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Young Canadians (2) - Joyride On The Western Front

Format: CD
Label: White Noise Records WNR 006 2M
Year: 2001
Origin: Vancouver, British Columbia
Genre: punk, rock
Value of Original Title: 
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Release Type: Albums
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Track Name
Introduction By Dirk Dirksen
Mental Instability
Beg, Borrow Or Steal
Just a Loser
Picture of Health
No Escape
Led On
This Is Your Life
Data Redux


R 5122351 1610986380 2626

Joyride On The Western Front


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Even 20 years after the fact, the biting, acerbic wit and angular melodic intensity of this seminal Vancouver punk trio comes off with fresh, innovative aplomb and an urgent sense of vitality. Clearly, Art Bergmann's band of Young Canadians were way ahead of their time - a fact that may provide a backhanded explanation as to why the unit is so rarely credited as an influence among today's anti-hit paraders. This 11-song live set was put to tape at San Francisco's Mabuhay Gardens on the opening evening of the 1980 Western Front Festival, mere months before the band's unceremonious break-up. Although everything is by and large represented in the mix, the sound quality is the shits, which is to say authentic. (The first track, "Mental Instability," ought to have been subtitled "Soundcheck.") What the package lacks in sonic splendour, however, is made up for in part by a trio of video clips ("Automan," "Data Redux" and "Hawaii"), an informative text file about the Western Front Fest and in-depth liner notes culled from a series of retrospective interviews with Bergmann. (White Noise)
-Chuck Molgat, Sept 1, 2001

Art Bergmann: guitar, vocals
Jim Bescott: bass, vocals
Barry Taylor: drums

Audio recorded, mixed & produced by Terry Hammer.
Video performances recorded and produced by Martyn Stubbs.
Executive producer, package co-design & liner notes by Keith Bollinger.
Audio mastering and CEDAR processing by Kevin Nettleingham at Nettleingham Audio, Vancouver, Washington.
Videotape to QuickTime TM application program conversion by Michael Lastra.
Graphics layout & co-design by Buko: www.buko.net
All photography by Bev Davies.

D.O.A. flyer reproduced by permission of Dirksen-Miller Productions and Joe Keithley.
All Western Front Festival text within the "wf" file is reproduced by permission of Brad Lapin.
Special thanks to Bev Davies for significant contributions to this project.
Thanks also to Martyn Stubbs, Dirk Dirksen, and everyone responsible for the 1980 Western Front Festival.

Booklet rear cover and outer tray card photo: Mabuhay Gardens, October 17, 1980.
Inner tray card photo: This is Your Life record release party.

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© 1979, 1980, 2001 Young Canadians.
Audio content (p) Terry Hammer
Video content (p) 1979, 1980 Martyn Stubbs
Western Front text file content © 1980, 2001 D.G.C. / Brad Lapin


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