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Slice O Life: Bruce Cockburn Live Solo

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Live photos to go with the Live CD

    A long-awaited live, solo album from Bruce Cockburn. Over 35 years into his solo career we are finally gifted this double live CD from one of the most talented musicians of our generation. There is also a newly released book of photos of Bruce taken at live performances and sound checks as well as some tour-related memorabilia... the perfect companion to the live CD. The book is called Bruce Cockburn - a view from the Woodpile, and can be ordered here:

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bruce Cockburn Slice O Life

    For confirmed Bruce fans, this is a wonderful piece, but will likely sound a little flat to anyone unfamiliar with his music. He has managed an excellent job of replicating his studio work with solo guitar and electronics (this is the subject of a cover story for the June 2009 edition of Acoustic Guitar magazine), but the effect is a little two-dimensional nonetheless. As a fan familiar with the Cockburn's studio recordings, it's hard not to fill in the missing pieces (backup singers and musicians)with the soundtrack in my head, making the experience interesting, but just a litle disappointing in spite of the excellent musicianship.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Some guitar wizards (Eric Clapton, Neil Young) lose a lot of their power when they go acoustic. Cockburn is not one of them. At times it sounds as if two guitars are playing. He sings many of his best political songs on these discs.A fan of U2, Midnight Oil, or the Clash could find much to enjoy in his songwriting. Some of the noodling he does on the bonus soundcheck tracks keeps me from giving this fine set 5 stars and instead dropping it to 4 1/2.

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