Live [Bonus Tracks]

Live [Bonus Tracks]

by Bruce CockburnBruce Cockburn


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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."]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/13/2009
Label: True North
UPC: 0620638029022
catalogNumber: 290
Rank: 49651


  1. Silver Wheels
  2. World of Wonders
  3. Rumours of Glory
  4. See How I Miss You
  5. After the Rain
  6. Call It Democracy
  7. Tibetan Side of Town
  8. Wondering Where the Lions Are
  9. Nicaragua
  10. If I Had a Rocket Launcher
  11. Broken Wheel
  12. Stolen Land
  13. To Raise the Morning Star
  14. Maybe the Poet
  15. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

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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