I’ve seen Bruce Cockburn twice so far. The first time was at Bogart’s in Cincinnati with a full band, and the sec­ond time solo at the Kentucky Theater. Both shows were excellent.

danc­ing in the dragon’s jaws is the first album I heard from Cockburn. It has been in my col­lec­tion in some form since 1979. This is Cockburn’s 9th album of rough­ly 30 so far (I have col­lect­ed 14) and is my favorite and prob­a­bly his most pop­u­lar album. If you’ve nev­er heard it, I can almost guar­an­tee that you’ll like it.

Album Information

1.         “Creation Dream”                 Cockburn                  4:00
2.         “Hills of Morning”                 Cockburn                  4:25
3.         “Badlands Flashback”        Cockburn                  6:12
4.         “Northern Lights”                 Cockburn                  4:06
5.         “After the Rain”                    Cockburn                  3:59
6.         “Wondering Where the Lions Are” Cockburn      3:42
7.         “Incandescent Blue”            Cockburn                  4:35
8.         “No Footprints”                     Cockburn                  5:38

Bonus Material on Rounder Records 2002 Release

9.         “Dawn Music”                       Cockburn (?)             4:28
10.      “Bye Bye Idi”                         Cockburn (?)             4:41

Bruce Cockburn: Guitar, Chimes, Synthesizer, Dulcimer
Pat Godfrey: Piano and Marimba, Background Vocals (“Wondering Where the Lions Are”)
Robert Boucher: Bass
Bob DiSalle: Drums
Larry “Silky Fingers” Silvera: Bass and Background Vocals (“Wondering Where the Lions Are”)
Ben Bow: Drums and Background Vocals (“Wondering Where the Lions Are”)
Cover paint­ing: Norval Morrisseau (1932–2007) paint­ed in 1979
Inside pho­to­graph: Christopher Dew
Art direc­tion: Bart Schoales

Released   1979
Recorded   Gary Gray at Manta Sound, Toronto, May-June, 1979
Length        36:37
Label          True North 1979 Rounder Records 2002
Producer    Gene Martynec
Assistant    Frank Kitson

  • Jeff Brandt

    Jeff has been a music fan since the age of 7 when the album Meet the Beatles hit the streets. He grew up in Hoptown and went to col­lege at UK a cou­ple of times. He retired in 2016 and is cur­rent­ly amass­ing his music col­lec­tion. Jeff says he loves being retired but is tired of quarantining.