Bruce Stephens | Saturday Freedom

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Saturday Freedom

by Bruce Stephens

A Compilation of Classic '60's, '70's, and '80's Rock
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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1. Saturday Freedom
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2. Full Moon
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3:29 album only
3. The Best of You
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4. Wrong Way Girl
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3:40 album only
5. Lovin' You's Easy
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3:57 album only
6. Fillmore Shuffle
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7:46 album only
7. Cold Cold Heart
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8. Crawl Out Your Window
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9. The Heart of Saturday Night
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Unfortunately, Bruce Stephens passed away in Hawaii on May 16, 2012 after an extended illness. His talent, wit, intellect, and friendship will be sorely missed. (JR)

From humble beginnings that included growing up traveling around the horse racing track circuits and carnivals in Mexico and California, to working in the hot summer fields picking cotton at age seven in order to help his struggling family, to riding in chauffer driven limos with rock star royalty, Bruce was given a unique opportunity to gain the kind of perspective that brings to his singing and playing a sense of committed authenticity.

At sixteen Bruce was the youngest member in the history of the Musicians Union in Sacramento CA. He was the drummer/bandleader of a six-piece ensemble of teen musicians called THE EMERALDS who because of their music reading skills became the backup band of choice in Northern California for major R&B acts. Bruce, along with the Emeralds, toured with The Coasters, The Olympics, The Larks, Bob & Earl, Chuck Berry, Junior Walker, Ray Peterson, and also opened shows for The Kinks, The Beach Boys, The Animals, Chad & Jeremy, Paul Revere & the Raiders and other “British Invasion” groups.

Rejecting an offer for a scholarship for a pre-med career, he could not resist the lure of the emerging music scene in San Francisco in the pre Haight Ashbury days. Forming a writing team with Ralph Burns Kellogg (aka Ethan James) from The Emeralds, they soon created MINT TATTOO. While touring and opening shows for Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Ten Years After, James Cotton and Janis Joplin they recorded with the legendary producer James William Guercio (Chicago/Blood Sweat and Tears). “Mint Tattoo” was engineered by Phil Ramone at his A&R Studios in New York; shortly thereafter, Bruce and Ralph were asked to join and write for BLUE CHEER who were enjoying international fame and commercial success.

After several Blue Cheer albums Bruce was asked to travel to London and work on an album with Producer Ken Scott for RCA records. The classic “Fillmore Shuffle” ensued on the PILOT album and was recorded by Sammy Hagar on his debut “Red Album”.

In 1982 Bruce recorded a solo album “Watch That First Step” produced and engineered by Jack Leahy and accompanied by a very talented crew of players including Greg Douglass & Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller) BJ Wilson (Joe Cocker /Procol Harum), Norton Buffalo and a host of other exceptional musicians.

This Anthology of selected tunes from three decades of recording was produced by John Rewind and is available exclusively through Rear Window Records. It sets a new standard of excellence for compilation albums from this era.

SATURDAY FREEDOM will rock your socks and touch your heart. Don’t miss it!!


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Jaybo

The Greatest Singer/Songwrter You've Never Heard Of.
I've enjoyed Stephens since the days of Mint Tatoo and Blue Cheer. I really wish there was a bit of backround explaining these incredible recordings.....A collection of tunes that makes one wonder how this artist got away....

Malcom Tent


So how did this guy slip thru the cracks? Not promoting these great bands was a million dollar mistake in my book. One would never know by Sammy Hagar's version of Fillmore Shuffle what a classic blue eyed soul ballad it is. Good show mates.