EGS 106 The Bruford Tapes
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Released on 1979
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A live performance of mostly Bruford’s second album (One of a Kind) at My Father’s Place in Roslyn, NY (where apparently they get paid by the note). The recording quality is all right, better than a boot but not the well-stitched shoe-in you might expect from a proper label release. (Look at the album cover again. Now temper your expectations accordingly.) The attraction here isn’t the venue (you’d be drunk too if you lived in Roslyn) or the selection (two of a kind) but the performances. The little black dots leap off the page on stage; they were better behaved (and less interesting) in the studio. Not that Bruford and the band take great liberties with the original arrangements, but the live performances are imbued with vitality (imbued, I tells ya). New guitarist John Clark fits in fine, especially since Allan Holdsworth’s atmospheric touches would have been lost live anyway. Some folks will tell you this is required listening, but I’m not always so happy to have my head crammed full with fusion. I can tell you that this has the edge over Livestock, but I’d just as soon avoid the edge altogether these days. In fact, it’s tempting to see Brand X and Bruford as a pissing contest between prog’s percussive whiz kids Phil Collins and Bill Bruford. I don’t actually believe that to be the case, but at least it reconciles them with prog again, and (in my mind) I’m always trying to reel them back from the fringes. Which isn’t to say the experiment didn’t produce some very interesting results; “Fainting in Coils,” “Beelzebub” and “5g” are monsterfull. So if fusion gets your motor revving, The Bruford Tapes (or his first two albums) might be the nuclear batterymate you’ve been looking for. Prog fans, however, would do better to exhaust Yes, King Crimson and UK first.

EGS 106 back cover
EGS 106 back cover


  1. HELL'S BELLS    (Dave Stewart/Alan Gowen)    4:02
  2. SAMPLE AND HOLD    (Bill Bruford/Dave Stewart)    6:18
  3. FAINTING IN COILS    (Bill Bruford)    6:34
  4. TRAVELS WITH MYSELF - AND SOMEONE ELSE    (Bill Bruford)    4:37
  5. BEELZEBUB    (Bill Bruford)    3:28
  6. THE SAHARA OF SNOW (PART ONE)    (Bill Bruford)    4:46
  7. THE SAHARA OF SNOW (PART TWO)    (Bill Bruford/Eddie Jobson)    3:07
  8. ONE OF A KIND (PART TWO)    (Bill Bruford/Dave Stewart)    8:06
  9. 5g    (Jeff Berlin/Dave Stewart/Bill Bruford)    2:39

    CD reissue bonus track


JEFF BERLIN -- electric bass
BILL BRUFORD -- drums, percussion, electric chat
THE "UNKNOWN" JOHN CLARK -- electric guitar
DAVE STEWART -- electric keyboards
Jeff Kracke -- engineer
Michael Billeter -- technical director
Neil Zlozower -- photography
Jean Kelly -- front cover credit

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UK/CAN 1979 Polydor LP BRUBOOT-28  
JPN 1979 Polydor LP MPF-1303  
US   Editions EG LP EGS 106  
JPN   Virgin CD VJD-28054  
  1992 Editions EG CD EGCD-6  
US   Caroline CD 1528  
UK June 7, 2005 Winterfold CDX BBWF-006CD w. bonus track
US August 2, 2005 United States of Distribution CDX 576 w. bonus track


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