Published Aug 30, 2012Blue Rodeo are without a doubt one of the country's most beloved institutions, having delivered catchy, heart-tugging Canadiana since the mid-'80s. In case you haven't celebrated the earlier part of their back catalogue in a while, the group have prepped a massive eight-disc box set compiling their first few albums and some extra goodies.
The Blue Rodeo: 1987-1993, which Warner Music drops October 16, will appropriately enough feature the five full-lengths issued between that time span. The band's debut disc Outskirts, featuring the crushing country ballad "Try," kicks off the collection, and is followed by 1989's Diamond Mine, 1990's Casino, 1992's Lost Together, and the troupe's unequivocal magnum opus, 1993's magnificent Five Days in July.
Rounding out the eight-disc affair will be a completely remixed version of Outskirts, a set of demos from the Casino era, and another disc of odds 'n' sods. All the studio albums have been remastered, though tracklistings have yet to pop up for the extras.
Also included with Blue Rodeo: 1987-1993 is a 44-page booklet compiling rare photos and an essay written by Jason Schneider (a frequent and longtime Exclaim! contributor). The text apparently finds the band discussing their early days, from their reaction to success to the time they turned down the chance to work with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.
Speaking of the box set, guitarist-vocalist Greg Keelor noted that no matter how much had changed for the band over the years, some things have stayed the same: "I was surprised at how many different accents I sang in on those records and how Jim [Cuddy] sounds exactly the same now as he did 25 years ago."
Despite Blue Rodeo: 1987-1993's October launch, you can pre-order the set here. Getting an early order in now will nab you a video of the band playing unreleased number "Let It Ride" live at Toronto's Horseshoe Tavern in 1989, among other clips.
Pick up a vinyl copy of Blue Rodeo's classic album Five Days in July via MusicVaultz.