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One of a Kind is an album by the British band Bruford. It was released in 1979 and is a collection of progressive melodies with much jazz exploration, in style that can be defined within the limits of jazz fusion. The group led by drummer Bill Bruford features guitarist Allan Holdsworth, bassist Jeff Berlin and keyboardist Dave Stewart. Some of the material ("Forever Until Sunday", which features an (originally) uncredited Eddie Jobson on violin, and "The Sahara of Snow") was originally performed live by U.K. on its 1978 tour, but taken for use on this album when Holdsworth and Bruford exited that band. Stewart's "Hell's Bells" used a fragment penned by his former National Health colleague Alan Gowen (the 3-chord pattern underlying the guitar solo).

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 Jobsonviolin on "Forever Until Sunday"
  • Anthea Norman Taylor (currently Mrs. Brian Eno) – speaking the role of Alice on "Fainting in Coils"
  • Sam Alder (of E.G. Records) – voice of the narrator on "Fainting in Coils"
  • John Clark – electric guitar on "Manacles" (instead of Holdsworth, who did not tour for this album)


  • 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.