Cockburn, Bruce / Rumours Of Glory
Album: Rumours Of Glory   Collection:General
Artist:Cockburn, Bruce   Added:Feb 2015
Label:True North Records  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2015-02-06 Pull Date: 2015-04-10
Week Ending: Apr 12 Mar 15 Mar 8 Mar 1 Feb 22 Feb 15
Airplays: 1 1 2 1 3 4

Recent Airplay
1. Apr 09, 2015: The Sunset Life
Grinning Moon
4. Mar 04, 2015: Brownian Motion
Ribbon Of Darkness
2. Mar 08, 2015: Emergency Crew Week 7 Part 2
Wise Users
5. Feb 23, 2015: Clean Copper Radio
My Beat
3. Mar 07, 2015: Emergency Crew Week 7 Part 1
My Beat
6. Feb 19, 2015: The Sunset Life
Beautiful Creatures

Album Review
Your Imaginary Friend
Reviewed 2015-02-04
Cockburn (pronounced “Co-burn”) has a career that spans five decades as a folkie activist to a guitarist extraordinaire delving into fusion. His lyrics always speak out on a range of issues: native rights, land mines, human rights, war atrocities, and the atrocities of love. This is two promotional discs of a 9 disc box set that accompanies the release of his written memoirs. Disc 7 has his trademark electric sound, folkie but tinged with a prog, almost King Crimson sound. Disc 8 sounds older, more folkie/acoustic,more of the Leo Kotke/Takoma school that I believe he was part of in the 60’s. Can’t describe the beauty of some of these songs in words so I suggest you just play them. Really glad we got this. Start with disc 8 track 10, “all the beautiful creatures are going away” or disc 7 track 4 “you’ve never seen everything”(yikes, so dark).

Disc 7: Mostly electric stuff.

1) (6:17) midpaced sway, pretty, lush instrumentation, vague lyrics
2)* (6:18) trickle down: upbeat border jazz prog about big business, greed, corporations
3)* (6:57) spoken styled vocs over a nice mindful rock, heavy topics, war in SE Asia, excellent with pretty sung chorus
4)* (9:16) intense spoken word over slow dreamlike music, "you've never seen everything", creepy disturbing
5) (4:37) almost upbeat with female backups in the chorus, commentary on city life, pleasant
6) (5:03) nice looping guitar, music, very Adrian Belew in chorus, good catchy music
7) (5:17) FCC shit, slower with piano, anti war, gulf/Iraq, subtle though
8) (6:23) pretty with 12 string guitar, about Baghdad atrocities the USA has brought
9) (5:52) simple nursery rhyme structure, nice
10)* (5:11) drop dead beautiful, heart wrenching about animals going extinct, Slow acoustic, dark, PLAY
11) (6:52) full band pop feel

Disc 8: More folky simple ss folk songs, less electric band. Bruce Springsteen Nebraska

1) (1:21) acoustic brief national anthem like
2) (5:41) slight African David Byrne music feel, love song?
3) (4:21) alone w 12 string guitar, folky singer writer slight blues 12 bar love song
4)* (7:25) sing song with guitar and violin, social commentary "use it wisely", beautiful song for sure
5) (3:32) guit vocs only, simple nice folk
6) (3:52) twangy full band, acoustic driven, "the whole night sky", really nice, very Bruce
7)* (5:47) solo acoustic guitar, a little dissonant, almost Nick Drake dark
8)* (4:11) killer tape treated pretty echoey guitar with drone, simple melody vocs overlaid
9) (6:07) acoustic guitar urgent, is there an electric version on other disc?, just good songwriting
10) (1:24) cool instrumental guitar excursion
11) (3:25) pretty sad toned song, guitar and weepy cello, loneliness?
12)* (3:30) baritone guitar, sad song about heartbreak, breakup, ouch
13) (3:55) swampy Louisiana bluesy w trombone, whimsical feeling

Track Listing
1. All Our Dark Tomorrows   13. Water Walker Theme
2. Trickle Down   14. My Hometown Avalon
3. Postcards From Cambodia   15. Wise Users
4. You've Never Seen Everything   16. Going Down The Road
5. My Beat   17. Whole Night Sky
6. Tried And Tested   18. Grinning Moon
7. Tell The Universe   19. Starflight Song
8. This Is Bahgdad   20. Come Down Healing
9. Mystery   21. Mystery Walk
10. Beautiful Creatures   22. The Trains Dont Run Here Anymore
11. The Light Goes On Forever   23. Ribbon Of Darkness
12. Juan Carlos Theme   24. Honey Babe Let The Deal Go Down