Bill Bruford / Making a Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection

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Making A Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection / Bill Bruford 6CD box set

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Making a Song and Dance is a new 6CD box set highlighting the considerable career achievements of legendary drummer Bill Bruford.

A young Bruford came to prominence in the late ’60s with Yes, before joining King Crimson in the early 1970s and then going on to play live with a Gabriel-free Genesis in 1976. The period from 1975 to the early 80s saw albums by his band Bruford, a record with prog-rock supergroup U.K., and various collaborations, including with Swiss keyboardist Patrick Moraz and Chris Squire

Bill was back with King Crimson in the 1980s (he’d return for a third spell in the ’90s) and later in that same decade started the jazz fusion band Earthworks, who would go on to record five studio albums (three between 1987 and 1991).

There have been numerous appearances on other people’s records, including Roy Harper, Akira Inoue, Kazumi Watanabe, Steve Howe & many more.

Bill Bruford / Making a Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection is a 6CD box (click image to enlarge)

The new box set tries to make sense of all this by offered themed CDs. So the first two are dubbed ‘The Collaborator’ and largely concern Bruford’s work with Yes and King Crimson. CDs 3 and 4 are titled ‘The Composing Leader’ (Bruford, Earthworks etc.) and CD 5 is called ‘The Special Guest’ and features some of those aforementioned appearances on other people’s albums. The sixth and final disc is ‘The Improviser’ and includes some of the Moraz-Bruford compositions and work with David Torn.

Bill Bruford himself has written a detailed biography which, along with rare photos, is featured in the booklet within the box. The outer box artwork, gatefold CDs and booklet have been designed by graphic designer Dave McKean.

Making a Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection is released on 29 April via BMG. Very good price in Germany, right now.


Making A Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection Bill Bruford / 6CD box set

    • CD 1 – “The Collaborator”
      1. Yes – I’ve Seen All Good People
      2. Yes – Heart of the Sunrise
      3. Yes – And You & I
      4. King Crimson – Great Deceiver
      5. King Crimson – Fracture
      6. King Crimson – One More Red Nightmare
      7. King Crimson – Starless
      8. UK – Nevermore
    • CD 2 – “The Collaborator”
      1. King Crimson – Frame by Frame
      2. King Crimson – Neal And Jack And Me
      3. King Crimson – Heartbeat
      4. King Crimson – Waiting Man
      5. Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe – Brother of Mine
      6. King Crimson – Sex Eat Sleep Drink Dream
      7. National Health – Paracelsus
      8. King Crimson – Larks Tongues in Aspic Pt 2
      9. King Crimson – 3 of a Perfect Pair
      10. King Crimson – Man With An Open Heart
      11. King Crimson – Elephant Talk
      12. King Crimson – Indiscipline
      13. King Crimson – Big Funk
    • CD 3 – “The Composing Leader”
      1. Bruford – Seems Like a Lifetime Ago: Pt 1
      2. Bruford – Seems Like a Lifetime Ago: Pt 2
      3. Bruford – One of a Kind: Pt 1
      4. Bruford – One of a Kind: Pt 2
      5. Bruford – Palewell Park
      6. Bruford – Joe Frazier
      7. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – It Needn’t End in Tears
      8. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – My Heart Declares a Holiday
      9. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Downtown
      10. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Pilgrims’ Way
      11. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Temple of the Winds
      12. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Candles Still Flicker in Romania’s Dark
      13. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Nerve
      14. Bruford, Towner, Gomez – Thistledown
    • CD 4 – “The Composing Leader”
      1. 1. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Beelzebub
      2. Bruford-Levin – Original Sin
      3. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Revel Without a Pause
      4. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Triplicity
      5. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – The Sound of Surprise
      6. Earthworks Underground Orchestra – Speaking in Wooden Tongues
      7. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – Modern Folk
      8. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks – White Knuckle Wedding
      9. Earthworks Underground Orchestra – Footloose and Fancy Free
      10. Heavenly Bodies – Thud!
    • CD 5 – “The Special Guest”
      1. Roy Harper – Grown Ups Are Just Silly Children
      2. Roy Harper – Hallucinating Light
      3. Chris Squire – Lucky Seven (Single Edit)
      4. Annette Peacock – Real and defined Androgens
      5. Al Di Meola – Calliope
      6. Akira Inoue – Pointille City
      7. Kazumi Watanabe – Andre
      8. Kazumi Watanabe – Small Wonder
      9. Steve Howe – The Inner Battle
      10. Buddy Rich Big Band – Lingo
      11. Pete Lockett’s Network of Sparks feat Bill Bruford – Prism
      12. Gordian Knot – Singing Deep Mountain
      13. Colin Riley feat Bill Bruford -Achilles Feel
    • CD 6 – “The Improviser”
      1. Moraz-Bruford – Galatea
      2. Moraz-Bruford – Symmetry
      3. Moraz-Bruford – Blue Brains
      4. King Crimson – No Warning
      5. Moraz-Bruford – Flags
      6. Moraz-Bruford -Split Seconds
      7. David Torn – Previous Man
      8. David Torn – Three Minutes of Pure Entertainment
      9. Bruford-Borstlap – 16 Kingdoms of The 5 Barbarians
      10. Bruford-Borstlap – Stand on Zanzibar
      11. Earthworks – With Friends Like These…
      12. Bruford-Borstlap – Low Tide, Camber Sands
      13. Bruford-Borstlap – Kinship

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