Theme Switcher
Switch to:


Join us over at the Facebook replacement Join up and become part of 2018's great migration off of Facebook.


Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Site Stats
Album Reviews: 6679
Comments: 16714
Ratings: 4967
Forum Posts: 22735
Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1985 Articles » April Wine - 1985 Walking Through Fire
April Wine - 1985 Walking Through Fire

ARTIST: April Wine
ALBUM: Walking Through Fire
LABEL: Aquarius (Can), Capitol (USA)
SERIAL: AQR540, ST-12433
YEAR: 1985
CD REISSUE: Reissue list..


LINEUP: Myles Goodwyn - vocals, guitars * Brian Greenway - vocals, guitars * Jean Pellerin - bass * Daniel Barbe - keyboards * Marty Simon - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Rock Myself To Sleep * 02 Wanted Dead Or Alive * 03 Beg For Your Love * 04 Love Has Remembered Me * 05 Anejo * 06 Open Soul Surgery * 07 You Don't Have To Act That Way * 08 Hold On * 09 All It Will Ever Be * 10 Wait Any More


By 1985, April Wine were a pale imitation of themselves. By this point, AW were not really a band as such, more a duo. Technically, the band fractured after 1984's 'Animal Grace', but still had an album to deliver on their Capitol contract. Goodwyn and Greenway were the two who kept the fires burning, and bought a trio of Montreal studio hounds to plug the gaps. Mind you, the trio bought in have severe credits. Drummer Marty Simon (Leslie West, Brian Eno, The Bombers, Sharks), keyboardist Daniel Barbe (Aldo Nova, Roch Voisine, Luba, The Bombers) and bassist Jean Pellerin (Robert Charlebois).

The Songs
Many of the songs are well known versions of covers in the hard rock community, and I for one think they sound OK, given the bands (or duo) circumstances. 'Rock Myself To Sleep' was written by members of Katrina And The Waves and was probably better remembered on Starship's mega LP 'Knee Deep In The Hoopla' released around the same time. Still AW's version is quite tough. 'Wanted Dead Or Alive' sounds pretty spectacular, of course we know this song from the 1983 LP from Arcangel. 'Beg For Your Love' is an Eddie Schwartz penned tune but I don't recall ever seeing any other artist cover this. 'Love Has Remembered Me' was written by Myle Goodwyn, and strikes at the pomp end of the spectrum, with a pull toward piano and keyboards. Good song. 'Anejo' is a very cool operator tune, but not really in the vein of traditional April Wine. It's very hi-tech/synth oriented. 'Open Soul Surgery' is a revamped Prism track from the pen of Jim Vallance, sounding nothing like the original, but listenable nonetheless.

'You Don't Have To Act That Way' is smooth sounding radio rock a la The City and Novo Combo. I don't think this style really suited Goodwyn and Greenway to be honest, but considering they were on a hiding to nothing, they could afford to take chances at this late stage. 'Hold On' is the album's big ballad, and it would be a bit of a stretch to say they trying to reinvent their other hit singles 'Just Between You And Me' or 'What If We Fall In Love'. Toward the end, 'All It Will Ever Be' returns to a harder vein, thanks to the robust guitar work. 'Wait Any More' is an unfortunate song-title, beacuse it's like the studio engineers have packed up and gone home, leaving Myles and Brian to clean up the aftermath.

In Summary
This was the end of the line for the band, and their Capitol/Aquarius deal was at an end. As an album, it's ok, but you can tell that the desire wasn't there nor the soul. Goodwyn and Greenway both released solo albums in 1988, while after nearly fifteen years, April Wine reunited, and have since remained a classic rock entity out there on the Canadian golden oldies circuit. They have many albums to choose from, use our guide to establish which works best for you. [word count 497]

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

#1 | AOR Lee on May 15 2016 08:18:38
Surprisingly strong album considering the dysfunctional circumstances surrounding the band at the time. I found plenty to enjoy here from an AOR perspective
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

100% 100% 0% [No Votes]
95% 95% 0% [No Votes]
90% 90% 50% [1 Vote]
85% 85% 0% [No Votes]
80% 80% 50% [1 Vote]
75% 75% 0% [No Votes]
70% 70% 0% [No Votes]
65% 65% 0% [No Votes]
60% 60% 0% [No Votes]
55% 55% 0% [No Votes]
50% 50% 0% [No Votes]
45% 45% 0% [No Votes]
40% 40% 0% [No Votes]
35% 35% 0% [No Votes]
30% 30% 0% [No Votes]
25% 25% 0% [No Votes]
20% 20% 0% [No Votes]
15% 15% 0% [No Votes]
10% 10% 0% [No Votes]
Articles Cloud
Hollies, The - 1975 Another Night, Various Artists - 1983 Staying Alive [Soundtrack], UFO - 1975 Force It, Roth Brock Project - 2016 Roth Brock Project, Iron Mask - 2005 Interview with Dushan Petrossi, Visionary - 2002 Strange But Familiar Shores, Tubes, The - 1981 The Completion Backward Principle, State Cows - 2013 The Second One, Thieves And Liars - 2009 American Rock N Roll, Hundred Seventy Split - 2016 Tracks, White Light - 1983 Forces, Wigelius - 2012 Reinventions, Alkatrazz - 1982 Radio 5, Priem, Rik (and Prime) - 2014 Rik Priem, Kamelot - 2005 The Black Halo
Fancy Jaguar Two Fires Lillian Axe Rock Candy Records Robby Valentine Freakshow Newman Tangerine Dream Aubrey Small Best Of 2009 Best Of 2009 Steinhardt Moon Dio Robin Trower Flashman Gene The Werewolf Motley Crue Tommy Lee Night Ranger Live Albums Accept Blast Rock Candy Records Survivor Alkemyst Rock Candy Records Grand Prix Coldspell Taxxi Stiletto (Canada) Amethyst Best Of 2015 Queensryche Marvellous 3
All Tags