Nothing But a Burning Light

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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Nothing but a Burning Light, Bruce Cockburn's first release for Columbia, teams him with producer T-Bone Burnett, whose singer/songwriter background, and spiritual leanings, seemed to be a perfect match. Throughout, Burnett's production is understated, allowing Cockburn's voice, guitar, and songs to lead the way over a solid foundation of bass, drums, and tasteful organ by Booker T. Jones. This sort of sympathetic production brings out the best in Cockburn and his material, which is consistently strong. Songs such as "Kit Carson," "Mighty Trucks of Midnight," and "Indian Wars" continue the weightier concerns of his work of the past decade, but the majority of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
Nothing but a Burning Light, Bruce Cockburn's first release for Columbia, teams him with producer T-Bone Burnett, whose singer/songwriter background, and spiritual leanings, seemed to be a perfect match. Throughout, Burnett's production is understated, allowing Cockburn's voice, guitar, and songs to lead the way over a solid foundation of bass, drums, and tasteful organ by Booker T. Jones. This sort of sympathetic production brings out the best in Cockburn and his material, which is consistently strong. Songs such as "Kit Carson," "Mighty Trucks of Midnight," and "Indian Wars" continue the weightier concerns of his work of the past decade, but the majority of the record takes on a more personal, introspective tone. "One of the Best Ones" and "Great Big Love" are winning affirmations of love and life, while the retelling of the nativity, "Cry of a Tiny Babe," is as beautiful and moving a contemporary Christmas song as you're likely to hear. Cockburn also decides to include a rare cover, his excellent reading of the Blind Willie Johnson gospel-blues "Soul of a Man," which fits nicely in the whole of the album. Though it may lack the immediate power, Nothing but a Burning Light is Bruce Cockburn's best since his 1984 release Stealing Fire. Jackson Browne and Sam Phillips guest on backing vocals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: True North
  • UPC: 620638007723
  • Catalog Number: 77
  • Sales rank: 88,673

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Cockburn Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Resonator)
Edgar Meyer Bass, Acoustic Bass
Jackson Browne Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Guitar (Resonator)
Jim Keltner Percussion, Drums, Washboard
Michael Been Bass
Michael Blair Percussion, Tambourine
T Bone Burnett Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Denny Fongheiser Drums
Ralph Forbes Percussion
Booker T. Jones Organ
Larry Klein Bass
Mark O'Connor Mandolin, Violin
Sam Phillips Background Vocals
Sam Phillips Background Vocals
Booker T. Jones III Organ
Technical Credits
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
Bruce Cockburn Arranger
T Bone Burnett Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Patrick McCarthy Engineer
Christopher Austopchuk Art Direction
Paula "Max" Garcia Engineer
Pat McCarthy Engineer
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