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Bill Bruford Making A Song And Dance:

A Complete-Career Collection

Out On 29th April

Pre-order HERE

Over the past 50 years Bill Bruford has been one of the most original and innovative drummers across multiple genres. Making A Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection is a 6 CD Boxset that charts some of the many highlights of Bruford’s incredible career and is released on 29th April through BMG.

From early steps with progressive legends YES and a quarter of a century in King Crimson, to ground-breaking jazz fusion leading his own Bruford and Earthworks projects, Bill Bruford has always wanted to explore his chosen discipline to the full - and then push the boundaries further. This desire to challenge convention has created some breath-taking moments and made Bruford the drummer-of-choice for collaborations with leading musicians around the world.

My interest was with the broader discourse on drums and drumming, rather than any notions of success or fame,” says Bruford. “The latter I could do little about but, in the 1960s, the former was wide open and meaningful contribution seemed everywhere possible. The context in which the first track in the set was conceived bears almost no relationship to the context in which the last was, four decades later.”

There was a big premium put on the notion of difference. I wanted to sound different to contemporaries like Carl Palmer (ELP), Brian ‘Blinky’ Davison (Nice) or John Bonham (Led Zeppelin). I figured if I hadn’t heard it before, the other guys in the band probably hadn’t either. Thinking up interesting things to do on a drum kit was my reason to exist. I also thought that was what they were paying me to do. I didn’t care much what the critic, commentator or musicologist thought, and that was to remain my lodestone, my modus operandi for many years.

For this anthology Bruford has selected tracks from across his whole career, comprising works from some 23 different artists and bands over a 40-year period. “I’ve deliberately avoided forcing them into industry categories such as ‘progressive rock’, ‘fusion’ or ‘jazz’,” Bruford adds, “on the grounds that most of the music I’ve been associated with fits very poorly into such straight-jackets - round holes and square pegs come to mind.”

The 6CD boxset Making A Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection includes tracks from YES, King Crimson, Bruford, Bill Bruford’s Earthworks, his work with iconic global guitarists Al Di Meola, Steve Howe and Kazumi Watanabe and collaborations with keyboardists Patrick Moraz and Michiel Borstlap and many others. The package also includes a detailed biography, written by Bruford, featuring rare and unseen photos. The outer box artwork, gatefold CDs and booklet have been designed by Bruford’s long-time artist and graphic designer Dave McKean.

Making A Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection

Track Listing:


Disc One

  1. Yes - I’ve Seen all Good People

  2. Yes - Heart of the Sunrise

  3. Yes - And You & I

  4. King Crimson – The Great Deceiver

  5. King Crimson - Fracture

  6. King Crimson - One More Red Nightmare

  7. King Crimson - Starless

  8. U.K. – Nevermore

Disc Two

  1. King Crimson - Frame by Frame

  2. King Crimson - Neal and Jack and Me

  3. King Crimson - Heartbeat

  4. King Crimson - Waiting Man

  5. Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe - Brother of Mine (Radio Edit)

  6. King Crimson – Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream

  7. King Crimson – Larks’ Tongues in Aspic: Pt 2

  8. King Crimson – Three of a Perfect Pair

  9. King Crimson - Man with an Open Heart

  10. King Crimson - Elephant Talk

  11. King Crimson - Indiscipline

  12. King Crimson - Big Funk

  13. PianoCircus feat. Bill Bruford & Colin Riley – The Still Small Voice


Disc Three

  1. Bruford - Seems Like a Lifetime Ago: Pt 1

  2. Bruford - Seems Like a Lifetime Ago: Pt 2

  3. Bruford - One of a Kind: Pt 1

  4. Bruford - One of a Kind: Pt 2

  5. Bruford - Palewell Park

  6. Bruford - Joe Frazier

  7. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - It Needn’t End in Tears

  8. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - My Heart Declares a Holiday

  9. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Downtown

  10. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Pilgrims’ Way

  11. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Temple of the Winds

  12. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Candles Still Flicker in Romania’s Dark

  13. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Nerve

  14. Bruford, Towner, Gomez – Thistledown

Disc Four

  1. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Beelzebub

  2. Bruford-Levin - Original Sin

  3. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Revel Without a Pause

  4. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Triplicity

  5. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - The Sound of Surprise

  6. Earthworks Underground Orchestra - Speaking in Wooden Tongues

  7. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - Modern Folk

  8. Bill Bruford’s Earthworks - White Knuckle Wedding

  9. Earthworks Underground Orchestra - Footloose and Fancy Free

  10. Earthworks Underground Orchestra - Thud


  1. Roy Harper - Grown Ups are Just Silly Children

  2. Roy Harper - Hallucinating Light

  3. Chris Squire - Lucky Seven (Single Edit)

  4. Chris Squire – Silently Falling

  5. Al Di Meola - Calliope

  6. David Torn – Voodoo Chile

  7. Kazumi Watanabe - Andre

  8. Kazumi Watanabe - Small Wonder

  9. Steve Howe - The Inner Battle

  10. Buddy Rich Big Band - Lingo

  11. Pete Lockett’s Network of Sparks feat. Bill Bruford - Prism

  12. PianoCircus feat. Bill Bruford & Colin Riley – Achilles Feel


  1. Moraz-Bruford - Galatea

  2. Moraz-Bruford – Symmetry

  3. PianoCircus feat. Bill Bruford & Colin Riley – Stalling Between Two Fools

  4. King Crimson - No Warning

  5. Moraz-Bruford - Flags

  6. Moraz-Bruford -Split Seconds

  7. David Torn – Previous Man

  8. David Torn - Three Minutes of Pure Entertainment

  9. Bruford-Borstlap - 16 Kingdoms of the 5 Barbarians

  10. Bruford-Borstlap - Stand on Zanzibar

  11. Earthworks - With Friends Like These…

  12. Bruford-Borstlap - Low Tide, Camber Sands

  13. Bruford-Borstlap – Kinship

Making A Song and Dance: A Complete Career Collection is released as 6CD Boxset on 29th April through BMG. Pre-order it HERE.

About Bill Bruford

Bill Bruford was a founder member (1968 – 1972) of progressive pioneers YES performing on, and composing for, their genre-defining trilogy The YES Album, Fragile and Close To The Edge. He would renew this association as a member of Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (ABWH) in 1989 and for the YES Union album and tour of 1991 and 1992. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of YES in 2017.

Known for his ringing metal snare drum, crisp cymbal work and knack for complex time signatures, Bruford sought new challenges and King Crimson’s ever-shifting musical horizons gave Bruford the opportunity to explore and experiment across the following 25 years. Bruford completed his hat-trick of prog giants by joining Genesis for their first tour with Phil Collins as frontman.

Alongside his work with King Crimson, Bruford was touring with National Health, was a member another prog-rock supergroup UK and leading his own jazz fusion band Bruford.

In 1986 he formed Bill Bruford’s Earthworks to further explore his love of jazz, a project that would last until Bruford retired from music in 2009. Along the way Bruford founded two record imprints Winterfold Records and Summerfold Records. He was ever in demand for collaborations with the likes of Patrick Moraz and Michiel Borstlap whilst also appearing on works by Roy Harper, Al Di Meola, David Torn, Kazumi Watanabe and many, many more. Through all this he continued as an active clinician with workshops and clinics all over the world, supported by Tama Drums and Paiste cymbals.

Bill Bruford’s achievements were recognised by his appearance in Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 20 ‘Greatest Drummers of All Time’ list. Following retirement from public performance in 2009, Bill authored an autobiography (2009) and was awarded a PhD in musicology from the University of Surrey in 2016. His most recent volume Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer (2018) is published by the University of Michigan Press.

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