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Circles In The Stream Import, Original recording remastered

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79:30 Minutes of Live Bruce Cockburn Recorded in Concert at Massey Hall in Toronto, April Eight and Nine of 1977. Reissued. 17 Tracks.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Isba
  • ASIN: B000006X4L
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Listening to "Circles" is an intoxicating grand experience. Cockburn amuses with "The bagpipes," draws you into the LIVE experience with the impressionistic renderings of "Star Wheel," and "Never so Free," Then the lyrics come full-speed from richly textured pictures of his own country's abuse of native populations (Red Brother,Red Sister) and his understanding of poverty of spirit (One Day I walk).
Circles is also a theological-poetic work. Although Cockburn makes no effort to hide his passion and wonder for his Christian faith, the poetry also is a stand alone project. "Love Song" transcends love for a human object - focusing to the Greater One. Cockburn assumes the role of a modern Psalmist. "In your heart where the world comes from, there you will find me."
And with "All the Diamonds" "...Two thousand years - and half a world away, dying trees will still grow greener when you pray." But not is all quiet on the path...Cockburn also confronts personified evil in "Dialogue with the Devil" Ultimately he calls attention from human strength to THE greater other...You don't fight a bully on his terms. A word of caution though this work has a lasting impact...the lyrics follow you and the melodies flow as musical mantras...In short it may profoundly affect your heart and mind...BUT that is the hazard of all great art.
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Back in the wonderful days of vinyl I picked up a copy of this album. Because of the exquisite musicianship of Bruce's previous albums, I was anxious to hear how the music translated live. (At this point I had not had the opportunity to see him live.) Lets put it this way. I've worn out nearly three copies so far. This is without a doubt my favorite live album ever. When I heard that it had finally been released on cd, I had to have it!! (It's tough to wear out those suckers, thank God.) By the way, make sure that you get the copy with Bruce's comments. His very insightful and often hilarious commentary has always been a wonderful part of any live show that I have seen of his. On a parting note, I've purchased several live albums over the years. Most have a tendency to "date" themselves after a few years. This album, without a doudt, just gets better with age.
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Although it is a daunting task attempting to remaster a tape remastered just 8 years ago (the technology hasn'y advanced that much), still there is a definition to the instruments here that positively sparkles. The music has more presence and dynamic to it than it has ever had in any format.

This was a threshold recording for Cockburn, and he must have known that he, Godfrey, Boucher had to deliver the goods. They did. Hockey Night in Canada has nothing of the whallop of this CD. Recorded at Massey Hall in TO, the concert summed up Cockburn's early Christian based folk and romantic music and launched him into a more jazz inflected, mystical and social activist stance that he has cultivated with commitment over the succeeding years. You can't really pigeon hole him well, thank God, but there is that sense that nothing will be the same after this disc. And it wasn't.

Nearly every major song of his early work is present along with his unique blend of historical and contemporary efforts. No. 1 with a cross-bow bolt as he intones on "Love Song" says it all. What you notice throughout is his masterful technique, at times recalling Mississippi John Hurt, at times the Burgundian author referenced, at all times uniquely Cockburn. His voice was a lot more confidant by this point as well. SUN, SALT AND TIME, had been a major advance in his compositional and singing style that was enhanced by JOY WILL FIND A WAY. Those records are well represented and the fact that Cockburn still draws upon them in concert today indicates the role they played in his development. I was fortunate to catch him at this gig and many others in along Bloor, Yonge, Spadina, back in the day. Listening to this CD brings back all the first thoughts I had about this amazing man.
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By A Customer on October 15, 1998
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This is Cockburn during a particularly passionate and energetic period, where the poetry and the texture were enormously varied. Not only a must-have for every Cockburn fan, but truly one of the classic recordings of this highly underrated artist. Probably in my top 5, period.
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As a Cockburn fan of 20 years standing, i must rate this recording at the top of all his 70s and even later recordings. This reording is taken from a live performance on April 7 and 8 in 1977. The full measure of the songwriter, musician and performer are available here. As some others have noted, the vinyl versions of this recording have been literally worn out by repeated listening. This reissue captures much of the original performance - unlike the rare Japanese CD which deleted the spoken introductions. I hope that for the forthcoming Rounder reissue, the orignal complete recordings will be reviewed and additional material added as well as all the spoken material
For those just "meeting" cockburn, I would suggest giving the following earlier albums a listen:
Dancing in the Dragons Jaws, In the Falling Dark, Humans, and Waiting for a Miracle (another live performance recording)
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