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Great White North

4.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 14 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000065KU9
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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**1981 Anthem Entertainment release out of Canada**

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Faced with 2 minutes to fill with Canadian content, the classic sketch comedy show SCTV drilled deeply into the true nature of the culture with Bob (Rick Moranis) and Doug (Dave Thomas) McKenzie's instructional program The Great White North. Its success led to this 1982 spin-off disc, which even went gold in the States and still yields its share of laughs today. Classic moments include the pair being bullied by the studio chorus on "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (Doug: "This should just be the two days of Christmas, it's too hard for us!"), meeting a toque-clad Geddy Lee (the hit single "Take Off"), pondering "Where do they get that black stuff that makes the album?" ("From old albums . . . they erase it, right?"), and sharing bits of telling personal history ("Coffee Sandwich," "Ernie's Mom"). They're good, eh? --Rickey Wright


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Format: Audio CD
This was probably the last great comedy album from a time (1965 - 1982, or whenever Cheech & Chong split up) when spoken-word LP's were actually worth purchasing and before rap music turned the spoken word from the mainstay of comedy to beat-driven poetry.
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And "LP" is definitely the operative term here...the material, while perfectly written and recorded with an LP album format in mind, really doesn't transfer well to CD. There are a number of references to the LP record format and even the LP record production process that date the recording significantly and simply don't make sense when applied to and listened to in a compact disc format; a previous reviewer's concern that the listener's lines from the "You Are Our Guest" track are ommitted from the CD exacerbates the point somewhat (the lines are included, eh, it's just that those hosers at Mercury Records shrank 'em down so small from the old LP jacket when transposing "The Hoser" to the CD liner notes that you need the Hubbell Telescope to magnify 'em so's you can read 'em properly). That's the ONLY reason why I docked 2 stars from the album review, eh?
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However, it is a lot of fun to listen to, if only as a means to preserve your memory of the old "Great White North" LP, should you have been lucky enough to have owned it back in the day. Frankly I'm even more impressed at how entertaining it is considering that there is not a single swear word to be heard anywhere on the album. A full-length comedy recording like this wouldn't even be ATTEMPTED today. There are plenty of smoking (tobacco only, mind) and beer drinking references, but that's the lion's share of Bob & Doug's appeal ANYWAY...I wouldn't have any problem recommending that kids listen to it (there are no parental advisory labels on it, eh), although a "drink responsibly" sermon should probably precede it.
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This is classic Bob and Doug McKenzie and it doesn't get any better than this Strange Brew is awesome also but let's stay with The Great White North. The 12 days of Christmas, Geddy Lee singing Take Off which made no sense, The brothers principals of a school? As I said before classic Bob and Doug McKenzie and it's awesome.
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Format: Audio CD
I think it rates up there with "Stairway To Heaven."
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This album was one of the defining moments of Canadian culture, and the listening of it makes one hearken back to one's halcyon days of youth. The only Canadians with living memories of the 80s who will not appreciate this album are those who are too 'cool' to recognize themselves through any means other than a mirror. It is Canadiana at its raw finest, especially the brothers fondness for beer and donuts. The two highlights of the CD are of course "Take Off," where Geddy Lee from Rush deadpans his way through the McKenzie Brothers' 'hit single' and the resulting dialogue, and the purely Canadian version of "Twelve Days of Christmas." In this latter the boys delightfully request every Canadian stereotyped staple (from toques to turtlenecks), to be capped with the inevitable "Beer . . . in-n-n-n a tree." That being said, even when it was initially released this was a long listen between highlights. The jokes are older now and SCTV is now safely in the vaults (except for on the Comedy Network). If you remember the "Great White North" with fondness then this is an excellent reminiscence purchase, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who doesn't already know the jokes. Finally, in the used CD I picked up, there were no liner notes allowing me to follow along with "You Are Our Guest." That was very disappointing.
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Format: Audio CD
A lot of people outside Canada have now forgotten about Bob & Doug McKenzie, but their brand of Canadian hick humour hasn't lost any of its appeal. Originally started by Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis as a reaction to a requirement for more Canadian content in a production, they ultimately went on to star in the hilariously stupid _Strange Brew_.
On this CD you'll find comedy pieces on a number of topics: The Beerhunter, their Christmas song, Doug conducting church services, Bob as principal of a school, and more. The best way to describe them is that they're so stupid they're hilarious.
While many Canadians are no doubt appalled to the degree that Bob & Doug actually impacted the typical viewpoint of Canada held in the States, the fact remains that their parody of the content laws is an indelible part of Canadian culture. Get this CD while you can.
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Format: Audio CD
The classic comedy album from the SCTV team is now on CD. This is really funny stuff, but some of the jokes don't really work on CD. There are many specific references to the vinyl LP format. But overall, this is a fun album from a classic comedy team. G'day!
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Rick Moranis & Dave Thomas created the McKenzie Brothers on the brilliant SCTV and took them to the big screen in the hillarious Strange Brew. They also released this record and it is one of the best comedy albums of all time ranking up there with Richard Pryor's & George Carlin's releases. Bits like "Coffee Sandwich", "Peter's Donuts", "The Beer Hunter" and "Twelve Days Of Christmas" are down right side-splitting. The album even has a "hit song" with "Take Off" (it actually got to #12 on the charts in '82) that includes backing vocals by Geddy Lee of Rush. Every time you play this album, you will bust a gut laughing, whether it's the first or one-thousandth time.
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