pass: tdatsTDATS 58 is my second collection of Canadian tracks. I was sure I had exhausted the possibilities on my first Canadian collection, but with some help from various online cohorts and some more extensive searches I have come up with another winner!
We kick off with what I consider one of the best tracks I have ever found, at any time. Toronto's "The Churls" made a couple of albums in 68 and 69 and this track is just about as good as heavy psych can be, but it's also a progressive rock pre-cursor with it's excellent production and considered structure that builds up layers of intensity. Vancouver's Trooper are up next, they created a fair few albums of melodic pop-rock to varying success in the late 70s and to be honest, were not that great but I do dig "In Trouble Again" a lot, just fun, heavy driving rock, the kind that you wanna play on the highway. Montreal's Offenbach are impossible to describe, they were all over the rock spectrum, singing in French and English. What ever they turned their hand to was done well, be it hard rock riffing of "High But... Low" or the Hammond organ atmospherics of "Mourir d'Amour", both tracks are on here.
The next track from Montreal's Sex was a contentious inclusion, I'd obviously rather have not used a song with these plainly ludicrous lyrics, but musically it's the most rockin, Sabbathist track on their debut s/t album, so make of it what you will. Next is Winnipeg's 'Next...', an obscure one-shot band which was a pleasure to find, not particularly heavy but with a unique prog sound and great vocals. Toronto's It's All Meat made one great heavy psych album in 1970, the hammond and proto hard-rock riffs mix to perfection with the attitude-filled vocals, great stuff! Mashmakhan were a reasonably well known and successful pop/rock band, not normally ripe for TDATS inclusion but I do like this Deep Purplish track that's tucked away on the b-side of their 1972 single 'Dance a Little step'. This song has been responsible for holding up the release of this comp for a while, as I waited for a better quality rip, but alas I don't think there is, so here is the best one I can find, please let me know otherwise though!
I used Hamilton's Simply Saucer once before on my proto-punk comp. It's hard to believe this material is from 1975, they certainly created a swirling mix of punky aggression, along with a fair amount of Krautrock abstraction. Montreal's Emerald City offer us some extremely fine Hendrixian guitar from their sole 1976 album "Waiting for the Dawn" and after that is my first inclusion of a rather better-known Canadian band, April Wine. This is a fairly commercial track from one of their mid-70s albums; "Stand Back", excellent track though. Toronto's Luke & The Apostles recorded a few great heavy psych singles and band members went on to form other notable Canadian bands such as McKenna Mendelson Mainline, Kensington Market and The Modern Rock Quartet (The MRQ). We finish up with Toronto's Max Webster, who almost made it in to the first Canadian comp, I have since found some more from them and I dig the quirky sounds on the debut self-titled from 1976.
01. The Churls - Time Piece (1968)
02. Trooper - In Trouble Again (1975)
03. Offenbach - High But... Low / Mourir d'Amour (1972)
04. Sex - I Had To Rape Her (1970)
05. Next - Strange Mood (1971)
06. It's All Meat - Roll My Own (1970)
07. Mashmakhan - One Night Stand (1972)
08. Simply Saucer - Electro Rock (1975)
09. Emerald City - Little Red (1976)
10. April Wine - Victim For Your Love (1975)
11. Luke & The Apostles - Been Burnt (1967)
12. Max Webster - Hangover (1976)
Thanks for listening! Rich