Bill Bruford re-releases the music of his marvelous 1970s “rock group with a jazz sensibility” on October 27.
Titled Seems Like A Lifetime Ago, 1977-1980, the 8-disc box set features Bruford in collaboration with Dave Stewart (Egg, Hatfield & the North, National Health) on keyboards, Jeff Berlin (a fine American jazz-rock bassist) and Allan Holdsworth (Soft Machine, UK) & ‘The Unknown’ John Clark on guitar. Mostly instrumental, the music featured occasional vocals by Annette Peacock and Berlin. The limited edition box will include:
- DVD 1: Feels Good To Me: 5.1 surround sound and original 1978 mix remastered
- CD 1: Feels Good to Me: 2017 remix from original masters
- DVD 2: One of a Kind: 5.1 surround sound and original 1979 mix remastered.
- CD 2: One of a Kind: 2017 remix from original masters – previously unreleased: outtake of Five G
- CD 3: Gradually Going Tornado: Remaster
- CD 4: The Bruford Tapes: Remaster: Bonus track: Manacles
- CD 5: Live at the Venue: Previously unreleased. Recorded in London 1980.
- CD 6: The 4th Album Rehearsal Sessions: Previously unreleased: 18 rehearsal sketches of new material.
- 16-Page 12-inch booklet
- Sid Smith essay with new interviews with producer, engineer, band members, eyewitnesses and others.
- Previously unseen archive visual material.
- Complete band date sheet with contemporary critical reaction.
- 2 x black and white 10” x 8” band photos.
- 1 x A3-size colour poster accompanying Live at the Venue
- 1 x signed numbered certificate of authentication
The only thing not included in the box is the Rock Goes to College video of the band with Peacock on vocals, still available here. Following the collapse of Bruford the group, Bruford the drummer rejoined Robert Fripp for the 1980s version of King Crimson.
This is exhilarating music from a band that burned, driven all the while by Bill Bruford’s elegant polyrhythms. 30 years on, Bruford was still playing in 19/8 and making it look easy:
Seems Like a Lifetime Ago, 1977-1980 is available to pre-order at Pledge Music and Burning Shed. More about the box set, including interviews with Bruford, other band members and remixer Jakko Jakszyk, at TeamRock.