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Stealing Fire (Deluxe Edition)

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Lovers In A Dangerous Time
Maybe The Poet
Sahara Gold
Making Contact
Peggy's Kitchen Wall
To Raise The Morning Star
If I Had A Rocket Launcher
Dust And Diesel
Yanqui Go Home
Call It The Sundance
Album Information

Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 50:48

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Still fresh


Lovers in A Dangerous Time is compelling. Peggy's Kitchen Wall and To Raise the Morning Star are underappreciated. It's amazing that music of this caliber never topped the charts. If I Had A Rocket Launcher, in particular, should have made #1 in 1984 - and still sounds means as much now as it did then. There's no justice in the music business -- but at least, we can listen to the songs now. Thanks, Mr. Cockburn, and thanks, emusic.

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Get It!


Amazing record tracks 1 & 8 are the standouts but I love 4 & 5 also. This album with Dancing In The Dragon's Jaw are two of my all time favorites.

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stop reading and buy this now


beautiful, powerful, scary, intense and personal.

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Takes me back


I first heard songs 7, 8, and 9 on CBC (Canada) shortwave while sitting on the porch of an adobe house in rural Honduras in 1984. I had been in Honduras with the Peace Corps for three years and these songs captured the political moment better than anything I had heard. I knew as soon as I got back to the USA that I'd have to buy this. I traveled through Guatemala several times during the death squad era. I never saw anything like Cockburn saw. But I saw enough that I fully relate to Rocket Launcher. Funny, but I think of it as one of the best protest songs of all times.

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Beautiful and Powerful


Side one (songs 1-5) is Cockburn in a lyrical, pensive mode, finding beauty in a tentative world. Side two (6-9 on the U.S. version) represents his sojourn into Nicaragua during the early 1980's Sandinista revolution. Incendiary and driven, yet ultimately optimistic, the music shines with his trademark guitar shimmer. The last 2 songs were only included on the Canadian version, but they both continue the themes found in tracks 1-9. This album holds strong memories for me from a formative time in my life. Tracks 1 & 8 are not only among Cockburn's finest, but two of the strongest songs to come out during the entire decade.

They Say All Music Guide

After visiting Central America, Bruce Cockburn recorded Stealing Fire, part of which passionately and eloquently details what he’d seen while in Nicaragua and Guatemala. With the opening track, the terse rocker “Lovers in a Dangerous Time,” Cockburn conveys both a sense of urgency and uncertainty. There’s a brief calm as the second half begins, before a triad of songs written about his time spent in Central America brings the record to a sober conclusion. These three tunes, which, like the majority of the album, sport a tight, worldbeat, folk and rock flavor, are the true highlights of Stealing Fire, and Cockburn at his very best. The first, “Nicaragua,” is part observation, part commentary, and part tribute to the Sandinista-led revolution in that country. “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” follows, and is arguably Cockburn’s most powerful merging of personal and political feelings. Written after witnessing Guatemalan refugees being chased across the border by gun-wielding helicopters, “Rocket Launcher” evokes not only the pain and suffering of the people, but the conflict between Cockburn’s pacifist leanings, and the vengeful anger and hatred incited by such a horrific sight. The Nicaraguan, road-inspired “Dust and Diesel” closes the record with a portrait of a country whose daily contrast of beauty and violence is summed up by the images of people who are proud, hopeful, passionate, afraid, and tired. Stealing Fire, despite a few less than compelling tracks, is the work of an artist at his peak. It also contains some of the most intensely significant material by a singer/songwriter in the 1980s. – Brett Hartenbach

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