Gord Downie’s Coke Machine Glow Gets 20th Anniversary Reissue

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Gord Downie in 2005

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the late Gord Downie’s album Coke Machine Glow. That album is getting a special expanded reissue called Coke Machine Glow: Songwriters’ Cabal. It’s a triple album with unreleased demos and outtakes. A songbook for voice, guitar, and piano of the album’s music is also being released. The collection is out August 27 via Arts & Crafts.

Penguin Random House has also announced Coke Machine Glow Audiobook—a full reading of his poetry book that features Dan Aykroyd, Ron MacLean, Sarah Harmer, Bruce McCullough, Don Kerr, and others. Not included on either the reissue or the audiobook is Rob Baker of the Tragically Hip’s reading of “I Stand Before the Songwriters’ Cabal,” which is set to an instrumental version of the song of the same name. Listen to that below.

Earlier this year, the Tragically Hip released Saskadelphia, a record featuring six unreleased tracks written in 1990, five of which were recorded that year during the Road Apples sessions in New Orleans. The Tragically Hip, joined by Feist, performed at this year’s Juno Awards.

Gord Downie died in 2017 after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He was 53 years old.

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