This weekend, the world of music lost one of the great rock ‘n’ roll bassists of all time…and that’s not intended to dismiss his efforts in other musical genres – in particular, he really knew his way around jazz – but simply to underline that Cream was one of the best British bands of the ‘60s, and a lot of that had to do with the work of Jack Bruce.
Born on May 14, 1943 in Lanarkshire, Scotland, John Simon Asher Bruce – known to his mates and the music world at large as Jack – was born to musical parents, and their gifts were apparently passed on to their son, who actually won a scholarship to study cello and musical composition at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. One can only guess in what direction Bruce’s life might have gone if he’d actually managed to graduate from the Academy, but that never came to pass: to support himself while he was in school, he played in Jim McHarg’s Scotsville Jazzband, but as the Academy censured any students who dared to play jazz, he was given the ultimatum to stop playing it or leave the school, and…well, we all know how that story ends.
Produced And Newly Remastered By Jimmy Page, Each With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio Multiple CD, Vinyl, And Digital Formats, Including Limited Edition Super Deluxe Boxed Set
The second round of reissues begins with one of the most artistically influential and commercially successful albums in the history of music, Led Zeppelin IV, and continues with 1973's chart-topping Houses Of The Holy. As with the previous deluxe editions, both albums have been newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page and are accompanied by a second disc of companion audio comprised entirely of unreleased music related to that album.
Each album is now available in the following formats:
Exclusive Releases From The Afghan Whigs, The Doors/Peter LaFarge, Grateful Dead, Hüsker Dü, Iron Butterfly, New Order, Ramones, Velvet Underground, Plus A Ronnie James Dio Tribute
Available At Participating Independent Record Stores On November 28
Rhino has nine limited edition releases set for Record Store Day Black Friday 2014. A variety of colored vinyl options, multi-LP sets, and an epic picture disc are sure to captivate fans and collectors alike. All roads lead to November 28 when these releases will be available exclusively at select independent music retailers. For a list of participating stores, please visit www.recordstoreday.com.
R.E.M.'s REMTV, a six-DVD collection chronicling the band's special relationship with MTV through live performances, award show highlights, and a new feature-length documentary may not be available until November 24th, but you can take a first look over here.
New this week in the Rhino Room at iTunes:
Slipknot, The Studio Album Collection 1999-2008: For most of the time between 2008 and 2014, it would’ve been considered a sucker’s bet to expect the band Slipknot to regroup for the long haul, let alone return to the studio. Not that it hadn’t been discussed here and there, but in the wake of bassist Paul Gray’s death in 2010, the band’s solidity wasn’t exactly at its highest ebb, and given the departure of drummer Joey Jordison from their ranks last year, it was beginning to seem as though the likelihood of the band completing the long-threatened new album was grim at best.