Jack Bruce of Cream

Jack Bruce, frontman for Cream, dies

Cream's Jack Bruce, a versatile and deeply creative rock singer and bassist, has died at age 71. The Scottish musician had long suffered with liver disease. He underwent a transplant in 2003 and recovered to do a widely praised series of reunion concerts with Cream bandmates Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. It was clear at those 2005 concerts -- in London and Manhattan -- that Cream was in many ways Bruce's band. While successful, those concerts were to be Cream's last, in part because of long-running animosity between Baker and drummer … [More ... ]

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Dead docu film to mark half century

One of the highlights of the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary will be an official film documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev and overseen by Martin Scorsese. Bar-Lev made the acclaimed 2007 documentary "My Kids Could Paint That" as well as 2010's "Tillman." He was attached to an ill-fated Jerry Garcia biopic with the working title "Dark Star" back in 2010. "Millions of stories have been told about the Grateful Dead over the years," the surviving members of the Dead said in a statement. "With our 50th anniversary coming up, we thought it … [More ... ]

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Black Friday stars Hendrix, Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly, Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young dish out some tasty vinyl for this Thanksgiving weekend's edition of Record Store Day. Black Friday 2014 falls on Nov. 28. It's the little-brother event to the main Record Store Day in April. Both celebrate independent record stores, with the emphasis on the resurgent vinyl format. Here are the psychedelic servings for RSD Black Friday: Iron Butterfly's 1968 debut album returns in mono, cut into 180-gram vinyl in a Record Store Day exclusive release from Atco/Atlantic. The San Diego-area band … [More ... ]

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‘A 21st century Pink Floyd album’

Pink Floyd has unveiled details of the upcoming double album "The Endless River" -- a tribute to the late Richard Wright that the band calls his "swan song." "Endless River" consists of reworked unreleased tracks that began life in 1993. Still, guitarist David Gilmour calls it very much "a 21st century Pink Floyd album." This means early November will see Pink Floyd's first album of unheard material in decades. " 'The Endless River' is a tribute to Rick" -- the band's keyboardist who died in 2008 -- drummer Nick Mason said. "I think … [More ... ]

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Cream, boxed and served on vinyl

Universal's refresh of the Cream catalog continues in November with a box set containing all of the original supergroup's albums on vinyl. "Cream 1966-1972" promises "exact reproductions" of the English band's albums with the recordings on 180 gram vinyl. The completist approach to the box set apparently is a first for the band, best known for its power-trio explorations and the psychedelic music hits "Sunshine of Your Love," "Badge" and "White Room." "Cream 1966-1972" comes out Nov. 24, and will be available to U.S. buyers as an import. … [More ... ]

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No. 18: Happy Trails

Bo Diddley didn't do psychedelic. Yet, somehow, the primal rock 'n' roller received credit for writing most of one of the hippie era's darkest and most imaginative … [More ... ]

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No. 22: Ummagumma

Here be dragons. Dragons, and dust from the bones of kings and traitors. Stonehenge. The funk of 4,000 years. Spacemen and madmen. Your mental movie may vary. Hear in it what you will, but English … [More ... ]

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No. 90: ‘She (Will-O-the-Wind)’

Everyone knows about "Windy," but the heroine of "She (Will-O-the-Wind)" never received her due. Too bad. The Collectors' 1968 song remains a fascinating bit … [More ... ]

 

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No. 15: ‘Season of the Witch’

Paranoia ran deep in the spring of 1966. The high times were peaking in Britain, with the rock-star elite leading the psychedelic parade. The bands celebrated their altered states in song, … [More ... ]

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Jack Bruce, master of the rock bass, sings his "Deserted Cities of the Heart" with Cream in 2005.

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