||From the Vault...
© Capitol Records
Year of Release: 1979
I Like To Rock
Before The Dawn
Babes In Arms
Better Do It Well
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Canadian Rockers April Wine returns to the WSVNRadio website this week, with
their 1979, release, Harder...Faster. As the title states, April Wine
provides hard-rock, played in a harder and faster style, just as many of their
albums released, before and afterwards.
"I Like To Rock" definitely has the hard-rock any classic rock fan
would enjoy. It also has the brief riff of The Beatles' "Day Tripper"
intro (which a lot of bands love to use in their songs). "Say Hello"
is a slower tune (as in "I Like To Rock"), as it captures April Wine
being in the category of Classic Rock Album Oriented Rock. "Tonite"
starts out as a ballad, as heard in the Monster Ballads format, yet it
kicks into another hard-rocker, April Wine style, and changes back to the ballad
format. And if you enjoy the hard-rock sound of "I Like To Rock," then
"Ladies Man," likewise "Better Do It Well" will be other rockin'
rockin' tunes to enjoy.
Like "Tonite," "Before The Dawn" starts out slow, then kicks into
another hard-rocker. "Babes In Arms" is another song, in the hard-rock
vein. The album's closing song, is a remake of King Crimson's "21st Century
Schizoid Man." It's a very psychedelic rocker, and April Wine captures
their own style with this appropriate version, with the loud and screeching
guitar leads and solos.
April Wine has their own unique hard-rock style. Their music is best heard
on Album Oriented Rock radio station formats. Harder...Faster is a very
interesting album, as it proves for the hard-rock 1970s fan (such as the early
REO Speedwagon, The Kind [1980s Chicago local band]), and even fans of Southern
Rock (Molly Hatchet), will enjoy.
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