Rarities – digital album

Bruce Cockburn - Rarities digital album 2022
Rarities digital album 2022

RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2022
PURCHASE: True North Records

Rarities will be available on November 25, 2022, on all digital platforms including Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Amazon Music and Deezer. An advance single, the theme song from the 1983 Bill Mason directed National Film Board film Waterwalker launches the digital album release. Listen to Waterwalker Theme on the official True North Store here.

On Rarities, Bruce Cockburn is finally sharing sixteen rarely heard and newly mastered recordings with digital music consumers. These include two previously unreleased songs that are not included on the Rumours Of Glory limited-edition box set, and four remastered tracks that only appeared on tribute compilation albums dedicated to Gordon Lightfoot, Pete Seeger, Mississippi Sheiks and Mississippi John Hurt.

On Rarities are two songs not available on the previous box set: “Twilight On The Champlain Sea” featuring Ani DiFranco, originally intended to be on Life Short Call Now and used on the Japan-only release; and 1966’s “Bird Without Wings,” the oldest Cockburn demo from his personal vault, later recorded by Ottawa’s 3’s A Crowd and produced by The Mamas & the Papas’ Mama Cass.

For song lyrics please go to Disc 8, here.

1. Juan Carlos Theme (1:18)
2. Waterwalker (5:41)
3. My Hometown Avalon (4:21)
4. Wise Users (7:23)
5. Going Down The Road (3:31)
6. The Whole Night Sky (Alternate Version) (3:51)
7. Grinning Moon (5:46)
8. Song For Touring Around The Stars (4:10)
9. Come Down Healing (6:07)
10. Mystery Walk (Instrumental) (1:23)
11. The Trains Don’t Run Here Anymore (Re-Mastered) (3:22)
12. Ribbon of Darkness (Re-Mastered) (3:27)
13.Turn Turn Turn (Re-Mastered) (4:44)
14. Honey Babe Let The Deal Go Down (Re-Mastered) (3:55)

15. Twilight on the Champlain Sea featuring Ani DiFranco (5:51)

Pigeon on a railing looking down at the river
River that flows where there used to be sea
So long ago nobody remembers
Just these shells you dig up where there used to be trees
After every conversation with someone I want to know
It’s like I didn’t take enough of them or leave enough of me
I’m just too hungry

Sun goes off the water, there’s a ring around the moon
All-embracing darkness will be taking over soon
There’s a cloud of witness in the houses, hills and passing cars
The cameras, cops and voyeurs who all want to be pop stars
There’s a kink in my dick that started when my baby said goodbye
Still I thank her now for reminding me how I always loved the sky
I’m an air sign after all

Respect, okay, but that’s a basic human right
Everybody gets that until they prove they’re not entitled
I want something more from you and I don’t mean casual sex
That never really worked for me, maybe in my next life
A water-logged sponge is how the mirror paints my face
A troll under that pigeon’s bridge curled in his hiding place
I jam my hat hard on my head to hold that monster down
Just can’t shake the feeling you and I could once be found
In the same skin
In the same skin

Written in 2006

Bass: David Piltch
Electric Piano: Jon Goldsmith
Additional Keys: Julie Wolf
Drums, Percussion: Gary Craig
Backing Vocal: Ani DiFranco
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Réalisation: Jon Goldsmith
Engineered by/Prise de Son: Jeff McMurrich
Recorded at/Enregistré au Studio: National Treasures’ studio at/à Puck’s Farm, Schomberg

Previously released exclusively in Japan on the album Life Short Call Now (2006)
ISRC CAT242100127 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 2006 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

In the circle of your arms
I could have set the sun in silver
And made for you a ring so fine
If we had grown together, babe
We might have made it to the sea-shore
And left this muddy river far behind
Ah, but I couldn’t find the key
That would unlock these chains of mine
And my songs were not complete enough to sing
I could only feel your music one line at a time
And there’s no chance for a bird without wings

If only I had read
The meaning that your eyes held
As they shone like diamonds burning in the dawn
But the raindrops in my own
Changed the colour of the sky
And I just sat and helplessly looked on
So I’ll go on worshipping my world of faded dreams
Though the church bells are of lead and will not ring
And to those who try to tell themselves I’m more than what I seem
I say, What good is a bird without wings?

Bird Without Wings 1968

Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Previously unreleased. Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio H.H. Bloom Sound Enterprises, Ottawa in/en 1966.
ISRC CAT242100128 / Publisher: Holy Drone Corp.
(P) 1966 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records




Track Notes:
Compiled and ReMastered by Peter Moore at the E-Room

01 Juan Carlos Theme – 1:18
Keyboards: Janice Powers
Guitar: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn
Engineered by/Prise de Son: Colin Linden
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Pinhead Recorders, Toronto in/en 2000

Previously unreleased. From the soundtrack of the 2001 film The Man We Called Juan Carlos, directed and produced by Heather MacAndrew and David Springbett for Asterisk Productions. www.asterisk.ca Inedit. Tiree de la trame sonore du film The Man We Called Juan Carlos (2001), realisation: Heather MacAndrew et David Springbett pour Asterisk Productions. www.asterisk.ca ISRC CAT242100113 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 2000 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

02 Waterwalker Theme – 5:41
Violin, Drum Programming: Hugh Marsh
Guitar, Drum Programming, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn and/et Hugh Marsh
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Manta Sound, Toronto in/en 1983

Previously unreleased. From the soundtrack of the 1984 film Waterwalker, a production of the National Film Board of Canada, directed by Bill Mason. Inedit. Tiree de la trame sonore du film Waterwalker (1984), une production de L’Office Nationale du Film du Canada, realisation: Bill Mason.
ISRC CAT242100114 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 1983 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

03 Avalon, My Home Town – 4:21
Written by/Ecrit par: Mississippi John Hurt
Keyboard: Janice Powers
12-String Guitar, Harmonica, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn and/et Colin Linden
Engineered by/Prise de Son: Colin Linden
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Pinhead Recorders, Toronto in/en 2001

Previously unreleased/Inedit. Alternate version appears on the album/Version alternative tiree du disque Avalon Blues: A Tribute To The Music Of Mississippi John Hurt (Vanguard 79582-2, 2001).
ISRC CAT242100115 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 2001 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

04 Wise Users – 7:23
Violin: Hugh Marsh
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn
Engineered by/Prise de Son: Colin Linden
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Pinhead Recorders, Toronto in/en 1996

Originally released on the album Honor: A Benefit For The Honor The Earth Campaign (Daemon 19012-2, 1996)
ISRC CAT242100116 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 1996 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

05 Going Down The Road – 3:31
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Comfort Sound, Toronto in/en 1995

Demo recording by Bruce Cockburn, previously unreleased. Originally appeared on the soundtrack of the 1970 film Goin’ Down The Road, directed by Donald Shebib. Maquette inedite enregistree par Bruce Cockburn. Tiree de la trame sonore du film Goin’ Down The Road (1970), realisation: Donald Shebib.
ISRC CAT242100117 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 1995 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

06 The Whole Night Sky (Alternate Version)- 3:51
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Comfort Sound, Toronto in/en 1995

Demo recording by Bruce Cockburn, previously unreleased/Demo enregistre par Bruce Cockburn, inedit.
Final recorded version appears on the album/Version finale apparait sur l’album The Charity Of Night (True North TNSD150, 1996).
ISRC CAT242100118 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 1995 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

07 Grinning Moon – 5:46
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Comfort Sound, Toronto in/en 1995

Demo recording by Bruce Cockburn, previously unreleased/Demo enregistre par Bruce Cockburn.
ISRC: CAT242100119 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 1995 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

08 Song For Touring Around The Stars – 4:10
Lyrics by/Paroles: Kenji Miyazawa
Arranged by/Arrangement: Bruce Cockburn
Guitar, Keyboard, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Engineered by/Prise de Son: John Naslen
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Manta Sound, Toronto in/en 1993

Previously released exclusively in Japan. From the album Mental Sound Sketches (Sony SRCL 2800, 1993), a tribute to Kenji Miyazawa.
Inedite. Auparavant disponible exclusivement au Japon. Tire de l’album Mental Sounds Sketches, (Sony SRCL 2800, 1993), un hommage a Kenji Miyazawa.
ISRC: CAT242100120 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC/Copyright Control.
(P) 1993 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

09 Come Down Healing – 6:07
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Comfort Sound, Toronto in/en 1995

Demo recording by Bruce Cockburn, previously unreleased/Demo enregistre par Bruce Cockburn, inedit.
ISRC CAT242100121 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 1995 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

10 Mystery Walk – 1:23
Guitar: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn
Engineered by/Prise de Son: Colin Linden
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Pinhead Recorders, Toronto in/en 2000

Previously unreleased. From the soundtrack of the 2001 film The Man We Called Juan Carlos, directed and produced by Heather MacAndrew and David Springbett for Asterisk Productions. www.asterisk.ca / Inedit. Tiree de la trame sonore du film The Man We Called Juan Carlos (2001), realisation: Heather MacAndrew et David Springbett pour Asterisk Productions. www.asterisk.ca
ISRC CAT242100122 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 2000 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

11 The Trains Don’t Run Here Anymore (Re-Mastered) – 3:22
Written by/Ecrit par: Bruce Cockburn and/et William Hawkins
Cello: Anne Davison
12-String Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Ian Tamblyn
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Happy Rock Studio, Chelsea

Originally released on the album Dancing Alone: Songs Of William Hawkins (True North TND519, 2008) ISRC CAT242100123 / Holy Drone Corp.
(P) 2008 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

12 Ribbon Of Darkness (Re-Mastered) – 3:27
Written by/Ecrit par: Gordon Lightfoot
Mandolin: Colin Linden
Baritone Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Bruce Cockburn and/et Colin Linden
Engineered by/Prise de Son: Bob Lanois
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: The Shack, Ancaster

Originally released on the album Beautiful: A Tribute To Gordon Lightfoot (Borealis/Northern Blues BCDNBM500, 2003) ISRC CAT242100124 / Publisher: Moose Music.
(P) 2003 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

13 Turn, Turn, Turn (Re-Mastered) – 4:44
Written by/Ecrit par: Pete Seeger
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Realisation: Colin Linden
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Grant Avenue Studio, Hamilton in/en 1998

Originally released on the album Where Have All The Flowers Gone: The Songs Of Pete Seeger (Appleseed 1024, 1998) ISRC CAT242100125 / Publisher: Melody Trails Inc.
(P) 1998 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

14 Honey Babe Let The Deal Go Down (Re-Mastered) – 3:55
Written by/Ecrit par: The Missippi Sheiks
Bass: Keith Lowe
Drums: Matt Chamberlain
Hammon Organ: Wayne Horvitx
Trombone: William Carn
Weissenborn, Electric Guitar: Steve Dawson
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Backing Vocals: Alice Dawson, Steve Dawson, Wayne Horvitz, Daniel Keebler, Keith Lowe and/et Carrie Robinson
Produced by/Realisation: Steve Dawson
Engineered by/Prise de Son: Cameron Nicklaus, Steve Dawson and/et David Travers-Smith
Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio: Avast! Recording Co., Seattle; The Henhouse, Vancouver; Found Sound, Toronto

Originally released on the album Things About Comin’ My Way: A Tribute To The Music Of The Mississippi Sheiks (Black Hen BHCD0055, 2009)
ISRC 242100126 / Publisher: Public Domain.
(P) 2009 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

15 Twilight on the Champlain Sea – 5:51
Bass: David Piltch
Electric Piano: Jon Goldsmith
Additional Keys: Julie Wolf
Drums, Percussion: Gary Craig
Backing Vocal: Ani DiFranco
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn
Produced by/Réalisation: Jon Goldsmith
Engineered by/Prise de Son: Jeff McMurrich
Recorded at/Enregistré au Studio: National Treasures’ studio at/à Puck’s Farm, Schomberg

Previously released exclusively in Japan on the album Life Short Call Now (2006)
ISRC CAT242100127 / Publisher: Rotten Kiddies Music LLC.
(P) 2006 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records
16 Bird Without Wings – 4:00
Guitar, Vocal: Bruce Cockburn

Previously unreleased. Recorded at/Enregistre au Studio H.H. Bloom Sound Enterprises, Ottawa in/en 1966.
ISRC CAT242100128 / Publisher: Holy Drone Corp.
(P) 1966 High Romance Music a div. of Linus Entertainment Inc. Marketed by True North Records

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