The Nature of the Beast (album)

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The Nature of the Beast
The Nature of the Beast (April Wine album cover).png
Studio album by April Wine
Released January 12, 1981
Recorded Le Manoir Studios, Shipton-on-Cherwell, England 1980
Genre Rock, hard rock
Length 37:13
Label Aquarius, Capitol, EMI
Producer Myles Goodwyn, Mike Stone
April Wine chronology
Ladies Man
(1980)Ladies Man1980
Nature of the Beast
The Best of April Wine: Rock Ballads
(1981)The Best of April Wine: Rock Ballads1981
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]

The Nature of the Beast is the ninth studio album by Canadian rock band April Wine, released in 1981.[1] The album was recorded at Le Manoir Studios,[2] in the village of Shipton-on-Cherwell, in Oxfordshire, England following the band's 1980 European tour.[3] This album was April Wine's commercial peak, certified Platinum in the US and reaching #24 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

"Just Between You and Me" became April Wine's most successful single, reaching #21 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,[4] #11 on Billboard's Top Tracks chart, and #22 on the Canadian RPM charts.

April Wine's version of the Lorence Hud song "Sign of the Gypsy Queen" also became a moderate hit, reaching #57 on the Billboard Hot 100, #19 on the Top Tracks chart, and #40 in Canada. Hud's original version of the song had also been a hit single in Canada in 1972 (#16 RPM charts).

The first track on the album, "All Over Town" also received airplay on album-oriented rock radio stations, charting at #29 on the Top Tracks chart.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Myles Goodwyn, except where noted.

1."All Over Town" 3:00
2."Tellin' Me Lies" 2:59
3."Sign of the Gypsy Queen"Lorence Hud4:16
4."Just Between You and Me" 3:54
5."Wanna Rock" 2:06
6."Caught in the Crossfire" 3:33
7."Future Tense" 4:07
8."Big City Girls" 3:42
9."Crash and Burn" 2:31
10."Bad Boys" 3:10
11."One More Time" 3:55



  1. ^ a b "Nature of the Beast overview at AllMusic". Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  2. ^ "April Wine Discography – The Nature of the Beast, 1981 (Information section)". Archived from the original on February 11, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ "April Wine Biography (eleventh paragraph) – quote: "April Wine traveled to England to record..."". Retrieved 2011-10-31. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Hot 100, Chart Listing for the Week of Mar 14 1981 – Just Between You and Me". Archived from the original on October 17, 2014. Retrieved 2008-10-28.