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|Bruce Cockburn||Primary Artist, Dulcimer, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Multi Instruments|
|Patrick Godfrey||Percussion, Piano, Marimbas, Electric Piano, Vocals, Multi Instruments|
|Bob Boucher||Bass, Contrabass (Vocal)|
|Bill Usher||Percussion, Vocals, Voices|
|Nicholas Jennings||Liner Notes|
|Bart Schoales||Art Direction, Cover Photo|
|Peter J. Moore||Mastering|
I don't particularly like "live" albums, but Bruce Cockburn is my exception. His live albums as with his concerts bring a fresh experience to the songs that his followers have come to know. I highly recommend this one. Glad I chose it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Those who have heard later Bruce Cockburn may be surprised by this live CD. However, if you have listened to his instrumental collection Speechless, you may see parallels. At this point in his career he was fusing folk and jazz guitar to produce a loose sound that is somewhat like Van Morrison's Astral Weeks. It is a bit quiet compared to the angrier songs he would write in the 80s and 90s and it is probably not the place to start listening to Cockburn.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 1, 2010
Bruce Cockburn, to me, really is like an impressionist painter. He creates vignettes in his songs, and executes them in performances unparalelled by many other artists. On this amazing live offering, he shines with tunes that deal with racial prejudice (''Free To Be''), cosmic awareness (''Starwheel''), and romance sung in French-Canadian (''Homme Brulant''). The rest of this set offers different, interesting versions of older songs, with classics like ''Mama Just wants To...'' being redone in a solo acoustic guitar format, and other tunes like ''Lord Of the Starfields'' grooving on a worldbeat percussion background. Check the guitar solos ''Deer Dancing Round A Broken Mirror'' (what a title!) and ''Cader Idris.'' And finish out with an emphatic rendering of ''Joy Will Find A Way,'' Cockburn's optimistic ode to dealing with death...and straight on to an encore of ''God Bless The Children,'' another optimistic piece that rests the 'knowledge of the day' in the hands of children. My god, I love this album...you will, too. It's pure magic.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.