- The Pipes. The Pipes.
- Never So Free
- Deer Dancing Round a Broken Mirror
- Homme Brûlant
- Free to Be
- Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night Long
- Cader Idris
- Arrows of Light
- One Day I Walk
- Love Song
- Red Brother Red Sister
- Lord of the Starfields
- All the Diamonds in the World
- Dialogue With the Devil
- Joy Will Find a Way
- God, Bless the Children
Circles in the Streamby Bruce Cockburn
Released shortly after the transitional In the Falling Dark, Circles in the Stream seemed to serve as the final chapter in Bruce Cockburn's promising yet inconsistent early career. Recorded live in Toronto, the record brings together some of Cockburn's best songs from this period, including the beautiful meditation "All the Diamonds in the World," the/i>/i>… See more details below
Released shortly after the transitional In the Falling Dark, Circles in the Stream seemed to serve as the final chapter in Bruce Cockburn's promising yet inconsistent early career. Recorded live in Toronto, the record brings together some of Cockburn's best songs from this period, including the beautiful meditation "All the Diamonds in the World," the bluesy "Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night Long," and "Lord of the Starfields" from his previous release. And while there isn't anything drastically different here, many of the tracks are more assured and fully realized than their studio counterparts, with Cockburn's guitar and voice front and center -- solo or backed by subtle bass, percussion, and piano or marimba. There are also a scattering of new tunes that mix nicely with the older material, with the Native American tribute "Red Brother, Red Sister" and the instrumental "Deer Dancing Round a Broken Mirror" the true standouts. Strong performances and a good selection of songs help Circles in the Stream succeed not only as a good live album, but also as a decent retrospective of Cockburn's first seven years.
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- Linus Entertainment
Performance CreditsBruce Cockburn Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Patrick Godfrey Percussion,Piano,Marimbas,Electric Piano,Vocals,Multi Instruments
Bob Boucher Bass,Contrabass (Vocal)
Ray MacKay Pipe
Bill Usher Percussion,Vocals,Voices
Technical CreditsKen Friesen Engineer
Nicholas Jennings Liner Notes
Marcel Moussette translation
Bart Schoales Art Direction,Cover Photo
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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.
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.
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.