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.
For the 20th instalment of my BOOTLEG SERIES I return to one of my favourite bands of all time, Cream, a band who have been the focus of four previous instalments in this series. This show at New Haven Arena in New Havan, CT from the 11th October 1968 is one of the farewell shows the band played on their last tour of the United States and unlike many recordings from this tour, the band appear to be just getting through the show. That said there are countless great moments on each song and they’re enjoyable to listen to.
It’s not every day that a new recording is unearthed featuring The Allman Brothers Band with Duane Allman, but that’s exactly what we have here. Recorded on the 9th July 1970 at S.U.N.Y. at Stony Brook in New York, it really is a remarkable sounding recording given how much time has passed since it was made. For the full history of the recording and how it was made and since released, head here. What follows below is my take and thoughts on the recording itself in the form of a BOOTLEG SERIES article.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was a one of a kind, a blues king for a new generation of blues lovers around the world. Even though he passed away 26 years ago in 1990 we’re blessed to still have his studio albums, live albums and the countless bootlegs from so many shows he played during his career. Live bootlegs for someone as great as Stevie Ray Vaughan are essential listening, and this one recorded at Chicago Blues Festival in 1985 is no different.
When you think of venues The Allman Brothers Band played at during the Duane era there are two that spring instantly to mind. The first, Fillmore East in New York City. The At Fillmore East live album is proof of the fantastic music the band played there and many more bootlegs from other shows at the venue back that up as well. But the second venue was The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana. The shows The Allman Brothers Band played at The Warehouse are considered by many, including band members, as some of the best shows they ever played. Between March 13th 1970 and Duane’s death on the 29th October 1971, the Allman Brothers played at the Warehouse a total of ten times with a further four shows played after his passing.