My Teenage Self was enthralled by the long solos—Baker’s drum solo on “Toad” went on for something like twenty minutes—but, to be honest, if I had to sit through those lengthy jams now, I think I’d jump out the nearest window. All these years later, it’s the songs—brought to life by three of the finest musicians of the era—that endure. Jack Bruce (usually joined by lyricist Pete Brown) was Cream’s primary songwriter and his unique and soulful voice gave life to many of those memorable tracks. Bruce was also as inventive, and exuberant, a bass player as rock has ever seen.
Jack Bruce died yesterday and a piece of rock and roll history died with him. Let’s celebrate the man by listening to some his finest music: first Cream’s classic album, Disraeli Gears…
…and then Jack’s first solo album, an underrated gem called Songs For a Tailor.
Heartfelt condolences to Jack Bruce’s family and friends—and heartfelt thanks for the amazing body of work.
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