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3.21 | 10 ratings | 1 reviews | 11% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1.Without a Word (5:20)
2.Johnny B'77 (3:21)
3.Times (4:45)
4.Baby Jane (2:36)
5.Lost Inside a Song (4:02)
6.How's Tricks (4:10)
7.Madhouse (3:45)
8.Waiting for the Call (5:48)
9.Outsiders (2:55)
10.Something to Live For (5:13)

Bonus tracks on 2003 remaster:
11. Without a Word (alternate) (5:50)
12. Something to Live For (alternate) (3:52)

Total Time 52:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Jack Bruce / lead vocals, bass, harmonica
- Hugh Burns / guitar, vocals (lead 4)
- Tony Hymas / keyboards, vibraphone, vocals
- Simon Phillips / drums, glockenspiel, vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Dan Murray

LP RSO ‎- 2394 180 (1977, UK)

CD Polydor ‎- POCP-2169 (1992, Japan)
CD Polydor ‎- 065 608-2 (2003, Europe) Remastered by Paschal Byrne with 2 bonus tracks previously unreleased

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(11%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
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Review by Evolver
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3 stars This is not my favorite Jack Bruce album, despite having two musicians I greatly admire, Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips, in the band. The songs are not bad. About a third of them have a light jazz fusion feel, but mostly they are forgettable. The second half of the album is more straight rock, with some prog and blues.

The more progressive songs are Madhouse, Outsiders (the best song on the album, in my opinion), and Something To Live For, but none of there are very progressive at all.

I have the original Polydor CD of this release, so again I do not have the bonus tracks, and the sound quality is less than spectacular.

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