-- You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance (1997) --

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.

[1] Call It Democracy (5:43)
[2] Stolen Land (7:06)
[3] Strange Waters (6:30)
[4] Fascist Architecture (2:46)
[5] You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance (4:31)
[6] Birmingham Shadows (10:46)

This is the special Charity of Night tourpack
which was on sale only at shows and packaged
The Charity of Night with the
You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance EP.

Order the 'You Pay Your Money And You Take Your Chance' (1997) album from now
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Album Info:

In the Studio:

Produced and mixed by: Bruce Cockburn and Colin Linden
Mix engineer: Colin Linden
Assistant: Annelise Noronha
Mixed at: Manta Eastern Sound, Toronto

Originally recorded for the 105.5 Triple-M radio program "Mad City Live", a production of Audio for the Arts, Madison, WI.
Buzz Kemper and Steve Gotcher, producers.
Engineered by Steve Gotcher and Tom Blain with assistance from Jeremy Smith, using the Audio for the Arts remote recording truck.

Recorded live at the Barrymore Theater, Madison, WI on May 3, 1997.
Mastered by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital Recording, Inc., Southboro, MA.

Package design: Barbara Longo
Front cover photo: Marie Westhaver
Inside band photos: Adam Pike Riesner
The Charity of Night cover elements: William Sienkiewicz

Traductions: Jane Macaulay, Marcel Moussette

On the Road:

Guitars and vocals: Bruce Cockburn
Bass and background vocals: Steve Lucas
Drums and background vocals: Ben Riley

Tour manager: Leslie Charbon
Front of house sound: Bob McFee/Jon Erickson
Lights: Glen Murphy/Steve Hill
Monitors: Russ Wilson
Guitar tech: Trevor Gilchrist/Tim Mech

Bus Drivers: Steve Headly/Michel "Bam Bam" Dufault/Bob Penny/Bart Oakes
Truck Driver: John "Stranger" Adams

Agency: Steve Martin for The Agency Group, New York, NY

Online reviews:

  • Rykodisc promo text for the album including review excerpts, on Ryko's website.

  • "You Pay Your Money and You Take Your Chance", The Charity of Night Tour EP, by Steven Stuart Baldwin, on the Phantom Tollbooth website.

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

  • Editor's Note: "You Pay Your Money..." is a short live CD from The Charity of Night tour.

  • November 1997

    Bob Duran: You're heading out again in support of the Charity of Night album. How do you translate what's on the record when you're not touring with the same people? (Guests on the record include Rob Wasserman, Bob Weir, Bonnie Raitt, and Ani DiFranco.)

    BC: "You hardly ever do. You make use of people in a studio situation that obviously you can't tour with. It's a simple way to describe it, saying that you go out on tour 'in support' of an album, but I don't feel any obligation to slavishly duplicate what's on the record. In fact I'm going out to play songs for people. That's my thing. When there's an album, we try to present something that is compatible with the tone of the album. I think we've done that this band."

    - from "A Conversation with Bruce Cockburn", by Bob Duran, North Coast Journal, November 1997. Submitted by Bobbi Wisby.

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