ASHES TO DIAMONDS TOM COCHRANE

1993 - EMI Music Canada

Ashes to Diamonds - Tom Cochrane

The three-CD box set Ashes To Diamonds at least closes the chapter neatly on the heartland rocker’s Red Rider period. The set includes one track from Cochrane’s obscure 1974 solo release, then chronicles the various Red Rider albums, from 1980’s Don’t Fight It to 1988’s Victory Day. Only one track (the hit “Life Is A Highway”) appears from his current Mad Mad World solo phase. The emphasis on demo versions, live tracks, previously unreleased material and radio sessions makes this collection more interesting for die-hard fans than for newcomers looking for an easy primer.

Review by Roch Parisien

Track Listing

Disc 1

  1. White Hot [5:06]
  2. How’s My Little Girl Tonight [4:07]
  3. Make Myself Complete [3:34]
  4. Avenue “A” (Demo Version) [3:10]
    recorded in 1978 for the Red Rider album “Don’t Fight It”
  5. Don’t Fight It [4:18]
  6. Charlie Was A Dancer [3:03]
  7. Lunatic Fringe [4:21]
  8. Cowboys In Hong Kong (Previously Unreleased Alternate Version) [4:24]
    recorded in 1980 for the Red Rider album “As Far As Siam”
  9. You’re Going To Haunt Me (Previously Unreleased) [4:33]
    recorded in 1980 for the Red Rider album “As Far As Siam”
  10. What Have You Go To Do (To Get Off Tonight) [3:19]
  11. Thru The Curtain [3:18]
  12. Avenue “A” – Live [3:12]
    recorded live at Saskatchewan Place, Saskatoon in October 1991
  13. White Hot – Live [6:22]
    recorded live at the Trocadaro, PA in 1986

Disc 2

  1. Light In The Tunnel [2:25]
  2. Power (Strength In Numbers) [3:54]
  3. Human Race [2:57]
  4. Can’t Turn Back – Live [9:01]
    recorded live at Walker Theatre, Winnipeg in November 1991
  5. Napoleon Sheds His Skin [5:51]
  6. Lunatic Fringe – Live [4:28]
    recorded live during a 1988 Command Performance show
  7. Walking The Fine Line [4:50]
  8. Sight’s On You (Demo Version) [5:31]
    recorded in 1982 for the Red Rider album “Neruda”
  9. Neruda (Previously Unreleased) [2:09]
    recorded in 1983 for the Red Rider album “Neruda”
  10. Breaking Curfew [4:02]
  11. Among The Ruins (I’ll Be Here) [4:32]
  12. Ocean Blues (Emotion Blue) (Demo Version) [5:25]
    recorded in 1985 for the album “Tom Cochrane and Red Rider”
  13. Time For A Change (Previously Unreleased/Demo Version) [4:58]
    recorded in 1985 for the album “Tom Cochrane and Red Rider”
  14. Bird On A Wire – Live [4:08]
    recorded live at Massey Hall, Toronto in November 1991

 

Disc 3

  1. Boy Inside The Man [5:17]
    European 7″ mix
  2. Ashes To Diamonds [4:38]
  3. The Untouchable One [4:30]
  4. Love Under Fire [4:46]
  5. Citizen Kane [4:20]
    12″ dance version
  6. Boy Inside The Man – Live [4:27]
    recorded live during a 1989 Swinging on a Star show
  7. Victory Day [4:23]
  8. Son’s Beat Down [4:29]
  9. Good Times – Live [4:07]
    recorded live at The Saddledome, Calgary in October 1991
  10. Not So Far Away – Live [3:12]
    recorded live in Africa 1990
  11. Big League – Live [4:16]
    recorded live during a 1989 Swinging on a Star show
  12. Sinking Like A Sunset – Live [6:26]
    recorded live by Bob Shindle during a 1991 Command Performance show
  13. The Secret Is To Know When To Stop – Live [4:33]
    recorded live by Bob Shindle during a 1992 Swinging on a Star show
  14. Life Is A Highway [4:26]

Produced By
Compilation Produced by John Webster & Tom Cochrane

Notes
Three disc/cassette compilation set covering Tom’s solo and Red Rider career. Includes previously unreleased demos and live versions.