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26.5.12

Jack Bruce, Bill Lordan, Robin Trower



Jack Bruce, Bill Lordan, Robin Trower - B.L.T. - 1981 - Chrysalis

It wasn't until the 1980 Victims of the Fury album, seven years into his solo career, that Robin Trower would employ former Procul Harum bandmate Keith Reid to provide lyrics (with Reid probably the only lyricist in history to get band status). Though this is officially a Robin Trower release entitled B.L.T., the marquee giving Jack Bruce and Bill Lordan equal heading above the double-sized name of Robin Trower, the project is shouldered by all talents involved and inhibited by a dreadful cover photo of a white bread sandwich: bacon, lettuce and tomato with -- if you look closely -- raw bacon. All concerned would have been better off titling this a Jack Bruce/Robin Trower project with drummer Bill Lordan. The vocals are all the work of Bruce with the production by Trower, and a moment like "Won't Let You Down" is among the best for both the vocalist of Cream and the guitar player from Procol Harum. "Won't Let You Down" is subtle, stunning, and beautiful. It oozes out of the speakers with double-tracked Trower guitar work that sounds like he was listening to Hendrix's Cry of Love album again. And there's nothing wrong with that. "Into Money," "What It Is" (another song about money), and "No Island Lost" are interesting because they take the West, Bruce & Laing concept further into the realm of progressive rock, a place where all parties concerned feel very comfortable. For the Trower fans who couldn't get enough of him sounding like Hendrix, take the "Voodoo Chile" riffs of "No Island Lost" and add the highly commercial voice of Jack Bruce. The combination is appealing while the artists lift the melody of "Voodoo Chile" as well the guitar, making for some amazing and magnetic stuff. With the exception of "End Game" and "Won't Let You Down," the songs are all in the three-minute range for this artistic experiment which works so well. Where Peter Brown is to Jack Bruce what Dewer and Reid are to Trower (a rare Brown/Bruce/Trower composition would show up on the following disc, Truce), this is only the second album where Keith Reid gets to collaborate with his former bandmate in the eight years between Trower's solo debut and B.L.T.. There would be more. The Trower/Reid combo makes perfect sense, especially since the lyricist is probably the only one in history who got band billing. The music these fellows weave is tremendous and becomes a distinctive work in the Jack Bruce catalog, combining his talents with colleagues who share his vision. The fluid sounds which make "Life on Earth" such an appealing opener for side two show that even on a title written solely by Bruce,the only one on the disc, it blends in perfectly with the material, mostly written by Trower and Reid. "Carmen" is absolutely haunting, and this is one of those beautiful discs that true fans have to seek out. Couple the terrible album cover of B.L.T. with the equally absurd marketing of West, Bruce & Laing's Whatever Turns You On and one gets the feeling that numerous record labels were trying their hardest to keep Jack Bruce's music as underground as possible. He deserves better, and B.L.T. is an experiment that, musically, is very successful and holds many revelations. A more compelling package is in order for the magic that's in these grooves. © Joe Viglione © 2012 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/blt-r20535/review

A wonderful album of many rock styles from the ex-Procol Harum guitarist Robin Trower with the legendary ex-Cream bassist and vocalist Jack Bruce and drummer Bill Lordan. HR by A.O.O.F.C. Try and listen to James Dewar's "Stumbledown Romancer"album, The Dave Steffen Band's "Give Me A Thrill" album featuring Bill Lordan on drums, Jack Bruce & the Cuicoland Express' great "Live at the Milkyway" album, and Robin Trower's "20th Century Blues" album [All tracks @ 320 Kbps except Track 9 @ 256 Kbps: File size = 82.7 Mb]

TRACKS / COMPOSERS

SIDE ONE

1 Into Money - Robin Trower
2 What It Is - Keith Reid, Robin Trower
3 Won't Let You Down - Keith Reid, Robin Trower
4 No Island Lost - Jim Dewar, Robin Trower
5 It's Too Late - Keith Reid, Robin Trower

SIDE TWO

1 Life On Earth - Jack Bruce
2 Once the Bird Has Flown - Keith Reid, Robin Trower
3 Carmen - Keith Reid, Robin Trower
4 Feel the Heat - Keith Reid, Robin Trower
5 End Game - Keith Reid, Robin Trower

MUSICIANS

Robin Trower - Guitar
Jack Bruce - Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Bill Lordan - Drums

5 comments:

A.O.O.F.C said...

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ratso said...

Thanks again for this one - a tasty morsel for me to enjoy.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Cheers,ratso! Enjoy your tucker! TVM & TTU soon...P

Foth said...

Thanks for this. I'm a longtime fan of both Trower and Bruce but somehow missed this one. Probably put off by the awful cover...stupid.
Cheers

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi,Foth. The album title is misleading. The album is usually credited to Robin Trower, but many record catalogues refer to it as a Jack Bruce album. The cover is awful, but the music is great! Thanks, & TTU later...P