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First Glance [Import]

April WineAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 27, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Aquarius/Unidisc
  • ASIN: B000006SI4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hot On The Wheels Of Love
2. Get Ready For Love
3. Rock N Roll Is A Vicious Game
4. Right Down To It
5. Roller
6. Comin Right On Top Of Me
7. Im Alive
8. Let Yourself Go
9. Silver Dollar

Editorial Reviews

Import edition of the Canadian hard rock act's 1978 album. Nine tracks including, 'Hot On The Wheels Of Love', 'Get Ready For Love' & 'Rock 'N' Roll Is A Vicious Game'.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE FIRST! January 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
April Wine has been releasing records since 1971, so, this definitely wasn't their first album. This was April Wine with what would prove to be their most successful line-up, though! To me the major loss was Jim Clench to BTO, but this album proved they would be alright without him. With Myles Goodwyn at the controls they released the album that would break them into the U.S. market with a vengeance for a change, unlike their earlier releases with Big Tree Records and their Aquarius Imports.
This is a serious album aimed at the AOR market of the late 70's and early 80's when hard rock was taking the world by storm and outselling all other types of music. April Wine showed their stuff with my favorite "Silver Dollar", "Roller", "Hot on the Wheels of Love", "Rock and Roll Is A Vicious Game"(10 years to get to this point proved that) and "Get Ready for Love". I don't want to say they rode in on the coat tails of Rush, Triumph, Mahogany Rush and others, but their timing was impeckable with this exceptional release.
So, even though this is not April Wine's first U.S. release it is the first one into wide spread airplay. This is a definite plus to any collection. If you want to try some fine Wine this is a great place to start and if you'd like some vintage Wine I would say look for Electric Jewels. If you are completely new to April Wine try a Greatest Hits or live album to discover what you are missing to see if it is time to become a Wine connoisseur.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A snap shot in time..... March 24, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Brining back memories of a fire bird, warm Busch Beer and Jensen 6X9's. If you can't attribute memories like that to this album then it really isn't that great. Like most music from the late 70's to late 80's: if you didn't grow up during those times the music isn't so great nor meaningful. I love this album along with Nature, Harder Faster and Power Play.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Glance May 10, 2004
By Gitters
Format:Audio CD
April Wine's 1978 release First Glance is an excellent collection of rockin' tunes. All nine tracks are enjoyalble. Roller is the most memorable of the songs, of course with its killer riff. Also notable is Rock n Roll is a Vicious Game. If you enjoyed their biggest American hit 1981's "The Nature of the Beast" you'll enjoy this one as well. Worth tracking down on vinyl or old cassette.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How did I miss this band? January 21, 2002
By Warren
Format:Audio CD
Great guitars, drums and vocals. I should have been listening to these guys instead of Journey.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Certainly not their first release! September 9, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I wanted to correct the review, below, which states that this was their first album. I believe it was their ninth! It was pre-dated by:
1971 - April Wine
1972 - On Record
1973 - Electric Jewels
1974 - Live
1975 - Stand Back
1976 - The Whole World's Goin' Crazy
1977 - Forever For Now
1977 - Live At The El Mocambo
First Glance, along with Stand Back and Harder, Faster, is a high-point in April Wine's career. Good up-tempo rockers and power-ballads...if you're into that kind of music.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Canadian Rock November 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Following the release of `Forever, For Now', April Wine fans were wondering in just what direction Myles and the boys would jerk them with the next album. Never fear, the band returned with the rock'n'roll classic `First Glance', their "hardest" album since `Electric Jewels', and had one more surprise - a fifth member. Brian Greenway, an accomplished guitarist, harmonica player, singer, and songwriter in his own right, was thrown into the mix (pardon the pun) about halfway through the making of the album. The addition of Greenway meant a few of things - first, and most importantly, it allowed Myles to play keyboards during live shows while still retaining a thick two-guitar sound (or even better an immensely fat sound when Myles picked up his own Les Paul). Second, it allowed the band to record songs they could actually reproduce on stage. Third, it added another voice for background, and occasionally lead vocals. And to top it off, Greenway even added a few songs of his own on later albums.

Goodwyn's decision that this was going to be a purely rock album is evident from the opening guitar riffs. Curiously, the vinyl version (which I bought the day it was released in 1978) opens with "Hot On The Wheels Of Love" rather than "Get Ready For Love", which opens the CD version I purchased in later years. After years of listening to the vinyl version, I could never get used to starting the CD with "Get Ready...". I always thought that "Hot On..." was a great opening track. The third track is "Rock'n'Roll Is a Vicious Game" which was one of the first two singles from the album (the other being "Let Yourself Go", which didn't go anywhere).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Re-introduction to USA fans. January 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
To most American hard rock fans, "First Glace" was April Wine's first album..and some USA fans still think it is. However the band had been together since the late 60's and some of their earlier Aquarius albums were released in the USA on Big Tree and London records. Despite "You Could Have Been A Lady" getting into the USA Top 40 in 1972, neither record company promoted their albums, even with many tracks that could have been huge AOR or Top 40 hits. (A lot of great Canadian bands like Trooper and Prism never got the promtion and breaks in the USA that they really deserved) Had they been on a record company that cared about them like Mercury did and toured the USA relentlessly, April Wine might have been as successful here in the mid 70's as BTO and Rush were.

Finally in 1978 April Wine hooked up with Capitol, which released "First Glance" here. The American version is a little different... It starts with "Get Ready For Love" instead of "Hot on the wheels of Love", and the cover uses the same band photograph and a simular cover design based on the Aquarius "Greatest Hits" album. Since hardly anyone in the USA knew what the band looked like, this was probably a smart idea. Capitol (after a few bum singles) gave the band a deserved USA Top 40 hit with "Roller" and the album went gold. This breakthrough album lead the way for the success of the "Harder...Faster" LP and especially the platinum selling "Nature of the Beast" LP.

I got a chance to see April Wine at Dallas (now sadly demolished) Bronco Bowl in 2000. The band put on a fine performance that night. Several members of the Dallas Stars hockey team showed up and a couple of members of Pantera were hanging out. A buddy who was there told me Dimebag (RIP) was greatly impressed with the Wine's tight version of "21st Century Schizoid Man".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loves Me Some April Wine!
This was a definitive album for me in the early 80's. It was my second April Wine album at the time. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Soehlig
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all about Roller!
Roller, Roller, Roller! Yeah, this album has Roller, mine and everybody's favorite, but is also had a couple of other good rockin' songs too. Read more
Published 5 months ago by purecarver
If April Wine has caught your ear ? And who has,nt heard "She,s a Roller " The Break through Hit & I Believe ? Read more
Published 8 months ago by NEVAGROWUP62
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good/hard to find cd.
I bought this cd because my original album is worn out. I'm very happy to have found it. It sounds pretty good considering. Good cd & Good service!
Published 14 months ago by N. Knox
5.0 out of 5 stars great job
wow great job very fast its really nice to see this kind of service. will buy again anytime. thanks barr
Published 21 months ago by barr
2.0 out of 5 stars Not so great...
I think this is a pretty boring album. The music is samey, generic, and dull. By the time this record came out in 1978, April Wine were pumping out hits faster than the assembly... Read more
Published on December 20, 2005
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather mediocre... an ok album but you can do better
I mean you can really do better with your money than buy this album. Except for a couple of tracks which you can get on almost any AW compilation there is really nothing here to... Read more
Published on January 11, 2005 by skyfoxx
5.0 out of 5 stars April Wine's Second Masterpiece Remastered
FIRST GLANCE was April Wine's second masterpiece, coming three years after STAND BACK, and the remastered version is even better than the import I used to own. Read more
Published on December 5, 2002 by The Footpath Cowboy
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