Blue Rodeo – The Things We Left Behind

I Wanna Taranna Pt. 4: BMV #4 Blue Rodeo – The Things We Left Behind

For some reason, as much of a fan of this band as I have been for years, there are still albums I just never grabbed. This 2CD set of new songs, their 12th album and their first studio double album, was one of them and, holy mackerel, I have been lacking without this collection of genius in my collection! 

Everything you love about Blue Rodeo is on full display here, tastefully done and so much fun. Just put it on and let it go. When it ends, start at the top and go again. This is exactly what I’ve done over the past couple of days, just letting these tunes wash over me, letting them absorb and become part of the Blue Rodeo collection already stored in my head. 

It occurred to me that whatever is wrong in your life, by the end of listening to a beautiful set like this, you’ll have a better perspective on the world and you can go forward with calm, clarity and cool.

Essential. 

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Posted on April 14, 2018, in posts by aaron and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I have the privilege of teaching grade 10 guitar this semester – the other day, my peer tutor (a grade 12 who helps the 10s) was playing 5 days in may.
    The future looks bright!

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  2. I’ve been collecting some Blue Rodeo – love them! I don’t have this one yet.

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  3. I’m familiar with these dudes! I like some of their stuff, too.

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  4. A personal favourite of mine. I bought it on vinyl to get what I thought would be a “better” listening experience, when you’re dealing with an album of this magnitude. I think this is, from an artistic point of view, their greatest work.

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    • You’re absolutely right, taken as an album whole, it is a stellar piece of art. I got so lost in the songs I forgot to stand back and look at it in the big picture. It really truly is brilliant work!

      I’ll bet it sounds phenomenal on LP, and the tactile nature of it all would bring you that much closer to the experience…

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      • Yes indeed. That’s it completely. And it’s not like Blue Rodeo haven’t made amazing albums since then, but like Five Days in July from a previous era, I think there’s something really magnificent about it!

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