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Bill Bruford / Earthworks

Bill Bruford / Earthworks
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William Scott "Bill" Bruford (born 17 May 1949) is an English drummer, percussionist, songwriter, producer, and record label owner who first gained prominence as the original drummer of the rock band Yes, from 1968 to 1972. He then joined King Crimson, an association which would last off and on until 1997. He also helped found U.K. and has led his own groups playing music that straddles both jazz and rock, notably Bruford and Earthworks. He is one of the most influential drummers in progressive rock.
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Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Heavenly Bodies Expanded Edition Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Heavenly Bodies Expanded Edition
(Summerfold BBSF 029CD, 2019, 2CD)
King Crimson — The Elements - 2018 Tour Box King Crimson — The Elements - 2018 Tour Box
(Discipline KCTB18, 2018, 2CD)
Various Artists — A Life in Yes - The Chris Squire Tribute Various Artists — A Life in Yes - The Chris Squire Tribute
(Purple Pyramid no#, 2018, CD / LP / DL)
Bill Bruford — Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer Bill Bruford — Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer
(University of Michigan Press, 2018, TPB)
Sonic Elements — Yesterday and Today - A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes Sonic Elements — Yesterday and Today - A 50th Anniversary Tribute to Yes
(The Right Honourable Recording Company Ltd RPLCD06, 2018, DL)
King Crimson — Thrak - The Complete Scores King Crimson — Thrak - The Complete Scores
(7d Media no#, 2017, Book)
Leon Alvarado — Strangers in Strange Places Leon Alvarado — Strangers in Strange Places
(Melodic Revolution , 2010/2014, CD)
Piano Circus featuring Bill Bruford — Skin and Wire Piano Circus featuring Bill Bruford — Skin and Wire
(Summerfold BBSF023, 2009, CD)
 Bill Bruford / Michiel Borstlap — In Two Minds Bill Bruford / Michiel Borstlap — In Two Minds
(Summerfold BBSF 019CD, 2007, CD)
Bill Bruford / Tim Garland — Earthworks Underground Orchestra Bill Bruford / Tim Garland — Earthworks Underground Orchestra
(Summerfold BBSF 013CD, 2006, 2CD)
Various Artists — Modern Drummer Presents Volume One - Drum Nation Various Artists — Modern Drummer Presents Volume One - Drum Nation
(Magna Carta MA-9065-2, 2004, CD)
Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Random Acts of Happiness Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Random Acts of Happiness
(Summerfold SFVP001CD, 2004, CD)
Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Footloose and Fancy Free Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Footloose and Fancy Free
(Summerfold BBSF 005CD, 2002/2004, 2CD)
Bill Bruford's Earthworks — The Sound of Surprise Bill Bruford's Earthworks — The Sound of Surprise
(Summerfold BB002CD, 2001, 2CD)
King Crimsom — Vrooom Vrooom King Crimsom — Vrooom Vrooom
(Discipline DGM0105, 2001, 2CD)
King Crimsom — A Beginners Guide to the King Crimson Collectors' Club King Crimsom — A Beginners Guide to the King Crimson Collectors' Club
(Discipline DGM0008, 2000, CD)
Bruford Levin Upper Extremities  — Blue Nights Bruford Levin Upper Extremities — Blue Nights
(Discipline DGM 002, 2000, 2CD)
Bill Bruford's Earthworks  — A Part and Yet Apart Bill Bruford's Earthworks — A Part and Yet Apart
(Summerfold BBSF003CD, 1999/2004, CD)
King Crimson — The ProjeKcts King Crimson — The ProjeKcts
(Discipline DGM9913, 1999, 4CD)
Various Artists — To Canterbury and Beyond - A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene Various Artists — To Canterbury and Beyond - A Tribute to the Canterbury Scene
(Mellow MMP 361 A/B, 1999, 2CD)
John Wetton & Richard Palmer-James — Monkey Business 1972-1997 John Wetton & Richard Palmer-James — Monkey Business 1972-1997
(Blueprint BP-295-CD, 1998, CD)
Bruford Levin  — Upper Extremities Bruford Levin — Upper Extremities
(Discipline DGM9805, 1998, CD)
Brand X — The X-Files: A 20 Year Retrospective Brand X — The X-Files: A 20 Year Retrospective
(Pangea Music OM1011, 1998, 2CD)
Bill Bruford with Ralph Towner and Eddie Gomez — If Summer Had Its Ghosts Bill Bruford with Ralph Towner and Eddie Gomez — If Summer Had Its Ghosts
(Discipline DGM9705, 1997, CD)
Steve Hackett — Genesis Revisited Steve Hackett — Genesis Revisited
(Reef Recordings SRECD 704, 1996, CD)
Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales Various Artists — Supernatural Fairy Tales
(Rhino Records R2 72451, 1996, 5CD)
King Crimson — Thrakattak King Crimson — Thrakattak
(Discipline DGM9604, 1996, CD)
Tim Morse — Yes Stories: Yes in Their Own Words Tim Morse — Yes Stories: Yes in Their Own Words
(St. Martin's Press 0-312-144, 1996, TPB)
King Crimson — Thrak King Crimson — Thrak
(Discipline DGM0513, 1995/2005, CD)
Tony Levin — World Diary Tony Levin — World Diary
(Discipline DGM9601, 1995, CD)
Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Stamping Ground - Live Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Stamping Ground - Live
(Summerfold BBSF 012 CD, 1994/2005, CD)
King Crimson — Vrooom King Crimson — Vrooom
(Discipline DR 9401 2, 1994, CD)
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe — An Evening of Yes Music Plus Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe — An Evening of Yes Music Plus
(Gonzo Multimedia HST025CD, 1993/2010, 2CD)
Bill Bruford's Earthworks — All Heaven Broke Loose Bill Bruford's Earthworks — All Heaven Broke Loose
(Summerfold BBSF 011 CD, 1991/2005, CD)
Yes — Union Yes — Union
(Arista ARCD-8643, 1991, CD)
David Torn — Door X David Torn — Door X
(Windham Hill WD-1096, 1990, CD)
Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe — Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe — Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe
(Gonzo Multimedia HST004CDSE, 1989/2011, 2CD)
Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Dig? Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Dig?
(Summerfold BBSF 010 CD, 1989/2005, CD)
David Torn — Cloud About Mercury David Torn — Cloud About Mercury
(ECM 1322, 1987, CD)
Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Earthworks Bill Bruford's Earthworks — Earthworks
(Summerfold BBSF 009 CD, 1987/2004, CD)
Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin — Up from the Dark Dave Stewart and Barbara Gaskin — Up from the Dark
(Rykodisc RCD 10011, 1986, CD)
Patrick Moraz / Bill Bruford — Flags Patrick Moraz / Bill Bruford — Flags
(E.G. Records EGCD 63, 1985, CD)
King Crimson — Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal 1984 King Crimson — Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal 1984
(Discipline DGM9804, 1984/1998, 2CD)
King Crimson — Three of a Perfect Pair King Crimson — Three of a Perfect Pair
(Discipline DGM0510, 1984/2005, CD)
Moraz / Bruford — Music for Piano and Drums Moraz / Bruford — Music for Piano and Drums
(Summerfold BB001CD, 1983/2004, CD)
King Crimson — Beat King Crimson — Beat
(Discipline DGM0509, 1982/2009, CD)
The Roches — Keep on Doing The Roches — Keep on Doing
(Warner Bros 23725-1, 1982, LP)
Genesis — Three Sides Live Genesis — Three Sides Live
(Charisma GE 2002, 1982, 2LP)
King Crimson — Discipline King Crimson — Discipline
(Discipline KCSP8, 1981/2011, CD+DVD)
Bruford — Gradually Going Tornado Bruford — Gradually Going Tornado
(Winterfold BBWF005CD, 1980/2005, CD)
John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980 John Wetton — King's Road - 1972-1980
(E.G. Records EGCD 70, 1980/1987, CD)
Eddie Jobson — 1971-1979 The Band Years Eddie Jobson — 1971-1979 The Band Years
((Not on label) no#, 1979/2018, 2CD)
Bruford — The Bruford Tapes Bruford — The Bruford Tapes
(Winterfold BBWF006CD, 1979/2005, CD)
Bruford — One of a Kind Bruford — One of a Kind
(Winterfold BBWF004CD, 1979/2004, CD)
Bruford — Rock Goes to College Bruford — Rock Goes to College
(Winterfold BBWF009CD, 1979/2006, CD)
Steve Howe — The Steve Howe Album Steve Howe — The Steve Howe Album
(Atlantic 81559-2, 1979/1994, CD)
U.K. — Concert Classics Volume 4 U.K. — Concert Classics Volume 4
(Renaissance RRCD00704, 1978/1999, CD)
U.K. — U.K. U.K. — U.K.
(E.G. Records EGCD 35, 1978/1988, CD)
Bruford — Feels Good to Me Bruford — Feels Good to Me
(Winterfold BBWF003CD, 1977/2005, CD)
Genesis — Seconds Out Genesis — Seconds Out
(Charisma GE 2001, 1977, 2LP)
Steve Howe — Beginnings Steve Howe — Beginnings
(Atlantic 80319-2, 1975/1994, CD)
Chris Squire — Fish out of Water Chris Squire — Fish out of Water
(Wounded Bird WOU 8159, 1975/2007, CD)
Roy Harper — HQ (When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease) Roy Harper — HQ (When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease)
(Science Friction HUCD048, 1975/2012, CD)
Various Artists — Peter and the Wolf Various Artists — Peter and the Wolf
(Verdant 634479155833, 1975/2005, CD)
King Crimson — USA King Crimson — USA
(Discipline KCSP12, 1975/2013, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — The Great Deceiver (Live 1973 - 1974) King Crimson — The Great Deceiver (Live 1973 - 1974)
(Discipline KC DIS1, 1974/1992, 4CD)
National Health — Missing Pieces National Health — Missing Pieces
(East Side Digital ESD 81172, 1974/1996, CD)
King Crimson — Red King Crimson — Red
(Discipline KCSP7, 1974/2009, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — Starless and Bible Black King Crimson — Starless and Bible Black
(Discipline KCSP6, 1974/2011, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — Larks' Tongues in Aspic King Crimson — Larks' Tongues in Aspic
(Discipline KCSP5, 1973/2012, CD+DVD)
King Crimson — The Night Watch King Crimson — The Night Watch
(Discipline DGM9707, 1973/1997, 2CD)
Rick Wakeman — The Six Wives of Henry VIII Rick Wakeman — The Six Wives of Henry VIII
(A&M 3229, 1973/1999, CD)
Yes — Yessongs Yes — Yessongs
(Atlantic 82682-2, 1973/1994, 2CD)
Yes — Close to the Edge Yes — Close to the Edge
(Atlantic SD 7244, 1972, LP)
Yes — Fragile Yes — Fragile
(Atlantic SD 7211, 1971, LP)
Yes — The Yes Album Yes — The Yes Album
(Atlantic SD 8283, 1971, LP)
Yes — Beyond and Before - BBC Recordings 1969-1970 Yes — Beyond and Before - BBC Recordings 1969-1970
(Purple Pyramid CLP 0246-2, 1970/2011, 2CD)
Yes — Something's Coming - BBC Recordings 1969-1970 Yes — Something's Coming - BBC Recordings 1969-1970
(Purple Pyramid CLP 0246-2, 1970/1997, 2CD)
Yes — Time and a Word Yes — Time and a Word
(Rhino Records R2 73787, 1970/2003, CD)
Yes — Yes Yes — Yes
(Rhino Records R2 73786, 1969/2003, CD)

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From the press release:

To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.

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“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)

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“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)

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