ARTIST: Kim Mitchell
TITLE: Greatest Hits
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Most all of these songs were in Canada. He had two charting ones here: Go For Soda (#86, #12 Rock) and Patio Lanterns (#36 Rock)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not in this country, but Canadians of an age would know most of these.
LINEUP: Kim Mitchell, Pye Dubois, and a couple of different groups of musicians depending on when.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Earnest Canadian rocker’s solo career (after a stint leading Max Webster) produced some enjoyable, but not essential, 80’s rock.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Either the Trailer Park Boys or Canadian radio stations would be the only points of entry to the world of Kim Mitchell. Perhaps, like me, you remembered “Go For Soda”, which is an enjoyable piece of rock that stood out in the 80’s because of what it wasn’t – hair metal, new wave, or new romantic.
Mitchell led Max Webster, a Canadian FM radio staple in the 70’s, before starting his solo career. This collection serves as a good overview of his peak period, and while at times he can fall into Foreigner territory (especially in the ballads – ick), his straight ahead rock songs are decent enough that won’t make you skip over the tracks.
Mitchell never got a foothold in the US, as only one LP charted here, but just go north of the border and they can remember his career fondly.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: His highest charting Canadian track was “America”, which hit #3 in 1992.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE B-: I don’t have strong nostalgia for him (except “Go For Soda”), but I can see why he’s still remembered up in Canada and on their version of Classic Rock radio.