BBM
Around The Next Dream


4.0
excellent

Review

by JamieTwort CONTRIBUTOR (29 Reviews)
February 21st, 2011 | 27 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Two thirds of Cream combine with guitar legend Gary Moore to create an enjoyable if unspectacular blues rock album.

There’s two ways of looking at this project, each of which will leave you with varying levels of expectation. Some will look at this band as a "supergroup" containing three blues rock legends and will undoubtedly be expecting something special. On the other hand many will look upon this as Cream without Clapton, which, in all honesty, isn’t a particularly exciting prospect until you consider the talents of his – dare I say – replacement.

BBM:
Jack Bruce – Bass, Vocals, Cello
Ginger Baker – Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Backing Vocals
Gary Moore – Guitar, Vocals, Keyboards

While Gary Moore hasn’t been around as long as his band mates here, he does have an equally extensive back catalogue, one that has earned him respect among the blues and hard rock community. Few will need an introduction to former Cream members Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker who have both managed to keep themselves busy since the demise of Cream, both releasing a series of solo albums along with various collaborations.

Considering the legendary status of the musicians involved, Around the Next Dream was a relatively low profile release. However upon it’s release, in May 1994, it received mostly positive reviews and peaked at number 9 in the UK Album Chart. The opening track, Waiting in the Wings and following track, City of Gold see all three band members in great form and it is immediately evident that Moore is happy to stick to his own unique guitar style rather than trying to adapt and imitate Clapton’s trademark sound that featured so prominently in the Cream sound of the late 60’s. Jack Bruce is no stranger to working with Moore as he made a brief appearance on Moore’s solo album, Corridors of Power, singing on the track End of the World, he also handle’s vocal duties on a large portion of the tracks here.

Where in the World was released as a single and is one of the most memorable songs on the album, featuring vocals from both Moore and Bruce, the song reached number 57 in the UK Singles Chart. Most of the songs are credited to Moore with contributions from both Bruce and Baker, although the latter only contributed to the writing for two songs, namely Glory Days and the lengthy Why Does Love (Have to Go Wrong). The bluesy High Cost of Loving is one of the album's many highlights, featuring some breathtaking guitar playing from Moore and a strong vocal performance from Jack Bruce, who’s voice sounds in great form throughout. Another album high point is the cover of Albert King’s I Wonder Why (Are You Mean To Me), which precedes the slow melancholic album closer, Wrong Side of Town. There is a strong blues flavour running throughout the album, with several of the songs sounding more like Gary Moore solo tracks than band efforts, particularly Can’t Fool the Blues and the aforementioned Albert King cover, both of which wouldn’t have sounded out of place on either of Moore’s two previous albums. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as Gary Moore was on a career high following the release of the highly acclaimed Still Got the Blues and After Hours albums and his presence helps keep this album from sounding like an attempt from Bruce and Baker at regaining past glories. Despite this, Cream comparisons will inevitably be drawn, particularly in relation to the album’s opening track, Waiting in the Wings, which strongly resembles White Room from Cream’s Wheels of Fire album. But whatever the occasion, when two members of Cream work together, Cream comparisons are unavoidable and fortunately the material on offer here is consistently strong enough for this not to be a problem.

The band toured the UK briefly as well as appearing at a few rock festivals but sadly the band was shortlived and they ended up disbanding later that year. While nothing on this album is likely to reach the heights of Cream's Sunshine of Your Love or even Moore’s own Still Got the Blues, overall it is an excellent album and one that is an essential purchase for any blues rock fan and also a testament to the skills of a truly remarkable guitarist who will be sadly missed.

R.I.P. Gary Moore



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JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2011


21453 Comments


A little on the short side perhaps but hopefully it does the job.

As always comments and constructive criticism welcomed.

Edwin
February 21st 2011


1399 Comments


Another great review, somehow this album's existence has hidden from me until now. Definitely will be checking it out, I love all these guys.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
February 21st 2011


21453 Comments


Thanks man. Yeah not many people seem to know of it, which is surprising given the people involved in making it.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2011


7122 Comments


Length is not so bad. Reads well.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2011


21453 Comments


Thanks dude, appreciate the comment.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
May 5th 2011


8019 Comments


sounds interesting

manosg
March 11th 2013


6538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review Jamie, pos. This sounds more like Moore and less like Cream, which is fine by me at that point of their careers.

Digging: Witchfynde - Give 'em Hell

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2013


21453 Comments


Thanks man. You're right this does sound more like a Moore album than a Cream album.

manosg
March 11th 2013


6538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh, forgot to click pos. Just did.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2013


21453 Comments


Thanks dude.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 4th 2013


3722 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Shit, wasn't aware of this collaboration.
Will check asap.

manosg
October 5th 2013


6538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, it's great as long as you don't expect Cream material.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2013


21453 Comments


@rock: Seeing as you love Moore's blues albums I'm sure you'll like this a lot as its bassically a Moore album with a bit of Cream thrown in as opposed to the other way around.

Although objectively not as good as Cream's best material (definitely not Disraeli Gears level) I actually enjoy this as much as some of Cream's stuff but I guess that's not that surprising seeing as I think Moore >> Clapton.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 5th 2013


3722 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Moore >> Clapton"

definitely

I love both Cream and Moore so this album will be interesting nonetheless.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 5th 2013


3722 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

We have a ghost, negging reviews in the site.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 5th 2013


21453 Comments


Yeah, I got a load of ghost negs a while ago and the mods said they were troll negs and removed them but some of them
seem to have come back. Oh well.

rockandmetaljunkie
October 5th 2013


3722 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What can you do ? Apparently some people have no life.

DiegoPujolT
January 14th 2014


12 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It is a great album. Bruce and Baker are as good as ever... But Gary Moore is WILD. He has been such a good guitarist, singer and overall musician, but when you put him with two other legends, and give hima counterbalance but enough freedom to do his thing, it becomes just the right amount of... Amazingness.

manosg
January 15th 2014


6538 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Even though Bruce and Baker are legends, Gary Moore has released some solo albums which are better than this one.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
January 15th 2014


21453 Comments


^Without a doubt.

I personally think of Moore as just as much, if not more, of a legend than Bruce and Baker.



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