Skydiggers - The Truth About Us (A Twenty Year Retrospective) @VBR
01. Skydiggers - A Penny More (4:32)
02. Skydiggers - What Do You See? (2:55)
03. Skydiggers - I Will Give You Everything (3:48)
04. Skydiggers - You've Got A Lot Of Nerve (3:38)
05. Skydiggers - Slow Burning Fire (3:29)
06. Skydiggers - Where's My Baby, Tonight? (3:31)
07. Skydiggers - Feel You Closer (1:52)
08. Skydiggers - The Truth About Us (5:26)
09. Skydiggers - We Don't Talk Much Anymore (2:15)
10. Skydiggers - Leslie (2:25)
11. Skydiggers - 80 Odd Hours (3:23)
12. Skydiggers - Dear Henry (4:05)
13. Skydiggers - November In Ontario (5:11)
14. Skydiggers - Losing Altitude (3:47)
15. Skydiggers - Anything For You (3:05)
16. Skydiggers - I'm Wondering (3:37)
17. Skydiggers - Radio Waves (2:32)
18. Skydiggers - Hello Beautiful Life (3:05)
19. Skydiggers - Just Over This Mountain (2:38)
20. Skydiggers - Fall Apart (2:35)
21. Skydiggers - Pull Me Down (4:21)
22. Skydiggers - Good King Wenceslas (3:44)
Durée: 75 minutes 54 secondes
Genre: rock,folk rock,
"This was long overdue! Finally, the SKYDIGGERS from Toronto, one of the best CanAmericana/roots rock bands of the last decades, has joined Blue Rose. And not once but twice. Set for release is a fine retrospective featuring the quintet's strongest numbers, The Truth About Us - A Twenty Year Retrospective. And at the same time, Northern Shore, their first studio album with all-new tracks in four years will hit the stores and online shops. This double release makes a lot of sense because while Canadian music connoisseurs may place Skydiggers on a par with Cowboy Junkies and Blue Rodeo, they are virtually unknown in Europe. Only the true cognoscenti of prairie & country rock know what a formidable outfit they are. This compilation will thus unearth high-caliber treasures while the studio album brings us to the here and now on a path into the future. The Skydiggers - the sky's the limit.
By the late 8os, Andy Maize (lead vocals), Josh Finlayson (guitars, lead vocals), Peter Cash (guitars, lead vocals), Ron Macey (bass) and drummer Wayne Stokes had enough of loud rock'n'roll and punk. They came together with the clearly defined goal of creating acoustic/electric music strong on melody, harmonies and songwriting. This kind of thing used to be called country rock or folk rock, maybe prairie rock, later alt.country or No Depression … CanAmericana seems to sum it up best. The Skydiggers were born and released their eponymous debut album with songs like 'I Will Give You Everything', 'We Don't Talk Much Anymore', 'Leslie' in 1990. Album #2, Restless from 1992, is still their most successful one. It features the cult classic "A Penny More" and the highlights "Slow Burning Fire" and "Feel You Closer". Their 3rd album Just Over This Mountain (1993) saw the first personnel change (Joel Anderson replaced Wayne Stokes on drums) and brought possibly the most impressive amalgam of the equation "Beatles + Byrds = R.E.M." and the sound of current acts like Jayhawks, Gear Daddies, Jr. Gone Wild, Pernice Brothers etc. The title track and "Pull Me Down" are culled from this album. In 1995, Road Radio brought a modern influence and songs like 'What Do You See', 'You've Got A Lot Of Nerve' and the catchy 'Radio Waves'. This was the last time, the three-part harmonies of Maize, Finlayson and Peter Cash were heard. Cash left the band to form the Cash Brothers with his brother Andrew. And, by the way, Peter von Althen took over the drum seat.
On Desmond's Hip City from '97, the hardest rocking Skydiggers album, both Peters had to be replaced. In were Paul MacLeod (guitars, keyboards) and drummer Gavin Brown. Maize and Finlayson became a more tightly-knit team co-writing all of the album's songs including "Dear Henry" (a beautiful duet with Sarah Harmer) and "November In Ontario". "The Truth About Us" was written by colleague Scott Garbe. In 1999 Still Restless - the debut album's heretofore unreleased alternative - was released, the formidable live album There And Back one year later but it took five-and-a-half years before the next all-new studio album came out: Bittersweet Harmony with Joel Anderson back on board. In 2006, Skydiggers & Cash Brothers united for an acoustic session and in 2008, City Of Sirens was released by the still-current line-up of Maize, Finlayson, Macey, keyboarder Michael Johnston and drummer Noel Webb.
The Truth About Us - A Twenty Year Retrospective is a non-chronological sampler with 22 tracks and a complete running time of 76 minutes. It contains all the previously mentioned songs. Three unreleased outtakes and three new numbers from 2009 are must-haves for completists. The set also includes a dvd with six studio recordings (The Dakota Sessions) in the current line-up: 'A Penny More', 'This Old Town', 'Alice Graham', Hello Beautiful Life', 'Dark Hollow', 'Everybody Wants'. Extensive liner notes with complete credits, Skydiggers history, track by track commentary provided by the band and accolades by Sarah Harmer, Jim Cuddy (Blue Rodeo) and Gord Downie (Tragically Hip) complete this beautiful compilation package."
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