Jack Bruce has long been one of my all time favourite bassists due to his work with Cream but I’m ashamed to say that aside from his 1969 solo album Songs For A Tailor, I’m not overly familiar with the rest of his solo career. However that changed after hearing this excellent recording of a show he played at Fillmore East in New York with Jack Bruce & Friends, which includes Mitch Mitchell on drums, Larry Coryell on guitar and Mike Mandell on organ. The band only played seventeen dates together between the 24th January and 1st March 1970 and sadly there are less than a handful of live recordings of them. Thankfully, however, this late show recording from the 31st January is one of them.
When it comes to the greatest vocal performances of all time, Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney is near the top of my list. The raw emotion of his vocals during this song is absolutely sublime and being able to hear them in isolated form is one hell of an experience. Take a listen:
On the 17th April 1970, Paul McCartney stepped out of the shadow of The Beatles with his first solo album McCartney. It was unlike anything he had done before and as a result received a lot of criticism across the board. At the time, of course, the breakup of The Beatles was still fresh in peoples minds and McCartney received (unfairly) a lot of the blame. But this album set him on a course away from The Beatles and their legacy and in my opinion it is one of the best solo albums to be released by any member of The Beatles.
I’m not the biggest fan of the Gallagher brothers, in fact I’d go as far as saying that I detest Oasis. What can I say? It was either Blur or Oasis and I was and will always be 100% Blur. But after hearing Noel Gallagher’s latest single from his upcoming album Who Built The Moon? I may be finally ready to listen to their music. Well, Noel’s solo music anyway. The first single is called Holy Mountain and it is superb. Take a listen:
It’s been three years since Beck’s previous album Morning Phase was released and in many ways it was a perfect sequel to his 2002 album Sea Change. While his new album Colors still features the exceptional songwriting we all know him for, the album couldn’t sounds more different from anything he has ever done. He has injected his music with a huge dose of pop and the result, is brilliant.
The Rentals have long been one of my all time favourite bands and up until 2014 I didn’t think we’d hear from them again. Then, their third album Lost In Alphaville dropped which saw them return to their incredible form of the mid-90’s. Three years later a new song Elon Musk Is Making Me Sad has been released with plans for a fourth album in 2018. Take a listen: