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Nothing But a Burning Light

Album: Nothing But a Burning Light
# Song Title   Time
1)    Dream Like Mine, A
2)    Kit Carson
3)    Mighty Trucks of Midnight
4)    Soul of a Man
5)    Great Big Love
6)    One of the Best Ones
7)    Somebody Touched Me
8)    Cry of a Tiny Babe
9)    Actions Speak Louder
10)    Indian Wars
11)    When It's Gone, It's Gone
12)    Child of the Wind
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Bruce Cockburn (vocals, guitar); T-Bone Burnett (guitar); Mark O'Connor (violin); Booker T. Jones (organ); Larry Klein, Michael Been (bass); Jim Keltner (drums, percussion); Michael Blair (percussion); Sam Phillips, Jackson Browne (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Pat McCarthy.
  • Nothing but a Burning Light, Bruce Cockburn's first release for Columbia, teams him with producer T-Bone Burnett, whose singer/songwriter background, and spiritual leanings, seemed to be a perfect match. Throughout, Burnett's production is understated, allowing Cockburn's voice, guitar, and songs to lead the way over a solid foundation of bass, drums, and tasteful organ by Booker T. Jones. This sort of sympathetic production brings out the best in Cockburn and his material, which is consistently strong. Songs such as "Kit Carson," "Mighty Trucks of Midnight," and "Indian Wars" continue the weightier concerns of his work of the past decade, but the majority of the record takes on a more personal, introspective tone. "One of the Best Ones" and "Great Big Love" are winning affirmations of love and life, while the retelling of the nativity, "Cry of a Tiny Babe," is as beautiful and moving a contemporary Christmas song as you're likely to hear. Cockburn also decides to include a rare cover, his excellent reading of the Blind Willie Johnson gospel-blues "Soul of a Man," which fits nicely in the whole of the album. Though it may lack the immediate power, Nothing but a Burning Light is Bruce Cockburn's best since his 1984 release Stealing Fire. Jackson Browne and Sam Phillips guest on backing vocals. ~ Brett Hartenbach
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (2/92, p.44) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "..may be his most satisfying collection to date...Strong, memorable songs are mated to a generally appealing persona of gritty folksiness.."

New York Times (Publisher) (1/1/92) - "..The Canadian singer and songwriter brings a new warmth to his usual mixture of mysticism, politics and romance.."
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