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Bruce Cockburn Debuts...AGAIN!

December 19, 2003

Bruce Cockburn's lofty and insightful poetry helped jumpstart his career in the early 70's. Now, thanks to Rounder Records, three of his earliest recordings have been reissued on CD. The best of these was Highwinds White Sky. Along with his well known song of homecoming, One Day I'll Walk, are a dozen moments of introspection, including the touching Love Song. He offers a compliment that any lover would be honored to receive: " my place of wonder, that's where I find you." Other notable songs are Golden Serpent Blues, which features Cockburn on the piano, though he is not credited for playing it. Another is the bonus song It's an Elephant's World, which is his earliest known recording. Taped on to a cassette at The Bitter Grounds Coffee House in Kingston, Ontario in 1970, it's not perfect, but it is classic. In this song, and in one other from this session, we get a hint of what was to come from Cockburn the humanist, and more importantly, from Cockburn the activist. I don't think it's a stretch to recommend Highwinds White Sky as a must have.

Posted by Jim Blum at December 19, 2003 1:01 PM


Would it be possible to list the songs that are about to play as well as the songs already played? Thanks for the music...Len

Posted by: Len Saragnese at December 21, 2003 9:56 PM

You seem to be a Bruce Cockburn fan. I went to Queen's university in Kingston and the Bitter Grounds coffehouse was on campus. The year after this recording was made Bruce was playing before 2-3000 at another venue on campus and is stll doing so 30 years on.
Ps Jim - have you found any john Martyn yet?

Posted by: art soper at December 31, 2003 10:50 AM

I second the request to list songs in advance as well as those that have just played. I just signed up -- Am amazed at your reach and knowledge. Not since I loved away from Austin Texas and the Folkways program, have I been happy with a play list until now. I'm in heaven. Many thanks.

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