October 29, 2014 – 3:34 pm

JACK BRUCE R.I.P. 1943-2014

Jack Bruce, best known as one-third of Cream, died on October 25, 2014 of liver disease at his home in Suffolk. He was 71. In a statement issued by his family on Saturday, his family said: “It is with great sadness that we, Jack’s family, announce the passing of our beloved Jack: husband, father, granddad, and all round legend. The world of music will be a poorer place without him but he lives on in his music and forever in our hearts.”

Bruce played bass, sang and was the principal songwriter in Cream. The group sold 35 million albums in just over two years and were given the first ever platinum disc for Wheels of Fire Bruce wrote and sang most of the songs, including “I Feel Free” and “Sunshine Of Your Love”. But even leaving aside that group, in which he played with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker, his CV reads like a comprehensive guide to the British blues boom, with spells in Alexis Korner’s Blues Inc, the Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and Manfred Mann. Bruce’s life had been marked by health and financial troubles. In the late 1970s he struggled with drug addiction, and worked as a session musician to make money. In 2003 he was diagnosed with liver cancer, and that September he underwent a transplant. His body initially rejected the new liver, and Bruce almost died, but he recovered well enough to return to performance in 2004. - The Guardian and BBC

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Home Recordings 1962 [no label, 1CD]

Jack’s home studio in London, UK; circa 1962 (exact dates unknown). Very good audio, a bit of hiss.

More jazz than rock!

Thanks to Hopboy; and to amellowsoul (Tom Shyman) for sharing the tracks at Dime.

amellowsoul noted:

Here is probably the rarest Jack Bruce recording. All thanks goes to Hopboy for sharing this a few years ago! It’s pretty amazing this even still exists, as it even pre-dates the Graham Bond era. If you enjoy this, I also highly recommend the Bruce/Baker/Heckstall-Smith home recordings from the same era. These rehearsals have seldom been heard by anyone other than a small group of diehard Jack Bruce collectors. Taken from Hopboy’s Jack Bruce collection.

The Tube was later played by Jack, Ginger, and Dick at Jacks “50th birthday concert” at the E-Werk in Cologne Germany on November 2 or 3, 1993.

Picture posted at dailymail.co.uk.

Jack Bruce: Unknown, but probably from cassette tape to CDR.
Jack Bruce et al: Unknown, but probably reel to reel > cassette tape > CDR.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

Please Do Not Hammer The Links. Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. The tracks should still be around. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Jack Bruce - double bass solos and practice tracks
Track 01. Sonnymoon For Two 6:34 (11.0MB)
Track 02. Body And Soul 2:40 (4.5MB)
Track 03. Unknown Composition 1:05 (1.8MB)
Track 04. Unknown Composition 2:00 (3.4MB)
Track 05. Unknown Composition 0:10 (286k)
Track 06. Unknown Composition 1:39 (2.8MB)
Track 07. Unknown Composition 0:54 (1.5MB)
Track 08. Unknown Composition 1:16 (2.1MB)
17 mins

Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Dick Heckstall-Smith
Track 09. Sonnymoon For Two Take One 8:04 (13.5MB)
Track 10. Jordu 11:13 (18.8MB)
Track 11. Angel Eyes Sonnymoon For Two Take Two 8:08 (13.7MB)
Thanks to Chip Stern for the update.
Track 12. The Tube 8:23 (14.1MB)
Track 13. Unknown Composition Part A 12:27 (20.9MB)
Track 14. Unknown Composition Part B 11:06 (18.6MB)
60 mins

Track 13 and 14 were originally shared as one track, arbitrarily split here for easier access.

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  1. 34 Responses to “JACK BRUCE - HOME RECORDINGS 1962”

  2. Oh wow! Thanks Big O more rare Jack!
    This one looks as rare as rocking horse poo!

    Awesome! This helps us come to terms with the loss of a Scottish genius . . .

    By swappers on Oct 29, 2014

  3. well this is certainly something ive never seen before. ty

    By darth on Oct 29, 2014

  4. seen…?

    don’t you mean heard glenny…?

    By Jerry's Finger on Oct 29, 2014

  5. Big O comes through again!! Thanks for the memories Jack … RIP.

    By oneL on Oct 30, 2014

  6. dying to hear this! bigO, thanxxx so much for focusing on our fallen heroes…RIP, jack :(

    By metaljohn333 on Oct 30, 2014

  7. BIGO, this great, rare stuff!

    We caught Jack in ‘97 with Ringo’s All-Starr Band in Washington DC (Merriweather Post Pavilion) - is there any chance you might have that show, or another one on that tour?

    Jack did things on his bass that had my jaw dropping to my seat - his virtuosity was incredible, and I’d love to relive that if it’s possible.

    Thanks for all you bring us!! And R.I.P., Jack.

    By Aging Child on Oct 30, 2014

  8. Thanks so much! A musician’s musician for sure. Any chance of posting his solo single after the Bluesbreakers?

    By deadbelly on Oct 30, 2014

  9. no i meant seen. ive seen many things on peoples lists and in peoples collections and listed on many pages and mentioned in the many many books mags and so on that i have read over the last 40+ years of researching and so on and with all the materials that i have gone thru.. i have never seen this item mentioned anywhere.. so as i said.. and meant.. without u trying to correct me.. no. i have never SEEN this before. got it? can i explain this any clearer for u? is there any way i can dumb this down any lower for u? is there a reason u need to jump on every fucking thing i post and every word i say on here?? do u need every single thing i say explained to u?

    By darth on Oct 30, 2014

  10. I have never heard of this before… I have never heard of its existence…should ve been correctly stated…

    all you said “something I haven’t seen before…” you didn’t say anything about lists, research,or anything….

    you don’t see or watch this…you listen hear this piece of history…

    no let me dumb this down for you circus clown boy fucking asshole… I can play your fucking game of semantics as well like you do with your responses on here…

    talking down to everyone thinking your better than anyone here you fucking convicted loser troll…so you are proving my point of a useless piece of shit you really are fucking scumbag big baby…get the fuck out my face because I’m just playing/doing your fucking game you asshole wanker…you can dish it out but when done to you, you can’t handle it…

    but you try to have a good day you internet liar asshole…

    By Jerry's Finger on Oct 30, 2014

  11. this has been around glenny for awhile…

    hopboy has shared it a few years ago…

    for all the research you have stated you’ve done with lists collections & mags how you could have “never seen” this one…?

    some crack researcher you are circus clown boy…!!!

    By Jerry's Finger on Oct 30, 2014

  12. Sigh. To imagine oneself there, just hanging out with a Schlitz in the corner diggin’ this. But that would have to be my older brother. I was only 7. But one can dream…

    By Job Hunter on Oct 30, 2014

  13. I’m glad that anyone who hasn’t heard this can hear it here. Keep in mind I released it in lossess format on Dimeadozen.

    By Hopboy on Nov 1, 2014

  14. Thanks Hopboy for dropping by. Your efforts are very much appreciated. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Nov 1, 2014

  15. i was using dime for a while a few yrs back. but not lately. probably not for the last 3 or 4 yrs. and even when i did deal with dime i didnt do much searching under jack bruce items. there were so many other things i was dl’ing that i might never have gotten around to jack items. when i say that i had never seen this item i meant from say 1975 or so thru 2002 when i was avidly pursuing collecting audio recordings. i then started downloading them in 2005. i just never saw this item anywhere. im glad to have gotten it now. its nice addition to my collection considering how massive my collection is and how important quality is to me when i collect. as far as im concerned a collection is judged by not only its size but by the quality of the recordings that it is made up of and similar significant details. specific info kept such as dates venues etc for each item and accuracy and a well rounded collection makes for a good collection.

    on the other subject.. its pretty hysterical to see that a simple line that i typed about having not seen this item before and a follow up explanation since what i said was obviously not understood by our resident simpleton.. could result in such a resounding attack by such an idiot.
    its funny to me that he was so easily affected and moved to attack me so vehemently. i really didnt even have to respond. just letting everyone read his tirade said all that needed to be said. i actually couldnt help myself from laughing tho.

    By darth on Nov 1, 2014

  16. ^hehehehehehehehehehehehe…

    glad you got it then glenny you troglodyte…

    hey are you still on central ave…?

    By Jerry's Finger on Nov 1, 2014

  17. thank you.
    40 years from now people will still be glad to get this, or something similar from ginger.right darth?

    By dropkick sarge on Nov 1, 2014

  18. Big O - thanks for this, a good rarity and worth hearing by people who don’t know where Bruce came from. But a couple of points:

    Sonnymoon For Two is a Rollins head. It’s what Bruce is playing on the solo set, first track.

    However I’m a bit confused by the subsequent trio set. I’m not sure that Sonnymoon I is actually that tune. They never directly state the theme during the performance if it is.

    But Sunnymoon II is definitely not that. It’s a standard called Angel Eyes written by Matt Dennis. It’s a ballad with a beautiful set of changes that jazz players love. Actually wish Bruce had sung it. He could have done justice to the unique melody line.

    I wonder if Bruce ever did any live performances with Kip Hanrahan based on the album Vertical’s Currency (from 1985). They redo Bruce’s Smiles & Grins, refashioning it with a deep Latin groove. The album contains some of Bruce’s best vocal performances ever. Would be nice to hear what that band (which included David Murray, Arto Lindsay and Steve Swallow) could do live.

    By treborij on Nov 2, 2014

  19. i know bruce toured in the usa in 85 on the east coast for sure with his own band. i dont know where else he went altho i know he did some euro shows with the same band. i know there are some tv and fm appearances and brdcsts of full and partial shows that were done of that tour and in promotion of it.
    as for the other musicians he may have played with on shows that werent for his regular album at that time i cant say. but i know he did a few shows in and around the ny area that year.

    By darth on Nov 4, 2014

  20. darth says ..”I know”..that`s our cue to giggle.

    By dungereez on Nov 4, 2014

  21. funny how some peoples tune changes from one day to the next. just 2 days ago this piece of shit says to me -

    darth always with the news thanks.
    By dungereez on Nov 3, 2014

    By darth on Nov 5, 2014

  22. darth doesn’t understand irony.

    By Willis on Nov 5, 2014

  23. i think u meant sarcasm. but i dont think he was being sarcastic the first time. i think he changed his tune and became an asshole. its not unheard of ’round these parts. trust me when i say i understand irony all too well.

    By darth on Nov 6, 2014

  24. Hello,
    Thanks for all that you share and congratulations for the job done to keep this blog alive. Links for this Jack Bruce don’t work. Can you check, please?
    Many thanks in advance.
    best regards;

    By Robert Droi on May 21, 2021

  25. Robert can i blow you and toss your salad

    By Derrick on May 21, 2021

  26. Hey Robert Droi, Links don’t work because they are DEAD !! And you have got two hopes for re-ups: Bob and NO!!

    By DD on May 21, 2021

  27. Derrick, I don’t understand. What has this got to do with Jack Bruce? And also, I don’t eat much salad.

    By Robert Droi on May 21, 2021

  28. Toss your salad means I want to rim your butthole

    By Derrick on May 22, 2021

  29. I wish Derrick would put his finger up my ass

    By U L E on May 22, 2021

  30. LOL Dumbass doesnt know what toss your salad is. Derrick tosses my salad everyday after I shit my pants. He loves to pick out kernels of corn with his teeth when he rims my butt

    By HHH on May 22, 2021

  31. H I got a 4 inch boner reading that!!

    Never though I’d say it, but I’m jealous of Derrick!!

    I hope you made a video, send it to me now, I’ll beat off to that constantly!!

    By DD on May 22, 2021

  32. What are you Derrick? First you try it on with me and now you’re trying to make out with Robert Droi. I think you must be the male slut of this website!

    By Ray Cornwall on May 22, 2021

  33. I remember jackin off to kiddie porn when I first heard the news bout Lennon being shot. I was so upset. I got dress like a woman and started hanging out this truckstop near where I live and giving truckers blowjobs

    By Mark on May 22, 2021

  34. Dont get upset Ray. After I finish with him, I’ll rim your butt ad jack you off

    By Derrick on May 22, 2021

  35. Hey SLUT, I don’t think that you will be !!!

    By Ray Cornwall on May 23, 2021

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