Kim Mitchell - somehow I missed it

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  1. Secret Ingredient

    Secret Ingredient Member

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    My 21 year old son asks me if I like Kim Mitchell.

    Who?

    I've never heard of the guy. Apparently he was/is big in [ADMIN EDIT], but I've never heard of him. Zachary, my son, buys his greatest hits cd. Pretty good stuff. Some tasty guitar and tones. Lyrics can be a little juvenile in an early VH kind of way. The sense of humor comes through, loud and clear.

    I'm enjoying it.

    BTW, the CD came from Germany. Somehow, Mr. Mitchell just does not have much distribution in the U.S. AFAICT.

    I thought this was a pretty good tune.

     
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  2. rwe333

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    Badass player, esp. in his younger years w/ Max Webster (Rush were huge fans). Kim's latest (Ain't Life Amazing) has some fine playing.
     
  3. rippingrudy

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    Look up these songs on YouTube:

    Go for a soda
    Lager and ale
    All we are
    Patio lanterns

    All great Kim tunes. He was also the singer in Max Webster. He's a sick guitar player.
     
  4. Marc Roy

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    Criminally underrated. Max Webster is one of my all-time favourite bands too. Kim's playing is all his own. The man has style and feel for days. Great songwriter as well.
     
  5. Secret Ingredient

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    Go for a soda and Lager and Ale are on the greatest hits cd.

    Excellent guitar tones.
     
  6. KHAN

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    Max Webster and Rush: Battlescar




    :beer
     
  7. 6tringer

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    Another big fan here!!!

    Love all of Kim's work. Every Max/Kim solo record is a feast of guitar tones, excellent playing and songwriting.

    It'd be hard to pick a favourite but for sure:

    High Class in Borrowed Shoes (Max Webster)
    Mutiny Up My Sleeve (Max Wester)
    A Million Vacations (Max Webster)
    Shakin' Like a Human Being (Kim Mitchell)
    Itch (Kim Mitchell)

    Some Classic Max



    And an updated version!!

     
  8. Washburnmemphis

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    "Here among the Cats" for me - one of my favs.

    Kim got a nice nod from Paul Gilbert in the last issue of PG (I think it was the last one or the previous one) - his solo in "In the World of Giants" got a mention in the column (great song too!)
     
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    Always loved that song
    He's a disc jockey in Toronto on Q107, afternoon drive time.
     
  11. Marc Roy

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    Speaking of which...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ftAKs6AHR0
     
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    Living in Canada all my life, it seems inconceivable that someone in the world would not know who Canada's greatest guitar legend is. It's almost like an American not knowing of Bob Dylans legacy.

    Throughout the entire 80's not an hour would go by on Canadian radio without a Kim Mitchell or Max Webster song being played. I own every album by both. Here they are as big as Rush or Blue Rodeo or Celine Dion.

    Both of my teenagers have no idea: or interest in who Kim Mitchell is. Such is life.:huh
    Now all we have is Nickelback. :rotflmao
     
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  14. TubeStack

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    Umm, the Bob Dylan comparison is a bit much... :rotflmao
     
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    Minor exaggeration about Bob. :phones

    But I grew up in Ontario near Toronto. Kim was a household name. Even politicians and senior citizens mentioned him in conversation. He was pretty famous for about 15 years.
     
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    Yes, me too. Saw him live a couple times, as well. I really enjoy his radio show now.
     
  17. Scott Whigham

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    I just wonder where he was/is big...
     
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    IIRC, I think something happened in the '70s with his record label (perhaps it's urban legend but I want to say, and I'm not sure why I have this in my head, that he got screwed over somehow with a US deal) and he decided to stay within Canada as opposed to trying to break out in the US.

    You can hear him on his radio show in the afternoon drive slot on Toronto's Q107. www.q107.com

    Every now and then he'll start relating some story or have some really keen insight into the music biz. It's pretty cool.

    This is my favourite Max Webster song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-ZIzH6L2EA
     
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    Thier music gets played down here enough. I feel your pain.
     
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    Fantastic session player too, which many don't know. I studied with Jack Richardson who had many interesting studio tales about Kim.
     

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