With great levels of musical sadness I must share the news that the legendary bassist of the band Cream, Mr. Jack Bruce has passed away at age 71. The news broke earlier today and has really hit the music scene hard.
To say that Jack Bruce was an influential musician to scores of bassists and even guitarists would be an understatement. Over the years of my own musical interests, I found the contributions that Cream gave to the world super inspiring and just solid not only in terms of the drumming of Ginger Baker but with the powerful and smooth backbone that was the bass work of Mr. Bruce. He truly could drive the music forward with his skills. In the end it would be liver disease that took him from us and we wish the deepest of condolences to his family, band mates from over the years and his wordl wide fans. Thanks for the music Mr. Bruce, clearly Johnny Winter now has the ultimate bass player jamming with him in that great gig in the sky.
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Title: “Classic Artists”
Label: VH1 Classics
Release Date: 11/21/2006
Genre: Blues Rock
It is almost hard to believe that one of the most iconic bands in modern music history only did their thing for two years but such was the case when it came to The Cream. Formed in 1966 and disbanded in 1968, this legendary Blues Rock band featured the talents of Eric Clapton (guitar), Jack Bruce (bass, vocals) and Ginger Baker (drums). Together they defined the way that generations would appreciate and deliver Rock music and would be hailed as one of the first-ever Rock Super Groups as each of the members were well respected in a number of musical circles of the time. Eric Clapton, formerly of The Yardbirds, was the most known of the three and the idea of such players joining forces together was simply unheard of. Today the term is used far too often and the musical output less than memorable on most counts. This DVD is loaded with some great facts about the bands formation and what led to it with the details coming to life via numerous reflective interviews with the band members themselves as well as respected journalists David Fricke (Rolling Stone) and Chris Welch (Melody Maker). Welch’s contributions are most notable for he is also the author of the bands biography “Strange Brew”. The viewer hears from Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, Jim Marshall (yes from the amps) and many, many more and this all makes it a thoroughly interesting documentary to sit through. Most of the band interview footage is recent and that is fun to observe as they recollect their unique history some forty years later about their beginnings, their breakup and the pending 2005 reunion tour that was set to occur when the DVD was being filmed. It was great to see how candid they spoke of the times in the past and how they felt of things that happened later in life. Each member is interviewed separately so you tend to get a fresh perspective on each inquiry that way.
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Label: Universal Music
Release Date: 4/26/2005
There have been a number of Cream “Best of” collections over the years and this is arguably the best Cream compilation available. Gold is a combination of studio and live tracks that show why Cream’s music has endured for so long. Even though Cream’s active years were only1966 through 1968, their influence is still felt today with their combination of Blues, Jazz, freeform jamming and Psychedelia.
If you have never really checked out Cream this disk is a great place to start. Gold is an excellent collection that is a testament to why Cream is one of the greatest bands in Rock.
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Artist: Uli Jon Roth
Title: “Legends Of Rock: Live At Castle Donnington”
Label: SPV Records
Release Date: 5/23/2006
Genre: Hard Rock
The “Legends Of Rock” performance by Uli Jon Roth would find the master guitarist as the headliner for a concert taking place at the famous Castle Donnington – to make it a little more special he decided the show would also feature some of his friends who would perform alongside him during the course of the evening. The performance was documented with Uli as being a “last minute” headliner for this show that was filmed in 2001 and Uli of course was happy to oblige. There are many who know of Uli’s work and have been fans since he originally played with Hard Rock royalty The Scorpions, his abilities on the guitar have influenced thousands of guitar players and without citing any particular names, the second you hear him play you will instantly know who subscribed to his doctrine. When Uli was asked to perform he made sure to increase the level of appeal people who attended would have for this show and as result viewers get to enjoy the appearance of Michael Schenker, Pete Way & Phil Mogg (UFO) and Jack Bruce (Cream). With each of the individuals being legends in their own right it was a fantastic thing to be a part of for this audience who would get to experience it all first hand. We as viewers of the DVD are treated well for the production and sound on this release is excellent. I did sometimes have an issue with no seeing a guitar solo here and there but the overall performance level was so mind-blowing that it didn’t matter in the end, how often are you going to see these players on the same stage? With UFO’s Way and Mogg, Uli jams their classics “Rock Bottom” and “Let It Roll” along with Michael Schenker while with Cream legend Bruce, two of their most revered numbers are visited. The Scorpions fans will enjoy seeing the two former band members performing together as well. Above it all, the talent of Uli Jon Roth shines through and quickly makes you realize where a lot of the Neo-Classical guitar style comes from. Performers such as Yngwie Malmsteen made sure to expand on this format in the eighties but way back in the early seventies Uli was one of the key reasons for it coming into play. All players of the form owe him a world of thanks and respect. This was also an easy DVD to sit through and watch from start to finish (an important factor for any film). I did not find myself bored or scanning through tracks at any time.
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