Earthworks (album)

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Studio album by Bill Bruford's Earthworks
Released 1987
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 43:55
Label EG Records
Producer Dave Stewart, Bill Bruford
Bill Bruford's Earthworks chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic - 3/5 stars[1]

Earthworks is the first album by Bill Bruford's Earthworks, a jazz band led by the drummer Bill Bruford and featuring Django Bates, Iain Ballamy and Mick Hutton. It was released in 1987 on EG Records.


The Allmusic review by Chris Kelsey awarded the album with 3 stars and says, "The best thing about this band is its refreshing ingenuousness; they make intelligent, sophisticated instrumental pop music that doesn't pander in the least."[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Thud" (Iain Ballamy) – 4:10
  2. "Making A Song And Dance" (Ballamy, Bill Bruford) – 5:52
  3. "Up North" (Ballamy, Django Bates, Bruford) – 5:19
  4. "Pressure" (Bruford) – 4:57
  5. "My Heart Declares A Holiday" (Ballamy, Bates, Bruford) – 4:35
  6. "Emotional Shirt" (Bates) – 4:45
  7. "It Needn't End In Tears" (Ballamy) – 5:14
  8. "The Shepherd Is Eternal" (Bates, Bruford) – 1:50
  9. "Bridge Of Inhibition" (Ballamy, Bates, Bruford) – 4:15
    • Recorded at Terminal 24 Studios, London, England, October 1986


Dave Stewart was the only musician with whom Bruford had recorded before, and his distinctive keyboard sound is most clearly audible on the tracks "Making a Song and Dance" and "Pressure".