Out of the Storm (album)

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Out of the Storm
Studio album by Jack Bruce
Released November 1974
Genre Progressive rock, jazz rock
Label RSO
Producer Jack Bruce, Andy Johns
Jack Bruce chronology
Harmony Row
(1971)
Out of the Storm
(1974)
How's Tricks
(1977)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Out of the Storm is the fourth studio album by British bassist Jack Bruce. Originally Bruce had wanted to title the album Into The Storm but, according to Bruce, "we couldn't find any stormy weather instead we gave up and instead we found a little wood".[2] The album, Bruce's first solo effort in over three years, was recorded and released in 1974,[3] following the dissolution of Bruce's power trio West, Bruce and Laing.

The album was largely recorded in Los Angeles and San Francisco at the suggestion of engineer Andy Johns, who felt, according to Bruce, that the problem with Bruce's previous work was that he "work(ed) with too many British guys and you need to work with some great American session players and you could make an album in ten days".[4]

Bruce recorded the album while still addicted to heroin (which contributed to the dissolution of West, Bruce and Laing). According to Bruce's songwriting partner Pete Brown, the band ingested PCP during one session and "they were all holding onto each other walking across the floor--Bobby Keys, Jim Keltner, Andy Johns and Jack. Someone said, 'Don't let go of me or I'll float off into space'". The continued and heavy drug use periodically interfered with completion of the album[5] and engineer Dennis Weinreich was brought in to remix specific tracks so as to complete the album in a timely fashion and because the label wasn't pleased with Johns's mix of the album.

The album peaked at No. 160 on the Billboard album chart in December 1974. Critically well received, including a glowing review by Melody Maker's Allan Jones, who stated that Jack was "one of the most important individuals currently working in rock",[6] the album sold poorly despite the fact that it could be viewed as a comeback after Bruce's three-year absence as a solo performer.

Out of the Storm was the last Jack Bruce album distributed in the United States by Atlantic Records, as Bruce's company RSO Records, which was affiliated in the rest of the world with Polydor/Polygram Records, would shift U.S. distribution to Polydor beginning in 1976.

Cover[edit]

Bruce and a photographer traveled throughout the countryside looking for a storm to photograph for the original title Into The Storm. They were unable to find one so Bruce changed the title and elected to take a photo in the woods using whatever he found, which included an old, rusty bike. Bruce is visible in the background sitting partially in the dark with the landscape and the bike more prominent than Bruce himself is in the photo. Author Harry Shapiro in his book on Bruce suggested that the photo represented Bruce's state of mind at the time, wanting to disappear into the background and avoid all of the difficulties he was then facing.

2003 and 2011 reissues[edit]

The reissue of the album in 2003 (put out again by Esoteric Records in 2011) included a handful of the original mixes prepared for the album. In contrast to the finished album, the early mixes sound muddy and lack the studio polish that was added to the final version of the album.[7] The reissue includes full liner notes on the recording and production of the album, but mistakenly credit "Pieces of Mind" as "Peaces of Mind" [sic].

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Peter Brown, music by Jack Bruce, except track 3 – music co-authored by Janet Godfrey.

  1. "Pieces of Mind" – 5:39
  2. "Golden Days" – 5:14
  3. "Running Through Our Hands" – 4:14
  4. "Keep on Wondering" – 3:10
  5. "Keep It Down" – 3:46
  6. "Into the Storm" – 4:45
  7. "One" – 5:03
  8. "Timeslip" – 6:33

2003 CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Pieces of Mind (First Mix)"
  2. "Keep on Wondering (First Mix)"
  3. "Keep It Down (First Mix)"
  4. "Into the Storm (First Mix)"
  5. "One (First Mix)"

Personnel[edit]

Performance[edit]

Production[edit]

Recorded at Record Plants in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Mixed at Record Plants in Los Angeles and San Francisco and in Olympic and Scorpio Studios in London.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Powell, Mark "Out of The Storm" liner notes, Esoteric Records, 2011
  3. ^ Album review at allmusic
  4. ^ Powell, Mark Out of The Storm liner notes, Esoteric Records, 2011
  5. ^ Shaprio, Harry "Jack Bruce: Composing Himself", 2010
  6. ^ Jones, Allan review, Melody Maker, 1974
  7. ^ Shaprio, Harry "Jack Bruce: Composing Himself", 2010