How's Tricks

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How's Tricks
Jack Bruce How´s Tricks.jpg
Studio album by Jack Bruce
Released 1977
Recorded October - December 1976, Manor Studios
Genre Rock, jazz-rock, blues-rock
Length 42:18 (initial release),
52:00 (2003 reissue)
Label RSO
Producer Bill Halverson
Jack Bruce chronology
Out of the Storm
How's Tricks
Jet Set Jewel
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

How's Tricks is the fifth studio album by Scottish musician Jack Bruce, released in 1977 and credited to "The Jack Bruce Band".[2]

The album peaked at No. 153 on the Billboard album chart in May 1977. It would be Bruce's last album released under Robert Stigwood's management (and, consequently, his last for the RSO Records label); although the Jack Bruce Band would remain under contract with Stigwood for another year, the band's 1978 album Jet Set Jewel was rejected by Stigwood and RSO as not commercially viable, with the band subsequently dropped from the label. Bruce's leaving Stigwood/RSO ended a fifteen-year affiliation that began in 1963 when Bruce joined the Graham Bond Organisation.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Without a Word" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) - 5:26
  2. "Johnny B'77" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) - 3:23
  3. "Times" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Hughie Burns) - 4:49
  4. "Baby Jane" (Hughie Burns) - 2:37
  5. "Lost Inside a Song" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown, Hughie Burns) - 4:04
  6. "How's Tricks" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) - 4:12
  7. "Madhouse" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) - 3:45
  8. "Waiting for the Call" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) - 5:48
  9. "Outsiders" (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) - 2:57
  10. "Something to Live For" (Tony Hymas, Pete Brown) - 5:19

2003 CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Without a Word" (alternate version) (Jack Bruce, Pete Brown) - 5:50
  2. "Something to Live For" (alternate version) (Tony Hymas, Pete Brown) - 3:52


  • Jack Bruce - vocals, bass, harmonica
  • Hughie Burns - guitars, backing vocals, lead vocal on "Baby Jane"
  • Tony Hymas - keyboards, vibraphone, backing vocals
  • Simon Phillips - drums, glockenspiel, backing vocals


  1. ^ Viglione, Joe. "How's Tricks - Jack Bruce | AllMusic". Retrieved 3 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "How's Tricks: Jack Bruce: Music". Retrieved 22 February 2012. 

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