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Listeners of a “certain age” will remember a time when the Edmonton rock-n-roll scene was dominated by bands like The Lords, The Nomads and The Rebels. One of the dominant figures in that scene was Barry Allen, who joined Wes Dakus and The Rebels in 1962, and went on to a have a remarkable solo career as well. Barry Allen and the Rebels’ recording of “Lovedrops” earned Barry the “Top Male Vocalist” Maple award in 1966 (the Maples being a precursor to the JUNOs). Many other successes followed and to this day, every time  Barry Allen and the New Rebels perform, it’s an instant sell-out.

But another side to Barry Allen’s career involves helping to bring the best out of other performers. A devoted family man, Barry chose to get “off the road” and, in the mid-80s, and bought Edmonton’s Homestead Recorders. Since that time, he has earned a reputation as one of the city’s busiest and most respected producers and recording engineers. With personal health issues and recent talk of retirement we thought it time to bring Barry into CKUA’s Edmonton studios and spend an hour with the man himself. This Wednesday evening at 7, Barry Allen offers up this week’s Mixtape; recordings that have inspired him as an artist, a producer, and recording engineer as well as music that he had a hand in bringing to life. And, of course, the stories!

 

*Barry’s playlist also contained these songs, which are not on Spotify:

Ray Charles with the Count Basie Orchestra – “Every Saturday Night” (from Ray Sings Basie Swings)

J.R. Shore – “Two Strike Foul”  (from Talkin’ On A Bus)

Marco Claveria Project  – “Quiero”  (from Origins)

Stephanie Harpe Experience – “New Moon” (from Stephanie Harpe Experience)