For immediate release:
THE NORTHERN PIKES CELEBRATE THEIR BELOVED DEBUT ALBUM WITH 30th ANNIVERSARY RELEASE OF BIG BLUE SKY (SUPER-SIZED), OCTOBER 6
Available in 2 CD/Digital + Triple LP Super-Sized Formats
30th Anniversary National Tour Co-Presented by MusicVaultz Launches October 2017
“We can’t hold back our enthusiasm any longer for a new Canadian act with a bright future, The Northern Pikes. The band spent the past four years building a respected reputation as a hard-working road band in the Great White North and are poised for a major breakthrough stateside.”- Album Network, 1987
“This Saskatoon-based foursome gives us an intriguing, smartly crafted record with a clean spacious percussive sound. There’s a refreshing pulse and vitality here that definitely allows The Pikes to qualitatively stand apart and we admire the band’s stripped down yet effective arrangements and their sense of adventure, eclecticism while maintaining a relevance for the format as a whole.” - Friday Morning Quarterback, 1987
“This is a terrific new wave/pop cum roots LP from a tough little band playing tried-and-true music in an original way. All major label debuts should be so blessed.”- Montreal Gazette, 1987
XX AUGUST 2017 (TORONTO, ON) – Canadian rock heroes The Northern Pikes are back with a vengeance. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their classic debut, the band announces a brand-new triple album, Big Blue Sky (Super-Sized), out October 6 via Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. Available now for pre-order, the gold-certified album that brought the world such hit singles as, “Teenland”, “Things I Do For Money” and “Dancing In A Dance Club”, receives a super-sized treatment in a lavish triple LP format and 2 CD set + digital. In support of the album, the band launches a full 30th anniversary cross-Canada tour, co-presented by MusicVaultz, their first since the early 2000s. Watch the Big Blue Sky 30th Anniversary Tour video teaser HERE.
The hit-makers behind “She Ain't Pretty”, “Girl With A Problem” and countless more, have been a fixture for 33 years, consistently maintaining their status with a small but steady number of performances for their adoring fans. With new music to play and a classic album to celebrate, the group – bassist Jay Semko, guitarist Bryan Potvin, drummer Don Schmid, joined by Kevin Kane from The Grapes of Wrath, following the departure of original band member Merl Bryck in 2006 – will embark on a 27-date Canadian tour in the days following album release, with details below.
The anniversary edition of Big Blue Sky (Super-Sized), is a triple album set that follows up The Northern Pikes’ previously released eight studio albums, two live albums and three ‘best-of’ albums. Celebrating its initial debut, Big Blue Sky (Super-Sized) features the original tracks on disc one, and 10 previously unreleased songs from the demo stockpile, followed by a full-length exclusive live show from September 1986 at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, on disc two. If that weren’t enough, each platter in the LP version will be pressed on different coloured vinyl. The first remastered version in blue, second unreleased portion in red, and the third exclusive set of live recordings in white.
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Big Blue Sky (Super-Sized) Track List:
Disc 1 [Big Blue Sky Remastered]
Big Blue Sky Remastered
Disc 2 [Big Blue Sky Unreleased] + [Live at the Horseshoe (September 27, 1986)]
Big Blue Sky Unreleased
Live at the Horseshoe (September 27, 1986)
3LP Vinyl Edition
LP1 [Big Blue Sky Remastered] - BLUE
LP2 [Big Blue Sky Unreleased Songs] - RED
LP3 [Live at the Horseshoe - September 27, 1986] - WHITE
Big Blue Sky (Super-Sized) 30th Anniversary Canadian Tour Dates:
Co-presented by MusicVaultz