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Speechless [Import]

Bruce Cockburn Audio CD
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1. Foxglove
2. Train In The Rain
3. Water Into Wine
4. Elegy
5. Mistress Of Storms
6. Rouler Sa Bosse
7. Salt Sun And Time
8. Islands In A Black Sky
9. Rise And Fall
10. Sunrise On The Mississippi
11. King Kong Goes To Tallahassee
12. When It's Gone, It's Gone
13. Deep Lake
14. The End Of All Rivers
15. Sunwheel Dance

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance without words Dec 26 2005
By Friederike Knabe TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not many singer-songwriters can present something new with a compilation CD spanning 35 years of their artistic career. It has worked brilliantly for critically acclaimed Canadian icon, Bruce Cockburn. In particular, the collection features compositions from the early seventies that may no longer be familiar. Others are taken from various recordings made in the nineties. Three pieces are new creations recorded especially for this CD. Expertly produced by Bruce and long term friend and collaborator Colin Linden, they all sound new and fresh. Bruce is a acoustic guitar virtuoso as well as a composer expressing himself in many styles and rhythms: from blues to jazz to country and folk. The result is one hour and eight minutes of total listening pleasure.
Taking instrumental pieces from different recordings into a special collection gives them more prominence than when presented in between his usually powerful songs with lyrics. Combined together they underscore Cockburn's the creative strength. They succeed in drawing the listener into a rich, diverse, melodious and expressive world where words are not needed and the mind can wander. The slow and haunting "Deep Lake" from the CD "Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu" or the new recording "The End of All Rivers" come to mind. Beautiful! Personally, I am not able to specify any favourites among the pieces. While some Cockburn fans might miss the lyrics and Bruce's distinctive voice, I am certain this CD will open his music to a wider general audience. [Friederike Knabe]
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5.0 out of 5 stars This CD Will Grow on You Aug. 29 2012
By Alan
Format:Audio CD
At first I did not know what to expect from this CD. Interestingly, to me, the weakest piece is the first song. But after that, the CD simply builds on the work, and with each listening, the music simply grows on you. I highly recommend this CD, especially for those who enjoy instrumental guitar pieces. The collection is beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very worthy album April 8 2006
Format:Audio CD
I have been waiting for this album for quite a while now. Don't get me wrong - I really like Bruce's thoughtful and provoking lyrics (I like to think of his songs as poetry set to music), but he is also a great musician, and he can paint a picture without words just as well as he can with words. I love it that I can now, when I just want to let the music wash over me, listen to just one CD rather than having to shuffle the dozen or so albums that he has done over the years that include instrumental pieces - it's a lot more relaxing that way.
True, 11 of the pieces here are "old" and can be found spread out over 8 or 9 albums, but 3 pieces are brand new, and one was only available in Japan until now. That doesn't change the fact that these are still great pieces of music and great to listen to. This is a compilation album, and compilation albums are a blend of old and new. It seems silly to complain that it follows the well-established format for a compilation album and rate it artificially low because of that. I will be looking forward to the new Cockburn album which is supposed to be coming out this year, but I will be enjoying this album in the meantime (if I can manage to keep it out of the hands of the kids, who also enjoy it a lot).
Bottom line: if you like good lyrical guitar music that tells a story and that you can relax to, this is a good album to get. And it's a good introduction to Bruce Cockburn as a musician rather than just as a singer/songwriter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another side of cockburn Jan. 5 2006
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Bruce Cockburn is known as a briliant singer/songwriter with profound messages and causes. Having seen him in concert throughout the years, beginning in the late sixties in a coffehouse (church) in Edmonton to recent Folk Music festivals with a full band, I have always been impressed with his musicianship. His brilliant guitar work is showcased on this aptly titled cd 'Speechless' and though this record may be taken from old discs, it is a hell of a collection.
Cockburn for once does not let you know what is wrong with the world, instead we are treated to an album of beautiful music.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cockburn Displays His Instrumental Prowess Oct. 6 2005
By Steve Vrana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well into his fourth decade of recording (his self-titled debut was released in 1970), Bruce Cockburn has not been able to break out of his cult status in the United States despite his enormous popularity in his native Canada (where he has earned numerous Juno Awards). In fact, most Americans--if they have heard of him at all--only know Cockburn (pronounced "co-burn") from his lone 1980 minor hit "Wondering Where the Lions Are" or perhaps from the heavy rotation on MTV of "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" from 1984's STEALING FIRE. And that's a damn shame. Not only is Cockburn a distinguished singer-songwriter, he is an accomplished guitarist as this collection attests to.

There are only three new recordings, in addition to "Rise and Fall" from 1999 and previously only available in Japan. The remaining eleven tracks are taken from earlier albums. The oldest track is "Sunwheel Dance" (from the album of the same name) and like much of his early Seventies work has a very folky feel to it.

Some of the tracks mine a definite jazz groove like "Rouler Sa Bosse" from 1974's SALT SUN AND TIME and "Mistress of Storms" from 1996's THE CHARITY OF NIGHT. [The former includes Jack Zaza on clarinet and the latter features Gary Burton on vibes.]

Of the three new tunes, Cockburn performs solo guitar on the atmospheric "Elegy" with hints of Spanish influences, and "King Kong Goes to Tallahasse" is a lazy blues number that invokes John Fahey at his most melodic. On the final new recording, "The End of All Rivers," Cockburn incorporates world music elements by also playing Tibetan bowl and Navajo flute.

If you're looking for a solid introduction to the guitar prowess of this amazing musician, this collection does a thorough job of sampling Cockburn's entire career. SPEECHLESS may not have lyrics, but it speaks volumes. [Running Time - 68:50] VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance without words Dec 26 2005
By Friederike Knabe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Not many singer-songwriters can present something new with a compilation CD spanning 35 years of their artistic career. It has worked brilliantly for critically acclaimed Canadian icon, Bruce Cockburn. In particular, the collection features compositions from the early seventies that may no longer be familiar. Others are taken from various recordings made in the nineties. Three pieces are new creations recorded especially for this CD. Expertly produced by Bruce and long term friend and collaborator Colin Linden, they all sound new and fresh. Bruce is a acoustic guitar virtuoso as well as a composer expressing himself in many styles and rhythms: from blues to jazz to country and folk. The result is one hour and eight minutes of total listening pleasure.

Taking instrumental pieces from different recordings into a special collection gives them more prominence than when presented in between his usually powerful songs with lyrics. Combined together they underscore Cockburn's creative strength. They succeed in drawing the listener into a rich, diverse, melodious and expressive world where words are not needed and the mind can wander. The slow and haunting "Deep Lake" from the CD "Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu" or the new recording "The End of All Rivers" come to mind. Beautiful! Personally, I am not able to specify any favourites among the pieces. While some Cockburn fans might miss the lyrics and Bruce's distinctive voice, I am certain this CD will open his music to a wider general audience. [Friederike Knabe]
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but . . . . Oct. 7 2005
By Robert E. Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
With all due respect to Eric Clapton, I believe that Bruce Cockburn is the guitar virtuoso of the age. Anyone that's attended one of BC's concerts comes away amazed at how he reinterprets studio album cuts so that they sound fresh and new. And that's why I, a dyed in the wool BC fan, am somewhat disappointed in SPEECHLESS.

Of the 15 tracks on this instrumental album, 11 are the original album performances; 3 are new, and 1 was only available previously in Japan. How I wish Bruce could have given us new renderings of the "classics" featured on SPPECHLESS. I'm not about to cast my copy of the album out the window, but think it could have been even better. Just the same, SPEECHLESS is worthy of a place on the BC fan's shelf.
23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT TITLE FOR HOW HIS TECHNIQUE WILL LEAVE YOU Sept. 27 2005
By o dubhthaigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Anyone who has paid the least bit of attention to Cockburn knows that he is a formidable guitarist. A graduate of Berklee along with Pat Metheny, and clearly influenced by the immortal Mississippi John Hurt, Cockburn has sprinkled his CDs with instrumental tracks of wonder through out his career. Some of the very best of those are collected here along with three newer efforts that will leave you stunned and smiling. You'd handily sell your soul to any divination to play half this well.

There really is no other message to this. This is just fantatstic guiatr playing, soulful, joyful, intricate, simple. Like Teilhard de Chardin, Cockburn seeks to hold both ends of the string. He does so with a sense of wonder. Prepare your sensibilities to become spellbound!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars something great for the new year Jan. 9 2006
By R. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
All in all, `Speechless` is an excellent album but it is still slightly disappointing because Brucie's new distributors do seem to be a little too keen to run the fanbase for all its worth. After downloading a number of the `bonus tracks` from I-Tunes, that drove the point home that Rounder Records really are just in it for the money. (Before any of the Cockburnistas come after me, I own 99.9% of BC's official catalogue so I know of what I speak.)

With all that said, Bruce Cockburn is easily one of the best guitarists out there so the music is still top form. This would be a great introduction for someone who perhaps isn't bowled over by introspective lyrics or is more inclined to the `giants` of jazz or folk guitar (Pat Metheny or Bert Jansch spring to mind) Secondly, even though it's tagged as an instrumental album Cockburn is speaking very clearly through his guitar. The older pieces such as Foxglove, Rouler Sa Bosse and Islands In A Black Sky hold together well and the `new` tracks prove that he hasn't lost any of his old form. A worthy addition to yours or a friends collection.
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