Circles in the Stream

( 3 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
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 ...
See more details below
CD
$14.75
BN.com price
(Save 13%)$16.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $11.63   
  • New (3) from $11.63   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2008
  • Label: Linus Entertainment
  • UPC: 620638034620
  • Catalog Number: 346
  • Sales rank: 99,956

Album Credits

Performance Credits
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)
Ray MacKay Pipe
Bill Usher Percussion, Vocals, Voices
Technical Credits
Ken Friesen Engineer
Peter Moore Remastering
Nicholas Jennings Liner Notes
Marcel Moussette translation
Bart Schoales Art Direction, Cover Photo
Peter J. Moore Mastering
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Circles in the Stream by Bruce 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.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Folk Meets Jazz

    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  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Live and Haunting

    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  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews