"This is one you will play over and over again and never get tired of. Every song is well written and is beautiful in its own way. The music has kind of a dreamlike quality without being too introspective."
Excellent Early Cockburn
Kenaz Filan | New York, NY United States | 09/26/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While this isn't quite up to the standards of masterpieces like *In the Falling Dark" or "Dancing in the Dragons Jaws," it's still a worthy effort with some real moments of intelligence, feeling and transcendent beauty. Some of the songs are starting to sound a bit dated: "Happy Good Morning Blues" should follow Jackie Paper and Puff the Magic Dragon to the Land of Honah Lee, and "Let Us Go Laughing" meanders a bit without ever really picking up steam. But patience pays off here. "Golden Serpent Blues" is one of Cockburn's best, with a haunting melody bolstered by some gorgeous piano work. Following it is yet another standout, the title track. These are both classic Cockburn; although he wasn't yet identifying as a Christian, the deep mystical strain which would appear through much of his later work (and, sadly, disappear from many of his more stridently political songs) is evident. "One Day I Walk" and "Love Song" show Cockburn's poetical side: the latter evokes St. John of the Cross more than Leonard Cohen or the Cure. He hadn't yet hit his full stride as a musician -- the arrangements remain rather conventional country-folk, without the jazzy rhythms and instrumental virtuosity which grace much of his later work. Still, this is a solid album: if you're a fan of early 70s folk-rock singers, you'll love this CD. Cockburn developing his talent is still miles above most anyone else playing today..."
Jennifer | West Virginia | 10/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am in the process of collecting Mr. Cockburn's complete discography and ordered this one after reading the other reviews. This is my first review of any of his work because I feel inadequate to describe his talent. This album does take me back to the 70's but the sound is so far superior to anything else I listen to (or have ever heard) from that time period. The digital remastering amazes me because I can hear his fingers slide along the guitar strings and hear the small inflections in his voice. I don't want to decribe the individual songs but please order this if you are a fan. I cannot imagine you would be disappointed."
J. McAndrew | USA | 05/17/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD has a melodic, almost innocent feel that none of his other offerings have. This is one of his first efforts, and it is so pure. I have never listened to a CD that so completely and richly evokes images in one's mind and sweet memories.
What a rich jazz piano in Golden Serpent Blues! This is an incredible musician. The 60's style music takes me back to high school days and days of counseling at Ramapo Anchorage. Jeffrey McAndrew
author of "Our Brown-Eyed Boy""
A Folk MASTERPEICE!
Carl Johnson | Detroit, MI United States | 10/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love Bruce. I disagree with the one reviewer that play this recording down by comparing it to his mid-seventies work. Bruce CLEARLY put a lot of effort in the writing of the pieces on this record- His FINEST folk work! Bruce has had several distinct musical and political transformations in his career. Honest, and on the complex side of the new folk tradition of the late sixties and early seventies, this is melodically dark, somber and intricate: This is his BEST folk work! I am sorry if you don't agree. Yes, there isn't a lot of "commercial " songs on this recording. These are mostly introspective... but there are some fun ones too! Simply awesome FOLK spin (and I listen to a lot of folk music)!!!! Sorry, but this is a masterpiece!"