The Tragically Hip Announce Deluxe 30th Anniversary Edition Of ‘Road Apples’

Out on October 15, the record will be available in physical deluxe CD and Vinyl and Pure Audio Blu-ray audio box set editions.

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Tragically Hip - Photo: Jim Herrington
The Tragically Hip - Photo: Jim Herrington

The Tragically Hip have announced that they will be releasing a special version of their sophomore album, Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe, on Friday, October 15. The record will be available in comprehensive physical deluxe CD and Vinyl and Pure Audio Blu-ray audio box set editions.

Created to mark the 30th anniversary of the band’s second studio album, which became their first record to hit #1 in Canada, the Road Apples 30th Anniversary Deluxe editions were carefully crafted with input from each living member of the band. The outcome is a deep dive behind the scenes of what made this album one of the most beloved in The Tragically Hip’s vast catalog.

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With all tracks completely remastered in 2021 by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville, for the first time, fans will hear music from the band with all the grit, vibrancy, and passion of their original recordings, second only to being in the recording studio with them. The physical box set editions (CD and Vinyl) of the release will contain special Dolby Atmos, 7.1, 5.1, and binaural mixes by Richard Chycki of Road Apples and five cuts from Saskadelphia, ensuring fans have a one-of-a-kind listening experience. Fans and collectors will also appreciate the brand-new artwork for each of the packages within the physical box sets.

The expansive deluxe editions of the release are jam-packed with rare and more previously unreleased and never heard before pieces of music chronicling The Tragically Hip’s Road Apples era, including: Road Apples, the original album re-mastered in 2021 by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in Nashville. Saskadelphia, as released earlier this year. Live At The Roxy Los Angeles, May 3rd, 1991, originally recorded for a Westwood One radio show, often bootlegged and sought after by fans for many years. It has been re-mastered and expanded and includes the rare “Killer Whale Tank” version of “New Orleans Is Sinking.” This legendary Roxy show is now a double vinyl album. This album is available exclusively in physical product. Also, Hoof-Hearted, an album of previously unreleased demos, outtakes, and alternate versions.

Fans new and old will appreciate the intimate and rare items from the band’s personal collection, as well as fan collections that are part of the physical deluxe box set editions. Included in a 36-page booklet are essays from Bruce Dickinson (who initially signed them to MCA Records in the U.S.), and from producer/engineer Mark Vreeken, both of whom played pivotal roles in The Tragically Hip’s career; reproductions of original handwritten lyrics from Gord Downie’s personal notebooks; never-seen photos from Kingsway Studio recording sessions and the Road Apples era; and a touching tribute to late producer Don Smith, along with further commentary from the band.

Recorded in 1990 in New Orleans at Daniel Langlois’ The Kingsway Studio in an old mansion that looms over the French Quarter neighborhood by a group of young men from Kingston, Ontario – singer Gord Downie, guitarists Rob Baker and Paul Langlois, bassist Gord Sinclair, and drummer Johnny Fay – Road Apples was first released in 1991. Guided by producer Don Smith and engineer Bruce Barris, the band created an album that yielded an avalanche of gritty rock ’n’ roll with a relentless quality to it, like a stream of blues that struggles to be contained. Road Apples contains some of their best-known songs, including “Little Bones,” “Fiddler’s Green,” “Long Time Running,” and “Three Pistols.” The album is now approaching double-diamond certified status in Canada.

Pre-order Road Apples 30th Anniversary Edition.

CD 1 – Road Apples 2021 Remaster:
“Little Bones”
“Twist My Arm”
“Cordelia”
“The Luxury”
“Born In The Water”
“Long Time Running”
“Bring It All Back”
“Three Pistols”
“Fight”
“On The Verge”
“Fiddler’s Green”
“The Last Of The Unplucked Gems”

CD 2 Saskadelphia:
“Ouch”
“Not Necessary”
“Montreal (Live)”
“Crack My Spine Like A Whip”
“Just As Well”
“Reformed Baptist Blues”

CD 3 Live At The Roxy, Los Angeles May 3rd, 1991:
“Little Bones”
“She Didn’t Know”
“Twist My Arm”
“Highway Girl”
“Cordelia”
“Trickle Down”
“The Luxury”
“Three Pistols”
“Fight”
“I’ll Believe In You (Or I’ll Be Leaving You Tonight)”
“New Orleans Is Sinking”
“On The Verge”
“Long Time Running”
“Blow At High Dough”
“All Canadian Surf Club”

CD 4 Hoof-Hearted (An album of unreleased demos, outtakes & alternate versions):
“Cordelia” (Outtake)
“Bring It All Back” (February 1990 Demo)
“Fiddler’s Green” (Alternate Version)
“Fight” (Outtake)
“Born In The Water” (Outtake)
“Little Bones” (Alternate Acoustic Version)
“If You Lived Here” (June 1990 Demo of Unreleased Song)
“Angst On The Planks” (Demo Version of “Cordelia”)
“The Last Of The Unplucked Gems” (Full Length Version)

Blu-ray Road Apples & Saskadelphia Blu-ray Dolby Atmos, 7.1, 5.1, Binaural Mixes:
“Little Bones”
“Twist My Arm”
“Cordelia”
“The Luxury”
“Born In The Water”
“Long Time Running”
“Bring It All Back”
“Three Pistols”
“Fight”
“On The Verge”
“Fiddler’s Green”
“The Last Of The Unplucked Gems”
“Ouch”
“Not Necessary”
“Crack My Spine Like A Whip”
“Just As Well”
“Reformed Baptist Blues”

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