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The Top 100 Canadian Albums Hardcover – Oct 18 2007


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  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Goose Lane Editions (Oct. 18 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086492500X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0864925008
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 24.9 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #311,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 on Dec 21 2007
Format: Hardcover
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 By grapemanca on March 24 2009
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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 By David Brewer on March 1 2008
Format: Hardcover
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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