-- Bruce Cockburn Live (1990) & (2002)--

Track Listing:
Click song titles to see lyrics, other albums the song appears on, and known comments by Bruce Cockburn on the song. Track lengths are not guaranteed as they occasionally change with format (i.e. CD/vinyl) and release version.
* Denotes bonus tracks on the remastered CD version released by Rounder Records late 2002.

[1] Silver Wheels (6:11)
[2] World of Wonders (4:37)
[3] Rumours of Glory (6:04)
[4] See How I Miss You (4:01)
[5] After the Rain (3:58)
[6] Call It Democracy (3:36)
[7] Tibetan Side of Town (7:48)
[8] Wondering Where The Lions Are (5:19)
[9] Nicaragua (5:04)
[10] Broken Wheel (5:01)
[11] Stolen Land (3:13)
[12] To Raise The Morning Star (7:47)
[13] Maybe the Poet (4:18)
[14] Always Look On The Bright Side of Life (2:52)

[10] If I Had A Rocket Launcher * (5:29)
Note: The 2002 release from Rounder Records includes the bonus track of "If I Had A Rocket Launcher" as the number 10 track, with all the rest the same.

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Album Info:

Recorded live at Ontario Place, Toronto, August 14th and 15th, 1989
Live recording by: Comfort Sound Mobile, Toronto
Engineered by: John Naslen with Doug McClement
Assistant engineers: Scott Campbell, Jon Erickson
Mixed at: Manta Sound
Engineer: John Naslen
Assistant engineer: Mike Columby
Audiophile assembly: Brad Haehnel
Art Direction: Bart Schoales
Photos: Patrick Harbron

Produced by: Jon Goldsmith for True North Productions

The musicians are:
Bruce Cockburn: electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, bodhran, windchimes and vocals
Fergus Jemison Marsh: Chapman stick, midi stick and background vocals
Michael Sloski: drums, percussion and background vocals

On the road:
Road manager: David Hart
Sound: Bob McLee (band aide services)
Lighting: Steve Hill
Monitors and guitars: Russ Ryan
Monitors: Russ Wilson
Truck: Michael Dufault
Australian sound: John Lacina
Australian Lighting: Phil Spillman

Remaster Info:
Digitally remastered at the E Room in Toronto by engineer Peter Moore, utilizing 24-bit technology.
New liner note essay written by Nicholas Jennings.
Released by Rounder Records, 2002.

19 November 2002 - From Rounder Records: Over 76 minutes of music, including 1 bonus track. Featuring songs dating from 1976's In the Falling Dark to 1987's Waiting for a Miracle albums, "Bruce Cockburn's Live" features a cross-section of the artist's best material from the era. Originally released in 1989, "Live" features a stunning version of Cockburn's Top 40 hit "Wondering Where the Lions Are," along with 14 other versions of Cockburn classics such as "Call It Democracy," "Rumours of Glory," and "Silver Wheels," plus a bonus cut of the rock radio and MTV hit "If I Had a Rocket Launcher." There's also a lightness and sense of humor on "Live" that is rarely, if ever, seen in Bruce Cockburn's studio work - he even closes the set with a version of "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Life of Brian. "Live" captures an exceptional performer at the peak of his powers.

Known comments by Bruce Cockburn about this album, by date:

  • Circa 1990

    Johnny Walker: Do you enjoy doing a live album? I mean, when you're doing a gig you have to think about the people, don't you Bruce, as opposed to the recording?

    BC: Yeah well, once we're doing a gig, we're doing a gig, and you're not really thinking about the recording any more. The only thing it does is add that extra bit of pressure, you know, because…

    JW: You know that somebody's taping it.

    BC: Yeah, exactly, and if we don't get it, well, then we don't, you know. It's gone. So there's that. But it was fun to do, actually. The really fun part was the mixing after, when we get to sit back and hear what everybody did, and laugh about: "Oh, look at that note that Fergus played! Wow!"

    JW: You don't cheat, though, and dub in the extra bits?

    BC: Actually, no, we didn't do that. I mean, I'm not sure that I'm entirely above that, but we didn't do that, no. What you hear on the album is really what happened on stage. We only picked the good performances, of course.
    -- Radio Interview, BBC Radio 1, 1990, Interviewer Johnny Walker. Transcribed and submitted to the project by David Newton.

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