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Harder Faster

April Wine Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Jun 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008CXS
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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April Wine ~ Harder Faster

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harder...Faster...Brillianter... 16 Jun 2010
Format:Audio CD
Brilliant album starts off with "I like to rock" which sums this album up if you like classic rock this album is a must, by far the best album they ever did. Best track "Before the Dawn" amazing if only they could have written more stuff of this quality. Also the cover of King Crimson's 21st Century Schizoid Man no so cool!!!! Should have not been so lazy and written another stonking track whilst their creative juices were flowing so well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Harder or Faster Enough 23 May 2011
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I first bought this album back in 79/80 when it was originally released as some of the songs were in the Sounds HM top 20 chart or something like that. I thought it was decent enough at the time but not outstanding compared to other albums at the time (Ace of Spades/If You Want Blood/Unleashed etc). In the intervening 30 years I've since bought their greatest hits and have given this another whirl but can't get past the bland production and basic music on it. Maybe it's due to the poor recording equipment available at the time but it is more like Ram Jam/Foghat than a good hard rock album. The odd thing is that I saw them at Donnington in 1980 and they were great so maybe one of their live albums is a better place to start than this.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this album when it was first released 30-odd years ago and on listening to it again now, my thoughts haven't changed.

For anybody who might not have heard this band before, I wouldn't be misled by the title of the album which is nonsense, unless all you're used to listening to is The Carpenters. Perhaps they were trying to gain some heavy rock fans - unfortunately I was one of them that fell for it. It's certainly undemanding listening and pleasant enough if you want your new girlfriend to see you're a little bit of a rocker, but if you're after something like Motorhead/thrash metal, forget it.

The opener, "I Like To Rock" pretty much sums up the banal songwriting and lyrics of this album, which they must have borrowed from Kiss on a bad day. "I like to rock. Some like it hot babe. I like it you like it. I like to rock. I like to rock." Spare us. And for some reason only known to themselves, they then decide to throw in the riff from Day Tripper for good measure. Maybe I missed the joke.

Nearly all the other tracks are instantly forgettable (I only recognised the opener again because it's so bad). "Before The Dawn" is a crass, slow ballad (harder...faster?!). The closer, 21st Century Schizoid Man improves on the original insofar as the ending is slightly less painful to the ears.

In summary, there are many, many albums out there by 70's bands far more worthy of your hard-earned money.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost 5 stars 2 Mar 2010
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For me this is April Wine's finest (and best produced) album. The first four tracks repeatedly hit the spot, all being melodic and punchy. tracks 5 and 6 are not so distinctive and feel (to me) rather uninspired. "Better do it well", track 8, brings the quality some way back towards the high level of the opening songs, but the hidden jewel on this LP is the last track - "21st Century Schizoid Man", a cover of the famous King Crimson number. AW's version is a real jaw-dropping blast and I prefer it to the original! I love this LP and would have given it the full five stars had it not been for a couple of weaker songs.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars April Wine At Their Best 23 Nov 2004
By Christopher Fryer - Published on
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I have several April Wine albums and compilations and I think this is their most consistent studio album. The songwriting is very good and you won't find any filler. The big hit was I Like To Rock which still gets played on some stations. 21st Century Schizoid Man is a well done cover of King Crimson. My personal favorites are Babes In Arms (classic riff!), Ladies Man (a smooth rocker), and the moving Before The Dawn. Better Do It Well is probably the only song I have never put on an AW compilation but it aint bad. The only knock against this cd is that it is short. But how many albums these days are solid from start to finish. I also suggest First Glance, All The Rockers, and The Hits!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent hard rock from an underrated band 23 July 2005
By Christopher Hivner - Published on
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This is a great hard rock record from a band that never got popular in the states for some reason. Harder Faster is filled with excellent guitar riffs and even better solos. I think this is April Wine's best overall work, not a bad song on the CD. The pace of the songs generally matches the CD's title also. "I Like to Rock" is the one song everyone remembers from Harder Faster and it ends with a great amped up cover of King Crimson's complex "21st Century Schizoid Man". If your a fan of 70s hard rock and aren't familiar with April Wine this is the one to start with.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great example of pre-hair band rocking 27 Jan 2006
By Kevin Stevens - Published on
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Late 70's early 80's was a great time in rock music. Punk had come along with bands like the Ramones and the Clash, Metal had taken hold with bands like Iron Maiden, Def Leppard, Judas Priest. This was the first I had heard of April Wine, and I think I bought it for the cover, as the car looks like the 75 Dodge Duster I used to drive. I was very pleasantly surprised when I put this on the turntable and it rocked!! I Like To Rock, Tonight, 21st Century Schizoid Man, all made this a great album that we played over and over during the summer of 1980. I recently thought about this band again after seeing Frank Marino play in October of 2005, (he is still rocking out like nobody's business), and picked up this CD. It sounded as great as the first time I remember hearing it at age 17, fresh, slightly raw, great guitar work, catchy hooks. Album is somewhat short, as was common at the time, a little over 30 minutes, but not a dull one.
15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HARDER...FASTER Sure Lives Up To Its Name! 1 July 2004
By Robert J. Schneider - Published on
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In the late 1970's, the veteran Canadian Hard-Rock quintet April Wine took on a tighter sound than they had generally displayed on their mid-70's offerings. They began with 1978's FIRST GLANCE, which featured the blistering, multi-layered guitar workout of "Roller" and the harmonica-heavy confessional "Rock 'N' Roll Is A Vicious Game." They upped the ante in 1979 with the appropriately titled (and sexually suggestive) HARDER...FASTER. Recorded in '79 and released in early 1980, this album showed off April Wine's ever-increasingly complex musicianship and higher decibel register, and became what was one of their best albums up to that point.
The band gets off to a thunderous start with "I Like To Rock," which lets loose with a guitar assault that shows clearly that they had become a full-fledged Heavy Metal band, despite their penchant for sound variety and the occasional slow number. The synthesizer arpeggio has been used in countless commercial breaks in TV sports programs and still never fails to inspire a bit of excitement. (Channel 9 in New Jersey used it quite a bit during N.Y. Mets broadcasts in the early '80's!) The ending is one of the best in rock 'n' roll history, as one guitarist starts playing the riff to the Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" while the second one goes into the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction" and the third goes into the riff for this song itself; all three guitarists overlapping each other with such perfect timing. It's great! "Say Hello" takes it down a notch or two; however, even being the 'slow' track on this album doesn't prevent it from being a taut, upbeat song, with one killer guitar solo! "Tonite" is a great example of April Wine's incredible versatility; starting out as a mid-paced acoustic-guitar tune with soft, melodic vocals by guitarist, lead singer and chief songwriter Myles Goodwyn, it launches itself into a brilliant speed-metal workout which lasts until the final minute of the song, which ends with the original acoustic treatment. Bald and bearded drummer Jerry Mercer shows he can beat the skins like a madman, while bassist Steve Lang keeps perfect time with him. (April Wine never got enough credit for their great rhythm section.)
While the macho braggadocio of "Ladies Man" never made much of an impression on me (in more ways than one---wink, wink), one of the album's biggest surprises comes next: Guitarist Brian Greenway takes over on lead vocals on the romantic anthem "Before The Dawn," which he penned, and gives an excellent, emotional performance---and plays a mean lead guitar solo to boot! The Goodwyn-sung "Babes in Arms" and "Better Do It Well" fare okay, but then it's time for this album's biggest surprise of all: An absolutely *brilliant* cover version of the King Crimson classic "21st Century Schizoid Man" closes it out, and in such great style! All three guitarists (Goodwyn, Greenway and Gary Moffet) interplay so well in the instrumental section, and Brian Greenway gets his second and final lead vocal, sounding just as evil as Greg Lake did when he sang this song for King Crimson back in 1969! (For some reason, they misspelled his name in the songwriting credits.) With this track, April Wine show that they were always one of the most talented Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands around, even if their popularity was confined mainly to their native Canada.
With HARDER...FASTER, April Wine showed that they were just about to "journey to the stars" with their blazing "rock 'n' roll guitars"---their next album, 1981's THE NATURE OF THE BEAST was even faster and heavier, plus it gave us one great rock album cover! It would produce April Wine's great power ballad and only U.S. Top 40 hit, "Just Between You And Me"; however, American stardom was unfortunately not to be for this Montreal quintet. It's too bad, although April Wine has definitely taken on the mantle of being a rock connossieur band, which is pretty unique and cool in its own way. They are among my favorite rock bands of all time, and HARDER...FASTER shows why!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Glass Of Vintage Wine 25 Sep 2002
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HARDER...FASTER is a great record by Canada's best musical export.The group's roots in Zeppelin's hard rock and the Beatles' pop are evident on almost every track, especially "I Like To Rock", "Say Hello", "Ladies Man", and "Before The Dawn." "Tonite" is about someone reaching for something, and over the years has really inspired me to step up efforts to get myself in better physical condition. On the other hand, the closing cover of "21st Century Schizoid Man" should never have been put on the album in the first place. Overall, though, this album is truly killer and is essential listening for any fan of good, real hard rock.
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