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True North is proud to announce the continuation of the Bruce Cockburn Deluxe Edition Reissue Campaign. rare & previously unreleased bonus tracks original vinyl album artwork 24 bit/96 khz digital remastering new liner notes written by respected Canadian journalist and author of Before The Goldrush Nick Jennings additional bonus photos special O Card sleeve packaging For Bruce Cockburn, the months leading up to Inner City Front's 1981 release has been fraught with change: his marriage of 10 years dissolved, leading him to switch from country to city life. Taking an an apartment in downtown Toronto, he assenbled a band of crack musicians and adopted a more rugged, urban sound. Gone were most traces of the Gentle Folkie of the late 1960s and even the Mystic Christian of the 70's. In their placewas Brue Cockburn of rhe 80s highly politicized and sporting an electric guitar.
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who reveals his inner self, yet who also focuses laser-like on the metaphorically
and literally wounded, dirty, diseased, ferociously evil places that cry out for
healing even as they fester. His love-songs burst with a sensuality refined
by experience and deep intellect. His metaphors never fail to astound.
This album departs from his past musical styles, (which I hope he somehow
manages to reincorporate in the future - esp dancing in the dragon's jaws -
so rich) - but this album has its own surprises and is some of his best work.
He always takes me to new dimensions, and hearing him always leaves me
feeling mentally and emotionally expanded.
Jazzy with snazzy pop listenability and a dose of tasteful light rock infused throughout. Bruce Cockburn was on a roll in the 80's and this is more evidence of that.
Great songs with something to say said musically by fantastic musicians and the inimitable Bruce Cockburn vocal style. I hadn't listened to this album in many years prior to today but I'm glad I did. It's even better than I remember it.
All the songs here, be it the cityscapes of "Pay Your Money" or "Coldest Night", the political observations of "Strong One" and "Justice", or the merry atmosphere of "Radio Shoes" and "Walking" reveal how he moved on.
The remastering job on this brings out great pleasures in the guitarwork. This was a particularly hot band live, and perhaps some vault stuff will emerge to document the liberties Bruce took with his material. Kathryn Moses was a great on-stage foil for him, vocally and musically. Hugh Marsh on fiddle was a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, "Strong One" as a studio cut packs none of the punch that it did live, and that's likely due to the addition of Fergus Jamison Marsh on stick.
Nonetheless, this is powerful stuff. It would get more so with time. The 2 extra cuts are genius. There is some kind of 80's effect on the drums that dates the recording, but it is made up for by the clarity on the guitars from the remastering. Altogether, another gem.
The album's stylistic inconsistency wouldn't matter, of course, if the songwriting was more consistent. Other standout songs include a fine instrumental, "Radio Shoes," the brief but snappy "Wanna Go Walking," and the opening "You Pay Your Money and You Take Your Chances." On the downside, some of the other political stuff sounds a bit forced and the closing (on the original version of the album) "The Loner" is a seven minute epic that doesn't take off. Bottom line is that if you're already a Cockburn fan, you'll find plenty to like, but those just getting acquainted with him would be well advised to start elsewhere.
Overall, an uneven album that marked the turning point in Bruce Cockburn's long career.
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