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3.11 | 16 ratings | 2 reviews | 19% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2001

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Out Into The Fields (5:22)
2. 52nd Street (3:59)
3. Heart Quake (5:31)
4. Boston Ball Game 1967 (2:01)
5. This Anger's A Liar (3:21)
6. Sunshine Of Your Love (4:31)
7. Directions Home (4:30)
8. Milonga (4:53)
9. Dancing On Air (4:02)
10. Windowless Rooms (5:08)
11. Dark Heart (5:59)
12. Mr. Flesh (2:13)
13. He The Richmond (3:19)
14. White Room (5:48)
15. Surge (1:58)

Total time 62:35

Line-up / Musicians

- Jack Bruce / vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, piano, arranger & co-producer

- Vernon Reid / guitar (1, 2, 5, 10, 12, 13)
- Gary Moore / guitar (3, 11)
- Eric Clapton / guitar & vocals (6, 14)
- Malcolm Bruce / guitar & synth (14)
- Dr. John / piano & organ (5, 10)
- Alfredo Triff / violin (1, 7, 8, 14)
- Miguel Xenon / alto saxophone (4)
- Mario Rivera / tenor saxophone (4)
- Papo Vasquez / trombone (4)
- Pirro Rodriguez / trumpet (4)
- Jimmy McDonald / accordion (11)
- Andy Gonzalez / bass (4, 6)
- Milton Cardona / congas
- Richie Flores / congas (4, 6, 14)
- Jose Luis Quintana "Changuito" / congas, timbales, quinto (2,6,14)
- Horacio Hernandez / drums
- Robby Ameen / drums

Releases information

Artwork: Bill Smith Studio

CD Sanctuary Records ‎- SANCD084 (2001, Europe)

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JACK BRUCE Shadows in the Air ratings distribution

(16 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(19%)
Good, but non-essential (44%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by snobb
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4 stars Jack Bruce return to form and possibly his best album from "Cream" time.Long, 15-tracks album, with 8 full-new Bruce songs and some old great compositions, newely performed and recorded. Jack's voice is in excellent power and easy recogniseable. He mixes blues, blues, rock, jazz, Latin in one soulful,original excellent mix.

Eric Clapton plays guitar on Sunshine of Your Love and White Room as in old good times, but it doesn't sound as nostalgia. Just great new reading of old classics. Two other well known compositions ( Heart Quake and Dark Heart) are coming from another Bruce's project, BBM, and original guitarist Gary Moore adds his guitar on new versions as well. Dr.John plays his organ on two more songs.

Bruce's vocals is very sensitive, soulful and reminds David Bowie best works. Bruce's new team includes Latin percussion trio, which gives warm and jazzy atmosphere to all compositions.

Not very modern-fashioned music, but great recordings by excellent musician, besides his next album with the same team ( More Jack Than God) is his best work outside of Cream old time albums. Not pure fusion, but very attractive music as well.

3,5 rounded to 4.

Review by Matti
2 stars I'd say this album is pretty average in the solo discography of the ex-CREAM vocalist-bassist and songwriter. Among the 15 tracks there are a few revisitations of old songs such as the Cream classics 'Sunshine of Your Love' and 'White Room' (featuring Eric Clapton), but they actually feel rather lame and unnecessary for a listener remembering the powerful originals so well. The 62-minute album, co-produced by Kip Hanrahan who has also co-written several songs with Bruce, surely wouldn't have suffered from some harvesting. Overall this is slightly blues and Latin flavoured rock. No prog in sight, which is the usual case with Bruce anyway. The list of musicians is long, although most of them appear on a limited number of pieces. For example reeds & brass players are colouring only the short and, in my opinion, uninteresting 'Boston Ball Game 1967'. Other songs I don't much care about tend to be the bluesiest ones such as 'The Angel's Liar', which is the other of the two tracks guesting Dr. John on organ.

'52nd Street' -- not to be mistaken for the Billy Joel song of the same name -- is one of several songs featuring congas to give a (relatively mild) Latin flavour. Gosh, this monotonous song is plain boring. But let's deal with the songs I enjoy more. 'Heart Quake' is a fine low-tempo blues ballad with Jack Bruce's piano in the centre and featuring Gary Moore on guitar. As a composition per se 'Directions Home' is very monotonous but it has a lot of feeling, and the combination of the fast hand-clap rhythm pattern and the meditative nature of the song itself is personal. 'Milonga' is a slow, moody, piano-centred song with a gorgeous emotional effect. The short closing track 'Surge' doesn't seem to have anything else than the vocals and drums (there are two drummers playing on this album and both are present on all tracks) but at least that's a nicely unconventional way to end an album.

Well, how to rate a basically well done veteran musician's album with some great tracks and so many mediocre pieces in the overextended length? Which way to round my 2 stars? Maybe I'll choose two stars only, as opposed to the sole previous review rating of four stars. This is not a bad album, just a little boring in my opinion.

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