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There are only three new recordings, in addition to "Rise and Fall" from 1999 and previously only available in Japan. The remaining eleven tracks are taken from earlier albums. The oldest track is "Sunwheel Dance" (from the album of the same name) and like much of his early Seventies work has a very folky feel to it.
Some of the tracks mine a definite jazz groove like "Rouler Sa Bosse" from 1974's SALT SUN AND TIME and "Mistress of Storms" from 1996's THE CHARITY OF NIGHT. [The former includes Jack Zaza on clarinet and the latter features Gary Burton on vibes.]
Of the three new tunes, Cockburn performs solo guitar on the atmospheric "Elegy" with hints of Spanish influences, and "King Kong Goes to Tallahasse" is a lazy blues number that invokes John Fahey at his most melodic. On the final new recording, "The End of All Rivers," Cockburn incorporates world music elements by also playing Tibetan bowl and Navajo flute.
If you're looking for a solid introduction to the guitar prowess of this amazing musician, this collection does a thorough job of sampling Cockburn's entire career. SPEECHLESS may not have lyrics, but it speaks volumes. [Running Time - 68:50] VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Taking instrumental pieces from different recordings into a special collection gives them more prominence than when presented in between his usually powerful songs with lyrics. Combined together they underscore Cockburn's creative strength. They succeed in drawing the listener into a rich, diverse, melodious and expressive world where words are not needed and the mind can wander. The slow and haunting "Deep Lake" from the CD "Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu" or the new recording "The End of All Rivers" come to mind. Beautiful! Personally, I am not able to specify any favourites among the pieces. While some Cockburn fans might miss the lyrics and Bruce's distinctive voice, I am certain this CD will open his music to a wider general audience. [Friederike Knabe]
Of the 15 tracks on this instrumental album, 11 are the original album performances; 3 are new, and 1 was only available previously in Japan. How I wish Bruce could have given us new renderings of the "classics" featured on SPPECHLESS. I'm not about to cast my copy of the album out the window, but think it could have been even better. Just the same, SPEECHLESS is worthy of a place on the BC fan's shelf.
There really is no other message to this. This is just fantatstic guiatr playing, soulful, joyful, intricate, simple. Like Teilhard de Chardin, Cockburn seeks to hold both ends of the string. He does so with a sense of wonder. Prepare your sensibilities to become spellbound!
When I was first turned onto The Other Boss's music back in 1978, what I noticed behind the cool singing voice and the spectacular, highly-evolved lyrics was a virtuoso plucking and strumming away with wild abandon. No doubt Bruce will always be revered and remembered as a tour-de-force singer/songwriter, but God willing--with the aid of the release of this long-overdue collection of shimmering instrumentals--he will also be remembered as one of the finest guitarists of all time, bar none. Bruce is one of the main reasons I picked up an acoustic and began playing again in the 70's, after having abandoned my guitar lessons when I was an irresponsible kid. He is at the top of a list of guitar illuminaries who have held me....well, speechless, ever since the late 60's: Greg Lake, Stephen Stills, James Taylor, Steve Howe, all 3 members of America, the early Eagles, Furay-Cotton-Young of Poco, Don McLean, Joni Mitchell, Steve Hackett, Eric Clapton, and the triumvirate of Leo Kottke, Peter Lang & John Fahey. Bruce's music is a universe unto itself, but as other reviewers have already stated, you can hear influences of all genres of guitar music in his playing. And 36 years of being in the recording business hasn't snuffed out his fire yet, either--the 3 new songs included on here are astounding. When I saw Bruce perform almost 2 years ago in Lawrence, KS at Liberty Hall, a lot of us walked out of the auditorium after the concert wondering what that cool instrumental piece was that had the echo-plexed guitar solos in it...and how great it is now to know that "The End of All Rivers" is included in this magnificent collection. I can't relate to the whinings in here about there being "not enough new stuff." Please...let the guy do what he wants.Read more ›
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A great, great album from an amazing songwriter. I love Bruce's voice and his lyrics, it has been very cool to focus on his stellar guitar playing. Highly recommended.Published 13 months ago by Erstwhile
Very pleasing collection. Just what youd hope for knowing it is all solo guitar from a master.Published 17 months ago by John D. Gerndt
Great album! Just makes me feel happy listening to someone play these tunes so well.Published on August 20, 2014 by James Wilson
Good price, fast turn around. The item was as advertised. (Not to mention that this, Bruce Cockburn's "Speechless" is a fine CD) What's not to like?Published on July 10, 2014 by Geoman
this is one of the best [mostly acoustic] guitar cd's i have ever heard . bruce is certainly an accomplished guitarist and song writer:: perhaps the playing on this cd will help... Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by steven clarke
Heard this album on RadioParadise.com and had to have it. It's great to hear Bruce Cockburn just playing so well. I like his singing too; don't misinterpret me. Read morePublished on June 5, 2013 by Bruce Boyes
bought this for 81 year old mother. She is really happy with this. Thanks a bunch. Great and fast and cheapPublished on January 23, 2013 by Shari L. Swedlund
Bruce Cockburn, an Ottawa Ontario Native was born in 1945 and has been playing guitar since the age of 14. That's a long time. Read morePublished on September 18, 2012 by To The Max"Bax"