-- Slice O Life - Live Solo - (2009) --

Track Listing:
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Disc One

[1] Intro - Applause (0:46)
[2] World of Wonders (5:59)
[3] Lovers In A Dangerous Time (4:36)
[4] Mercenary Story ++ (3:07)
[5] See You Tomorrow (4:41)
[6] Last Night Of The World (4:52)
[7] How I Spent My Fall Vacation (6:17)
[8] Tibetan Side of Town (6:29)
[9] Pacing The Cage (5:05)
[10] Bearded Folk Singer Story ++(1:17)
[11] End Of All Rivers (5:47)
[12] Soul OF A Man (4:20)

Disc Two

[1] Wait No More (5:49)
[2] City Is Hungry ** (5:50)
[3] Put It In Your Heart (5:11)
[4] Tramps In The Street Story ++ (1:27)
[5] Wondering Where The Lions Are (4:49)
[6] If A Tree Falls (6:08)
[7] Celestial Horses (7:48)
[8] If I Had A Rocket Launcher (5:57)
[9] Child Of The Wind(4:41)
[10] Tie Me At The Crossroads (3:45)


[11] String Thing - Soundcheck including a small part of The Trains Don't Run Here Anymore (8:43)
[12] Kit Carson - Soundcheck (4:53)
[10] Mama Just Wants To Barrelhouse All Night Long (5:06)

[Songs marked with ** are new songs. And ++ indicates stories about the songs.]

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Album Info:

Liner Notes written by Bruce Cockburn:

Over the years, several live CD's have come out with my name on them. For purely circumstantial reasons, they been recordings of me with bands I've had at the time. I've liked this, because each band has been unique and interesting, and it's felt good to have some of the performances preserved and made available to listeners who might not have heard them in person.

Those CDs have been well received, but there have always been people requesting a solo live album. Since half of what I do is solo, this made sense. So here it is. Sorry it took so long.

These performances are drawn from ten concerts recorded in May '08. We've made an effort to put them together as one show, in the hope of giving you the feeling of being present in the flesh. For the same reason, we chose not to apply too much polish. What you hear is what it was.

We recorded all the sound checks as well as the shows. Out of these we captured songs and some random playing which turned out quite well but never ended up in the formal events. Bernie Finkelstein had the thought that we should create a section of the album to to accommodate some of these. I liked this idea, and so as well as the concert, you'll hear "the sound check." (Maybe someday we'll do a whole CD of sound check stuff.)

I think that's all I need to tell you. Thanks are due to Bernie, Colin Linden, Jon Erickson, Steve Martin and Joshua Dick for making both the tour and the recording happen, and to all the promoters and venues involved, whose cooperation was crucial.

A special thank you to Linda Manzer for her guitars.

Hope you enjoy this little slice of the touring life!

Produced by Colin Linden
Recorded Live between May 14 and May 25 at Northhampton MA,
Boston MA, Ithaca NY, Rochester NY, Sellersville PA,

Recorded by Colin Linen & Jon Erickson

Mixed by Colin Linden
at Kampo Studio C New York & Pinhead Recorders, Toronto
Assisted by Jonathan Altschuler

Mastered by Greg Calbi at sterling Sound, New York New York

Photography by Joel Goldberg &Kiarash Sadigh
Courtesy of Riddle Films Inc.

Art direction, design, layout & video stills selected by
A Man Called Wrycraft

Colin Linden thanks   Janice Powers, Pat Dellett, Roma Baran
Ethan Coen, Greg Calbi, Brian "Brain" Harrison,
Jeff long at Long & McQuade Music-Toronto, John Whynot

All songs written by Bruce Cockburn.
Published by Golden Mountain Music Corp. (SOCAN)
Except: Silhouettes written by Bob Crewe and Frank Slay Jr. published
by Regent Music Corp., Soul Of A Man written by Blind Willie Johnson
/arrangement by Bruce Cockburn published by Golden Mountain Music
Corp. and The Trains Don't Run Here Anymore written by
Bruce Cockburn & William Hawkins and published by Bytown Music.

We acknowledge the finacial support of the Government of Canada
through the Canada Music Fund for this project.

Tour Management and Front of House Sound: Jon Erickson
Bus Driver: Jon Glas Bus Supplied by Haljoe Coaches

US Agents and good friends:
Steve Martin and Joshua Dick at The Agency Group New York.

The Finkelstein Management Company
137 Berkeley Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5A 2X1
PH: 416-596-8696 ex 222
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Marketed and Distributed by True North Records. All Rights Reserved. Made in Canada.

Tour Dates of these shows:

News Archive - Solo Live
2008 Tour Date Archives


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  • By John Law :: Niagara Falls Review
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  • Stride Magazine
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