To be active and relevant in music for 50 years is a significant achievement for any individual recording artist. The same can be said for any independent record label. To achieve this milestone together as an artist and label team without interruption has to be one of the most extraordinarily rare events in music.
To celebrate this milestone, Bruce Cockburn and True North Records have announced ‘True North – A 50th Anniversary Box Set’, which is a limited edition vinyl box set containing three of Bruce’s most significant recordings. The first album where it all started, the self-titled debut Bruce Cockburn along with two albums that have never before been released on vinyl; The Charity of Night and Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu.
Each of the three albums has been re-mastered by Bruce’s long-time producer, Colin Linden, and is pressed on coloured vinyl. The five-180 gram discs are contained in original artwork sleeves adapted from the original designs by the acclaimed graphic designer Michael Wrycraft, and housed in an individually numbered box signed personally by the artist. There will be only a limited initial pressing.
Bruce was in fact the first artist signed to True North Records, which was founded by Bruce’s manager, Bernie Finkelstein, and first operated from a Yorkville Avenue phone booth. Bruce’s debut self-titled album was the label’s first album release on April 7, 1970, produced by Eugene Martynec, with the catalog number TN1. Fifty years on, Bruce Cockburn still records for True North Records, which released his 34th album “Crowing Ignites” in late 2019.
Although Mr. Finkelstein sold True North Records to entrepreneurs Geoff Kulawick, Harvey Glatt and Michael Pilon in 2007, it continues to be a vital independent label signing and relasing records by Bruce alongside many of Canada’s leading singer-songwriters, and musicians, including Buffy Sainte-Marie, Murray McLauchlan, Matt Andersen, Colin James, Sass Jordan, Sue Foley, Natalie MacMaster, and Jimmy Rankin.
“In 1969, when I was feeling the need to record an album of the songs I’d been writing, I had no concept of what that might lead to. In some organic way it felt like it was time. The future wasn’t really an issue. It still isn’t. For each of us, there’s a future or there isn’t.
But looking back over the arc of 50 years of recording, performing, and travel, not to mention relationships and personal challenges,” he continued, “I can only shake my head and mutter a word of thanks for all of it.”
“Even if I’d been a planner by nature, I doubt I could have predicted how things have gone… and they’re still going!”
Pre-Order the box set, HERE.
Cockburn has also scheduled fall tour dates celebrating the 50th Anniversary Additional updates and ticket information can be found through the official Bruce Cockburn website and the complete list of tour dates is below.
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