Jack Bruce – Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts (2014)
Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts
Made In Germany Music, 2014
2 discs, 235 minutes
Recorded in November, 1993, this two-disc set features highlights from a two-night set at the E-Werk in Cologne. Joined on stage by his Cream bandmate Ginger Baker for the majority of the sets, the legendary bass player Jack Bruce also welcomed musicians Dick Heckstall-Smith, Clem Clempson, Bernie Worrell, and Simon Phillips. Jack Bruce fans will appreciate the whole concert, encompassing his entire career.
The performance starts out very mellow, white Bruce alone on stage playing a classic piece before moving to the piano for “FM.” Cream fans will be most interesting in the final five songs on the second disc, featuring a blistering set of five classics from the power trio with the late and criminally underrated guitarist Gary Moore stepping in for Eric Clapton in a precursor to the 1994 studio album Around the Next Dream. Moore also appears with Bruce and drummer Simon Phillips on “Life On Earth,” a cut from the 1981 B.L.T. record, a collaboration between Bruce, Bill Lordan, and Robin Trower. Those six performances alone make this collection well worth the purchase.
Jack Bruce Rockpalast: The 50th Birthday Concerts is available in three different versions. The “Special Edition” is three DVDs with a bonus CD; the “DVD Edition” (which is what I received) is a two-DVD boxset; the “Extended Edition” is the two-DVD boxset with an additional CD in CD-Digi-Format.
1. Improvisation ON Minuet No. 1
3. Can You Follow?
4. Running Thro’ Our Hearts
6. The Tube
7. Over The Cliff
9. First Time I Met The Blues
10. Smiles & Grins
11. Bird Alone
12. Neighbor, Neighbor
13. Born Under a Bad Sign
14. Boston Ball Game 1967
15. Ships In The Night
17. Never Tell Your Mother She’s Out of Tune
18. Theme From an Imaginary Western
19. Golden Days
1. As You Said
2. Rope Ladder To The Moon
3. Life On Earth
4. Simon Phillips Drum Solo
6. Sitting On The Top Of The World
8. White Room
9. Sunshine Of Your Love
10. Blues You Can’t Lose
11. Life On Earth (featuring Gary Moore)
12. NSU (featuring Gary Moore)
13. Sitting On The Top Of The World (featuring Gary Moore)
14. Politician (featuring Gary Moore)
15. Spoonful (featuring Gary Moore)
16. White Room (featuring Gary Moore)
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