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November 06, 2014


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I'd love to see Spectrum Road go on to write original songs in the vein of the early Lifetime, but I suppose Bruce's passing will probably put an end to their existence. Have Reid or any of the other members made any statements about whether the band's still together>

Henry Holland

Nice piece, Glenn, I wish you would write about music more.

Hearing "Wheels of Fire" in 1968 made me want to become a musician. I eventually got a cheap copy of an EB-3 bass and to this day it's one of the best guitars I've ever had. I didn't follow Bruce's post-Cream career all that closely, but he was a massive influence on me. It was the golden age of bass playing in the late 60's/early 70's as Bruce, Entwistle, Squire and others showed you didn't have to stand there just doing boring root/5th stuff to be part of a good rhythm section.

Fun fact: when Keith Emerson decided that The Nice needed an upgrade in the bass/vocals and drums department, the first person he had his manager contact was Jack Bruce (this was 1969). The manager was told that he'd do it only if they did only Bruce's material. Um, no. Second choice: Chris Squire, who declined because he wasn't comfortable being a lead singer.

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