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Can You Follow? (2008)



"Can You Follow?"
, a 6CD set spanning Jack Bruce's career from 1962 to 2003, will be released on 23 June 2008 on Esoteric Recordings (catalogue number ECLECBOX 1), a label of the Cherry Red group in London.  The box set includes a 68 page book featuring Jack's recollections and many photographs.

Jack was intimately involved in putting together this project. In the USA the 6 CD set is only available as an import.  Click here to pre-order the set directly for delivery after June 23.  In addition, 79 tracks of the set (controlled by Universal Music) will be available as a download directly from Lost Tunes, a new website established by Universal in London.

Six Glorious Discs

















In May 2008 Jack celebrated his 65th Birthday and to celebrate this Esoteric Recordings are releasing a lavish 6 CD boxed set anthology entitled "Can You Follow?" on 23 June.

This lavish and ambitious set gathers together material drawn from all aspects of Jack’s career, beginning in 1962 with the earliest released recording of Jack performing as a member of Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated and continuing with recordings made with the Graham Bond Organisation (comprising Jack, Graham Bond, Ginger Baker and Dick Heckstall-Smith), John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann and then on to Cream (the band which brought Jack Bruce along with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker to world wide prominence), selling over 33 million albums in the process.

Following the demise of Cream in November 1968 Jack embarked on a distinguished career as a solo artist, recording fifteen albums in his own right, all of immense creativity and diversity. Beginning with the classic album "Songs for a Tailor", the "Can You Follow?" boxed set encompasses material from all these solo albums and also adds selected material from other projects including those with Tony Williams’ Lifetime, West, Bruce and Laing, Frank Zappa, Rocket 88 (with Charlie Watts and Alexis Korner), Robin Trower and BBM (with Gary Moore and Ginger Baker). Importantly, the set emphasises Jack’s enormous talent as a song writer and composer.

As one of popular music’s most respected innovators, Jack Bruce is in a class of his own. "Can You Follow?" celebrates his enduring talent and musical legacy.

JACK BRUCE: "Can You Follow?"

A 6CD deluxe anthology featuring selections from Jack’s work with Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, the Graham Bond Quartet, Duffy Power, The Graham Bond Organisation, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Manfred Mann, Cream, Tony Williams’ Lifetime, West, Bruce & Laing, Frank Zappa, Rocket 88, Robin Trower, BBM along with selections from his fifteen solo albums. Includes a lavishly illustrated 68 page book documenting Jack’s career with his own exclusive personal comments and previously unseen photographs. A 110 track selection, including 29 never before released on CD in the UK.

Track Listing (click here for full details):

CD One:
With Alexis Korner's Blues Incorporated: I'm a Hoochie Coochie Man (live) / Early in the Morning / Night Time is the Right Time / Rockin With the Graham Bond Quartet: Previously Unreleased On CD Doxy (live) With Duffy Power and the Graham Bond Quartet / I Saw Her Standing There (original version) With the Graham Bond Organisation Previously Unreleased On CD / Long Tall Shorty / Little Girl / High Heeled Sneakers / Strut Around / Wade in the Water / Train Time / Baby Make Love to Me / Spanish Blues / Baby Be Good to Me / Last Night / Hear Me Calling Your Name With John Mayall's Bluesbreakers: / They Call it Stormy Monday (live) / Jack Bruce: Previously Unreleased On CD / I'm Getting Tired (of Drinking and Gambling) / Rootin Tootin

CD Two:
With Manfred Mann: Spirit Feel / (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction / With Eric Clapton and the Powerhouse: Steppin Out Previously Unreleased On CD In Uk / I Want to Know / Crossroads With Cream: Wrapping Paper / Mono Mixes Previously Unreleased On CD / I Feel Free (mono mix) / Spoonful (mono mix) / N.S.U. (mono mix) / We re Going Wrong / Dance the Night Away / Sunshine of Your Love / SWLABR / Traintime (live) / As You Said / White Room / Deserted Cities of the Heart / Politician (live) / Doing That Scrapyard Thing / Jack Bruce: Ageing Jack Bruce, Three, From Scotland, England Recorded at IBC Studios, London in August 1968

CD Three:
Jack Bruce: Things We Like / Ministry of Bag (demo version) / Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune / Boston Ball Game 1967 / To Isengard / Rope Ladder to the Moon / Theme From an Imaginary Western / Weird of Hermiston / Tickets to Waterfalls / The Clearout With Tony Williams Lifetime: Previously Unreleased on CD In The UK / To Whom it May Concern Them / To Whom it May Concern Us / One Word / Two Worlds / Jack Bruce: Can You Follow? / Escape to the Royal Wood (On Ice) / Folk Song / You Burned the Tables on Me / There's a Forest / Morning Story With West, Bruce and Laing: Out into the Fields / Pollution Woman

CD four:
With West, Bruce and Laing: Previously Unreleased On CD In The Uk : Scotch Krotch / Like a Plate / Powerhouse Sod (live ) / With Frank Zappa: Apostrophé / Jack Bruce: Peaces of Mind / Keep it Down / One / Timeslip / Without a Word / Spirit (live) / How's Tricks? / Something to Live For / Childsong / The Best is Still to Come

CD Five:
Jack Bruce: Jet Set Jewel / She's Moving On / With Rocket 88: Previously Unreleased On CD Waiting for the Call (live) / Previously Unreleased On CD In The Uk Jack Bruce and Friends: Hit and Run / Living Without Ja / Dancing on Air / Bird Alone With Robin Trower and Bill Lordan: Carmen Jack Bruce: Previously Unreleased On CD: Automatic Pilot / Green and Blue / Jack Bruce: Willpower / Ships in the Night / Waiting on a Word / No Surrender / A Question of Time / Kwela

CD Six:
Jack Bruce: Make Love / Obsession / Running Through Our Hands (live) / Life on Earth (live) With BBM: Waiting in the Wings / City of Gold With Mark Nauseef & Miroslav Tadic: Previously Unreleased On CD In The Uk / The Wind Cries Mary / Jack Bruce (with Bernie Worrell): David's Harp / The Boy / Time Repairs / Jack Bruce: 52nd Street / Directions Home (for Tony Williams and Larry Young) / Surge / Heart Quake / Milonga / The Night That Once Was Mine / Progress / So They Invented Race