by Ed Bruce


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The single-disc, 29-track compilation Puzzles collects all of Ed Bruce's RCA recordings from the late '60s, including "Blue Denim Eyes," "By Route of New Orleans," "Walker's Woods," "Last Train to Clarksville," "Painted Girls and Wine," "Memphis Morning," "Why Can't I Come Home," "Ninety Seven More to Go," "Give Me More Than You Can Take," "Something Else to Mess Your Mind" and no less than three versions of the title track. While this material is not among Bruce's best-known, it is among his best. Though the duplicate versions of some tracks can be tedious -- "Puzzles" is presented in three versions, there are two takes of "I'd Be Best Leaving You," there are both dubbed and undubbed versions of "Painted Girls and Wine" and "Blue Bayou" -- Puzzles nevertheless is an excellent way to become acquainted with a fine, underappreciated talent.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/1995
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127158307
catalogNumber: 15830
Rank: 48825

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ed Bruce   Primary Artist,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader,Vocals
John Hartford   Banjo
Onie Wheeler   Harmonica
Pete Drake   Steel Guitar
Brenton Banks   Violin
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Marvin Chantry   Viola
Bobby Dyson   Electric Bass
Ray Edenton   Rhythm Guitar
Jack Eubanks   Electric Guitar
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Wayne Moss   Electric Guitar
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Jerry Shook   Rhythm Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Gary VanOsdale   Viola
D. Bergen White   Choir, Chorus
Marijohn Wilkin   Choir, Chorus
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Glenn Baxter   Choir, Chorus
Sadao Harada   Cello
Priscilla Ann Hubbard   Choir, Chorus
Kazuhide Isomura   Violin
Mary Greene   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Fred Carter   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Leader
William Guilford Wright   Choir, Chorus
Harold E. Cruthirds   Cello
Byron Williams   Violin

Technical Credits

Colin Escott   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Bob Ferguson   Producer
Bruce Hailstalk   Tape Research
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Sylke Holtrop   Artwork
Gerd Weiler   Artwork

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