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The Top 100 Canadian Albums [Hardcover]

Bob Mersereau
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Oct. 18 2007
Straight from the heart of the music industry, a book that answers a question that has nagged music fans across the nation. What are the best Canadian albums of all time? A unique panel of those who live and breathe Canadian music was assembled. Musicians, broadcasters, club owners, retailers, roadies, and more — literally hundreds of people across the country cast their votes in this unprecedented poll. Rush's Neil Peart, Ron Sexsmith, Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, Holly Cole, Kim Stockwood, Sass Jordon, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, Saturday Night Blues host Holger Peterson, and The Vinyl Café's Stuart McLean are just a few of the people who voted for their favourite albums. Who will make the top 10? Neil or Joni? Rush or The Hip? Leonard or Gordon? The Band or Arcade Fire? The countdown in on! A groundbreaking book, The Top 100 Canadian Albums features cover reproductions and descriptions for each of the albums that make it onto the list, as well as documentary photographs, in-depth interviews, fascinating facts, and musician-contributed sidebars.

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"Bound to get people exploring Canadian music and conversing about what their top 100 would be." — Soulshine

"Terrific . . . filled with great insight on the albums that were picked." — Country Music News

"The definitive anthology of the country's all-time greatest recordings. Groundbreaking in scope and depth." — The Telegraph-Journal

"Mersereau's commentary is well-written and astute." — Paul Quarrington, Globe and Mail

"An enjoyable book that unearths plenty of forgotten pleasures." — Toronto Star

"An important entry in the Canadian cultural library." — John Threlfall, Monday Magazine

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Look no further. Straight from the heart of the music industry comes the ultimate guide to Canadian music, featuring the best albums that Canadian musicians have ever produced. An unprecedented book, The Top 100 Canadian Albums includes the finest albums in Canadian music history chosen by a blue-ribbon panel. More than 600 singers, songwriters, musicians, producers, columnists, and collectors cast their votes for this first-time-ever poll. Rush's Neil Peart, Ron Sexsmith, Ed Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies, Holly Cole, Sass Jordan, Ryan Peake of Nickelback, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, George Pettit of Alexisonfire, Saturday Night Blues host Holger Peterson, and The Vinyl Café's Stuart McLean are just a few of the people who voted for their favourite albums. The results span every decade and every genre of music, from the fifties until the first decade of the 21st century, from classical to pop, from heavy metal to hip-hop. Between the covers, you'll find the results, from 1 to 100. Along the way, you'll discover behind-the-scenes stories about the making of the albums and the history of Canadian music, as told by the musicians themselves. Find out how Gordon Lightfoot helped get Blue Rodeo back to Canada. Learn about the song that connects The Guess Who to The Tragically Hip. Meet Simply Saucer, the band that waited 30 years for its album to become a hit. Connect the dots between Don Messer and Music from Big Pink. Sure to spark debate about what is and isn't on the list, The Top 100 Canadian Albums is the essential book on Canadian music.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Top 100 Canadian Albums Bob Mesereau Feb. 24 2013
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This book was worth the purchase. It's clearly written, almost more music fan-like, than music authority-like. Nicely illustrated with an interesting format.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By r. f. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Ah those , TOP 100 LISTS , again. These kinds of lists are only based on certain peoples opinion's and they are not really proof of anything.

There is a book like this one from ENGLAND and a couple from the U.S.

This is the first book of this kind about Canadian music. It is our turn!

These lists are very fun to read and to debate.

About 600 voters or judges from all over Canada took part in this POLL.

Including D.J.s , MANY MUSIC ARTISTS , music critics and other music industry people whom tried to do the impossible. Choose the , TOP 100 ALBUMS OF ALL TIME , from Canada.

All of the voters or judges names from this POLL are listed at the end of this book so you can read just where in Canada all of these judges came from.

The voters or judges came from , EVERY PROVINCE in CANADA!

Besides the , TOP 100 ALBUMS LIST , there are many , " HONOURABLE MENTION LISTS " , of artist's work from almost every region in this big country.

Including some French Canadian language albums / Punk albums / Blues CDs / Roots albums and NEWFOUNDLAND albums , [a list by , ALAN DOYLE of GREAT BIG SEA] , to name just a few of those fun extra lists.

This book's list also focuses mostly on ROCK / ROCK & ROLL / FOLK and POP.

There could have been more Punk / Metal / Country / Rap / Classical and Jazz , however , this is how this BIG POLL worked out after all of the votes were counted.

The TOP 50 ALBUM covers are shown in full page size. So they are reproduced almost as the same size as their ordinal LP covers. They look amazing!

Each , TOP 100 ALBUM , has it's own new information / recent interviews and new stories.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Regionally and Era Challenged March 24 2009
Though it's bound to happen in any "Top 100" list, it just so happens that the Canadian music I like is very under-represented in this book. The contributors appear to be heavily biased in favour of central and Atlantic Canada, and are fairly clueless about the (older) Westcoast and Prairie music scenes [and totally unaware of French Canada's, it would appear].

For example, to ignore Chilliwack's "Dreams, Dreams, Dreams" or "Wanna Be A Star", both of which produced singles with huge staying power beyond anything coming out now, is, in my opinion, a major oversight. Loverboy's first two monster albums were huge international hits, but similarly ignored, as were hit albums from Prism, Doug and the Slugs and The Payolas. How about "Hardcore '81", the international punk rock classic from DOA?

At a broader level, I don't think the book has enough from the late 70's and the 1980's, which seems to me to be the golden era of popular Canadian music, and the time where it established itself commercially without bands heading to the USA. Acts like Streetheart, Honeymoon Suite and Kim Mitchell were huge at this time, but nary a mention. Perhaps classic arena rock is just not politically correct.

Finally, while I really like Neil Young, Rush and the Tragically Hip, they are definitely over-represented in this book, though a predictable choice from Mersereau's music scene literati [ie. CBC-connected artists from Ontario and the Maritimes]; a few less from their back catalogues would have allowed more representation of significant Canadian albums.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ughh... March 1 2008
Bruce Cockburn, the 4th greatest songwriter in Canadian history makes his first appearance at 57? Where is Kate and Anna McGarrigle's stellar eponymous album? "The Songs of Leonard Cohen", a top 5 caliber album, at number 11???? For shame. A gallant effort by Mr. Mersereau, but in the end a foolhardy one.
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