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Dancing in the Dragon's Jaws [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Bruce CockburnAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Street Date: January 15, 2002

"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 (November 19, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00006LLPS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,777 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Creation Dream
2. Hills of Morning
3. Badlands Flashback
4. Northern Lights
5. After the Rain
6. Wondering Where the Lions Are
7. Incandescent Blue
8. No Footprints
9. Dawn Music (Bonus Track)
10. Bye Bye Idi (Bonus Track)

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A High Water Mark Remastered Brilliantly December 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Make no mistake about it, if you were to own only one Bruce Cockburn CD in your life, it ought to be this one. The sophistication of the guitar work, the tunes themselves, the French and English lyrics presented Bruce on the cusp of a lot of transitions, and while he may have been dancing in the dragon's jaws, he also produced the most compellngly engaged music spiritually of his career. This is the moment of his big bang, and what a moment of creation it was, and still is.
The extra track adds to the ambience of the disc, but, frankly, it could have been left off anyway. The original sequence of songs is so strong, that any appendage is no more than that.
The remastering is brilliant. It was a brilliant sounding album when it first came out and when it first made the transition to CD. It just keeps getting better.
By all means, purchase this disc. I've worn out 4 vinyl versions and 2 other cds, so I can tell you you will return to this often throughout your life.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still powerful after all these years December 11, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This remains Cockburn's greatest work - standing as a stunning collection of songs, but also as a great sequential album. It contains the typical socio-political commentary found in his other recordings, but also has more than the usual melodic strains to sing along to, and the guitar playing is fantastic. The two extra tracks on this issue are instrumental, and reflect the era of the album well - it's easy to see why Cockburn was voted one of the world's best singer/songwriters so many times over.
If you're starting out with Cockburn, get this first, then follow it up with 'Stealing Fire' (similar era, but much more grittily orchestrated), then 'Humans' (some great poetry on this), then perhaps 'Nothing But A Burning Light' (beautiful songs and a more accepting, positive outlook than some of his earlier works).
It's a pity he has been described as Canada's best-kept secret - this double-edged term serves to keep him out of the mainstream, where his messages are most keenly needed.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best from a Canadian Master May 31, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Cockburn has an amazing catalog of songs and albums, but I think without any doubt, most fans would call "Dancing in the Dragon's Jaw" his best work. Although he came close on "Stealing Fire" and some others, this remains the guage by which all others must be judged. The acoustic guitar work is stunning and the poetry of the lyrics outshines the vast majority of songwriters of this or any era.
This recording appeared in the same time frame as Ry Cooder's "Bop til You Drop" , and in many ways I equate these two musicians as Canadian-American counterparts. Each is able to reach the essence of their country's roots as well as exploring the musical styles of various world cultures.
Unless you have lost your soul, you will find something to love about this music.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wondering Where The Christians Are? February 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Whether intended or not, 'Dancing In The Dragon's Jaw' is by far the most overtly Christian of all Bruce Cockburn's albums/CD's. While all his earlier works were also deeply spiritual in content, this album with songs like 'Wondering Where The Lions Are', 'Creation Dawn' and 'No Footprints' seemed to exude the Christian message and finally caught the attention of the Protestant community-at-large. Despite his attempt to dis-associate himself from mainstream evangelical Christianity, this album was an overnight hit with young believers and he was immediately embraced as one of the flock. It was probably this unwanted association with Protestantism that accelerated his departure from the mellow folk roots of his early work to pursue a hard-edged, secular rock sound ever since.

Whatever the case, Christian or otherwise, this -11 track re-issue of the CD (containing 2 unnecessary bonus tracks) is without doubt the most upbeat, joyous collection of songs in the immense and eclectic Cockburn collection.

Highly Recommended!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockburn's best work December 25, 2005
By David
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After 25 years, this album remains my favorite of Cockburn's, and in fact my favorite from any artist. Cockburn's work from other eras is compelling and from time to time even inspired. Dancin' in the Dragon's Jaws, however, reaches a plateau of transcendent perfection that is simply stunning. The songs are beautifully written and fit perfectly in their melodies. (To be honest, some of Cockburn's later poetry seems shoe-horned into the tunes he writes.) The tunes are fleshed out in a rich mix of acoustic guitar, piano, and percussion. Beneath everything is the power of Cockburn's poetry. He is reaching for a deep spiritual vision that is glimpsed "just beyond the range of normal sight" but never fully grasped. The overall effect is both spiritual longing and tranquility. It has never failed that whenever I have shared this album with friends that they have loved it at once and invariably bought a copy for themselves. If you aren't yet a Cockburn fan, this is the place to start.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce's Spiritual Masterpiece October 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I know Bruce, even in the 70's, has always tried to distance himself from the Comtemporary Christian Music scene - and I can understand why. However, this work should be required listening for every CCM artist. It is wonderful in every way; from it's joyful, poetic, never heavy-handed lyrics to superb musicianship. A case could definitely be made that this is Bruce's finest work. Every song is a success; there is no low point. The remastering makes this cd sound better than ever. The only disappointment is the 2 new instrumentals, which add nothing to an already perfect album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite....
Love it........all of it.........every bit of it.......always have since my first listen. He is a supernatural mystic. Take me there Bruce.
Published 21 months ago by J. W. Dougherty
5.0 out of 5 stars True Art
This is about as close as you can get to a pefect set of songs. I owned this on record and purchased the CD once available. Read more
Published on March 17, 2011 by Todd D. Alt
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Album is Among Cockburn's Best
It's difficult to say which of Bruce Cockburn's albums is his best for several reasons. First, he's put out over 20 albums during his career (not counting live and compilation... Read more
Published on June 26, 2010 by Doggymcnuggets
5.0 out of 5 stars I HAVE TO JOIN THE CHORUS!
I ENTHUSIASTICALLY AGREE THAT THIS IS COCKBURN'S PINNACLE MOMENT, AT LEAST FOR ME.

IN MY LONG LIFE OF PLAYING MY MUSIC FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, I HAVE ADOPTED SEVERAL... Read more
Published on November 4, 2008 by D. G. Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and poetic
This beautiful and moving album contains evocative lyrics and an instrumental mix that includes guitar, chimes, dulcimer, synths, marimba, piano, bass and drums. Read more
Published on December 2, 2006 by Pieter Uys
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Beautiful! Masterpiece!
I'm a huge Cockburn fan, and i have to say that this is my favorite of his recordings. I love this era of his music, before he gave into that 80's synth sound. Read more
Published on February 8, 2003 by iamkarencarpenter
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