The Top 100 Canadian Albums by Bob MersereauThe Top 100 Canadian Albums by Bob Mersereau

The Top 100 Canadian Albums

byBob Mersereau

Hardcover | October 18, 2007

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Straight from the heart of the music industry, a book that answers a question that has nagged music fans across the nation. What are the best Canadian albums of all time? A unique panel of those who live and breathe Canadian music was assembled. Musicians, broadcasters, club owners, retailers, roadies, and more — literally hundreds of people across the country cast their votes in this unprecedented poll. Rush's Neil Peart, Ron Sexsmith, Ed Robertson of Barenaked Ladies, Holly Cole, Kim Stockwood, Sass Jordon, Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, Saturday Night Blues host Holger Peterson, and The Vinyl Café's Stuart McLean are just a few of the people who voted for their favourite albums. Who will make the top 10? Neil or Joni? Rush or The Hip? Leonard or Gordon? The Band or Arcade Fire? The countdown in on! A groundbreaking book, The Top 100 Canadian Albums features cover reproductions and descriptions for each of the albums that make it onto the list, as well as documentary photographs, in-depth interviews, fascinating facts, and musician-contributed sidebars.
Bob Mersereau is a music columnist and long-time arts reporter for CBC Television in New Brunswick. Since 1982, he's been reporting on the East Coast music scene for CBC Radio, CBC Television, and the Telegraph-Journal. Nicknamed Rockin' Bob by the last Peter Gzowski, Bob's been a frequent guest on CBC programs such as Morningside and...
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Title:The Top 100 Canadian AlbumsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:216 pages, 10.26 × 10.33 × 0.77 inPublished:October 18, 2007Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:086492500X

ISBN - 13:9780864925008

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mediocre Though it's bound to happen in any "Top 100" list, it just so happens that the Canadian music I like is very under-represented in this book. The contributors appear to be heavily biased in favour of central and Atlantic Canada, and are fairly clueless about the Westcoast, Prairie and French Canadian music scenes. For example, to ignore Chilliwack's "Dreams, Dreams, Dreams" or "Wanna Be A Star", both of which produced singles with huge staying power beyond anything coming out now, is, in my opinion, a major oversight. Loverboy's first two monster albums were huge international hits, but similarly ignored, as were hit albums from Prism, Doug and the Slugs and The Payolas. How about "Hardcore '81", the international punk rock classic from DOA? Obviously I'm showing my age, but I don't think the book has enough from the late 70's and the 1980's, which seems to me to be the golden era of popular Canadian music, and the time where it established itself commercially without bands moving to the USA. Acts like Streetheart, Honeymoon Suite and Kim Mitchell were huge at this time, but nary a mention. Perhaps classic arena rock is just not politically correct. Finally, while I really like Neil Young, Rush and the Tragically Hip, they are definitely over-represented in this book, though a predictable choice from the music scene literati [ie. CBC-connected artists from Ontario and the Maritimes]; a few less from their catalogues would have allowed more representation of significant Canadian albums.
Date published: 2009-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BIG , SHINNY , FUN , CANADIAN MUSIC HISTORY! AH! Those TOP 100 lists , again. Not every one will be happy with their choices. Lists like these are based on opinions and they are not proof of any thing , however they are very fun to read and to debate. A group of over 590 music industry people from all over , Canada , try to do the impossible. Pick the Top 100 albums ever , in Canadian music history. All of the Top 100 list jurors , are listed in this great book. It is really amazing to find out just how much influence that Canadian artists have had on the whole music world and not just in , Canada. What we have here is a beautiful , big , fun , shinny, book , with many of the top 100 album's cover art work reproduced also to their full LP album sizes. Each album has it's own stories and interviews. There are also many honourable mentions of artists that didn't make the top 100 list cut and there are listed , the best albums from each region of , Canada. We hear from , Neil Peart , from Rush and Randy Bachman , from , The Guess Who and B.T.O. , as just some examples. Neil's tells us his favourite Canadian drummers and Randy , tells us his favourite Canadian guitarists , ect! So , this book is so much more than just a list of the TOP 100 albums from , Canada. You even get a baseball card like page where the reader can check off which of the TOP 100 albums that they own. This book is about FUN , and very FUN it is! The only thing that would make this book all that much better is if they had a page of the top selling albums in Canada and in the rest of the world. Then I am sure that , Celine Dion , would have been mentioned at least once. This book is a lot of fun and a must read for any one who wants to see just how much influence that Canadian music artists have had on the world. You may be surprised , but happily so! It is also fun to get mad about what albums they missed. 5 STARS!
Date published: 2007-10-24

Editorial Reviews

"An important entry in the Canadian cultural library." — John Threlfall, Monday Magazine