Slice O' Life - Solo Live

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Slice O' Life - Solo Live

Bruce Cockburn

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The best live albums create the illusion of being there, witnessing an artist in a memorable performance. Bruce Cockburn has recorded three previous live recordings: Circles In The Stream (1977), Live (1990) and You Pay Your Money and You Take Your Chance (1997), each critically acclaimed and featuring Cockburn in concert with a backing band.


Now, the celebrated musician—activist delivers something new: his first ever live solo album. Recorded last spring over a series of dates in the northeastern United States and one in Quebec, Slice O Life is a double CD that showcases a cross–section of Cockburn's finest songs and some of his most dazzling guitar work. The album, produced by longtime associate Colin Linden, also includes one new song — "City is Hungry" — three tracks recorded at soundchecks on the tour and some between–song banter that shows Cockburn to be both a quick wit and an engaging storyteller.


Slice O Life features such hits as Cockburn's controversial "If I Had A Rocket Launcher", his classic "Lovers In A Dangerous Time" and his breakthrough "Wondering Where the Lions Are", which he rightly quips may be the only song ever to make the Billboard chart that includes the word 'petroglyph.'


Originally recorded with a full band, these and other songs like "World of Wonders" have been rearranged and performed on acoustic guitar with stunning results. In particular, the polyrhythmic solo on "Rocket Launcher", full of complex, cascading notes, is especially mesmerizing.


Besides the hits, the album recasts lesser–known songs such as "Wait No More" and "Celestial Horses", both originally featured on Cockburn's 2003 album You've Never Seen Everything, in a dramatic new light. The latter, full of slow, haunting reverb, now seems like an overlooked psych–folk masterpiece, while the former, played in a fast, bluesy drone on a Dobro guitar, takes on a compelling urgency. Similarly on "Tibetan Side Of Town", Cockburn's single guitar conveys a full, rich accompaniment — fluid, jazzy treble notes and Big Bill Broonzy–style droning bass notes — for his vivid tale of sensory nights in Katmandu.



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