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April Wine
"First Glance"

© Aquarius Records

Year of Release: 1978

track listing
  • Get Ready For Love
  • Hot On The Wheels
    Of Love
  • Rock N' Roll Is A
    Vicious Game
  • Right Down To It
  • Roller
  • Comin' Right Down
    On Top Of Me
  • I'm Alive
  • Let Yourself Go
  • Silver Dollar

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    "First Glance"

    Once again, the Canadian band April Wine has returned, with their seventh album/review, and just a coincidence, their 1978 release, First Glance, is the band's seventh studio album. April Wine's most famous hit, of course, was "Just Between You And Me," a ballad. But what most don't know about this band (and I'm sure I've mentioned this in other reviews...), is that this band ROCKS! And again, First Glance is another great rockin' album.

    To even out the rocking that is heard throughout the album, it does contains the softer rock, to even out the balance. "Rock N' Roll Is A Vicious Game" and "Comin' Right Down On Top Of Me" are those softer rock/ballads. Just to get those softer tunes out of the way (and they are good tunes, by the way), the rest of the album is great '70s Rock. Of these rockers, some (not many) just maybe even considered as Southern Rock songs.

    Actually, there isn't bad song on this album, the soft-rock tunes included. "Get Ready For Love" and the album's hit single "Roller" are definitely the most solid rock songs on the album. They (as well as others) has that "1970s Rock sound." "Hot On The Wheels Of Love" is another example of good, '70s Rock. Yet with a title such as "Rock N' Roll Is A vicious Game," you would think the style of that particular title would have a hard-driving Rock style. No. It's more of a softer rock style, as mentioned. Then it's back to the Rock - "Right Down To It," "Roller."

    During the Rock mix, a softer ballad rock tune gets placed, "Comin' Right Down On Top Of Me." It blends well, as you just have to slow things down a bit, then return to the "alive" and rocking songs. "I'm Alive" does just that, and it's another 1970s Rock tune. However, the next rock tune, is "Let Yourself Go," and, although its another rock styled tune, this song just isn't as "rocking" as the rest.

    But it's all made up for, as the last track, "Silver Dollar" just has to be one of the most creative rock songs -- It has a "mysterious" sound. It is impressive -- think of Jimi Hendrix's "If 6 Was 9," and how great that song was. And, to top things off, "Silver Dollar" has just a touch of the James Bond theme. Again, this song is so creative, and so impressive. This song was the last track, and of course, you want to hear more of this great Canadian band.

    First Glance proves once again, that April Wine is a great Rock band. "Just Between You And Me" is one of the great Rock Monster Ballads, but there is so much more to hear and learn from this band. 1970s Rock (and Roll) doesn't get any better. Although they may not have been as popular in the U.S., I'm sure their music was more well-known in Canada. It's easy to see and hear how "Roller" would be a hit. It rocks. And more of their songs from their other albums I am sure were more popular in Canada, then here, in the U.S. For the Rock fans, and 1970s Rock fans, April Wine should be discovered, if you haven't already. April Wine is a great band, and their albums are worth listening to.

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