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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Bruce Cockburn - Circles In The Stream (1977 canada, remarkable live at the peak of his early career, 2005 deluxe edition)

Released shortly after the transitional In the Falling Dark, Circles in the Stream seemed to serve as the final chapter in Bruce Cockburn's promising yet inconsistent early career. Recorded live in Toronto, the record brings together some of Cockburn's best songs from this period, including the beautiful meditation "All the Diamonds in the World," the bluesy "Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night Long," and "Lord of the Starfields" from his previous release.

And while there isn't anything drastically different here, many of the tracks are more assured and fully realized than their studio counterparts, with Cockburn's guitar and voice front and center -- solo or backed by subtle bass, percussion, and piano or marimba. There are also a scattering of new tunes that mix nicely with the older material, with the Native American tribute "Red Brother, Red Sister" and the instrumental "Deer Dancing Round a Broken Mirror" the true standouts.

Strong performances and a good selection of songs help Circles in the Stream succeed not only as a good live album, but also as a decent retrospective of Cockburn's first seven years.
by Brett Hartenbach

1. The Pipes, the Pipes - 1:23
2. Starwheel - 3:56
3. Never So Free - 4:06
4. Deer Dancing Around a Broken Mirror - 4:37
5. Homme Brûlant - 6:17
6. Free To Be - 2:54
7. Mama Just Wants to Barrelhouse All Night Long - 4:24
8. Cader Idris - 7:05
9. Arrows of Light - 4:15
10.One Day I Walk - 4:29
11.Love Song - 3:52
12.Red Brother Red Sister - 4:06
13.Lord of the Starfields - 5:29
14.All the Diamonds in the World - 2:46
15.Dialogue With the Devil - 9:34
16.Joy Will Find a Way - 4:48
17.God, Bless the Children - 5:15


*Bruce Cockburn - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Dulcimer
*Patrick Godfrey - Vocals, Electric Piano, Marimba
*Bill Usher - Vocals, percussion
*Ray MacKay - Cornemuse, Bagpipe
*Bob Boucher - Bass

Bruce Cockburn releases
1970  Bruce Cockburn (Japan issue)
1973  Night Vision (Japan Issue)

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  1. Marios many thanks for this post man!!!

  2. Σ' ευχαριστώ Μάριε.

  3. Thank you Marios for the Cockburn albums. Really fantastic work.

  4. Thankx a lot for this and for all. All the best.

  5. what a big surprise i thank you

  6. thanks Marios for all the Bruce!

  7. Can you repost(link 2 is dead) and have you some Bruce Cockburn albums ?