Remember that great instrumental “Pipeline”, the one with the great opening riff that basically created a whole new form of guitar playing? Brian Carman of “The Chantays” played that way back in 1962. Brian passed away on March 1st, but will always be remembered for this path-finding sound.One of the true pioneers.
Part 33 includes a bit (a lot) of country rock courtesy of one of Canada’s best kept secrets, Blue Rodeo, and perennial favourites Prairie Oyster. We also have some newer rock with Billy Talent and some classic rock with April Wine. Let’s dive right in with number 339 on the countdown, Billy Talent.
339. Fallen Leaves – Billy Talent
Canada’s kings of rock hold down 339 on the list with Fallen Leaves. The song was recorded in 2006 and was the third single released from their 2nd album, Billy Talent II. The band is out of Mississauga, Ontario and are considered Canada’s finest punk guitar band at this time. Good tune with a depressing drug related theme.
338. Just Between You & Me – April Wine
Don’t get me started on this band. One of my all time favourites. They hit 338 with this great ballad, typical 70’s and 80’s rocker style.
337. Prairie Oyster – Only One Moon
Six time Juno Award winners as country group of the year, 6 as Canadian Country Music Awards group of the year, eight albums and members of the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame. Must be good, eh! This tune is off their 1994 album of the same name, and become my 337 on the list.
336. Rain Down on Me – Blue Rodeo
Now for a double shot of Canada’s best kept secret, Blue Rodeo. Formed in 1984, the band is still going strong. Original members include the 2 front men, Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor and bass player Bazil Donovan. amazing longevity, not to mention a seemingly endless supply of creativity. 13 albums and multiple awards and still going strong. Enjoy 336 and 335 on the countdown. First up is Rain Down On Me, off their 1992 album “Lost Together”. Great vocals from Jim Cuddy in this one.
335. Blue Rodeo – Bad Timing
More of the same from Jim Cuddy, a great singer. Bad Timing is taken from their 1993 album, Five Days In July.
Three very different takes on this classic. The original was written by Bob Dylan in 1962 and appears on his second album, “The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan“. It was first performed by Dylan at Carnegie Hall in 1962. Over the years it has been recorded many times by a wide and varied array of talent. Dylan himself has redone the song several times, most recently in 2007. I have touched on this diversity with what I believe are some pretty different versions, and finished off with the original.
First up, a version by Roxy Music‘s Bryan Ferry. As expected, it is different. He recorded it in 1973 on “These Foolish Things” where he did a raft of covers.
Jason Mraz performed this song on “Listen To Bob Dylan: a Tribute”. Another slightly different take done in the Mraz style. Nicely done.
We move up to number 345 in this edition of Canada’s Best Music. We have another entry from the Spoons, some classic rock, some new rock from Billy talent and a song from a Canadian staple known as The Tragically Hip, who are, well, hip. Nice set if you like rock.
“Those Old Emotions”
The Spoons were in my last post, Part 31. An 80’s hairband, they had several hits back in the day, including this one in 1983. Not a great video, but, hey, pretty lucky to find it at all, I’d say.
Billy Talent has been around since the early 90’s (known as the Pezz until 1999), but struck it big over the last couple of years, earning a deserved world-wide following. Turn Your Back is from Billy Talent III, released in 2009. They have been nominated for Junos every year since 2004, winning 7 times. The video is a live version. Great rocker voice.
“Baby Have Some Faith”
5440 has been rocking Canadians since the 1980’s, releasing albums as recently as 2011. One of my favourite bands at one point. Still enjoy hearing them.
341. The Tragically Hip
A legend to many Canadians, The Hip consistently release quality material, time after time. This tune was released in 1991 on their Road Apples album. Great song.