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Anything Anytime Anywhere: Singles 1979-2002 Original recording remastered

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If you're wondering where Bruce Cockburn's greatest hits are, there are collected on this 16-track disc. Includes \The Trouble With Normal

Over a recording career that spans three decades, Canada's Bruce Cockburn has established himself as a passionate social advocate, a deft guitarist, and an adventurous musical spirit. Though nobody would characterize him as a singles artist, this collection of tracks originally earmarked for (and often ignored by) radio presents his often earnest, occasionally elliptical song craft at its most accessible. Cockburn's rhythmic insistence and airy arrangements--punctuated by jazzy violin and saxophone--redeem "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" and "A Dream Like Mine" as more than sloganeering, though the stridency of "Call It Democracy" belabors the message at the expense of the music. Bookended by two new cuts, this anthology anticipates a reissue series of Cockburn's catalog through his new association with Rounder Records. --Don McLeese

1. My Beat
2. Wondering Where the Lions Are
3. Tokyo
4. The Coldest Night of the Year
5. The Trouble with Normal
6. Lovers in a Dangerous Time
7. If I Had a Rocket Launcher
8. Call It Democracy
9. Waiting for a Miracle
10. If a Tree Falls
11. A Dream Like Mine
12. Listen for the Laugh
13. Night Train
14. Pacing the Cage
15. Last Night of the World
16. Anything Anytime Anywhere

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 9, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: July 9, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00005U59T
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,358 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By "turquoisebee" on January 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
My favorite songwriter/poet/musician is a guy named Bruce Cockburn. He's been a major influence in my life for 32 years. He has a new "Best Of" album out, and it's a great introduction.
The album includes a wide range of styles that cover a wide range of recording time. From the bliss of Wondering Where The Lions Are to the leftist politics of Call It Democracy to the spiritual dark night of the soul of Pacing The Cage to the sexual honesty of Lovers In A Dangerous Time to an absolutely perfect personification of the tantric idea of the juxtaposition of opposites in Tokyo and Night Train. And of course, because it's Bruce, it also contains some absolutely smokin' love songs, such as Last Night Of The World and the new Anything Anytime Anywhere. And there are the credo songs, the searingly honest Mission Statements of a truly spiritual being, like Waiting For A Miracle and A Dream Like Mine.
But it's another of the new songs that makes it worth the money. The song is called My Beat, and it's nothing more than a first-person narration of a bicycle ride around Bruce's new neighborhood in Montreal.
I simply LOVE this song! Part of it is the subtle presence of Hugh Marsh's violin after so many years away. Part of it is the absolutely *perfect* match of Bruce's voice with guest artist Patty Griffin's. But most of it is the fact that, in a tough year, this is one seriously HAPPY song.
It reminds me, in a strange way, of an old favorite Far Side cartoon. The scene is Hell, and two devils are watching this guy walking past, pushing a wheelbarrow. He's got this cool smile on his face, and is whistling as he works. One devil is saying to the other, "We've got to watch this guy...he's got a bad attitude.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on May 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Bruce Cockburn's "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere" is an outstanding single-disc anthology that collects enough first rate material to make the argument that Cockburn's name ought to be mentioned with the rock and roll elite of his era, despite his relative obscurity. Many people harp on Cockburn's leftist lyrics, but the same argument could be made against, say, U2, and Cockburn never wrote anything as silly as that U2 lyric about a fish riding a bicycle. The bottom line for any rock artist: is the music any good? And Cockburn's selections on this recording are very good.
The chronology starts out in the late 70s, fortunately, since that means it contains Cockburn's biggest single, "Wondering Where the Lions Are." It then moves through the 80s and 90s, hitting such high points as the angry "If I Had a Rocket Launcher," the danceable "Lovers in a Dangerous Time," the enviro-rant "If a Tree Falls," the sweet ballad "Waiting for a Miracle," and the ominously-titled "Last Night of the World." As with any artist who hasn't had a lot of singles chart success, some might quibble with a few of the selections, but every track included is at least solid.
Overall, a very generous sing volume anthology that greatly enhance's Bruce Cockburn's musical legacy.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Niedt on August 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This CD is a smart purchase if, like me, you have always admired Bruce Cockburn's work, but have been too stingy to purchase more than an album or two from his prolific catalogue. It's also a good introduction to those not as familiar with his body of work. It is, however, rather limited in its view, almost by definition. Being a "singles" collection, it focuses more on the commercially-tooled songs from his albums of the last 25 years, so it doesn't completely represent all sides of the artist. Still, there are memorable songs here, starting with "Wondering Where the Lions Are", his only U.S. Top 40 hit, from his breakthrough 1979 album "Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws"; all the way up to "The Last Night of the World" from his wonderful 1999 release, "Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu." All the previously-released songs are bookended by two new songs, "My Beat", and "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere." Cockburn has always written songs that make no secret of his political, environmental and spiritual views, and at times his lyrics do get a little preachy. But that's always redeemed by the excellence of the music in which it is presented. It's nearly impossible to adequately encapsulate an artist's 30-year career on one CD, but this one does a better job than most, and it's a pretty good way to get Cockburn a space on your CD rack. Buy this one, then if you want to expand your appreciation of this fine Canadian artist, buy the above-mentioned CD's, then try "Stealing Fire", "The Charity of Night", and "Nothing But a Burning Light".
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Starwheel on January 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Those new to Bruce Cockburn have picked the right time to discover him. Those familiar with Bruce Cockburn may wonder if this CD is worth the investment. It is. Even though some of the songs may have appeared on several other compilations, hits, or other recordings (i.e. Wondering Where the Lions Are, Coldest Night of the Year), Rounder Records and Bruce have managed to book-end the collection with two excellently crafted new tunes. "My Beat" and the title track are light-hearted contrasts to some of the political and social themes (Call it Democracy, If I Had Rocket Launcher). Some of the older songs are remixed and/or otherwise remasterd. The version of "Trouble with Normal" included is very similar to, if not the same as, the track on the hard-to-find "Rumours of Glory" Compilation Import disc. "Lovers in a Dangerous Time" has been given a little extra kick in the bass and drum tracks. Fans may wonder why certain personal favorite tracks were omitted; however, this CD provides a wonderful re-introduction to the Bruce Cockburn of the past, as well as, the Bruce Cockburn of the present. With such a vast body of material, I am sure it was very difficult to determine the chosen tracks. And fans can look forward to Rounder Record's campaign to reissue some of Bruce's previous releases as well as distribute a new release in the fall. "Anything, Anytime, Anywhere" provides a fitting introduction and culmination of this artist, to date.
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