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  • “Classic Masters” is a greatest hits collection that starts with songs from 1978’s “First Glance” album, which was hardly a first glance at April Wine, since they had a whole string of albums throughout the early and mid seventies. From the “First Glance” album, included here are the radio rocker “Roller”, and “Get Ready For Love”, both top notch songs. The problem is that there were so many top notch songs from “First Glance” to choose from, like “Hot On The Wheels Of Love” and “Silver Dollar”, which are not to be found here. This collection then includes songs from “Harder…Faster” like the Zeppelin like “Say Hello”, the rocker “I Like To Rock”, the ballad “Tonite”, and the futuristic “21st Century Schizoid Man”. Then comes songs from their most commercially popular album “The Nature Of The Beast” like the ballad “Just Between You And Me”, and rocker “Sign Of The Gypsy Queen”. But they left off “All Over Town”, which was the most radio friendly single from that whole album. The remainder of this collection includes songs from the “Power Play”, “Animal Grace”, and “Walking Through Fire” albums.Still, 24-bit Digital Re-Mastering is hard to beat for quality of sound, and all “Best Of …” and “Greatest Hits” collections leave something to be desired by almost everyone. Take into account that most April Wine albums, especially “First Glance”, are hard to find in the U.S., if at all, and this isn’t that bad of a disc to start an April Wine CD collection with. This CD will ROCK, but won’t rock your wallet either. At it’s worst, this CD will leave you wanting more.RECOMMENDATION: Start with the excellent 24-bit Digitally Remastered sound quality of “CLASSIC MASTERS” and keep your fingers crossed that Capital Records will begin remastering and releasing the rest of the April Wine catalog the same way.

    Posted on January 7, 2010