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Mitchell, Kim - 1982 Kim Mitchell [ep]

ARTIST: Mitchell, Kim
ALBUM: Kim Mitchell [ep]
LABEL: Anthem
SERIAL: ANM 1-5001
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Kim Mitchell- guitars, lead vocals * Robert Sinclair Wilson - bass, vocals * Paul Delong - drums * Bernie LaBarge, Peter Fredette - background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Kids In Action * 02 Miss Demeanor * 03 Big Best Summer * 04 Tennessee Water * 05 Chain Of Events


I confess, never been big on Max Webster and their bonkers north of the border prog. Perennial opening act for the now very hip Rush, to my ears the band were an irritating combination of Frank Zappa, Utopia and Gong but of course their guitar player was a very different story. Kim Mitchell's virtuosic licks pulled Max Webster out of the Canadian progressive rock wilderness (and out of a Canadian phone book it would seem! Ed) and smack dab on the international stage but by 1981 the band were finished with Mitchell eyeing a long overdue solo career which has seen its share of ups and downs. Big hits with 'Go For Soda' and 'Patio Lanterns' kept Mitchell on the charts but his albums lacked the punchy promise of his excellent 1982 debut.

The Songs
Twenty minutes of rock and roll dynamite, this EP unlike the bulk of Max Webster's output is straightforward and radio-ready tunage with opening salvo 'Kids In Action' the near-perfect rock anthem. A joyous ode to teenage angst with an incorrigible chorus and Mitchell's trademark spiraling scattershot guitar solo, it has all the atmosphere of pre-concert arena parking lots, illegal smokes and a trunkful of Molson's. 'Miss Demeanor' slows it down but is no less compelling as solid pop rock with humorous spoken word innuendo giving the song creative points. On the flip 'Big Best Summer' chugs along full-throttle with another stadium-sized rocker while 'Tennessee Water' kicks up any dust left on the speakers with a hot southern ZZ Top/ Molly Hatchet influenced barnstormer. Culminating with 'Chain Of Events'; a mid-paced sizzler, it's possibly the set's weakest track but in light of everything before it why complain.

In Summary
Mitchell spent much of 1982 on the road playing both clubs and small arenas throughout the Canadian hinterlands while the record, especially 'Kids In Action' lit up the FM airwaves. Inexplicably never released outside Canada; 'Kim Mitchell' stands as his magnum opus and one of the greatest AOR EP's ever released on that long dead much-missed format.

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#1 | reyno-roxx on June 13 2011 17:17:36
Agree completely. This record was AWESOME the day I bought it and still is AWESOME today. So glad Wounded Bird had the nous to put it out on CD.
#2 | Nick C on June 14 2011 20:55:23
Absolute killer!
#3 | rkbluez on June 15 2011 01:36:51
Yeah this is a great one so glad Terry did it but now it's OOP again...too bad it's a great EP.
#4 | Jez on June 16 2011 20:19:21
Bloomin' Marvellous!
#5 | Danielovich on June 22 2011 20:26:02
What KM records do you recommend? I got 'Itch' and it's simply awesome! If the rest of his output is just half as good I'll be glad! p.s: Kim looks like Robin Zander on this cover, doesn't he? Grin
#6 | Jez on June 22 2011 20:27:58
'Akimbo Alogo' 'Shakin' Like A Human Being' and 'Rockland' are must haves imo. 'Aural Fixations' and 'Itch' are also worth exploring. Hell! just get the lot Grin
#7 | Danielovich on June 23 2011 08:40:46
Thanks, Jez! I love his style, so maybe it's worth to 'investigate' all his records! Cheers!
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