Jack Bruce — Out of the Storm
(Polydor 065 606-2, 1974/2003, CD)
by Jeff Melton, Published 2005-09-01Continuing further into the back catalog of bassist, singer and composer Jack Bruce, Out of the Storm offers up a creditable Mark Powell sound update from 30 year old studio sessions in LA. The origin of the record stems from Bruce's need to quickly execute his new solo compositions in a studio setting after a mixed bag experience with West, Bruce and Laing. By focusing on a short recording window the results confirm this album as one of Bruce’s finest as a vocalist and songwriter. Engineer Andy Johns coached the ex-Cream bassist to work in another power trio configuration but this time supported by seasoned session players such Steve Hunter (Alice Cooper and Peter Gabriel's first solo record) and acclaimed drummers Jim Keltner (John Lennon, George Harrison) and Jim Gordon. Songs such as "Pieces of Mind" showcase the best of what Bruce had to offer: powerful lead vocal surrounded by odd little riffs that tie strong main themes together. Another important track is "Running through Our Hands" which is one of those eerie songs with an off kilter tempo that leads into a piano based main verse. The arrangement belies an undertone of mystery contrasted through a crafted scenic imagery. Additional remixes of four of the album pieces are also of note if only to show variations in the final product. In summary, the recording sessions have stood up to the test of time for fans who can appreciate Bruce’s unique talents.
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