Stealing Fire

Stealing Fire

by Bruce Cockburn
     
 

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After visiting Central America, Bruce Cockburn recorded Stealing Fire, part of which passionately and eloquently details what he'd seen while in Nicaragua and Guatemala. With the opening track, the terse rocker "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," Cockburn conveys both a sense of urgency and uncertainty. There's a brief calm as the second half begins, before a triad

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After visiting Central America, Bruce Cockburn recorded Stealing Fire, part of which passionately and eloquently details what he'd seen while in Nicaragua and Guatemala. With the opening track, the terse rocker "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," Cockburn conveys both a sense of urgency and uncertainty. There's a brief calm as the second half begins, before a triad of songs written about his time spent in Central America brings the record to a sober conclusion. These three tunes, which, like the majority of the album, sport a tight, worldbeat, folk and rock flavor, are the true highlights of Stealing Fire, and Cockburn at his very best. The first, "Nicaragua," is part observation, part commentary, and part tribute to the Sandinista-led revolution in that country. "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" follows, and is arguably Cockburn's most powerful merging of personal and political feelings. Written after witnessing Guatemalan refugees being chased across the border by gun-wielding helicopters, "Rocket Launcher" evokes not only the pain and suffering of the people, but the conflict between Cockburn's pacifist leanings, and the vengeful anger and hatred incited by such a horrific sight. The Nicaraguan, road-inspired "Dust and Diesel" closes the record with a portrait of a country whose daily contrast of beauty and violence is summed up by the images of people who are proud, hopeful, passionate, afraid, and tired. Stealing Fire, despite a few less than compelling tracks, is the work of an artist at his peak. It also contains some of the most intensely significant material by a singer/songwriter in the 1980s.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/12/1991
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644873528
catalogNumber:
48735

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Cockburn   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Guitar,Vocals
Tim Ryan   Background Vocals
Leroy Sibbles   Background Vocals
Kerry Crawford   Background Vocals
Vern Dorge   Horn
Jon Goldsmith   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Jerry Johnson   Horn
Fergus Marsh   Bass,Stick
Carole Pope   Background Vocals
Michel Pouliot   Drums
Chi Sharp   Percussion
Rick Tait   Horn
Sharon Williams   Background Vocals
Joel Feeney   Background Vocals
Paul Henderson   Background Vocals
Judy Cade   Background Vocals
Mike Malone   Horn
Shawne Jackson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Kerry Crawford   Producer
Jon Goldsmith   Producer
John Naslen   Engineer
Blair Drawson   Cover Painting
Bart Schoales   Art Direction

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