One of a Kind (Bruford album)

One of a Kind is the second solo album by the drummer Bill Bruford, and the first proper album by his band Bruford. It was released in 1979 and is a collection of instrumentals in a style that can loosely be defined as jazz fusion. The group features guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist Jeff Berlin and keyboardist Dave Stewart. Two of the tracks ("Forever Until Sunday" and "The Sahara of Snow") were originally performed live in 1978 by Bruford's previous band U.K., but never recorded by them as Bruford kept the pieces for himself when he exited the band. Former U.K. associate Eddie Jobson co-wrote "The Sahara of Snow" and reprises his violin part on "Forever Until Sunday". Stewart's "Hell's Bells" utilizes a fragment penned by his former National Health colleague Alan Gowen (the 3-chord pattern underlying the guitar solo). Holdsworth's "The Abingdon Chasp" is the only piece he wrote for Bruford.

One of a Kind
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1979
RecordedJanuary & February 1979
StudioTrident Studios, London
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerBill Bruford
Bruford chronology
Feels Good to Me
One of a Kind
The Bruford Tapes
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Hell's Bells" (Dave Stewart, Alan Gowen) 3:32
  2. "One of a Kind, Pt. 1" (Bill Bruford) 2:20
  3. "One of a Kind, Pt. 2" (Bruford, Stewart) 4:00
  4. "Travels with Myself – And Someone Else" (Bruford) 6:10
  5. "Fainting in Coils" (Bruford) 6:33
  6. "Five G" (Jeff Berlin, Bruford, Stewart) 4:41
  7. "The Abingdon Chasp" (Allan Holdsworth) 4:50
  8. "Forever Until Sunday" (Bruford) 5:46
  9. "The Sahara of Snow, Pt. 1" (Bruford) 5:18
  10. "The Sahara of Snow, Pt. 2" (Bruford, Eddie Jobson) 3:23

2005 bonus cut

11. Manacles [live 1979] (Stewart, Bruford) 7:25



  • Eddie Jobson – violin on "Forever Until Sunday"
  • Anthea Norman Taylor - Alice on "Fainting in Coils"
  • Sam Alder – narrator on "Fainting in Coils"
  • John Clark – electric guitar on "Manacles" (live 1979)


  • Alwyn Clayden – art direction, design
  • Sheila Rock – photography
  • John Shaw – photography
  • Stephen W Tayler – engineer, production assistant


  1. ^ Connolly, Dave. One of a Kind at AllMusic. Retrieved March 27, 2012.