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Jan

April Wine – The Nature Of The Beast (1981) – Lp

April Wine is a Canadian rock band formed in 1969. Originally based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the band enjoyed international success in the 1970s and 1980s, releasing more than 20 albums since 1971.

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Artist:  April Wine
Title:  The Nature Of The Beast
Year:  1981
Format:  LP
Label:  Capitol Records
Catalog#  1A 062-86296

The Nature of the Beast is the ninth studio album by Canadian rock band April Wine, released in 1981. The album was recorded at Le Manoir Studios, in the village of Shipton-on-Cherwell, in Oxfordshire, England following the band’s 1980 European tour.

April Wine (like any good wine) got better with age, and the Canadians’ brightest moment only arrived over a decade into their career with 1981’s The Nature of the Beast. Opener “All Over Town” lurches into action on a lopsided riff before finding its awesome groove, — a groove they seldom abandon through and to the end of the disc. All-around frontman Myles Goodwyn is in top form, leading the band through some of their most aggressive material ever (“Bad Boys,” “Crash and Burn”), as well as through the band’s career-defining power ballad “Just Between You and Me.” While “Caught in the Crossfire” and “Future Tense” suffer from some cheesy sci-fi lyrics, melodic hard rockers such as “Big City Girls,” “One More Time,” and “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” (featuring Thin Lizzy-like dual guitar harmonies) pick up the slack in spades.

Just Between You and Me” became April Wine’s most successful single, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

 

Side one
1.  All Over Town   (3:00)
2.  Tellin’ Me Lies   (2:59)
3.  Sign of the Gypsy Queen   (4:16)
4.  Just Between You and Me   (3:54)
5.  Wanna Rock   (2:06)
6.  Caught in the Crossfire   (3:33)

Side two
1.  Future Tense   (4:07)
2.  Big City Girls   (3:42)
3.  Crash and Burn   (2:31)
4.  Bad Boys   (3:10)
5.  One More Time   (3:55)

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