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Nothing But a Burning Light

Bruce CockburnAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: November 5, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B0000027T0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,875 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Dream Like Mine
2. Kit Carson
3. Mighty Trucks Of Midnight
4. Soul Of A Man
5. Great Big Love
6. One Of The Best Ones
7. Somebody Touched Me
8. Cry Of A Tiny Babe
9. Actions Speak Louder
10. Indian Wars
11. When It's Gone, It's Gone
12. Child Of The Wind

Editorial Reviews

This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original Columbia release. There is a hole punch through the UPC.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A SINGER-SONGWRITER FOR THOSE WHO DON'T LIKE ........ August 14, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this while browsing in a "hip" music store in New Hope, PA. The first few bars of the track "Kit Carson" prompted me to inquire of the nearest clerk. I had never heard of Bruce Cockburn, but I bought the cassette on the spot. It was the instrumentation on "Kit Carson" that had caught my attention and kept my interest throughout the album. With apologies, I find the music of the Jimmy Buffet's, James Taylor's,etc boring. Not so here. The original instrumentation, great production, and intelligent, compelling lyrics were a revelation to me.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine release August 26, 2004
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Typically eclectic collection of Mr. Cockburn's music, with lyrics that demand attention and melodies filtered through his own unique sensibilities.

One of the Best Ones and Child of the Wind are terrific songs, but, if you ask me, Cry of a Tiny Babe may be one of Mr. Cockburn's best ever. Touching, thoughtful, and riveting, it recasts the Greatest Story Ever Told in modern terms--in all its and our heartbreak and faith.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This and Share It With Your Children.... February 7, 2004
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....that's how good this and Charity of Night is....I'm a long time Cockburn fan....I wore out a cassette of Dancing In the Dragon's Jaw longer ago than I care to remember. The only reason a couple of the tracks on this cd may appear a little weak is because the rest are so strong, musically and lyrically. This man gives the best live performance of any songwriter/musician/singer I've seen. If you get the chance, don't miss him. The caliber of musicians he surrounds himself with is a testament to this (these guys don't sign on with just anyone). I've never been much on listening to anyone in the arts use their fame to espouse their world view, but Bruce Cockburn keeps your ear with his music first, and I've always found the way he balances his faith with the rest of his message facinating. Buy this and Charity of Night...and share them with your children and grandchildren.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Of His Best January 5, 2000
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Coming as it does after Big Circumstance it is similar in style, but much better - some social, some personal songs. He benefits from some help from Jackson Browne, Jim Keltner, Larry Klein, and Booker T. Jones, and the overall production is excellent. The social and political issues he deals with are closer to home and I found the whole album more relevant and meaningful than Big Circumstance. Dream Like Mine, Soul Of A Man (a rare but well-chosen inclusion of a Blind Willie Johnson song), One Of The Best Ones, and Cry Of A Tiny Babe are highlights of his career. Then he misses it with Indian Wars. If you are new to Cockburn start with Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws, and Humans - and buy this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable. The songs envelop you. January 15, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I heard this tape for the first time in a bar in Bozeman in 1992, and asked who it was. I couldn't hear the words but was drawn to the music and his voice. Found the tape about a year later and played it over and over on my headphones, while pruning lilac trees in my yard on a "brown, green, and dry" mountaintop, joyfully awaiting the birth of my first child. Cockburn sang for us and I have never before felt such connection, purpose, and peace at the same time. I always wanted to tell him thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truth and beauty put to music April 6, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This was the first Bruce Cockburn disc I ever bought -- the first of many. I discovered in the playing of "Nothing But A Burning Light" a song-writer/musician of tremendous integrity. His lyrics are deep, rich, sincere, and poetic in every sense of the word. In combination with his carefully crafted musicality and outstanding choice of instrumentation, they articulate an artistic vision that is soul-stirring in its beauty.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a unique artist May 8, 2004
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Bruce is truly one of a kind!!
He makes the songs his own and I'm glad I discovered his music ten years ago. I have seven of his CD's.
I like "Indian Wars" and "Soul of Man" and "Dream Like Mine"
Cockburn is a refreshing voice in a confusing forest of commercialized music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The best song is "Cry of a Tiny Babe".
Like a stone on the surface of a still river, Driving the ripples on forever, Redemption rips through the surface of time, In the cry of a tiny babe
The chorus moves me in a way that only poetry can. The chorus communicates to me the concept of redemption in a way that haunts me and fills me a sense of wonder. Although I am not a devout christian, the message of Jesus in the chorus is very moving.
This is one of my favorite discs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
Bruce Cockburn has been totally off my radar of music. He has been around for years and never had heard of him and now I have two of his cd's. Read more
Published 13 months ago by dromig
5.0 out of 5 stars Incandescent
This is one of the best musical works I've ever experienced. Cockburn's version of Christian faith and mine are much alike. This is an incandescent work of art.
Published 21 months ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best ones!
Bruce Cockburn is great. This album may be his best one. Every song on this album is memorable, ("Kit Carson" and "Indian Wars" are standouts) but I forked out to... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Adam
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce is great!!!!!
I owned this on cassette back in the eighties. I just thought it was time to purchase the digital version to add to my ipod.
Published 22 months ago by Greg D
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockburn
A truly spectacular album. Bruce Cockburn writes thought provoking lyrics and puts to outstanding music. Bruce Cockburn's greatest weakness - his political views. Read more
Published on December 15, 2010 by RockOn
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Bruce Cockburn CD--but not my last
This CD was my first experience with Bruce Cockburn in the fall of 1991 and all these years later I can't stop listening to him. Read more
Published on November 9, 2010 by Joseph Landes
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But A Burning Light CD
The service was prompt, the correct item arrived, and it was in great condition. Lots of times you can't be sure wether a cd is new or has scratches on it that will make it... Read more
Published on December 6, 2009 by Sallie Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Cry Of A Tiny Babe
Cry Of A Tiny Babe is a great modern day Christmas song except it is marred by these lines written by Bruce: Joseph comes to Mary with his hat in his hand, Says "forgive me I... Read more
Published on December 22, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars One of His Best
This is a great Bruce Cockburn CD. His voice sounds great, not robotic like his early - mid 80s records tend to be, and the organ florishes are a nice touch. Read more
Published on April 22, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Down to earth . . .
I like Bruce's "Down to Earth" story telling style . . especially on track 8 where he paints the 'greatest story ever told'.
Published on August 27, 2003 by Peter S. Lukschander
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