ALBUMS:
-- Dart to the Heart (1994) --


Track Listing:
Click song titles to see lyrics, other albums the song appears on, and known comments by Bruce Cockburn on the song. Track lengths are not guaranteed as they occasionally change with format (i.e. CD/vinyl) and release version.

[1] Listen for the Laugh
[2] All the Ways I Want You
[3] Bone in My Ear
[4] Burden of the Angel/Beast
[5] Scanning These Crowds
[6] Southland of the Heart
[7] Train in the Rain
[8] Someone I Used to Love
[9] Love Loves You Too
[10] Sunrise on the Mississippi
[11] Closer to the Light
[12] Tie Me at the Crossroads

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Album Info:

Produced by T Bone Burnett
Record by Joe Schipp
Recorded at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, NY (March-1993)
Assistant Engineer: Chris Laidlaw
Technical Assistance: Anthony Aquilato
Also recorded at: Sunset Sound Recording, Los Angeles, CA (March-June 1993)
Assistant Engineer: Mike Pieliante
Horns recorded at Ocean Way, Los Angeles, CA (June, 1993)
Engineer: Noel Hazen
Mixed by Glyn Johns at Warnham Lodge Farm, West Sussex, England
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Stealing Sound, New York City
Art Direction: Sara Rutman, Chris Austopchuk
Photography: Dana Tynan

Thanks to all those who put up with, and put out for, the demands presented by the making of this record: Sue; T Bone and Sam; Glyn, Glynis, Ethan and Samantha; Dana; and all the players.

Also to: Bernie Finkelstein, Don Ienner, Steve Berkowitz, Derek Simon, Chris Austopchuk and John Laroque/Ring Music.

Musicians

Listen for the Laugh
Bruce Cockburn: guitar and vocal
Richard Bell: organ
Mickey Curry: drums
Colin Linden: slide guitar
Jerry Scheff: bass
Darrell Leonard: horn arrangement, trumpet
Christiaan Mostert: tenor saxophone
Greg Smith: baritone saxophone

All the Ways I want You
Bruce Cockburn: acoustic guitar and vocal
Richard Bell: organ
Mickey Curry: drums
Colin Linden: electric guitar and vocal
Jerry Scheff: bass
Greg Leisz: pedal steel

Bone in My Ear
Bruce Cockburn: charango and vocal
Richard Bell: accordian
T-Bone Burnett: drums
Christopher Parker: drums
Colin Linden: mandolin
Jerry Scheff: bass
Greg Leisz: pedal steel

Burden of the Angel/Beast
Bruce Cockburn: electric guitar and vocal
Richard Bell: Wurlitzer piano
T-Bone Burnett: organ
Christopher Parker: drums
Colin Linden: acoustic guitar, vocals
Jerry Scheff: bass

Scanning These Crowds
Bruce Cockburn: guitar and vocal
Richard Bell: organ
Mickey Curry: drums
Colin Linden: slide guitar, vocals
Jerry Scheff: bass
Darrell Leonard: horn arrangement, trumpet
Christiaan Mostert: tenor saxophone
Greg Smith: baritone saxophone

Southland of the Heart
Bruce Cockburn: guitar and vocal
Richard Bell: organ
Benmont Tench: drums
Colin Linden: slide guitar, vocals
Jerry Scheff: bass
Greg Leisz: pedal steel
Darrell Leonard: horn arrangement, trumpet
Christiaan Mostert: tenor saxophone
Greg Smith: baritone saxophone

Train in the Rain
Bruce Cockburn, guitar

Someone I Used to Love
Bruce Cockburn: acoustic guitar and vocal
Richard Bell: accordian
T-Bone Burnett: organ
Mickey Curry: drums
Colin Linden: mandolin
Jerry Scheff: bass
Greg Leisz: pedal steel

Love Loves You Too
Bruce Cockburn: electric guitar and vocal
Richard Bell: organ
Mickey Curry: drums
Colin Linden: acoustic guitar
Jerry Scheff: bass
Sam Phillips: vocal

Sunrise on the Mississippi
Bruce Cockburn, guitar

Closer to the Light
Bruce Cockburn: acoustic guitar and vocal
Richard Bell: organ
Christopher Parker: drums, (percussion not credited)
Colin Linden: electric guitar, vocal
Jerry Scheff: bass

Tie Me at the Crossroads
Bruce Cockburn: electric guitar and vocal
Richard Bell: organ, vocal
Mickey Curry: drums, vocal
Colin Linden: acoustic guitar, vocal
Jerry Scheff: bass, vocal
Sam Phillips: vocal
T-Bone Burnett: vocal
Stephen Bruton: vocal



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Known comments by Bruce Cockburn about this album, by date:

  • Spring 1993

    James Jensen: The album "Stealing Fire" saw acoustic guitar creep back into prominence on several tracks what brought that about?

    BC: Some of those pieces I wrote on acoustic guitar, if I happen to be holding an electric guitar in my hand when I get an idea it'll probably end up on the record. A lot of the songs on my current album (tentatively titled "Dart to the Heart") were written in hotel rooms and dressing rooms on the last tour so they're written on acoustic guitar because that's what I had at the time. When I'm at home and I have my stuff all set-up and plugged in I might write more on the electric. A lot of "Big Circumstance" was written traveling and that's why the acoustic had a bigger role again on that record.
    -- from an Interview by James Jensen at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, circa Spring 1993.


  • 21 October 1994

    "It's the first time I've ever done an album as focused as this one on the issue of the human heart," Cockburn says, discussing what could be called his first album of love songs. His love songs in the past, he says, have always had an emphasis in some other direction. Dart to the Heart keeps the emphasis close to the heart, a fact that even surprised Cockburn. "It was unusual to see it unfolding," he says. "The writing process is a random one. It's a case of grabbing what's there when the idea comes. I don't exercise a lot of editorial control over it until after the fact, so it is surprising, sometimes, to see where things are coming from."

    -- from "Cockburn Darts to the Heart This Time" by Toni Ruperto, USAToday, 21 October 1994. Anonymous Submission


  • 7 September 1996

    Nora Young: What were you going for musically on this recording [The Charity of Night]?

    BC: Something different. The last two albums, there's been a kind of deliberately "rootsy", if I can use that term, approach. Especially on [Nothing But a] Burning Light, and that carried over onto Dart to the Heart, which was the album that followed that.

    -- from "Definitely Not the Opera", CBC Radio, Interviewer: Nora Young, 7 September 1996. Anonymous Submission.


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