Tragically Hip: Day For Night (2LP Half-Speed Master) LP
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Day For Night was the fourth album by The Tragically Hip It was originally released on September 24th, 1994 Recorded at Kingsway Studio in New Orleans and Le Cave de Dave in Kingston, Ontario Produced by Mark Howard, The Tragically Hip & Mark Vreeken
The band appeared on Saturday Night Live to promote the album in 1995 thanks to the influence of Dan Aykroyd They supported both The Rolling Stones and Page & Plant during the release of Day For Night Day For Night Was the band’s first album to debut at #1 in Canada and went on to be certified 7X platinum.
To the groups's fervent admirers, Mr. Downie and his band were as closely linked to Canada as the Beatles are to England or the U2 singer Bono is to Ireland. In the months after lead singer Gord Downie's cancer was announced in the Spring of 2016 and his untimely passing in October of 2017, music writers described him as his nation's unofficial poet laureate, a rock-and-roll bard who spoke to blue-collar workers and urban intellectuals alike.
Over three decades, the Tragically Hip released 14 studio albums, the majority of which topped the Canadian album charts and were eventually certified Platinum (their first three LPs all went Diamond). The band also earned 16 Juno Awards – the most ever for a band and the fourth-most ever for an artist – picking up their last two in for Group of the Year and Rock Album of the Year for Man Machine Poem.
But the band’s greatest accomplishment may be transcending their status as a key Canadian cultural touchstone to an integral part of the country’s identity. In 2013, the band was featured on a set of postage stamps and also received the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honors. Their final concert in hometown of Kingston Ontario on August 20th, 2016 was broadcast on all CBC platforms to a record breaking audience of 11.7 million, the second highest audience ever in Canada. It was attended by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. On the same night, Pearl Jam performed in Chicago where Eddie Vedder dedicated a performance of “Light Years” to Downie and the Tragically Hip.
To date, The Tragically Hip have sold over a million units outside of North America and over 8 million in their native Canada.