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HARMONY ROW

Jack Bruce

Jazz Rock/Fusion


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3.60 | 33 ratings | 4 reviews | 18% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1971

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Can You Follow? (1:33)
2. Escape to the Royal Wood (On Ice) (3:42)
3. You Burned the Tables on Me (3:45)
4. There's a Forest (1:44)
5. Morning Story (4:50)
6. Folk Song (4:14)
7. Smiles and Grins (6:01)
8. Post War (4:19)
9. A Letter of Thanks (2:51)
10. Victoria Sage (5:01)
11. The Consul at Sunset (4:12)

Bonus tracks on 2003 remaster:
12. Green Hills (Can You Follow) (Instrumental) (2:18)
13. You Burned the Tables on Me (alternate version) (4:06)
14. There's a Forest (first take) (2:11)
15. Escape to the Royal Wood (On Ice) (Instrumental) (4:12)
16. Can You Follow (1:46)

Total Time 56:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Jack Bruce / vocals, bass, guitar, piano, keyboards, cello, composer & producer

With:
- Chris Spedding / guitar
- John Marshall / drums, percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Roger Brown (photo)

LP Polydor ‎- 2310-107 (1971, UK)

CD Polydor ‎- POCP-2167 (1992, Japan)
CD Polydor ‎- 065 605-2 (2003, Europe) Remastered by Paschal Byrne with 5 bonus tracks previously unreleased

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JACK BRUCE Harmony Row ratings distribution


3.60
(33 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(18%)
18%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(58%)
58%
Good, but non-essential (24%)
24%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
4 stars This is one of the most progressive of all of the Jack Bruce albums I own. In fact, most of this album has something of a Caterbury Scene feel to it. If you are familiar with Jack Bruce's piano / vocal compositions, there are a few here. Can You Follow? has become a concert staple for Bruce (at least he performed that one each time I saw him), and is indicitive of the free form sound these ballads have.

Songs utilizing the trio on this album have a more traditional Canterbury-tyoe sound, highlighted on songs like Escape to the Royal Wood (On Ice). I especially like Chris Speddings performance throught this disk. And Bruce's bass playing is, well, Jack Bruce-like.

Sadly, I own only the original Polydor CD release of this album, so it is sorely in need of a remix, and it does not include the bonus tracks. But, still, this is a great album.

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars Jack Bruce was of course part of the legendary power trio CREAM that thrilled audiences in the latter half of the sixties. This is Jack's third solo album released in 1971. What actually drew me to this one was the lineup. A trio including John Marshall (NUCLEUS, SOFT MACHINE) on drums and Chris Spedding (NUCLEUS) on guitar. Jack is an impressive bass player and he can sing too. The music here is of the fairly straight forward singer songwriter style with piano and vocals dominating. A disappointment for sure as I was anticipating that the focus would be on the instrumental work, but it's not. This is almost Folky at times and the Jazz / Fusion roots of Spedding and Marshall are no where to be found.

"Can You Follow" is mellow with piano and vocals. "Escape To The Royal Wood (On Ice)" is a top three for me. Piano and drums early as the vocals join in. An uptempo tune that reminds me of the STRAWBS. I like the bass and vocal melodies 2 1/2 minutes in. "You Burned The Tables On Me" is uptempo with the vocals and piano standing out. "There's A Forest" is laid back with piano and vocals. "Morning Story" is another top three. Just a great sound here then it settles back as the vocals and piano stand out. "Folk Song" is mellow with reserved vocals.

"Smiles And Grins" is finally a song where there's some focus on the instrumental work. Well that is until around 1 1/2 minutes in when the vocals arrive. Nice bass and drum work before 3 1/2 minutes when the vocals stop for a short time. "Post War" is my final top three. A bright tune with good lyrics and the guitar is interesting too here. "A Letter Of Thanks" is different as the vocals are almost theatrical. "Victoria Sage" opens with vocals and piano then it picks up with organ and a beat a minute in. The vocals and piano continue. "The Consul At Sunset" has a Spanish vibe to it and i'm not a fan.

Well some good songs here for sure but for the Prog fan i'm sure you'll be left wanting.

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
3 stars Third album from JB, but this time, he drops the Colosseum connection to snatch some Nucleus (Ian Carr's band) members, just at the time where the band's original line-up was imploding. To say the least, despite both having played on JB's Tailor album, John Marshall and Chris Spedding are relatively odd choices, given the album's shorter song format. I've always failed to see the link of the album's relatively positive title and its dreary artwork, and to be honest, the album's all-too-wordy nature (it seems that Pete Brown was never this loquacious) always discouraged me of investigating further. As usual, JB sings, plays keys and bass.

A few songs have a hard time hiding their inspiration (or is it that they inspired someone else's?) and sometimes, JB evens sounds a tad Cat Stevens-ish in Folk Song; while some songwriting is definitely kistchy and disputable: Royal Wood and the closing almost-stinky Spanish-crooner Consul At Sunset. And it's in the simpler more RnR songs that JB's often-too busy bass playing is mostly evident, as Letter Of Thanks proves. Among the album's highlights is the impressive and adventurous Morning Story, and while the vocals of Smiles And Grins might just be a little rough/harsh, the playing is brilliant.

Harmony Row has always been an album I've felt uncomfortable with, partly because it isn't all that accessible, too much all over the map, and even noisy in parts. To be honest, if it wasn't for the album's two longer songs, I'd give it a much smaller rating.

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4 stars Another wonderful jazz-rock and progressive-pop record from Jack Bruce. Reducing the backing band from his debut to guitarist Chris Spedding and drummer John Marshall, Jack Bruce continued to play a wide range of instruments himself for his second solo album Harmony Row. If not as commercially ... (read more)

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