Thursday, January 29, 2009

Back to the Mansion

Back to the Mansion is the fifteenth studio album by Canadian rockers April Wine, released in 2001. April Wine formed in 1969 and have released more than twenty albums and forge a live performance reputation that still sees them drawing devoted crowds across Canada and around the world forty years after taking their first steps into the hard rock spotlight. Yep they're still around and better than ever if you ask me. I saw them on their tour for this album in a small bar here in Victoria and they rocked the freakin roof off the place. It was amazing seeing them in a small venue like that and I was right up front tippin' back the Kokanee's as they were chuggin out the hits and the great tunes off this album. Personally I think they sounded way better than they did in their gold and platinum years of the 70s and 80s. Sometimes when rockers age their voices aren't like they used to be and it can be a disappointment, but Myles Goodwin was in his A game and sounded fantastic. When they took the stage and started the opening strains of Oowatanite, I got chillbumps the size of quarters. This album has some great material on it, songs such as the album-opening "Won't Go There," "I'll Give You That," and especially the power ballad "Paradise" all carry on April Wine's trademark sound and approach. Longtime April Wine fans will not be disappointed with Back to the Mansion and I'm featuring some tunes here in case some of you missed or didn't even realize that these guys were still putting out albums. In fact I think this album and their last one from 2006 were only available as an import outside of Canada.

Won't Go There
Talk to Me
Buy It

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