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  • Audio CD (29 Jan. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000A1ZWAM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,041,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
This is where April Wine got it all together ;they hinted at it on Nature of the Beast, but really produced with this one ,everything on this album ROCKS in that smooth ,fluid style that is the engine house of April Wine you could say this foursome peaked on this opus it truly is..... brilliant hard rock.I might add to this review later,i guess no ones gonna be in a hurry to buy it at the current asking price!Maximus Metalicus.All i gotta add is on re listening to Power Play im placing this at number two in my 6000 strong, metal collection,nuff said?? With more hooks than an anglers wholesaler this album gently lifts ur rocker soul with power chords that infiltrate ur bonse and do what metal is meant to do - make u wanna rock.It all seemsa little trivial now ; that some piece of music can indelibly inprint on my consciousness , ya know , the stuff im made of ; however just may be im not the centre of THE universe just mine and that's enough!! so when I relate the worth of a bit of plastic technology its based upon the experiences and their associated emotions that have trickled through my life as a self confessed metal head grebo .In that respect I am being completely truthful.More to come.
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Format: Audio CD
April Wine's trademark are three lead guitars, and, unlike some lesser known bands, they really know what to do with them. Check out their classic "I Like To Rock" from 1978 or something to see what I mean.
This record is somewhere in the middle of the heavy metal spectrum (talking about 1982, of course). I'd say it's somewhat lighter than Scorpions' 1982 album Blackout. The songs are heavy as well as beautiful and really interestingly composed. Add excellent drums and fabulous background vocals, and you've got an amazing record, one of its kind.
I have listened to a few other albums by April Wine, but "Power Play" seems to be the one on which everything has turned out near-perfect. It has been one of my top 10 LP's for like forever. Even 27 years after it's release I keep listening to it (especially when I'm in love) and it won't stop fascinating me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
My Favorite April Wine Album 10 Mar. 2000
By James Choma - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Two of my favorite April Wine songs are on this album: "Waiting on a Miracle" and "Enough is Enough". Both of these songs are examples of power pop songwriting at its best. Myles Goodwyn is at his best writing, singing and playing guitar on the album. Other songs like the power ballad "What if We Fall In Love" and the double entendre meaning behind "If You See Kay" - make for a great album.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
IF YOU SEE KAY 7 Nov. 1998
By BJHSCHROCK@AOL.COM - Published on
Format: Audio CD
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Format: Audio CD
Great classic collection of vintage April Wine! An absolute excellent addition to any music collection favoring classic rock and roll! You won't be disappointed.
Hardest one to get 19 July 2013
By J. Barone - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I was into a big April Wine CD hunt (back in the 90's). This one was (even then), out of print and VERY hard to find. Hell, ALL the April Wine catalog was not very popular then either. I just did a (binge) listen to them starting with "First Glance" and finishing with this one (SD card in the car audio is a wonderful thing LOL). I always notice with bands from the the past 20 years is they go through cycles. For me, First Glance seemed to start their distinctive sound and catchy songs, Harder, Faster was probably the best out of them with the before mentioned 3 guitar attack (how could anyone into music not be impressed with the end riff from "I Like to Rock" with the Beatles, Stones and Wine interplay). Nature of the Beast was very good with Just Between you and Me" being one of my favorite songs of all time (for obvious reasons-miss the 80's). Power Play, not only drops the song writing (a little) but actually sounds not as powerful (mixing) as the prior CD's Still has the 3 guitar sound, but a little more "lite" with the overall flow. "Why you Cried" a good cover tune is one of my faves. Still have to get to "Animal Grace" but I never put that one with their peak years (still OK, but not at the same level as before)
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Here's Where The Wine Starts To Go Bad... 25 July 2006
By Todd Totale - Published on
Format: Audio CD
What happened? "First Glance" gave us a fresh taste of a more aggressive April Wine, "Harder...Faster" improved on that formula, and "Nature Of The Beast" was the best vintage of Wine yet. "Power Play" not only knocked the momentum out of April Wine's upward growth, it disappointed a lot of their fan base. For a band that once declared "I Like To Rock," the performances here suggest otherwise. "Enough Is Enough," the first single, is a nice attempt to regain some radio airplay, but after that, the album is littered with unmemorable tunes. In addition to the band's tepid performance on "Power Play," Goodwyn sounds like he's run out of ideas lyrically, to the point where the band's second single, "If You See Kay" gained more notority from what the title sounded like (say it real fast) instead of the song itself. And that's sad, because April Wine was on their way to becoming more successful than they turned out to be. This album was the reason they never got there.
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