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On Record

April Wine

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Album Review

Here, one can hear the Canadians blatantly attempt to capitalize on the limited commercial success of "Fast Train" from the debut. "You Could Have Been a Lady" fit the band and hit the airwaves, pushing the quartet out of the sophomore slump that almost dissolved April Wine before its time; producer Ralph Murthy provides backup vocals on the reworking of this Hot Chocolate pilferage, which remains a lost electric jewel — dusty but cool. Murthy additionally brought the boys another British obscurity, Elton John's "Bad Side of the Moon," which features flute in the fade. Unfortunately, Murthy also added a curious noise between tracks for reasons that evaded even the band. David Henman nabs the riff from "Shine On" for "Drop Your Guns," another forgotten relic from rock's friendliest era, the '70s. All within the group was not friendly, however, as Goodwyn's dominance led to the Henman brothers' exit. Thus, the band didn't tour to capitalize on this early success but, honestly, except for a few shards, this rockpile just doesn't quite stack up to the mightiest slabs of the day, anyway. Engineer Terry Brown went on to navigate Rush.

Biography

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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