The Tragically Hip – Road Apples - 1991 Canada Alt Rock - Original Canada LP
The Tragically Hip – Road Apples
MCA Records – CMCA-10173
Vinyl, LP, Album, Club Edition
Record is VG++ clean (listen to our copy)
Cover is VG+ VG++ has some ringwear, 1 inch of handwritting on top right corner, half inch of damage on the spine, and cornerwear (see our pic)
Manufactured in Canada by MCA Records Canada.
Distributed by Columbia House.
Rainbow-style MCA sticker on record.
A1 Little Bones 4:42
A2 Twist My Arm 3:55
A3 Cordelia 4:07
A4 The Luxury 3:38
A5 Born In The Water 3:23
A6 Long Time Running 4:23
B1 Bring It All Back 4:38
B2 Three Pistols 3:46
B3 Fight 5:54
B4 On The Verge 3:52
B5 Fiddler's Green 4:21
B6 The Last Of The Unplucked Gems 2:02
Manufactured By – MCA Records Canada
Distributed By – Columbia House
Accordion – Malcolm Burn
Bass, Backing Vocals – Gord Sinclair
Drums – Johnny Fay
Engineer [Assistant] – Scott Campbell
Guitar – Bobby Baker
Guitar, Backing Vocals – Paul Langlois
Mastered By – Ted Jensen
Mixed By – Bruce Barris, Don Smith
Piano – Benmont Tench
Recorded By – Bruce Barris
Tambourine – Phil Jones
Vocals – Gordon Downie
Written-By – The Tragically Hip
Barcode and Other Identifiers
Matrix / Runout (Deadwax engravings on side 1): CMCA 10173 A, * STERLING, CMCA-10582-SS2, C, CR
Matrix / Runout (Deadwax engravings on side 2): CMCA 10173 B, * STERLING, MCA-10583-SS2, C, CR
The Tragically Hip formed in 1984 in Kingston, Ontario, with some memorable stints at Clark Hall Pub and Alfie's, student bars on Queen's University campus.
The sound on the first two full-length albums is sometimes characterized as "blues-tinged," although there are definite acoustic punctuations throughout both LPs. Although the band failed to achieve significant international success with these first two albums, their sales and dominance of modern rock radio in Canada gave them license to subsequently explore their sound.
"The Hip don't really stray too far away from their rock/blues/folk influences on Road Apples. They know what they're about and they do it exceptionally. The album opener and lead single from the album Little Bones could not start the album off on a better note. From the opening guitar of ‘Little Bones’ which then kicks into the momentous guitar riff, it is one of, if not the best on the record. Long Time Running and Fiddler’s Green are two of the slower ones here, and with the easy going instrumentation, it emphasizes Downie’s voice and the overall relaxing feel of the songs. Twist My Arm is a bluesy rocker built around a heavy riff which is noticeable throughout the entire song. However songs like these can get mixed up with songs like On The Verge with a first listen or two, which goes back to the similarity in some songs. And, as a con, some songs like Fight tend to drag on a bit too long with nothing really changing from the first few minutes.
As mentioned earlier, a main reason for the bands limited success outside of Canada is their lyrical content often dealing with Canadian subject matter whether it dealing with Canadian politics, hockey, cities, history and so on. Here is no exception, however that doesn’t mean is only limited to those who can relate. Three Pistols is a song dedicated to the popular Canadian Painter Tom Thomson while The Luxury makes reference to the provincial symbol of Quebec. Born In The Water is probably the most open about Canadian themes dealing with the controversy in the ‘Meech Lake Accord’ debate in Ontario in the early nineties with lyrics like “Smart as trees in Sault Ste. Marie; Victorious mother tounge; Passing laws just because; Singing songs of the English unsung”. Little Bones tells a story which was supposedly inspired by a taxi driver who drove them in New Orleans, which comes of as dark but yet humorous at the same time. However most of the songs offer just well written lyrics of stories and events showing what a good writer Downie is, relatable to anyone.
Road Apples is one of The Tragically Hip’s best and is a staple in 90’s Canadian rock. Though there isn’t a lot of depth to the instrumental portion in terms of variety, it stands alone as a solid rock album, which was what it was set it to do" ( sputnikmusic)