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Bruce Cockburn: Best Albums After 1983

Discussion in 'music' started by Peter McDermott, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Peter McDermott

    Peter McDermott pfm Member

    In the early 1980s I had a bit of a Bruce Cockburn phase. I used to buy his records imported from Canada. I ended up with all from Bruce Cockburn (1970) to Trouble With Normal (1983). That last album didn't do much for me so that was the end of that particular journey. To be fair 1983 was when I left home so lots of things were changing.

    I often play those records nowadays and still really enjoy them (though his very first album is by far the weakest of the ones I own).

    I was wondering if anyone can suggest later albums that they really like?

    I'm listening to Salt, Sun and Time as i write this.
  2. Paraheadache

    Paraheadache pfm Member

    Driving along one day "Tibetan Side of Town" came on the radio and I had to have it. Big Circumstance is an album I play regularly not got any others though.
  3. Peter McDermott

    Peter McDermott pfm Member

    Thanks Paraheadache, I'll have a listen. Definitely worth checking out some of his early albums
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  4. reefhead

    reefhead Left of the dial

    I have Big Circumstance and World of Wonders LPs I was about list on ebay as part of a small purge. If you were interested and want to pm me im sure we could work something out.
  5. Peter McDermott

    Peter McDermott pfm Member

    Thanks for this Reefhead. Currently listening to Charity Of The Night on Spotify, not heard World of Wonders will give it a listen.
  6. John

    John TDS free

    You missed out on “Stealing Fire” which came out in 1984. That, and “Dancing in the Dragon’s Jaw” are my two favs.

  7. Peter McDermott

    Peter McDermott pfm Member

    Thanks John
  8. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    Dancing in the Dragon's Jaw and Humans are Brucie's best albums in my view.

    My daughter disagrees and thinks the Franklin the turtle theme song is his best work.

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  9. Spike55

    Spike55 Doesn't get out enough.

    I like Nothing But A Burning Light and Dart To The Heart if that's any help :)
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  10. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    In the early 90s I was in one of the larger tents at a music festival (forget which) and a chap called Bruce Cockburn (I had not heard of him) appeared on stage with a guitar and proceeded to play this piece. I was totally mesmerized and blown away that one man and a guitar could make this music. Thanks for reminding me with this thread.

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  11. Peter McDermott

    Peter McDermott pfm Member

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions so far. I've made a Spotify playlist. Will update with my favourites
  12. Joe

    Joe pfm Member

    Bruce Cockburn ( eponymous ) is one of my true guilty pleasures and serves to remind me of much more innocent times in my life.

    On the Fey Meter it is up there close to The Incredible String Band but then again ISB are another of my great guilty pleasures .

    Hard to think that that album is nigh on 50 years old.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019
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  13. Paraheadache

    Paraheadache pfm Member

    He makes bloke with acoustic guitar interesting! A very unusual style of chord changes, quite captivating.
  14. Peter McDermott

    Peter McDermott pfm Member

    Thanks for all the feedback.

    Having not bought a Bruce Cockburn album since 1983, The Charity Of Night arrived in the post today.

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