April Wine began in late 1969 in Waverley, Nova Scotia (a suburb of Halifax). The band's name was chosen simply because members thought the two
words sounded good together. The original members were brothers David Henman on guitar and Ritchie Henman on drums. Their cousin Jim Henman
joined in on bass and Myles Goodwyn completed the sound on lead vocals and guitar. In early 1970 the band relocated to Montreal. Shortly after arriving
in their new home the band was signed by Aquarius Records. They recorded and released their debut album April Wine in September 1971. The album
spawned their first single, "Fast Train", which received fairly steady airplay on radio stations across Canada and established Myles Goodwyn as the band's
main songwriter. The single's success led the band's label to ask for a second album amid the first of many lineup changes: Jim Henman left the band in
the fall of 1971 and was replaced by Jim Clench.
This radio Broadcast with interview with Brian Greenway on CD 1 shows the band at their peak with a phenomenal show at the Aladdin Theatre in Las
Now they were the first group to have a platinum album in Canada, and the first to launch a tour that grossed over $1 million. This recording, you listen to
on CD 2, captured by the King Biscuit Flower Hour, was made while the band was promoting Power Play, their last album to have any substantial chart
activity. With this great live performance, April Wine proved their artistic abilities to entertain a large audience.
The opener Anything You Want, You Got It, Future Tense are incredible. Down to the ballads Just Between You And Me and to the classics I Like To
Rock To All Over Town, the band is in a superior, perfect, musically condition and performs at their highest condition.
The band sounds just as strong on the lesser known album tracks, where they were able to stretch out musically to a greater degree. Future Tense, Crash
& Burn and Before The Dawn are nearly as strong as the hit singles. Second guitarist, Brian Greenway, is featured on Before The Dawn, and proved he
was more than a mere back-up musician.