April Wine Classic Masters (Remastered)

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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2002
  • Label: EMI Special Products

Tracks:

  • 1.Roller
  • 2.Get Ready For Love
  • 3.Say Hello
  • 4.I Like To Rock
  • 5.Tonite
  • 6.Just Between You And Me
  • 7.Sign Of The Gypsy Queen
  • 8.Enough Is Enough
  • 9.Tell Me Why
  • 10.This Could Be The Right One
  • 11.21st Century Schizoid Man
  • 12.Love Has Remembered Me

Product Description:

Recorded between 1978 & 1985. Includes liner notes by Gerri Miller.
Digitally remastered using 24-bit technology by Robert Vosgien (Capitol Mastering).
This is part of Capitol's Classic Masters series.
The April Wine entry in Capitol Records' midline-priced Classic Masters series is a reasonable best-of culled from the group's tenure at Capitol from the late '70s to the mid-'80s. It includes all six of the band's U.S. singles chart entries between 1979 and 1984, "Roller," "I Like to Rock," "Just Between You and Me," "Sign of the Gypsy Queen," "Enough Is Enough," and "This Could Be the Right One." (Of course, the 1972 Top 40 hit "You Could Have Been a Lady," released in the U.S. on Big Tree Records, is not included, nor are any of April Wine's pre- or post-Capitol recordings.) The collection is weakened by the compiler's decision to fill out the rest of the disc by including tracks from all six of the Capitol studio albums, even the commercially negligible contractual-obligation LP Walking Through Fire, and to balance the choices among them; there are only two selections from million-selling masterwork The Nature of the Beast, for instance. Further weakening the set is the decision to use songs that happen to have been released as singles, such as "Get Ready for Love" and "Tonite," even though they had no chart action, in place of album tracks like "All Over Town" and "If You See Kay" that enjoyed measurable AOR radio play. Covers of the Beatles' "Tell Me Why" and King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" indicate the group's influences even if they are not among its finer moments. But maybe this just means that Classic Masters is a representative survey of April Wine's Capitol period, rather than a presentation of all the highlights. The 24-bit digitally remastered sound is excellent, and the price is attractive, so the album can be recommended to fans of '70s and '80s hard rock who may have missed this band during its heyday. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Rating 5.0 APRIL WINE ROCK REMSTERED Music Lover: from St. Louis, MO -- October, 12, 2005

This CD is special in that it includes the best of April Wine just as they broke internationally buy sadly does not include the songs off more recent albums. But that's radios problem. The programmers on todays radio stations ought to be stood up against a wall and shot.

If you are a casual April Wine fan, this is perfect for you. The best thing is the songs are remstered. April Wine's back catalog isn't likely to be remastered and here is your chance to own some of their best all cleaned up and with better volume.

Harder Faster is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. The levels are so low on the original CD release. Say Hello sounds like a whisper and yet it deserves so much more.

My advice is to buy this CD immediately.


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  • Sales Rank: 10,989
  • UPC: 724353839727
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