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Live Winnipeg 1983

by Rational Youth

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Rational Youth needs no introduction for fans of New Wave, especially the unique brand of New Wave that came out of Canada in the early-80s. Indeed, culture magazine The Walrus recently called Dancing on the Berlin Wall one of "the ten greatest Canadian synth-pop songs of all time." They could have as easily chosen Saturdays In Silesia, City of Night, or Holidays in Bangkok...

In the mid-80s, bootleg tapes of RY's Winnipeg and Ottawa performances began circulating, and even found their way across the Atlantic where they were considered collector's items. Lost for many decades, the original recordings were recently discovered, cleaned, and remastered, and now Artoffact Records presents the definitive Rational Youth 80s live experience thirty years later. This is RY in their truest, rawest form, fresh off international success, young, eager, and unique, and playing to college audiences that ate it up. The double-CD collection features all the RY hits and includes several tracks that were never recorded by the band.

Liner notes by Tracy Howe and Kevin Komoda share memories and discuss the legacy of one of the most influential acts in early Canadian electronic music.

Dancing on the Berlin Wall: "One of the ten greatest Canadian synth-pop songs of all time."
-Andre Mayer, The Walrus

"The most accomplished--and most distinctive--Canadian debut in years."
-Greg Quill, The Toronto Star

"Rational Youth represents everything that was good about 1980s synth-pop."
-Aaron Badgley, AllMusic

"Stark, foreboding, wistful, with sweeping lines and staccato rhythms that effect a trance-like state."
-Brian Rabey, Music Express

"First class, eerie electronic music. Rational Youth, in my opinion are one of the best Canadian groups around."
-Dieter Riedel, Bandersnatch

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released November 5, 2013

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