April Wine – 6CD Box Set Caroline Records (2016) FLAC

Artist……………: April Wine
Album…………….: First Glance
Genre…………….: Hard Rock
Source……………: CD
Year……………..: 2016
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Channels………….: Stereo / 44100 HZ / 16 Bit
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April Wine formed in late 1969 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but vocalist/guitarist Myles Goodwyn, guitarist David Henman, drummer Ritchie Henman, and bassist Jimmy Henman soon moved to Montreal.
“Fast Train,” their first hit, appeared in 1971, the same year as the self-titled debut album. Jimmy Henman left soon after and was replaced by Jimmy Clench. The next year brought the band’s first Canadian number one single, “You Could Have Been a Lady,” from On Record. David and Ritchie Henman left before the next album, Electric Jewels, could be recorded; they were replaced by Jerry Mercer and Gary Moffet. After April Wine Live (1974) and Stand Back (1975), Steve Lang replaced Clench, who left to join Bachman-Turner Overdrive and later Loverboy. In 1976, The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy became the first Canadian album to go platinum and their resulting tour was the first to gross one million dollars. Forever for Now appeared in 1976, followed by April Wine Live at the El Mocambo in 1977. Guitarist Brian Greenway was added that same year, making the band a sextet. After 1978’s First Glance and 1979’s Harder…Faster, “Just Between You and Me” became April Wine’s biggest U.S. hit. The single (one of three Top 40 American singles by the band) propelled 1981’s Nature of the Beast to platinum record status. Power Play followed in 1982, and 1984’s Animal Grace was their last album. Myles Goodwyn recorded his first self-titled solo album in 1988. Four years later, all the original members regrouped for a Canadian tour, which convinced them to resume recording. “If You Believe in Me,” the band’s first single in eight years, was followed by 1993’s Attitude.

01 Get Ready for Love
02 Hot On The Wheels Of Love
03 Rock N’ Roll Is A Vicious Game
04 Right Down To It
05 Roller 6. Comin’ Right Down On Top Of Me
06 I’m Alive
07 Let Yourself Go
08 Silver Dollar

1979 Harder…..Faster

As suggested by its title, Harder…Faster sees veteran Canadian rockers April Wine taking things up a notch with relentless slabs of hard rock in “I Like to Rock” and “Ladies Man.” Also on hand is a memorable cool groover called “Say Hello,” a curious cover of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man,” and the dual personality of “Tonite,” which alternates between quiet balladry and all-out riffing. Band leader Myles Goodwyn even relinquishes the spotlight in a rare show of democracy to second guitarist Brian Greenway on the impressive “Before the Dawn.” Ultimately, this is a consistently strong album which sets the stage for what would be April Wine’s best effort, the following year’s The Nature of the Beast.

01 I Like to Rock
02 Say Hello
03 Tonite
04 Ladies Man
05 Before The Dawn
06 Babes In Arms
07 Better Do It Well
08 21st Century Schizoid Man

1981 The Nature Of The Beast

April Wine (like any good wine) got better with age, and the Canadians’ brightest moment only arrived over a decade into their career with 1981’s The Nature of the Beast. Opener “All Over Town” lurches into action on a lopsided riff before finding its awesome groove, — a groove they seldom abandon through and to the end of the disc. All-around frontman Myles Goodwyn is in top form, leading the band through some of their most aggressive material ever (“Bad Boys,” “Crash and Burn”), as well as through the band’s career-defining power ballad “Just Between You and Me.” While “Caught in the Crossfire” and “Future Tense” suffer from some cheesy sci-fi lyrics, melodic hard rockers such as “Big City Girls,” “One More Time,” and “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” (featuring Thin Lizzy-like dual guitar harmonies) pick up the slack in spades.

01 All Over Town
02 Tellin’ Me Lies
03 Sign Of The Gypsy Queen
04 Just Between You And Me
05 Wanna Rock
06 Caught In The Crossfire
07 Future Tense
08 Big City Girls
09 Crash And Burn
10 Bad Boys
11 One More Time
12 Roller (Live At Hammersmith)
13 I Like To Rock (Live At Hammersmith)

1982 Power Play

Having just released two blockbuster albums in a row (the second of which contained the highest charting single of their career, “Just between You and Me”), April Wine was riding high in the early ’80s. So it was quite surprising when their hot streak came to a screeching halt with the release of 1983’s terribly humdrum Power Play. If only this mediocrity could have been blamed on a change of musical direction, new personnel, or another mysterious force of nature, but the album simply lacks good songs and perhaps musical mastermind Myles Goodwyn had simply run out of creative steam. Not that the album is a complete wash-out, as the band manages to pull it together on a few mid-paced rockers like “Anything You want, You got It” and “Enough Is Enough.” But even these are performed with muted enthusiasm and most fans will want to give this record a miss.

01 Anything You Want, You Got It
02 Enough Is Enough
03 If You See Kay
04 What If We Fall In Love
05 Waiting On A Miracle
06 Doin’ It Right
07 Ain’t Got Your Love
08 Blood Money
09 Tell Me Why
10 Runners In The Night

1984 Animal Grace

Setting the stage for the final phase in the sputtering glory period of Montreal celestials April Wine, Animal Grace stealthily practiced commercially competent clod rock but distinguishably disappeared without a trace. Leadoff “This Could Be the Right One” escapes the fate of ad infinitum wussy ballads via a brisk tempo and cynical lyrics. The herky-jerky “If Money Could Talk” breaks with one of those great yuppie funk moves isolated to the ’80s. The dead-on-the-vine vintage Wine pumping out “Gimme That Thing Called Love” invokes a glorious but extinct custom of quaintness and Quaaludes. ber AOR producer Mike Stone co-writes the downright great “Hard Rock Kid” who cooly cooks in the spotlight (“Leave him alone, he’s in the hard rock zone”). Weirdo “Sons of the Pioneer” sported a silly video, dressing the boys in some crazy Hoth threads. Like Loverboy, Canuck kings of frat rock, the April Wine muscle machine was running out of steam and about to be displaced by handyman Bryan Adams’ installation of Canadian Hartland into the American consciousness. But even this late in the game, Myles Goodwyn and company are good for a few choice cuts. The celebrated three-guitar lineup long gone, the rest of the band (included bald dynamo Jerry Mercer on the skins) dissipated after this release, due to Goodwyn’s dictatorship. Nobody ever expected April Wine to achieve so darn much in rock’s vicious game anyway.

01 This Could Be The Right One
02 Sons Of The Pioneers
03 Without Your Love
04 Rock Tonite
05 Hard Rock Kid
06 Money Talks
07 Gimme That Thing Called Love
08 Too Hot Too Handle
09 Last Time I’ll Ever Sing The Blues

2016 Live At The BBC
BBC In Concert — Live In Reading, UK — 1980

01 Oowatanite
02 Get Ready For Love
03 I Like To Rock
04 Before The Dawn
05 Ladies Man
06 21st Century Schizoid Man
07 Roller
08 Don’t Push Me Around
09 Better Do It Well