Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Can You Follow?

Jack Bruce, best known for his work with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker in Cream, created some of the most wonderfully weird music of the 1970s when he embarked upon a solo career.  His first three  albums, Songs For A Tailor, Harmony Row and Out Of The Storm, combined gorgeous melodies, soaring vocals and outstanding musicianship with the bizarro lyrics of his co-composer Peter Brown (the pair also wrote some of Cream's best known songs including White Room, Tales Of Brave Ulysses and most of Sunshine Of Your Love; Clapton wrote the chorus).  Some of the song titles from Bruce's solo albums give a glimpse of their sensibilities:

Never Tell Your Mother She's Out Of Tune
Weird Of Hermiston
Pieces Of Mind
The Consul At Sunset
He The Richmond
Boston Ball Game 1967
Escape From the Royal Woods

Though THC was a fan, the albums were not big sellers and Bruce's solo career never recovered.

Can You Follow? captures all of these elements in a mere one minute and thirty eight seconds.  THC will leave you to figure out what on earth this song is about.

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