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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

The Beast

This record is one of those records were all you will find is quality songs. Every song was produced as a hit or the album itself was written produced and mixed with so much professionalism that it captures the band in one of their greatest moments, You may know "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" or the ballad "Just Between You and Me" but there are so many others that make buying the whole album worth it. By hearing "All over Town", "One more Time" and "Big City Girls" you can guess what the 80's got prepared for rock music, a mix of good old rock and roll with a bit of pop hooks here and there. While "Future Tense" and "Crash and Burn" are pretty intense rock songs. If you like Foreigner's "4" and Def Leppards' Pyromania this one is a must.

A true classic

Myles Goodwyn who should be proclaimed as Canada's official classic rock ambassador pulls no punches with this album. The powerful guitar sounds and superbly written and produced songs will keep you rockin' from start to finish. An album worth every penny!

Love it

An amazing band and a great album. Great quality songs and the sound quality is good


Formed: 1969 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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