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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Recorded in Toronto in the summer of 1989, Live is a good collection of Bruce Cockburn's music, presented in a stripped-down setting. Fronting a tight three-piece unit, which sounds bigger thanks to Fergus Marsh's stick, Michael Sloski's eloquent drumming, and his own fingerstyle guitar work, Cockburn delivers a nice overview of his career, dating back as far as the record's opener, "Silver Wheels," from 1976. Amid his usual elements of spirituality and state-of-the-world messages, there's also a lightness and even a sense of humor that is rarely, if ever, seen in his studio work. His choice to close with "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from the crucifixion ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Recorded in Toronto in the summer of 1989, Live is a good collection of Bruce Cockburn's music, presented in a stripped-down setting. Fronting a tight three-piece unit, which sounds bigger thanks to Fergus Marsh's stick, Michael Sloski's eloquent drumming, and his own fingerstyle guitar work, Cockburn delivers a nice overview of his career, dating back as far as the record's opener, "Silver Wheels," from 1976. Amid his usual elements of spirituality and state-of-the-world messages, there's also a lightness and even a sense of humor that is rarely, if ever, seen in his studio work. His choice to close with "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from the crucifixion scene in Monty Python's Life of Brian is both funny and inspired, while "Rumours of Glory," with its playful harmonica, gains a joyful bounce, and his lone Top 40 U.S. hit, "Wondering Where the Lions Are," becomes a crowd-pleasing singalong. Elsewhere Cockburn gives a new look to old tunes, whether it's solo performances of "After the Rain" and "Call It Democracy," the stark power of the bodhran, vocal rendition of "Stolen Land," or the more palatable, jumping blues treatment of "Maybe the Poet." Even though there are no songs, with the exception of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life," that are not available elsewhere, there's enough personality in these live versions to recommend the record on its own merit, and not just as a souvenir of a successful tour. [The reissued edition includes the previously excluded "If I Had a Rocket Launcher."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: True North
  • UPC: 620638029022
  • Catalog Number: 290
  • Sales rank: 76,035

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Cockburn Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Bodhran, Wind Chimes
Michael Sloski Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Ross Ryan Guitar
Technical Credits
Jon Goldsmith Producer
Fergus Marsh Composer
Doug McClement Engineer
Bob McFee Engineer
John Naslen Engineer
Ross Ryan Monitors
Nicholas Jennings Liner Notes
Russ Wilson Monitors
Bart Schoales Art Direction
John Lacina Sound Effects, Engineer
David Hart Road Manager
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Live Bruce

    This is the best Cockburn live CD. I bought it when it was on Rounder some years ago. Circles on the Stream was a bit jazzy and laid back and the recent solo Slice O' Life is good but not rock. Here you get Bruce lean, angry, and electric and he plays my favorite Cockburn song, Silver Wheels. If you don't want much Bruce Cockburn, this and his Singles 1979-2002 anthology should be enough.

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