"I am a great fan of April Wine for 20 years. There was the other version of this album on LP, which contains beautiful ballads "Marjorie" and "Child's Garden" which also appear on their album "Forever For Now", and that version was perfect and my favorite April Wine album. Still, this version is excellent and contain string of great tunes. It is a wonder to me why any of April Wine compilations do not contain the classic "Shotdown". This is one of my most favorite AW song!"
A long lost classic
Facts Aktor | Vallejo, CA | 06/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This album, though released several years before April Wine's biggest commercial sellers, is still, after all this time, a true pleasure to listen to. In its' original album form, it was pretty close to flawless... all 10 tracks are strong. It was indeed a travesty for Aquarius to cut out 2 of the best songs and rearrange the rest, otherwise I might even give a rare 5 star review to this. I don't understand the reasoning behind this... I guess to sell the other cd that those songs are on. How anyone could give this one star however, is beyond me."
The Hidden Jewel
Henley | 07/21/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For anybody in Canada who grew up in the 70's as an April Wine fan, you've already had this classic as an 8-track, cassette, album, and now CD. For you folks in the US and other locations who didn't get to know April Wine until Roller made them known internationally, you'll want to get this CD. Alongside Stand Back, Whole World's Goin' Crazy is among the band's most important albums that established them as perhaps Canada's biggest act (as popular or more in Canada than Rush, BTO, etc).
The album is a mix of hard rockers like Gimme Love and Shotdown, power ballads such as Wings of Love and Like a Lover Like a Song, and raunchy pop vis a vis the title track and Kick Willy Rd. This is the first album by a Canadian artist that was shipped platinum in Canada and supported the first tour in Canada that grossed a million bucks. Those numbers don't seem like much nowadays, but back in the 1970's it was a big deal as it proved a Canadian act could be received as equally big stars by Canadian audiences as international artists were accepted. The tour was a massive one with a giant Mad Hatter prop and light and pyrotechnics show. While sales were not s good as the previous release Stand Back, their is a more mature and harder sound to this album that if you listen closely anticipates First Glance (that would follow two years later). The big hits are Whole World's Goin Crazy, and Like A Lover Like A Song.
(Collectors will notice the track list represents the Canadian release. A couple of songs that appear on the US release of this album are only available on the Forever For Now album.)
A terrific introduction to April Wine for newbies and a must have for April Wine fans who don't already have it"
Vintage Wine Is The Best Wine
D. Bowles | Planet Earth | 11/17/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Following the hugely popular success of "Stand Back", April Wine had a long row to hoe coming up with an album that could even come close to its predecessor. I read one (American) reviewer say that he did not consider any song on the album "a hit". Maybe we're more tolerant in Canada or something, because this was the first Canadian album ever to achieve platinum advance orders, thanks to the ridiculous success of "Stand Back"
One of the best virtues of April Wine is their ability to very cannily adapt their music and styles to the changing times. Guided by songwriter extraordinaire and musical virtuoso Myles Goodwyn, this is an album that shows the band in a state of change. While it may not have sold as well as "Stand Back", it's the album that secured the band a US record deal with London records. The title track and "Like a Lover, Like a Song" were top ten on Canadian radio, and the latter remains an April Wine standard to this day. On the downside, the production is quite dated, especially by today's standards. Additionally, the songwriting is a bit one-sided and lacks some of the raw, edgier feel of the previous two albums. This makes sense, seeing as how this is the first album created following the breakdown of the Clench/Goodwyn songwriting partnership. On that note, this is also the first album featuring Steve Lang on bass guitar."