April Wine Albums Ranked

April Wine is a Canadian rock band formed in 1963 and based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The band enjoyed international success in the 1970s and 1980s, releasing more than 20 albums since 1971. Under the guidance of producer Ralph Murphy, April Wine recorded their second album, titled On Record in 1972. The first single from the album was a cover version of the song “You Could Have Been a Lady” by the band Hot Chocolate. The record was a commercial success, hitting number two for a single week on the RPM Canadian charts, as well as cracking the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States where it stayed for 11 weeks, peaking at No. 32. Immediately following that triumph, April Wine released a second single from On Record, titled “Bad Side of the Moon”. This song, written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, also got much airplay on Canadian radio stations and was a minor hit in the U.S. as well. Both tracks remain staples on classic rock radio stations in Canada. On Record was certified Gold in Canada and the band, along with Murphy, returned to the studio to exploit the popularity generated by their second release. Here are all of April Wine Albums Ranked.

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8. The Whole World’s Goin’ Crazy (1976)

“his record has great rockers- Gimme Love, Shotdown, brilliant ballads- Like a Lover Like A Song, Wings of Love, and classic April Wine boogie like the title track and much underrated Kick Willie Rd. If you like April Wine you can’t help but like this album and if you are curious about them this is a really good choice.”

7. Stand Back (1975)

“This is a great album, and is a must-have not just for April Wine fans, but for all fans of classic rock. From the opening bells and thundering riffs of Oowatanite to the final echoes of “Tonight Is A Wonderful Time To Fall In Love”, this album offers straight ahead rock’n’roll, beautifully written ballads, and even some R&B for everyone’s listening pleasure.”

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5. Electric Jewels (1973)

“My favorite is “Weeping Widow”, but other great tracks include “Just Like That”, “You Opened Up My Eyes”, “Lady Run”, “Cat’s Claws” and the title track. This is vintage April Wine at their best. Not until Live AT the El Mocambo, where they opened for the Rolling Stones would they put together as strong a package for release. This is almost 30 years old, but don’t let that scare you off this is one of the best rock offerings out there.”

4. First Glance (1978)

“The opening track, “Hot on the Wheels of Love” sets the tone for this album – a standard AOR rocker from the time period. Who can forget the image that comes to mind with the opening thunderstorm? Then to hear the breakdown in the middle of the song where he is making a run from the Sheriff? This is a great song to listen to while in the car – just be careful not to drive too fast!”

3. On Record (1972)

“The songs are solid, the riffs are great and it’s just an overall great rock record. They were on a hot streak through the 70’s and this is a fine example of just how true that is. As the years went on by, lead singer/guitarist Myles Goodwyn would completely take control of the band but at this juncture he was sharing control with guitarist David Henman and new bassist/vocalist Jim Clench.”

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2. Harder ….. Faster (1979)

“Harder Faster is their best work. It was their first album with the three guitar attack and their first album that received decent airplay in the States. Nature of the Beast, AW’s next album was commercially more successful, but it was musically not as good. AW was on top of their game with this album. Their sound was raw, not polished like their next records and it was great rock & roll. The three guitars gave them their own unique sound and allowed interplay between them that was unlike anybody else. Everyone should have a little AW in their collection and this is the album to have.”

1. The Nature Of The Beast (1981)

“This album released in 1981 is possibly their best album capturing the band at its peak. This album has a wonderful flow to its track arrangement & is pretty much all killer no filler. If you love this album do yourself a favor & check out this bands earlier work. You will be pleasantly surprised to hear a great back log of awesome songs. “