Lately, there’s been a constant flow of releases from Bill Bruford, arguably culminating in "Making A Song And Dance" – a career-spanning retrospective of the legendary drummer’s output – but the interest to his oeuvre remains to burn. Which is why the forthcoming issue of EARTHWORKS’ early live recording must excite many an aficionado. The concert that took place in Germany on November 25th, 1987 and was preserved for posterity by Radio Bremen will be put out as “Live At The Schauburg” on CD and digitally on November 18th, almost 35 years after the quartet played the show.

Live At The Schauburg,
Bremen 1987

That night the British ensemble’s line-up featured, alongside BB, Django Bates handling brass and ivories, Iain Ballamy on saxophones and contrabassist Mick Hutton who delivered exuberant versions of eight out nine pieces from their 1986 eponymous debut as well as the unreleased “Ikebana” and “Dancing On Frith Street” which would see the light of day only in 1989. Previously available only as bootleg, this set finally seeing a proper outing.

1. The Shepherd Is Eternal
2. Bridge Of Inhibition
3. Making A Song And Dance
4. Pressure
5. Up North
6. Ikebana
7. It Needn’t End In Tears
8. Dancing On Frith Street
9. My Heart Declares A Holiday
10. Thud

September 23, 2022

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