Red Rider and Tom Cochrane were One of Canada's True TREASURES and stood like a few of their brothers before them so badly UNDERRATED. I suppose that is why their music is still in print so many years after the band itself has broken up. They remind me of Mendelsohn McKenna Mainline in that they like Mainline were so underrated and missed during their time together here in Canada. Neruda + 3 is based upon a not so well known Spanish Poet /Writer it is a great offering of Red Riders talent and ability. If you are scared of buying a CD before listening to it then I suggest going to the Library and renting this one it will be there as it is Canadian Content, if it is missing then they will for sure be able to get it for you. Catch a listen to a great group...Spigomars
I will always regard this concept album as the best Canada has ever offered the world artistically. With Neruda (named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda) this was Tom Cochrane at his creative and musical peak. From Ken Greer's haunting steel guitar in "Light in the Tunnel", to Tom Cochrane's take on mortality on "Napoleon Sheds His Skin" -- each song smoothly continues to the next. While not generating the sales of "As Far As Siam", most fans and critics agree - it's now considered a modern art/rock classic.
Red Rider scored a major hit single with the great "Lunatic Fringe" prior to their 1983 release "Neruda", however, this album was their most mature, stronger overall set of straight ahead rockers with an excellent songwriting flair penned by leader Tom Cochrane. Cochrane's raspy but smooth delivery is superb throughout as the album's first four songs are coordinated one right after the other with blitzing power, style and some frills. The surreal, subtle and smooth guitar intro by the lead guitar of Ken Greer in "Light In The Tunnel" suddenly explodes in "Power" with great musical cohesion by the whole band. The fantastic "Human Race" takes off with a great guitar riff by Greer combined with the depth of Cochrane's vocal delivery. Jeff Jones' nice thumping bass line sets the table for the excellent, kickin' "Can't Turn Back". The mood shifts a little with a slower moving, but well crafted "Napoleon Sheds His Skin" as Cochrane's vocals again shine. The rest of the album is just a little bit uneven but there are some very fine highlights with the cool "Winner Take All", "Walking The Fine Line" and "Crack The Sky" (Breakaway"). The CD also contains 3 bonus tracks. "Light In The Tunnel/Human Race" is a different version combining these 2 great songs instead of "Light In The Tunnel/Power" as on the original album and also works very well. Two of their most popular songs finish the CD, the excellent "White Hot" and the classic "Lunatic Fringe". This is an interesting album worth owning as you will find yourself really getting charged up from it after multiple listenings. Enjoy!