November 22, 2008 – 4:27 am

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(with Larry Coryell, Mitch Mitchell, Mike Mandell)
Fillmore East 1970 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Fillmore East, New York, January 31, 1970 (late show). Very good audience recording.

Apart from The Jimi Hendrix Experience, drummer Mitch Mitchell, who passed away on November 12, 2008 at the age of 61, had a varied professional career. According to the wikipedia, “another noteworthy musical collaboration in the late ’60s was with the Jack Bruce And Friends band featuring Mitchell along with ex-Cream bassist Jack Bruce, keyboardist Mike Mandel and jazz-fusion guitar legend and future The Eleventh House frontman Larry Coryell.”

A third-generation (?) cassette recording of this spirited show had been circulating among fans and now there is a very nice-sounding (but not pristine) upgrade, thanks to Olvator, who shared the tracks on the internet.

Olvator notes: “This is the best and most complete version of this show. I uploaded another version of this concert a few years ago. Same source, but from my 3rd (?) gen cassette. I have received these files some time ago and they are straight from the master. Sound is much better! This is a raw transfer.”

While Jack Bruce’s vocals are fairly dominant, it is Larry Coryell’s guitar work and, to a slightly lesser extent, Mike Mandell’s organ that take centrestage, so to speak. Coryell might have been going through a rock-guitar phase so this is not wholly the jazz-fusion playing that fans tend to associate with the guitarist.

But it is on the Smiles & Grins jam that indicate the direction both Coryell and Mitch Mitchell would take in the subsequent years. After all, as the wikipedia notes, “Mitchell pioneered a style of drumming which would later become known as fusion.”

Still, in memory of Mitchell, he gets the spotlight in the opening of The Clearout where he does a thundering solo. And to remind fans of their earlier days, the band drags out Sunshine Of Your Love which, not surprisingly, gets the loudest applause.

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.01. Politician
02. Weird of Hermiston/Tickets To Waterfalls/Theme For An Imaginary Western
03. HCKHH (Hayseed Country Kicking Ho Ho) Blues
04. We’re Going Wrong
05. The Clearout
06. Sunshine of Your Love
07. Smiles & Grins jam

Jack Bruce - vocals, bass
Larry Coryell - guitar
Mike Mandell - organ
Mitch Mitchell - drums

This lineup of Jack Bruce And Friends never recorded in the studio. However, a two-CD set of a Denver 1980 show is available for sale here. Apart from Bruce, the 1980 lineup features Clem Clempson (guitar), Dave Sancious (keyboards/guitar) and Billy Cobham (drums).

  1. 26 Responses to “JACK BRUCE AND FRIENDS - FILLMORE EAST 1970”

  2. Beautiful! Love Jack and these friends!

    By Roger on Nov 23, 2008

  3. Thanks for Jack shows. Love this stuff.

    By Matt on Nov 24, 2008

  4. Thanks so much!!:) Love all the stuff from Jack and friends!!:)

    By Yesy on Nov 28, 2008

  5. Hello,

    I am fairly sure that the title of the second track is Weir of Hermiston, not Weird. Bruce is Scottish, and Weir of H is a title of a book by Robert Louis Stevenson, a Scottish writer. It could be a pun of course, but is it?


    By Bookbinder on Nov 28, 2008

  6. No, It is actually “Weird of Hermiston. I’m sure because I just looked at the original LP that I bought way back in 1969. As for the meaning of it all, I’ve not a clue.

    By EricA on Dec 1, 2008

  7. Thanks, EricA! I see you’re absolutely right. Probably a play on words and perhaps an inside joke.

    By Society's Pliers on Dec 2, 2008

  8. I was there for the concert! I still have the program which is still in mint condition. Leslie West was great that night,

    By Gilman on Feb 17, 2009

  9. I would love to download it having been in the balcony of the Filmore for the show, I’ll never forget Politician, Jack just blew me away.

    By Jesse on Mar 29, 2010

  10. Do you know where I might be able to get a copy burned to disc?

    By Doug on Jul 26, 2014

  11. I’d like to have a CD/CDr copy of this somehow.

    By ken on Aug 18, 2014

  12. doug and ken - request that it be reposted then download it yourselves and burn a copy. it really isnt rocket science.

    By darth on Aug 19, 2014

  13. Why do you have to be such a smart ass darth, not everyone is a “no it all” like yourself.

    By nutshell on Aug 19, 2014

  14. nutshell that`s just darth`s style making friends wherever he goes.

    By bingo on Aug 19, 2014

  15. they dont have to ‘no’ it all. thats why i posted the how to on the means to accomplish the task they wish to get to. see? u didnt tell them how to do it. so i did it. rather than flame and harass me about it u could have posted helpful directions like i did. but u would rather spend your energies in the manner in which u feel is much more beneficial. fascinating.

    By darth on Aug 20, 2014

  16. Can I get an audio file?

    By DM on Oct 2, 2014

  17. Can I get an audio file of the JB Filmore 1970??

    By DM on Oct 2, 2014

  18. DM click on highlighted link above [email protected] & ask to repost this.

    why Glen are you an asshole to Doug & Ken with that comment “it isn’t really rocket science” you are an arrogant asshole circus boy con man punk…!!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Oct 3, 2014

  19. wow 1/3 of jazzy cream here…!!!

    of course Larry makes it jazzy…to bad he wasn’t in cream to give it the truly jazzy feel…

    By Jerry's Finger on Oct 3, 2014

  20. i dont think i am an asshole to them. just as u dont think u are one to me. ironic huh?
    u dont think of yourself as arrogant do u? no i didnt think u did. u dont think youre an asshole do u? or a puppet boy huh? u keep calling me all these ridiculous names like con man punk. none of them apply. i have conned no one out of anything. im no more of a punk than u are.
    all the shit u throw at me.. is probaby your own frustrations about yourself that u cant handle and it infuriates u for some reason. pity that u cant deal with it. dance my puppet dance.
    your turn.

    By darth on Oct 3, 2014

  21. well a quick check of all the names here will tell u that these are all jazz musicians. it isnt cream. and i didnt say cream was jazz. the band here is much more jazz than cream was.

    By darth on Oct 3, 2014

  22. i didnt say cream was jazz

    oh but you did circus boy.

    By maximum yasgur on Oct 3, 2014

  23. so tell me how does it feel glenny boy that someones an asshole to you con man…?

    you say I am an asshole to you dimwit circus boy…no it’s not rocket science…yeah I can play your social pathetic psychotic game mr nurse…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Oct 3, 2014

  24. This really is a nice recording, and very historic. The lineup is great, the performance is tops, and since this band was never recorded in the studio, makes this a must-have.

    By Job Hunter on Oct 26, 2014

  25. Wow. Saw this show at my junior year in HS and it largely went over my head although I was fan of Coryell’s work with Gary Burton, Bruce’s solo work and thought Mitch Mitchell was the coolest drummer on the planet. So I would like to revisit the moment esp. with Jack Bruce’s passing.


    By Noel Guardi on Oct 28, 2014

  26. Do you know where I could get a copy? Doug

    By Douglas Morrow on Nov 17, 2021

  27. Doug, at a shop? Maybe on the net? Google?

    By HHH on Nov 18, 2021

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