Originally released on LP in 1970, this amazing album captures both the innocence and the time period of Vancouver's Local music scene in the late 60's. Some of the city's top bands of the day appear on this album including Mock Duck, Papa Bear's Medicine Show, Hydro Electric Streetcar, Route 9, Blacksnake Blues Band and Spring.
The original LP has always been a collector's item and the re-issue has been in the works for a while now.Back in 1969, there was a house in Vancouver that existed solely as a home for Hippies and homeless youth, known to locals simple as "the Cool Aid House." It operated mainly from donations and funding from the government; when that funding stopped, the house was in danger of closing. Top area of bands united (in 1970) and offered their songs for a benefit albumand since the local music scene produced some of the best bands in Canada, the album has long been a much sought-after collector's item.
What no one knew was that the original LP was intended as a double-album set: contractual problems forced the Cool Aid House founder, John Walsch, to remove tracks by the great Mother Tucker's Yellow Ducktracks that are now restored to this package, along with the remainder of what would have been the original second LP. So, the end result is this three-disc package, jam packed with tracks by the city's top bands of the day, including Mock Duck, Papa Bear's Medicine Show, Hydro Electric Streetcar, Route 9, Blacksnake Blues Band and Spring, as first released; it also has unreleased tracks by Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck, Spring, Greydon Moore and Leo Jung, a band called Nancy, Blacksnake Blues Band, Route Nine (listed on the tape box as 'Root' 9), Hydro Electric Streetcar and Mock Duck.
Both CDs are taken from the original multi-track studio tapes, and sound incredible. The third disc is a DVD which has footage from the archives of CBC Television: see Cool Aid proprietor Elmore Smalley in historical newsreel footage along with Hippies and other residents of the Cool Aid House; the DVD also features original film footage of Mock Duck, Papa Bears Medicine Show, Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck, and Spring performing on CBC's Let's Go show in 1968-1969, freshly transferred for this project, with remastered audio.
CD1-1 –Spring (16) Bring Yourself Down To Earth Lovin' Blues, Baby
CD1-2 –Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck I
CD1-3 –Blacksnake* The Reason
CD1-4 –Mock Duck Di Re Nu (False Start)
CD1-5 –Mock Duck Do Re Mi
CD1-6 –Mock Duck Pointilistic Scherzo
CD1-7 –Hydro Electric Streetcar Gardens And Flowers
CD1-8 –Papa Bear's Medicine Show Golden Girl
CD1-9 –Route Nine Girl Of The Night Suite
CD1-10 –Nancy (11) Ball In The Country
CD1-11 –Blacksnake* Catfish
CD2-1 –Mock Duck Borrowed Song
CD2-2 –Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck Mountian Joy
CD2-3 –Hydro Electric Streetcar I Realize
CD2-4 –Spring (16) Wordplay
CD2-5 –Route Nine Topless Lunch
CD2-6 –Nancy (11) No Time / Got A Feeling
CD2-7 –Greydon Moore and Leo Jung The Planet Man
CD2-8 –Blacksnake* Carousel
CD2-9 –Hydro Electric Streetcar High Memory
CD2-10 –Mock Duck As The Bullet Enters Anton
CD2-11 –Mock Duck Hastings East
CD2-12 –No Artist Cool Aid Album - Commercial Jingle
DVD1 –No Artist Cool Aid Documentary
DVD2 –Mock Duck Do Re Mi
DVD3 –Mock Duck Hurt On Me
DVD4 –Spring (16) No Opportunity Necessary, No Experience Needed
DVD5 –Spring (16) Bring Yourself Down To Earth Lovin' Blues, Baby
DVD6 –Papa Bear's Medicine Show Georgie
DVD7 –Papa Bear's Medicine Show It's Not Over
DVD8 –Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck I
DVD9 –Mother Tucker's Yellow Duck Times Are Changin'