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The Whole World's Goin' Crazy

April Wine

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Album Review

A year after the release of Stand Back, one of April Wine's greatest achievements, they returned with the similar-sounding Whole World's Goin' Crazy. Although the album didn't yield any solid rockers such as "Tonite Is a Wonderful Time" or "Oowatanite" (both from Stand Back ), it does contain one of the band's best ballads in "Like a Lover Like a Song," which also reveals Goodwyn's talent for singing the slow stuff. Most of the other tracks have April Wine sounding sturdy enough, especially on "Gimme Love," "We Can Be More Than We Are," and on the title track, which actually cracked the Top 20 in their homeland. With Jimmy Clench gone and bass man Steve Lang joining the band, April Wine continued on with their prospective arena/radio brand of rock; the only problem was that too many comparisons were being made to the album that came before it, with not enough time left in between for Stand Back's impact to wear off, especially within the group's growing fan base. But Whole World has enough likeable guitar-led rock to make it one of their better releases from the '70s, with Goodwyn and Moffet garnering serious relationships with both the all-important hard rock hook and the syrupy soft pop ballad. Within the same year they released Forever for Now, which has April Wine sounding less enthusiastic and drifting somewhat into stadium rock banality.

Customer Reviews

A unique early offering.

I've waited a long time for this one. A unique early offering with several notable songs. The title track is almost campy and still sounds like it should have gotten a lot of airtime, a good song. "Like a Lover, Like a Song" is a soft ballad/love song that is deffinately a precurser to songs like "Just Between You and Me" that come so much later. It is my second favorite song on the album. My favorite song is "So Bad." "So Bad" is a hard rocking song with ripping guitar licks even more than what you would expect from AW. The reason is that Frank Marino sits in with them for this song. This is the only instance I know of where Frank played with anyone else. Again, a unique offering with some special songs. Thanks iTunes.

Had this on cassette

I've been searching for this album for years, and could never find it. I had it on cassette back in the day, and of course it bit the dust years ago. This is a must have for anyone who wants to pick up vintage classic April Wine. It's a bit before radio picked them up, so it's more true to what they were like first starting out. Great find, can't wait to download it!!

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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