Originally released in 2001, Coke Machine Glow was Gord Downie's first solo album away from The Tragically Hip. The record is an ambitious, singular, highly collaborative collection of songs that showcases the iconic frontman's peerless lyricism, vivid storytelling, and irrepressible knack for melody.
To celebrate the album's 20th anniversary, Arts & Crafts have given fans this expanded triple-vinyl version featuring Songwriters' Cabal: a bonus disc of unreleased tracks, alternate takes, demos, and kitchen table recordings from 1999-2000. The 28-song collection presents a portrait of Downie with a rarely before heard intimacy, unrefined and dripping in the aura of the moment.
Alternate studio takes of favourites like "Vancouver Divorce" and "Lofty Pines" express the fluidity of the band that comprised the Gas Station recording sessions; while home recordings of perennial favourites like "SF Song," "Trick Rider," and "Chancellor," spotlight Gord in close communion with his tape recorder and coffee machine.
Produced by GD, Josh Finlayson, and Steven Drake, featuring Dale Morningstar, Julie Doiron, Kevin Hearn, Atom Egoyan, Dave Clark, Don Kerr, and more, Coke Machine Glow: Songwriters' Cabal is a document of Gord at the precipice of his illustrious solo career, stepping to the mic – voice tinkling like a chandelier – with everything and nothing before him to prove.