On Thursday I received the 3 latest Chilliwack CD releases from Amazon, and I'm very happy to finally have the Double Album, All Over You, and Riding High on the shelf. I've already played each one at least 3 times, and it feels like some old friends have visited after many decades away. Riding High is particularly wonderful; I hadn't heard it for a long time (my old LP version is just about worn out), and I had forgotten what a perfect gem it is.
The prices are quite reasonable on Amazon.ca: $37.97 for the three, plus shipping. The sound quality on All Over You and Riding High is very good, but there's a bit of distortion on the Double Album. I emailed Pacemaker Enterprises, which has released the three CD's, and they said the album was mastered from a clean vinyl record, not from the studio tapes. They didn't seem to think there is much of a problem, but on "Always", one of my favourite songs, it's fairly noticeable.
In any case, the albums fill a big hole, and they are a good deal for any Chilliwack fan. Now... what about those Mushroom records, Bill?
Sorry To burst anyone's bubble about the new releases from Pacemaker. But If you want to release the music of Canada's finest band then do it properly. Not from a needle drop which is very apparent on the Riding High cd. Although I was grateful to purchase these cd's they are not a very high standard , my cassettes sound better after i dehissed them. Why they wouldn't try to track down the master tapes is beyond me. I think it is disrespectful to release sub par recordings of such a quality band and a piece of Canadiana history. Sorry if I stepped on anyone's toes just my opinion.