Buy used:
CDN$ 19.99
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by gbayemporium
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Hard cardboard case shows some minor signs of shelf wear with a few small dents. One of the inside pages has a minor amount of lifting at the top. Unless otherwise indicated, all CDs come with front and back case inserts. Sauf indication contraire, tous les CD livrés avec inserts de cas avant et arrière.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
      

Present Story Of Harmelodia


Available from these sellers.
5 used from CDN$ 19.99

Product Details

  • Audio CD (Dec 7 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00004RC2K
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #30,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. the Harmelodian Anthem
2. Dot and Bug in the street
3. I Fab Thee
4. It's Easy To Be With You
5. Monkeybird
6. the Descent into Popopolis
7. Invisible Stairs
8. Popopolis
9. I am Drumstein
10. the Music Room
11. Dot Tries the Wingophone
12. Wingophone
13. the Sky Dreamed
14. Loving Arms
15. Father Mourns; Drumstein Schemes
16. the Bee Sky Opus in Magenta
17. Father's Sad Song
18. Home Again
19. Dot and Bug Pop Out of the Earth
20. Song of the Garden

Product Description

Review

We've heard the "there's no place like home" message before, of course, but never with this degree of tunefulness, mischief and merriment. Child-like wonders never cease from the Rheos. -- Jeff Batemen, The Record

concise, hummable tunes ... among the most immediate compositions the occasionally ambitious-to-the-point-of-alienating Rheos have ever come up with. -- Ben Rayner, Toronto Star

About the Artist

Before the term Orch-rock ever escaped the lips of hip New York music critics, the Rheostatics were making up compositions that little boy Mozart surely would have turned in had he watched Maggie Trudeau dance with the Stones and Neil Young climb to the top of the LA heap.

How can you describe the band that helped bring Stompin Tom back or who wrote an opus inspired by the work of The Group of Seven? How do you verbally describe the passion of the music that somehow has outlasted all the hype and in the end is what it is, leaving people happy in its wake.

How do you describe their latest release The Story of Harmelodia? Sure, its a concept album based around a childrens story. The mind reels at the possibilities! Anxiously awaited for over two years, the Story of Harmelodia is a delightfully delicious romp the land filled with strange instruments and colourful charactersthe kind that could only spring from the minds of the Rheostatics; Wingophones, the land of Popopolous and the conniving ways of Dr Drumstein!

Dave Bidini wrote the story. The band wrote the music and lyrics. The band was augmented by Ladies-man Kevin Hearn and fleet-fingered Michael Phillip Wojewoda, who produced the album with the band. Gord Downie wrote the lyrics for Fathers Sad Song. A gaggle of friends joined the Rheostatics in the studio, including Sarah Harmer (Weeping Tile), and Kurt Swinghammer.

The Story of Harmelodia finds the Rheostatics in top form, weaving a magical tale that satisfies the child in us all and appeals to the Rheos-fan. The fantastical story is brought to life through the vivid paintings of Martin Tielli.

The Rheostatics is the brainchild of four very fine musicians. Based in Toronto, Dave Bidini is the chief rhythm guitarist who occasionally works the bass guitar. Regular bass player Tim Vesely often sets his fretted five string aside for an acoustic or electric guitar, and occasionally for a piano or an accordion. Lead guitarist Martin Tielli is the resident visual artist and effects pedal aficionado. Finally, drummer Don Kerr is equally at home on the cello, double bass, piano, or mixing board. He produces other bands' albums at The band was formed in early 80s, during the hazy high school years in Etobicoke. Back then they were known as Rheostatics and the TransCanada Soul Patrol, complete with horn section. The horn section was dropped in favour of Martin Tielli. The sounds he coaxed from his guitar made the horn section seem redundant. With the success of The Ballad of Wendel Clark Pts 1 & 2, the band released their first album in 1987 naturally called Greatest Hits!.

The much-discussed Melville appeared in 1991 and was immediately picked as a CBC and college radio favorite. Continuous touring across our fair land from sea to shining sea and every club in between - confirmed the bands rising star. After 1992s Whale Music the band was signed to Sire Records. That brought us Introducing Happiness and the Juno-nominated, Genieaward winning single Claire, which makes a dual appearance on the Rheostatics' soundtrack to the celluloid version of Paul Quarrington's fine novel 'Whale Music' (which is different from the album Whale Music, which musically has little in common with the novel). Confused? Well you should be.

In 1995, the National Gallery of Canada commissioned the Rheostatics to compose a piece commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Group of Seven. Originally intended for a limited number of multi-media events in Ottawa and Toronto, a live recording was released as Music Inspired by the Group of Seven.

1997s The Blue Hysteria produced the single Bad Time to Be Poor, which was a hit across Canada. The Double Live album and a collection of CBC recordings, the Nightlines Sessions were released in 1998.

The packaging of The Story of Harmelodia is spectacular. The 32-page, full colour, deluxe storybook edition is filled with the vivid paintings of Martin Tielli, as well as the story for read-along purposes.

The Rheostatics are putting the finishing touches to a millennial piece, commissioned by Torontos Harbourfront and preparing for a winter Canadian tour. How appropriate. Toronto's Gas Station studio.

Band members: Dave Bidini
Don Kerr
Martin Tielli
Tim Vesley

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 4 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Marshall on March 3 2000
Format: Audio CD
I got this disc for Xmas and it was a great surprise. I was already a big Rheos fan but once again they have struck out for new musical ground, much as they did with their last collaboration with Kevin Hearn, SONGS INSPIRED BY THE GROUP OF 7. Not only is this a wonderful concept album which tells a story of individuality and artistry, it is packaged in a little hardcover children's book with illustrations by guitarist Martin Tielli, whose artwork graces most of the band's album covers.
Great job, guys. It was great seeing you in concert recently.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to imagine someone discovering this review who doesn't already love the Rheostatics - why else would you know about them? -- but if you have any concerns about "Harmelodia", don't worry. It's a sweet and strange children's story, sure, but it's also a solid and rich sonic adventure as only they seem to be doing in this decade. If "Progressive Rock" records from old have worn out their thrill on your shelves, and you'd like all that musical and lyrical creativity with a little more honest emotion and fun holding it together, then come and get it!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By A Customer on Sept. 26 2003
Format: Audio CD
The only part of this album I don't like (or should i say is that it gets tiresome) is that the narration gets in the way of the songs at times. All the songs are brilliantly crafted. The only "children's" album I own.
Dave Bidini's story is touching, and also very interesting.
This is one of the best of one of the most underrated.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By J. S. Alemparte on Feb. 12 2000
Format: Audio CD
Just fantastic! Children`s story mixed in with a dash of "Lamb lies down on brodway" a pinch of "ogden`s nut gone flake" a little rheos magic and presto "harmelodia". Get the point? Didn`t think so. Anyways,Get it!
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 3 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
More tasty adventure from those Rheostatics Dec 28 2000
By ian melchinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to imagine someone discovering this review who doesn't already love the Rheostatics - why else would you know about them? -- but if you have any concerns about "Harmelodia", don't worry. It's a sweet and strange children's story, sure, but it's also a solid and rich sonic adventure as only they seem to be doing in this decade. If "Progressive Rock" records from old have worn out their thrill on your shelves, and you'd like all that musical and lyrical creativity with a little more honest emotion and fun holding it together, then come and get it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You Couldn't Have Asked for a Better Disc March 3 2000
By Scott Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I got this disc for Xmas and it was a great surprise. I was already a big Rheos fan but once again they have struck out for new musical ground, much as they did with their last collaboration with Kevin Hearn, SONGS INSPIRED BY THE GROUP OF 7. Not only is this a wonderful concept album which tells a story of individuality and artistry, it is packaged in a little hardcover children's book with illustrations by guitarist Martin Tielli, whose artwork graces most of the band's album covers.
Great job, guys. It was great seeing you in concert recently.
I Fab This Record. Sept. 26 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The only part of this album I don't like (or should i say is that it gets tiresome) is that the narration gets in the way of the songs at times. All the songs are brilliantly crafted. The only "children's" album I own.
Dave Bidini's story is touching, and also very interesting.
This is one of the best of one of the most underrated.

Look for similar items by category


Feedback