Saturday, June 27, 2009

Pre-Canada Day or Oh What A Feeling

Well Canada Day is coming up in a couple of days and what I normally do is make up a compilation album chock full of great Canadian tunes to help my fellow Canucks to properly celebrate Canada's birthday. For example there was last years Canada Day post and remarkably the links are still good so you may want to gander over there and grab that one if these next few posts don't float your boat. I'm doing something a little different this year.

Back in 1996 the Juno Awards celebrated their 25th year. The Juno's being kinda like Canada's grammy awards. To mark the 25th anniversary the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences released a "Special Collector's Edition" 4-CD box set, entitled Oh What A Feeling - A Vital Collection of Canadian Music. It featured over five hours of music, with liner notes by journalist Larry LeBlanc, the box set is packed with Canada's finest hit songs and contains 77 songs from the Who's Who of Canadian music. Oh What A Feeling is the result of a co-operative effort from the music industry at large. Most of the proceeds generated from the sales of this compilation benefitted the Starlight Foundation, the Safe Haven Project for Community Living and the CARAS Academic Support Fund. The box set features popular Canadian songs from the 1960s onward. The set took it's title from the song "Oh What a Feeling" by rock band Crowbar. If you're unfamiliar with strictly Canadian music, this is a great collection that covers a wide range of musical genres up to 1996 and really shows how diverse a lot of the music can be. Unfortunately this collection is out of print and I've found copies on the web going for anywhere from $80 to $300. I very rarely post up albums here but I feel this is an essential collection so I'll break the rules for Canada Day. Also if it was still in print I wouldn't be putting it up here. (Take note recording industry)Let's get things rolling and here is Disc 1 from this 4 disc set. This set will culminate with Volume 4 on July 1 which happens to be Canada Day. Also these links will be available for a limited time.

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1. American Woman (The Guess Who)
2. One Fine Morning (Lighthouse)
3. Oh What A Feeling (Crowbar)
4. Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
5. Roxy Roller (Sweeney Todd)
6. [I Got Everything I Need] Almost (Downchild Blues Band)
7. Doin' It Right (Powder Blues Band)
8. Raise A Little Hell
9. Fly At Night (Chilliwack)
10. Magic Power (Triumph)
11. On The Loose (Saga)
12. [Make Me Do] Anything You Want (A Foot in Coldwater)
13. Stand Tall (Burton Cummings)
14. Takin' Care Of Business (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
15. High School Confidential (Rough Trade)
16. I'm An Adult Now (The Pursuit of Happiness)
17. Echo Beach (Martha and The Muffins)
18. Misguided Angel (Cowboy Junkies)
19. Rise Up (Parachute Club)

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