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What is there to say about Jack Bruce that's not already been said?
He's widely agreed to be one of the finest bassists to have walked the earth. Alongside Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker in Cream, he laid a blueprint for psychedelic and blues-based rock music, formed the prototype power trio and became one of the first stadium-filling rock stars.
No sideman, Bruce was also the writing force behind Sunshine Of Your Love, I Feel Free and White Room. Now he's back with his first solo album in 10 years, Silver Rails (due 24 March/15 April in the US).
We spoke to the Scottish Hall-Of-Famer to find out about the new record, his gear and his "completely unprofessional" time with Cream...
You recorded Silver Rails at Abbey Road. Even musicians of your own stature don't necessarily use such facilities any more. How did that come about?
"That's right, I was very lucky - I wasn't planning to record at Abbey Road. My daughter is a film-maker and I was at her premiere and the house producer of Abbey Road, Rob Cass, was also there. We got to talking and he said, 'Why don't you come and do your album at Abbey Road?'
"So I went down and had a look, as it had been a while - I recorded there in 1965, the first time - and they've really got it together there at the moment. They've got fantastic people and it's like working in a museum. They've got all of those old mics, but you know everything is going to work. Plus they've got all the latest gear... Although I'm ancient, I'm not against modern technology - I think it's pretty great."
Jack Bruce Silver Rails trailer
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