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"The whole point of writing songs is to share experiences with people," says Bruce Cockburn, looking back on a career that includes 26 albums, numerous international awards, including the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Tenco Award for Lifetime Achievement in Italy, 20 gold and platinum records in Canada, and countless concert performances ... Read more in Amazon's Bruce Cockburn Store

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rykodisc
  • ASIN: B00001IVLE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. When You Give It Away
2. Mango
3. Last Night Of The World
4. Isn't That What Friends Are For?
5. Down To The Delta
6. The Embers Of Eden
7. Blueberry Hill
8. Let The Bad Air Out
9. Look How Far
10. Deep Lake
11. Use Me While You Can

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As well as any record he's ever made, this Bruce Cockburn release illustrates just what makes him so compelling and tough to corner. Opening with a well-greased John Lee Hooker groove, Cockburn slides from a dream in which he'd "been wearing O.J.'s gloves" and couldn't get them off, into the stranger, waking world of punks, cafes, tourists, and journalistic half-truths. From his ceaseless wanderings, Cockburn has absorbed Brazilian, African, and Eastern musical accents. More importantly, he has a traveler's vision, always in awe of far-flung mysteries. His guitar work remains a marvel of rhythmic complexity and technical precision (the bloated fuzz reading of "Blueberry Hill," however, is an exception). Spoken word trances; white-hot Metheny-esque instrumentals; Dylan-esque cryptographies of politics and sex; and metaphysical love lyrics (three of which feature harmony from Lucinda Williams)--there's an off-hand, unpretentious ambition to these songs, a visceral sense of spiritual and artistic fulfillment. --Roy Kasten

Customer Reviews

All the songs are warm and engaging, the lyrics are touching and poignant.
G-Dexter
Still, almost as good as The Charity of Night is plenty good enough since that is one of my favorite CDs.
Robert Meadows
Yes, Bruce and everybody... 'Look How Far The Light Came... to paint you this way" !
Dale Leyse

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Parry on May 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
1. When You Give It Away - A funky rock and roll song reminiscent in pace and sound to much of the material from the "Dart To The Heart" album, "When You Give It Away" is also lyrically powerful. The song begins with a sense of alienation as the result of both the harshness of reality and the almost existential absurdness of much of collective human communication . "When You Give It Away" includes possibly the first lyrical reference to both O.J. Simpson and Prince Charles.
2. Mango - Reminiscent of the often explicitly sexual poetry found in "Song of Songs/Solomon" from the Bible, Cockburn has suggested this inspiration in a comment that "lyrically, ['Mango' is a] kind of a hymn to female sexuality." Vocally, the song reminded me somewhat of J.J. Cale. Slide bass by George Koller gives the song an earthy, jazzy, sensual feel. Kora by Janke evokes the pouring of waterfalls and the lush, exotic hint of paradise. Margo Timmins' ethereal lyrics provide the required mist and sexuality for this romp in Eden.
3. Last Night Of The World - If you've ever heard Cockburn play a solo version of "Night Train" -- a song that would have been aptly titled even if it had been an instrumental -- you won't be disappointed by this song's strong rhythmical finger-picked guitar. Cockburn's acoustic and Colin Linden's electric guitars canter along side-by-side like two horses, Linden kicking in after a few solo bars by Cockburn, delivering a clean, free, and buoyant sound.
4. Isn't That What Friends Are For?
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By hihowrya on January 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Bruce Cockburn is a folk/rock artist that has been recording since the late 60s. He has legions of fans in his native Canada, as well as in Europe, but is not as well known in the USA. His fan-base in the US is modest, but very loyal to this prolific performer. "Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu" displays his outstanding musicianship and poetry, his ever-expanding worldview and innate humanity. His lyrics are reflective of a challenged, thoughtful, committed man, exploring the human condition to the fullest, always from an adult point-of-view, with no trace of trite, overly sentimental word or verse. His spirituality and commitment to humanitarian and environmental causes are the fuel for his explorations. He satisfies intellectually as well as musically with his astounding guitar work and world-beat consciousness. This CD, and his 1996 release, "The Charity of Night" enlists guests performances from Bonnie Raitt, Bob Weir, Lucinda Williams, Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies), jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton, Patty Larkin, Ani DeFranco, Jonatha Brooke and Colin Linden. If you are searching for a fulfilling and mature musical experience from a man that continues his life's journey with wisdom and wit, I strongly recommend these CDs.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on February 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Bruce Cockburn fan since 1984's Stealing Fire and have since purchased every album this gifted singer/songwriter has issued. Breakfast in New Orleans is one of his strongest albums yet.
Things start off with the R&B-influenced "When You Give It Away." The lovely "Mango" features Cockburn's exquisite acoustic guitar technique. Then there's the Haunting "Last Night of the World." Cockburn is too often uderappreciated as a guitar player. His playing on the moving "Isn't That What Friends Are For" is flawless, as well as on the rare Cockburn instrumentals "Down to the Delta" and Deep Lake." The only song that seems out of place is the the odd treatment of the Fats Domino classic "Blueberry Hill."
Overall this is vintage Cockburn and this album holds up well against such classic Cockburn releases as The Trouble With Normal, Stealing Fire and Nothing But a Burning Light and makes a welcome addition to your collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ed Kriege on December 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to Cockburn's work since he released Dancing in the Dragon's Jaw. Here's a guy who's creative juices are getting stronger with age, and this latest effort confirms that he still has a lot to say. Songs like 'Mango' just plain stick to your ribs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard Golub on January 26, 2000
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Nearly three decades of excellence and you still can't pin him down. Following up something as satisfying as "Charity of Night" should have been a problem. Not for this Canadian troubadour.On this wonderful recording, he returns to his softer side. Lucinda Williams and Margo Timmins lend their sweet voices as harmony blending very nicely with Bruce. The passion in his beautiful lyrics fused with precision to that amazing finger style guitar playing, will take your breath away. "Breakfast in New Orleans" is absolutely entrancing with too many highlights to name. DON'T pass on this one! Thanks as always- BRUCE. And by the way, do you think you could give us another 30 years? PLEASE YOU
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Goria on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
AS ALWAYS, I EXPECT NOTHING BUT QUALITY FROM BRUCE COCKBURN. BUT, THIS NEW ALBUM "BREAKFAST IN NEW ORLEANS" EXEMPTIFY HIS TRUE ROOTS AND STRETCHES HIS INCREDIBLE SINGER-SONGWRITING MAGIC EVEN FARTHER. I LIKE IT JUST AS MUCH AS "IN THE LION'S DEN" AND MORE. A TRULY INCREDIBLE RECORDING FROM A MOST PROLIFIC ARTIST - SIGNATURE BRUCE COCKBURN. THIS ALBUM IS A MUST FOR ANY TRUE MUSIC LOVER!
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