by Paul Cantin
Senior Reporter, JAM! Showbiz
The second volume of the Canadian music anthology Oh What A Feeling 2 will literally span a generation of contemporary music -- from Randy Bachman to his hit-making son Tal.
The four-CD set, which arrives in stores Feb. 20, will, like the million-selling 1996 original, be packed with a who's who of Canadian rock, 76 hit songs in all, according to the final track list.
While modern hit-makers such as Len, The Moffatts, Choclair, Celine Dion, The Tragically Hip, Matthew Good Band and Deborah Cox made the cut, so did off-the-beaten-path nuggets such as Keith Hampshire ("The First Cut Is The Deepest") Copperpenny ("Sitting On A Poor Man's Throne"), Dr. Music ("One More Mountain To Climb"), Michel Pagliaro ("Loving You Ain't Easy"), Klaatu ("Calling Occupants Of Interplanetary Craft"), and The Kings ("Switching To Glide / This Beat Goes On").
The box will also carry a dedication to three deceased Canadian music figures: The Rankin Family's John Morris Rankin, Loverboy bassist Scott Smith, and producer Bruce Fairbairn, compiler Larry LeBlanc, Canadian editor of Billboard Magazine, told JAM! Music.
The first box set, which was certified as a diamond record to signify sales of one million units in Canada, raised $1,244,715 for the Starlight Foundation, $415,600 for Safehaven, and $600,000.00 for the CARAS Music Education Program.
Oh What A Feeling 2 will benefit all of those organizations, as well as the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund.