*Subtitled: Would Have Been A Grail List Item Had I Known It Existed!
That’s right, I’m a pretty big Blue Rodeo fan, and I’d never seen or heard of this release before. Maybe I wasn’t trying all that hard, but if I had known, you can bet I’d already have owned it long ago. Thankfully, though, I was recently enough trolling around the web site of Mike’s old store and boom, there was this promo CD listed… That’s an instant ordering, lemme tells ya!
Released on Discovery Records in 1995 (PRO-74504) during the Five Days In July tour, here we have one studio track, as well as live versions of 6 tracks, from Five Days In July, Casino and Lost Together. See what I mean? This one’s a keeper already! Now, I had a wee dig around the interwubs to see if I could figure out where and when the live tracks were recorded, but to no avail. That should bother me, being an information completist, but then I decided it hardly matters, they were recorded on tour and that’s that, I guess!
Here are the tracks:
1. Head Over Heels *
2. Hasn’t Hit Me Yet ^
3. Bad Timing ^
4. Til I Am Myself Again ~
5. Rain Down On Me #
6. Last To Know #
7. Trust Yourself ~
* Five Days In July studio version
^ Five Days In July
# Lost Together
What a set list of songs, eh? All solid hits. Oh man. And how does it sound? Surely you know all of these tracks already, so you can just imagine that warm, close feeling a live setting would bring to what these already warm and wonderful songs offer! Here are some quick-take impressions…
The vocal harmonies on the intro to Hasn’t Hit Me Yet made the hairs on my arms stand up, it’s so good. And the steel solo is soooo great. When Cuddy’s vocals come in on Bad Timing, it just blows you away, and it’s such a sweet slow dancer version… Then again, Til I Am Myself Again rips in faster than the album track and sounds fantastic, and the Neil Young-esque guitar solo rules. Rain Down On Me sounds somehow even more country while still rocking solidly, loved it. Last To Know is another sweet slow jam version with a wonderful solo section. And finally, Trust Yourself turns into a driving rocker with great pounding drums and that organ giving it a carnival swirl, the guitar buzzing through a killer solo, and the whole track crashing the CD to a close beautifully. Goddamn that was beautiful.
Seriously. This was awesome.