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At once a departure and a return, The Charity of Night represents a change from the folk rock stylings of his previous two albums, having more in common with earlier jazz-inflected works such as Night Vision. Shades of light and shadow play through the album's theme of reflection and memory: Cockburn recalls many events of his past, taking stock and coming to grips with them. It's a very cohesive album in subject, with only the anti-land mine "Mines of Mozambique" seeming out of place (though it's a worthwhile song on its own). The centerpiece of the album is the title song, a realization that facing the past can be more difficult when memories are exposed in the cold hard...
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All Music Guide - Rob Caldwell
At once a departure and a return, The Charity of Night represents a change from the folk rock stylings of his previous two albums, having more in common with earlier jazz-inflected works such as Night Vision. Shades of light and shadow play through the album's theme of reflection and memory: Cockburn recalls many events of his past, taking stock and coming to grips with them. It's a very cohesive album in subject, with only the anti-land mine "Mines of Mozambique" seeming out of place (though it's a worthwhile song on its own). The centerpiece of the album is the title song, a realization that facing the past can be more difficult when memories are exposed in the cold hard light of day, but the refuge and peace darkness can provide is "the charity of night." In fact, most of the album's events happen at night and this theme is echoed in the haunting booklet artwork by Bill Sienkiewicz, graphic novel illustrator for comics such as The Sandman. Musically the sound is very organic, with solid bass and drums provided by Rob Wasserman and Gary Craig. Guest Gary Burton provides shimmering vibraphone on three of the cuts, adding to the jazz texture. Other guests include Bonnie Raitt, Ani DiFranco, Jonatha Brooke, and Patty Larkin. The album culminates with "Strange Waters," a summation of Cockburn's life-long spiritual search, where he asks the question "if I loose my grip, will I take flight?" Acclaimed by fans and critics alike, this album is an essential part of the Cockburn catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/1997
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • UPC: 014431036620
  • Catalog Number: 10366

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Cockburn Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Resonator), Resophonic Banjo
Patty Larkin Background Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Bonnie Raitt Slide Guitar
Bob Weir Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Gary Burton Vibes
Rob Wasserman Bass
Maria Muldaur Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Ani DiFranco Background Vocals
Jonatha Brooke Background Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Gary Craig Percussion, Drums, Tambourine
Colin Linden Mandolin
Joe Macerollo Accordion
Janice Powers Keyboards
Technical Credits
Bruce Cockburn Producer
Jonatha Brooke Arranger
Colin Linden Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
John Whynot Engineer
Jane Macaulay Contributor, translation
Marcel Moussette Contributor, translation
William Sienkiewicz Illustrations
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cockburn Sees Reality

    Cockburn pulls no punches. Cynical lyrics drawn from a photojournalist's eye of birth, love, death, and rebirth. He treads the dusty roads of rural lands and then layers beautiful taut wisps of music down. This is art. It touches everywhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    recent discovery

    There's no catagory I can classify Bruce into. I've tried with the likes of Chapin, Cohen, Springsteen, Dylan, Cash and all the other good old boys with something to say.

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