was never happy with what he heard. But after long weeks of studio it was completed and ready to be presented to the bosses of RSO, who hated what they heard and refused to release it. It was the end of hopes for Jack Bruce to have a full time band with him and a correct solo career. Listening to this album today (it was actually released in 2005 with an awful cover sleeve, see below, the reason I did another one from a digital Max Sauco picture I find more fitting to the LP content) it's difficult to understand why they didn't like it cos' it's quite obvious it was a great album that could have found its audience. In streaming, one of the 3 Pete Brown-Jack Bruce penned songs, "The Best Is Still To Come", the last track of the album, a difficult lyrics to write, said Pete Brown in the Jack Bruce recent biography, cos' it was clear that the best was not to come, but Jack Bruce wanted an optimistic song to close the album. It's one of the 3 masterpieces we can find on ot (with "Jet Set Jewel" and "She's Moving On").

The Best Is Still To Come

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The Best is Still to Come Getting into some new ways And out of the old Left the seasons of regret Changing my role Getting over the dark blue Maybe feeling something new Giving up is harder than living Into the new year And out of the old Saw a vision of the stars Coming out of the cold Getting over the hard greys Finding new days Giving up's harder than living Breaking away isn't easy And the best is still to come Found a season to sail on Into the gail Found a reason to press on Those hounds on my tail Runnig away/ got time to pay/ so much to say Giving myself the hardest sell Keeping it on Finding myself a hard shell That shines in the dawn Making a start/ taking some heart/ playing my part I'm taking the straight line I'm making my list I'm catching that train The chances I missed I'm getting past the fear And out into the clear Giving up's harder than living Breaking away isn't easy And the best is still to come There's a time to go through the lights When they say red There's a time to let crazy games Move in instead Making that play/ blows you away/ can't always pay A time to go walking on Threatening waves A time to call a stop Be nobody's slave Out into the air/ through with the pat/ giving my share Not coming last/ sun in your hair/ gaining so fast/ Now you are there -In shaking skies we fly alone Out into the lead Our wings are so near burning Keeping up speed Falling behind . . . feeling so blind . . . walking that line . . . so fine . . . I'm into some new waysAnd out of the old I'm leaving the sadness I'm changing my role Leaving out the blue Feeling so new Giving up's harder than living Breaking away isn't easy Giving up's harder than living Breaking away isn't easy But the best is still to come . .


Melanie - Seventh Wave (1983)

Strange that this is this rather weak Melanie album that I'm asked to re-up but since it is rather rare to find it now, maybe it's an explanation. I've tried to enhance the sound (a vinyl captured one, not by me since I do not own the vinyl). It's better than the first one I had up. Some Melanie fans really like this one, but personally it's not my cuppa sound (read below what I wrote in the first post). But anything from Melanie has for me some sort of interest. So here it is.

One year after Arabesque failed to meet any commercial success, Melanie has the good surprise to have a modest but real hit with her new single called "Every Breath Of The Way". It's a really good song not far from what Steve Harley did in his "Make Me Smile" era. The associated album, called Seventh Wave, would not meet the same reception and would fail to make any sort of impact. It's true that it's first cover sleeve was one of the ugliest ever released. The second one was less awful but unappropriate to give Melanie a Kate Bush dimension. This is the reason I decided to create a new one based on live pictures of Melanie I suppose taken at the same period. I'd long imagined this album was a wreck. Maybe due to the fact that 1982-1985 is one of the worst period in rock music. But I think this LP has its moments and can be saved. It's one step lower again but not a mess. It is to note that I post the German version with 2 additional songs ("Son Of A Rotten Gambler" and "What Do I Keep", 2 covers cos' interestingly, she composed most of the songs on this album, contrary to the previous 10 years). An interesting addition to explore the less known grounds of her career. Below a bad quality but very rare TV shot of Melanie singing "Every Breath Of The Way".

The first UK cover sleeve (I told you it was ugly, that's why I keep it small)

The second UK cover sleeve (no much better isn't it?)


John Cale - Honi Soit (1981)

New stuff on Forgotten Songs. Not really new since this album was released in 1981, but new since it was never posted before. If I could know why several Cale albums from the eighties are not available in any format, I would be grateful cos' it's a total scandal. After all, the paranoia Cale showed during these years seems to be only lucidity. I wonder why in the 80's I did not pay any attention to Cale's releases since now I understand he was still releasing seminal stuff when so many of the things I listened to during this period are now totally embarrassing. This album was not produced by Cale but by Mike Thorne who was working notably with Wire and then would produce Colin Newman's solo albums. But he respected Cale's personality and didn't try to transform it in a new wave artist (even if Wire was the best thing new wave provided). Musically, the album is a little bit more friendly than previous efforts but it's still abrasive and intense. There are some very great songs on it (the ones for which I added the videos below) and I must say that I wouldn't imagine it to be such an achievement. I think it's a great gift to put it on this blog since it is really not easy to find. It's funny how the album includes French evocations (from the title to the cover sleeve and to some lyrics). Catch it here.


The Only Ones - Live at the Paradiso (1979)

Required a day, re-up the next. Since Peter Perrett did some public appearances this summer with a backing band (not THE Only Ones unfortunately), it's not so sad to put here some old material such as this show from 1979. More about it below. Catch it here.

After England's Glory, let's go back to the Only Ones. After their singles, previously posted, some posts about their live recordings. This one was recorded at the Paradiso, the famous Amsterdam's concert hall, and captured on the 3rd of November 1979, some months before their last LP Baby's Got A Gun was released. It was apparently broadcasted by a Dutch radio but I don't know which one. If the playing is far from being perfect and often Peter Perrett seems a little elsewhere (not too much vocally, but his guitar is quite erratic and John Perry must do all the job), there are some stunning versions of "Big Sleep" or "The Beast" where one can understand why for some of us the Only Ones will remain was of the greatest and most exciting and moving band of our lives. This concert was released on CD on various labels according to countries (on Jungle in UK) but the cover sleeves were rather basic and ugly so I decided to do mine. Not a chef d'oeuvre but somewhat nicer I think. Below some videos that caught the band in 1979 (sorry for the French TV doc, with the speaker (Antoine De Caunes) covering the intro of "Another Girl Another Planet", he deserved some kickass.


John Cale - Sabotage/Live (1979)

A re-up of this incredibly overlooked album from John Cale recorded during a quite hard period on a psychological side but a fascinating one on the musical side. More in the text below. Catch it here. Asked by a visitor. You can ask too, it helps me to chose which stuff I re-up first.

Some visitor asked me to post this underrated live LP from John Cale. I was sure to have posted it when I was doing a series of posts about him (see there) but actually no. I forgot. It seems sometimes quite expensive to get and sure it deserves to be available more freely so here it is. When it was released, most (critics and even Cale's aficionados) considered it was a deceiving and even a bad album but retrospectively what a bad opinion that was. It's only that John Cale was no more the Island years one. Still more out of control and flirting with paranoia, self-destruction and madness, one of these periods artists sometimes cross and most often never survive too. He did. He's still here. And this LP is a proud legacy of his crazyness that stands the test of time. But most of these periods of eviscerations create great and enduring works and it's no exception here. The band is not totally relevant (if the guitar could be little bit discreet, not everyone is Chris Spedding) but Cale sings with such inner flame and "folie" that it's a stunning experience.  And most songs are great (but that's usually the case with this man). Lyrics are here.


The Peels (featuring JFG) - The Peels EP (2004)

Time is passing, John and Emma Peel are only flying ghosts of our past, and this EP the sound companion of this unavoidable fate. JFG is still alive and well (actually he's never been more prolific) and you'll hear from him very soon. As a proof, you can check his new demos on Soundcloud here and other fantastic Peels stuff there. Meanwhile, catch this gem here if you missed it. As we miss these two great Peel.

This is the first of several posts in which I will revisit the long and rich song history of JFG (how do you dare to ask who is JFG? Just click here and listen to the gems I posted and come back afterwards). If you are Robyn Hitchcock or Dan Treacy fans, you can't be indifferent to JFG's talent. Actually, since 1994, JFG led several bands before recording under his own name. There were consecutively Summer Factory (until 2003), the High Cheekbones (between 2005 and 2008), and now the Irregulars. There were also some side-projects such as the Sexuals in 2007 or more recently Winter Of Love (album soon to be released I hope, cos' I listened to it and it's great). He has also published under his name in solo some stuff here and there. So, what about these Peels? Actually it's the band who will become the High Cheekbones (the last song on this EP is actually called "High Cheekbones" and was credited to the Peels on the compilation I got, but I hope it's not an error). Fake EP since these 3 songs were not released at the time and were released in various other versions later. But as a whole it's a nice lot. The name was an hommage to Emma and John, the reason I created (not with a lot of professionalism I admit, but who really care?) this cover sleeve. On the back, it's really a picture of the band at the time. Happy to have found one. Since I know more and more, curious to know why I'm so apologetic about this singer songwriter, finally share my passion, I hope they will find here and in the future posts, the pleasure to collect all these lost treasures all unavailable now.  Meanwhile, enjoy this first shot here (rs) or there (mf).


The Telescopes - 7th # Disaster EP (1989)

Again some new stuff on Forgotten Songs. The Telescopes belong to the nineties UK shoegaze scene but actually I always considered them to be the bridge between the Only Ones and Jesus and Mary Chain with a clear inclination towards My Bloody Valentine. I had not listened to them for maybe 20 years but recently, selling a great deal of vinyl and CD records to gather some urgently needed money, I gave a ear to their first album Taste, and suddenly remembered why I loved them so much when I never found anything for me in bands such as Primal Scream or Loop, and not much in Ride or Swervedriver (and so many more). So, I explored their discography (I got some EPs and of course the Taste LP) and realized I still love them a lot and that the juvenile and a little bit cliché posture still talks to me. I also discovered they play this old material on stage currently. And that most of their discography can be heard and bought on Bandcamp here (very good initiative). But some of their first releases are missing such as this gem, 7th # Disaster, a 4 song-EP that needs to be heard and possessed by any Telescope amateur. So here it is. Some noise for you. Catch it here.


Procol Harum - Live at the Felt Forum (1974)

Good news dear visitors: there's new stuff on Forgotten Songs. First time in 3 months. Of course, not a totally new band since Procol Harum had 15 (!!!) posts of material previously published here, but who can get enough of live stuff of this band? Not me. Hope you don't either. This show was recorded in May 1974 in NYC during their Exotic Birds and Fruits tour. The band is at its best since it is one of their peak year. The sound quality (captured from audience) does not reach the usually expected standards but I've tried to enhance the mix and the result is somewhat better than the original quality of the bootleg you can find under the name of Thin End of the Wedge. There are 17 songs played with several highlights (the "Simple Sister" version is stunning) and 2 old rockers ("Little Queenie" and "Old Black Joe") rather cool but not essential I confess. All in all it's a seminal listening for every PH fan. And for every BJ Wilson fan too of course, the drumming being once again absolutely the best you'll hear in your life. I did the cover sleeve myself, the usual ones associated with the bootleg being ugly. Of course I used once again a Jakob Bogdani painting. Catch this live set here. And please, don't hesitate to asking for re-up of ancient stuff.