Mad Mad World

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All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
In the U.S.,Red Rider never matched the level of success they had achieved in their native Canada. They had several AOR hits, including the brooding, now-staple "Lunatic Fringe," but mainstream attention eluded them. Lead singer Tom Cochrane broke through in a major way with "Life Is a Highway" from his solo debut, Mad Mad World. The song was a driving rocker with an insistent hook. Dominating the airwaves, the song reached the Top Five on the pop charts Red Rider had never managed to even break into the Top 50. There seems to be a little more fire in Cochrane's belly than on the final Red Rider record. Mad Mad World is some of his strongest work. Literate lyrics and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tom Demalon
In the U.S.,Red Rider never matched the level of success they had achieved in their native Canada. They had several AOR hits, including the brooding, now-staple "Lunatic Fringe," but mainstream attention eluded them. Lead singer Tom Cochrane broke through in a major way with "Life Is a Highway" from his solo debut, Mad Mad World. The song was a driving rocker with an insistent hook. Dominating the airwaves, the song reached the Top Five on the pop charts Red Rider had never managed to even break into the Top 50. There seems to be a little more fire in Cochrane's belly than on the final Red Rider record. Mad Mad World is some of his strongest work. Literate lyrics and infectious melodies abound on songs like the Don Henley-like title track, the resiliently rousing "No Regrets," the chugging love song "Sinking Like a Sunset," and the chiming, big-beat ballad "Friendly Advice." There's a bit of filler near the end save for the elegant closer "All The King's Men", but it's a small complaint. Members of Red Rider play on most of the tracks and Mad Mad World should be met with delight from longtime fans. For unfamiliar listeners, it's worth checking out if you're into Mellencamp or Petty.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/17/1992
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 077779772322
  • Catalog Number: 97723
  • Sales rank: 62,926

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Cochrane Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Piano, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Kim Mitchell Guitar
Martin Beaver Violin
Brian Carson Background Vocals
Kathy Cochrane Background Vocals
Mickey Curry Drums
Annette Ducharme Background Vocals
David Gogo Guitar
Great Southern Memphis Section Horn
Dave Harding Viola
Joe Hardy Percussion
Sue Holiday Background Vocals
Molly Johnson Background Vocals
Memphis Poh' Boys Background Vocals
Mladen Guitar
Marc-Andre Savoie Violin
Peter Schenkman Cello
Ken "Spider" Sinnaeve Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
John Webster Organ, Percussion, Keyboards
John Cody Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Tom Cochrane Arranger, Producer, Contributor
John "Beetle" Bailey Engineer
Noel Golden Engineer
Joe Hardy Producer, Engineer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Tommy Steele Art Direction
Jeffery Fey Art Direction
Bob Shindle Engineer
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