49th Parallel by 49th Parallel

Vinyl LP £18.49 LIONLP138

Ltd reissue LP on Lion Productions. Edition of 500 copies.

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49th Parallel by 49th Parallel
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7/10 Clinton 24 September 2014

Who good has ever come out of Canada? Bryan Adams? Hmm. Bachmann Turner Overdrive? Nah...Rush..you’re getting there. Neil Young? Ok fair enough. When I visited Canada I found it to be a bit like America in black and white. I have no beef with the place but  particularly in the psychedelic rock era most of the good stuff comes out of America.

49th Parallel though were one of the top Canadian rock bands of the era and this is the first re-issue of this album since its release. Its a smorgasbord of sounds and styles from the era a place where The Monkees-ish ‘Get Away’ rubs shoulders with the gentle rolling folk of opener ‘Now That I’m A Man’ which sits happily alongside the stax-ish rock and roll of ‘Eye to Eye’ and the The Doors-ish ‘Missouri’ to the arch and flowery Zombies-isms of ‘Lazerander Filchy’.

A mixed bag, you could say, making it sound somewhat like a Pebbles or Nuggets compilation.  I’m enjoying the more baroque aspects to the album such as ‘(The) Magician’ which has a Left Banke lilt and their big hit  ‘Twilight Woman’, an upbeat rocker with squeaky lead guitar and some pretty crazy percussion.



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