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Early August 1999 -- Here's what Bruce Cockburn's record company - Rykodisc - has to say about the upcoming album (click logo for Ryko's Cockburn page), scheduled for worldwide release on 14 September 1999:

Ever-evolving his refined, thought provoking, and personal style, "Breakfast In New Orleans Dinner In Timbuktu" is the 25th Bruce Cockburn album. Characterized by a brightness and rhythmic buoyancy that, while moving forward, also harks back to some of Bruce's late-'70s/early-'80s dalliances with third world rhythms, the album further solidifies Bruce's ability to glide from strength to strength.

The spirited and more subtly political tack on Breakfast prominently utilizes female vocals on 8 of the album's 9 vocal tracks, including appearances from Lucinda Williams and Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins (who duets with Bruce on a cover of "Blueberry Hill"). It also incorporates the talent of Canadian Daniel Janke on kora, a 21-stringed African harp-lute, which Bruce was heavily exposed to during his 1998 travels through Mali (where he performed with both Toumani Diabate and Ali Farka Toure). Other guests on the eleven song album - the program being rounded out by 2 beautiful instrumentals - include keyboardist Richard Bell (The Band, Janis Joplin) and a host of musicians who have recorded and/or toured with Bruce in the past.

"Last Night Of The World," our first single, has more of a hook than any of the tracks we went to radio with from The Charity Of Night. This, coupled with Bruce's travels to Mali in 1998, his trip to Vietnam and Cambodia (on behalf of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation) [Editor's note: in 1999], a lengthy set-up time, and the overall strength of the record all poise us in good stead.

Go here for the track listing of "Breakfast In New Orleans, Dinner In Timbuktu".

To pre-order the album, which will be delivered to your home on the release date, or make enquiries about orders, use the following contact information. Online ordering information will follow.

Phone: 1-888-2-EARFUL (1-888-232-7385) for U.S customers, 978-825-3200 for Canadian customers, and 1-978-825-3269 for international customers. Hours are M-F, 2:00PM - 10:00pm, GMT. E-mail: Write to

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