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Humans

Bruce Cockburn Audio CD
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"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 (1 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: True North Records
  • ASIN: B0000VEK9G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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. Ranked by many as Bruce Cockburn's best album, this was a watershed release in the acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter's stellar career. It represented the first of Cockburn's more electric, rock-oriented releases, after the trilogy of acoustic jazz folk recordings that culminated in 1979's 'Dancing In The Dragon's Jaws'. The latter produced the reggae-flavored "Wondering Where The Lions Are", which became a Top 40 hit in both Canada and the United States. Where "Lions" featured the rhythm section of Jamaican star Leroy Sibbles 'group, this album's anthemic "Rumours Of Glory," with its bouncy bass, added the reggae legend himself on backup vocals. Cockburn, wielding an electric guitar and backed by such new band members as violonist Hugh Marsh and keyboardist Jon Goldsmith, infused the entire album with a tougher, more uptempo sound.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bruce's best 22 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
I bought the original LP version of this album already in the early 80's, and it was in fact my introduction to Bruce's music. And what an introduction it was! The album showcases Bruce's songwriting, playing and arrangement skills at their best. The songs are superb both melodically and lyrically, and the playing & singing is incredible. There is a slight progressive rock flavor in this period's songs which I especially like. I think this album contains some of the best songs that Bruce has ever written. Don't miss this one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the masterpiece 19 Mar 2011
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This was released in 1980 after Bruce had a divorce.
Bruce Cockburn is no exception to the rule that a suffering artist is producing his best work(see also Phil Collins Face Value which he produced after a divorce)
First of all the album has a superb sound; you can use it for testing your speakers and equipment; very low bass-sound and crisp sound overall.
Highlights: more not more
you get bigger as you grow
tokyo
rose above the sky.
Reggae and jazz influences on this album; the guitar is on most tracks the hero.
It would have been nice if there had been more bonustracks(outtakes??) on this remastered version.
Together with dancing in the dragon jaws and stealing fire the best of bruce.
If you can have only one album from Bruce Cockburn this is the one!
The is even an internetgroup called after the albumtitle!
highly highly recommended a must buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Cockburn 3 Mar 2011
By Robert
Format:Audio CD
One of Bruce's best early albums, this is a genuine case of don't judge an "album" by it cover. One reviewer mentioned hints of progressive rock, I didn't notice that, but definitely some hints of reggae. Really an album from that time period and something that anyone who enjoys Cockburn should own. A big FIVE stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascist architecture on my own design... 14 May 2006
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Another of the superb remasters of Bruce's back catalogue. However the correct tracklisting will be found under the entry for:

Humans [Remastered Bonus Tracks] [Us Import] (it's the same disc!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce's finest hour 19 Dec 1998
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This was BC's "Late for the Sky," his "Shoot the Lights Out," the passionate chronicle of a dissolving marriage. There is not a wasted word or note on the album: The songs, at times angry, at times sad, are suffused with astonishingly lyrical images--this is the music of transcendence. "Rumours of Glory" encapsulates the ironic tension between the mundane and the eternal; "More/Not More" seeks to stave off, for one more evening, the loneliness of a broken relationship; "Fascist Architecture" reveals the kind of bitter triumph that can only be won through humility. One of the most literate albums of all time--Bruce has never since scaled such heights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Rose Above the Sky 13 Mar 2003
By PhiloX - Published on Amazon.com
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In another review, an author states that this is one of his favorite Bruce Cockburn CD's. I 2nd that including the 1975 CD "In the Falling Dark". I have all of Bruce Cockburns CD's as well as LPs versions. I am missing only a couple "Best Of" & some "Christmas" CD I saw out in the market about 10 years ago. "Humans" is the beginning of a new chapter in the ever changing, multi facet "Canadian Christian Mystic gone Left-Wing Political Protest, Folk/Jazz/Rock, Singer/Songwriter-Guitarist". This CD requires several listens before a general understanding takes hold & will grow for years of enjoyment. The Best is "The Rose Above the Sky" which plays a language game between spiritual growth & the 2nd coming of Christ. It holds such mystery & depth with double or triple meanings. A must for any Bruce Cockburn fan, but for more a folk feel try a few years before, for a more hard rock feel try a few years later.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Added Presence From the Remaster 21 Oct 2003
By o dubhthaigh - Published on Amazon.com
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Still in a period of transition, Cockburn's music and lyrics were moving from the contemplative to an engaged Christianity. "How I Spent My Fall Vacation" foretells the observational analyses of US politics that would reach an extraordinarily angered pitch with STEALING FIRE. Here, though, Cockburn is just beginning to assess the political fallout from the overeaching by developed nations upon the world's poor.
Musically, Bruce continues on the trajectory of incorporating more world influences beyond European, Celtic, that was certainly present on DANCING. While this is not quite as strong as DANCING, it is nonetheless full of terrific songs: the aforementioned "How...", "Tokyo", "Fascist Architecture." Bruce had also by this time assembled a crack band: Hugh Marsh on violin, Dennis Pendrith on bass, Bob Di Salle (who, with Pendrith, came from Murray McLaughlin's remarkable Golden Tractors band)on drums, Kathryn Moses on vocals and reeds, Jon Goldsmith on keyboards. Live, they were formidable! They gave Bruce that push to examine new textures and to take more chances with his own guitarcraft. There is a lot of greta and subtle displays on this disc. The bonus track is a great out-take from the trio tour with Ferguson Jemeson Marsh on Chapman Stick, and Michael Sloski from the Ontario Place concert that was the source material for his live CD of 1989. Perhaps, Rounder will convince True North, Bernie Finkelstein and Cockburn to release a DVD of that show. It was incredible - perhaps the best show I've ever seen in Toronto. In any case, another triumph for the remastering team!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Humans has an enticing mystical quality 5 Jun 2000
By dev1 - Published on Amazon.com
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Trying to label Bruce Cockburn with one particular genre of popular music is tough. On Humans, he fuses elements of country, rock (Tokyo), pop, folk (You Get Bigger As You Go), reggae (Rumors Of Glory), world music and jazz to produce an eclectic blend that prohibits classification. Several compositions (including The Rose Above The Sky) feature Patricia Cullen's eerie synthesizer lines adding an exotic ambiance. The lyrical themes are also engaging: politics (Grim Travelers), social commentary (Rumors Of Glory), humanness and spirituality. No need to be scared off by the word "spirituality." The consciousness of Humans is not the sugar sweet "I love Jesus" Amy Grant variety, but a way to escape the horrors of contemporary urban life including greed (More Not More), racism, and victimization (How I Spent My Vacation). `Tokyo' is a favorite which opens with the line "They're getting prepared to haul the car out of the river." The message of Humans is fairly straightforward (What About The Bond and The Rose Above The Sky). Cockburn asks the listener to acknowledge and embrace a spiritual commitment. He is intelligent and innovative, and Humans has an enticing mystical quality.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith, Poetry, Dark Skies 15 Aug 2006
By Scott Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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Just revisited the vinyl last night. Needed to hear the context of this couplet: "You get bigger as you go...bales of memory like boats in tow." For, of all things, a sermon I'm giving. It was good to revisit this early-middle album of his. I saw him around this time at the Paradise in Boston. The late Hugh Marsh, in a canadian military jumpsuit, wailing away at an electric violin. He did "The Strong One" in total darkness at first. Very stark chorded melodies. His skills as a wordsmith would overwhelm a lesser guitarist and he would be called a rock poet, a Canadian Leonard Cohen. If he weren't such a good writer he'd be lumped with guitar virtuousos like Al Dimeola, fellow Berkeley School of Music student.

But here, in Humans, you have the insufficient hope of reconcilliation in marriage "Gonna tell my old lady gonna tell my little girl there isn't anything in the world that can lock up my love again." It fell apart anyway, even though it was "sealed in the presence of the father". Here he has to take his estrangement along with his faith and struggle, much as Amy Grant, another Christian songwriter did later in Behind the Eyes. There are the great challenges to faith expressed in Festival of Friends earlier confronting murder, suicide, the guerillas, pulling cars out of rivers, despair..."at at certain point, you can only die." If art is born of agony, here it is. A quarter century later, I can still count on one hand the songwriters who have risen to his equal in moral vision, in insight and in skill. "I wonder if I'll end up like Bernie in his dream

A displaced person in some foreign border town Waiting for a train part hope part myth While the station changes hands

Or just sitting at home growing tenser with the times Or like that guy in "The Seventh Seal" Watching the newly dead dance across the hills Or wearing this leather jacket shivering with a friend While the eye of God blazes at us like the sun

Musically, he's growing with an ensemble here, further experimentations with Reggae, "something shining like gold, but better." The music is ecelectic, world music before there was a name for it. There's intensity even in the ballads, or should they be called slow laments. I could go on, but you can't learn more about this CD without listening.
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