The thing that was great about the 2e bard, though, was the spellbook. No goofy school restrictions, no BS "spells known." You could cast anything you learned.I distinctly remember that the 2E Bard was truly hosed. Some of his songs took 5 minutes to cast before any effect happened. Which is fine if your dungeon master does not start every combat with, "Roll initiative. You didn't see them."
Vancian/spellbook casting gets a real bad rap, but it was in some ways a saving grace for partial casters.