Jack Bruce Sil ver Rails

Es­o­teric An­tenna

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This is pos­si­bly the most commercial al­bum Jack has ever re­leased, with its easy de­liv­ery, great songs and ex­cel­lent pro­duc­tion. His leg­endary sta­tus al­lows him the to call on great mu­si­cians and he’s well-served again here. Bernie Mars­den, Phil Man­zan­era, Robin Trower and Uli Jon Roth all add their gui­tar magic, along with key­board player John Medeski, Jack’s son Mal­colm and Cindy Black­man San­tana on drums. It’s a for­mi­da­ble com­bi­na­tion of tal­ents so the end re­sults are pre­dictably good. Recorded at Abbey Road this is Jack’s first stu­dio al­bum in a decade, but he’s still writ­ing, play­ing and singing well. There’s a good va­ri­ety of ma­te­rial too: Fields Of For­ever has an in­stantly com­fort­able qual­ity about it, the riffy Rusty Lady could have been a Cream song in an­other time, and Hid­den Cities is more ex­per­i­men­tal, prov­ing that Jack is still keen to push his bound­aries. Our favourite has to be Keep It Down, as it’s the best ver­sion of a song that Bruce has had for years. Sil­ver Rails is avail­able as CD, Limited Digi­pack and vinyl LP, and the UK pro­mo­tional tour has al­ready started!

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