Slice O Life: Bruce Cockburn Live Solo

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Bruce Cockburn has issued numerous live recordings, and thus far all of them have been band offerings during the various periods of his 40-plus-year career. While the acoustic element has always been a primary part of his stage persona, fans -- and the merely curious -- have never had access to an official live document of those proceedings, until now. This double-disc set is a generous offering of 25 songs from all different stages of Cockburn's career, taped during May 2008. There were ten shows, and all of them have been sampled here, though the double-disc package has been edited to flow like a single performance in hopes of maintaining the flavor of a given concert. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Bruce Cockburn has issued numerous live recordings, and thus far all of them have been band offerings during the various periods of his 40-plus-year career. While the acoustic element has always been a primary part of his stage persona, fans -- and the merely curious -- have never had access to an official live document of those proceedings, until now. This double-disc set is a generous offering of 25 songs from all different stages of Cockburn's career, taped during May 2008. There were ten shows, and all of them have been sampled here, though the double-disc package has been edited to flow like a single performance in hopes of maintaining the flavor of a given concert. What's more, Cockburn and producer Colin Linden went a step further and added three tunes from the various soundchecks that took place before the gigs as a sort of encore. Along with Cockburn's stellar collection of songs, such as "World of Wonders," "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," "How I Spent My Fall Vacation," "Wondering Where the Lions Are," "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," and "Tie Me at the Crossroads," are beautiful instrumental interludes within tunes -- and on the final disc as an intro to the soundcheck performances -- that offer his mastery of the guitar as well. Among the final performances is a fine version of his early classic "Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night Long." While it's true that there is nothing new here, that doesn't diminish the sense of creativity and spontaneity Cockburn is capable of in concert, making this a deeply rewarding purchase for longtime fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661325920
  • Catalog Number: 613259
  • Sales rank: 106,932

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Cockburn Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Blind Willie Johnson Composer
Bruce Cockburn Arranger, Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Colin Linden Producer, Engineer
Jon Erickson Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Live photos to go with the Live CD

    A long-awaited live, solo album from Bruce Cockburn. Over 35 years into his solo career we are finally gifted this double live CD from one of the most talented musicians of our generation. There is also a newly released book of photos of Bruce taken at live performances and sound checks as well as some tour-related memorabilia... the perfect companion to the live CD. The book is called Bruce Cockburn - a view from the Woodpile, and can be ordered here: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/759764.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Bruce Cockburn Slice O Life

    For confirmed Bruce fans, this is a wonderful piece, but will likely sound a little flat to anyone unfamiliar with his music. He has managed an excellent job of replicating his studio work with solo guitar and electronics (this is the subject of a cover story for the June 2009 edition of Acoustic Guitar magazine), but the effect is a little two-dimensional nonetheless. As a fan familiar with the Cockburn's studio recordings, it's hard not to fill in the missing pieces (backup singers and musicians)with the soundtrack in my head, making the experience interesting, but just a litle disappointing in spite of the excellent musicianship.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Solo Feast

    Some guitar wizards (Eric Clapton, Neil Young) lose a lot of their power when they go acoustic. Cockburn is not one of them. At times it sounds as if two guitars are playing. He sings many of his best political songs on these discs.A fan of U2, Midnight Oil, or the Clash could find much to enjoy in his songwriting. Some of the noodling he does on the bonus soundcheck tracks keeps me from giving this fine set 5 stars and instead dropping it to 4 1/2.

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