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3.13 | 17 ratings | 2 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1993

Songs / Tracks Listing

1.Waiting on a Word (3:52)
2.Willpower (4:26)
3.Ships in the Night (5:20)
4.Peaces of East (4:55)
5.Close Enough for Love (5:51)
6.G.B. Dawn Blues (2:41)
7.Criminality (5:05)
8.Childsong (5:06)
9.FM (3:33)

Total Time 40:51

Bonus Tracks on 2014 remaster:
10. The Wind Cries Mary (5:44)
11. Lizard on a Hot Rock (3:01)
12. Rope Ladder to the Moon (5:07)

Line-up / Musicians

- Jack Bruce / vocals, bass, keyboards, piano, cello, drums (4), organ (6), co-producer

- Maggie Reilly / lead (3) & backing (4) vocals
- Eric Clapton / guitar (1-3)
- Peter Weihe / guitars (1,3,5)
- Clem Clempson / guitar (2,5,6)
- Ray Gomez / guitar (7)
- Bruce Fowler / trombone (2)
- Walt Fowler / trumpet (2)
- Gerd Dudek / tenor saxophone (2)
- Ulrich Lask / alto saxophone (2)
- Dick Heckstall-Smith / tenor & soprano saxophones (6)
- David Liebman / soprano saxophone (7,8)
- Stuart Elliott / drums (1-6)
- Anton Fier / drums (7)
- Trilok Gurtu / percussion (1,8), drums (5,8), congas (6)
- Mark Nauseef / percussion (8)

Releases information

Artwork: Sheila Rock

CD CMP Records ‎- CMP CD 1001 (1993, Germany)
CD Esoteric Recordings - ECLEC 2427 (2014, UK) Remastered by Paschal Byrne with 3 bonus tracks from "The Snake Music" (1994)

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JACK BRUCE Somethin Els ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (53%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
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Review by Evolver
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury Teams
3 stars While this is a less than average Jack Bruce album, it is still not a bad album. Bruce's bass playing is exceptional as usual, but the songwriting here is not up to his usual standards. Straight ahead rock songs, like Willpower seem to be not very well thought out. Criminality is a not very inspired piece of 1980's hip hop.

On the plus side, Peaces Of East is a cool, funky middle eastern flavored romp, with good synths and percussion. Childsong is a nice jazzy tune. So there are some interesting tracks to make this disk worthwhile, but you would expect more fire from an album that includes Eric Clapton, Bruce & Walt Fowler and Ray Gomez.

And only forthy minutes of music on an album released in the CD age? Come on!

Review by Matti
3 stars Esoteric Recordings have recently put out several re-releases of JACK BRUCE's albums. This song- writing bassist-vocalist (actually a multi-intrumentalist, playing keyboards and sometimes also cello and drums), and one third of the blues-rock legend CREAM of course, has a huge discography since 1969 and shows no intention to retire yet. For those totally green to Bruce's music I'd like to point out that it hardly can be identified as prog, seldom it's clearly jazz-rock/fusion either, no more than say STEELY DAN is; closer to truth he's a singer-songwriter making intelligent rock with jazz & blues flavour - and he does it well with a voice of his own.

Somethin Els isn't among his best works, but it's a satisfying mainstream album. At the time Bruce had lived in Germany for years, and the album was released via German label CMP Records. I think the music has an American feel. Most songs are co-written with his old collaborator Pete Brown. The list of musicians includes Eric Clapton and Maggie Reilly, who sings duet on atmospheric 'Ships in the Night'. There perhaps aren't any special highlights that one would remember right away, but not very weak songs either. The production is clean, but it avoids the sense of overproduction. Piano and synths are notably present. The bluesiest song 'G.B. Dawn Blues' features Dick Heckstall-Smith on tenor & soprano saxophones. The album closes beautifully with 'FM' for solo piano.

Esoteric's release contains an informative article (as usual - that's a notable reason to appreciate their re-releases), lyrics, and three bonus tracks taken from the album The Snake Music, a collaboration with percussionist Mark Nauseef and guitarist Miroslav Tadic. They are good, especially the slow- tempo Hendrix cover 'Wind Cries Mary'.

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