Bend in the Road

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Bend in the Road
Bendintheroad.jpg
Studio album by Jeremy Spencer
Released 21 April 2012 (LP)
28 August 2012 (CD)
Recorded 2010 in Ferndale, Michigan, US
Genre Blues
Label Propelz Records
Producer Jeremy Spencer and Brett Lucas
Jeremy Spencer chronology
Precious Little
(2006)Precious Little2006
Bend in the Road
(2012)
Coventry Blue
(2014)Coventry Blue2014
Alternative cover
Cover of the CD release
Cover of the CD release

Bend in the Road is an album by British blues musician Jeremy Spencer, who was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1967–71. It is his fifth official solo album and was released on the Propelz Records label on 21 April 2012, to coincide with Record Store Day.

Recording[edit]

Spencer continued his tradition of recording songs by Elmore James and Homesick James, and also took inspiration from poetry and passages from the Bible. Some of Spencer's songs were written during his time with Fleetwood Mac, while some others dated from the 1970s and 1980s. The track "Refugees" is a re-working of "Flee", from Spencer's 1979 album of the same name.[1]

The album was recorded during the first half of 2010, at Tempermill Studio in Ferndale, Michigan.[2] For his backing band, Spencer used a new group of Detroit-based musicians: guitarist Brett Lucas, bass guitarist James Simonson and drummer Todd Glass. Together, the trio have formed their own band called Saint Cecilia, and they also released their own self-titled album in 2012.[3]

Release information[edit]

Bend in the Road was first released as a double vinyl LP in the US (limited to 2000 copies), with a CD release following on 28 August. The LP features a cover painted by Spencer himself, whereas the CD uses a photo. The track listings are also slightly different, with four tracks exclusive to the LP, and one exclusive to the CD.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  • All tracks composed by Jeremy Spencer unless otherwise stated:

Vinyl[edit]

Disc 1 Side A[edit]

  1. "Homesick" (Homesick James) – 3:52
  2. "Cry for Me Baby (Mel London) – 4:02
  3. "Whispering Fields" – 3:19
  4. "I Walked a Mile with Sorrow" (Spencer, Robert Browning) – 4:18
  5. "Earthquake" – 3:25

Disc 1 Side B[edit]

  1. "Aphrodite" – 4:01
  2. "Secret Sorrow" – 3:57
  3. "Jambo" – 4:02
  4. "The Sun Is Shining" (Elmore James) – 6:15

Disc 2 Side A[edit]

  1. "Stranger Blues" (E. James, Bobby Robinson) – 6:04
  2. "Strange Woman" – 4:42
  3. "Blind Lover" (Spencer, Brett Lucas) – 5:20
  4. "Desired Haven" – 4:02

Disc 2 Side B[edit]

  1. "Come to Me" – 3:38
  2. "Merciful Sea" – 4:31
  3. "Refugees" – 5:45
  4. "Bend in the Road" – 5:08

CD[edit]

  1. "Homesick"
  2. "Cry for Me Baby"
  3. "Whispering Fields"
  4. "I Walked a Mile with Sorrow"
  5. "Earthquake"
  6. "Aphrodite"
  7. "Secret Sorrow"
  8. "Stranger Blues"
  9. "Homework" (Dave Clark, Al Perkins, Otis Rush)
  10. "Desired Haven"
  11. "Come to Me"
  12. "Merciful Sea"
  13. "Refugees"
  14. "Bend in the Road"

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bend in the Road sleeve notes
  2. ^ "The Bend in the Road Story". jeremyspencer.com. March 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Saint Cecilia". CD Baby. Retrieved 30 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Fleetwood Mac's Jeremy Spencer to Release New CD, 8/28". BroadwayWorld. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 30 July 2012.