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Trans Canada Highway

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Trans Canada Highway
Label(s) warp/music70
Catalogue No(s) wap200
wap200cd
wap200cdp
Release date(s) 29 May 2006
Format(s) 1xlp ep
digipak CD ep
card slipcase promo cd
Running time(s) 28:00
Front cover

Trans Canada Highway is an EP by Boards of Canada. As described by Boards of Canada and Warp Records, the EP "visits a darker place, a glacial place, away from the warmth and light of The Campfire Headphase." Those who ordered the EP directly from Warp also received a sticker and a free copy of the Dayvan Cowboy music video.

Originally scheduled for release on 06/06/06 (perhaps to further their occult mythos), the release date was bumped up to 29 May 2006 (a day later in the US), due to what was described on the Warp website as "unanticipated satanic activity." The nature of this activity, whether it was directly related to Boards of Canada or not, has never been explained.

The EP garnered relatively lukewarm reception by critics and by many in the idm community, the latter of whom were suspicious about the commercial ambitions suggested by the re-release of Dayvan Cowboy as a single. Nevertheless, tracks such as "Left Side Drive" remain classics with the general Boards of Canada fanbase.

The ep was released on both CD and 12" formats. The latter was pressed on white vinyl.

In addition to the standard release, there is also a white label promo/test pressing on black vinyl which is identical in content to the official Trans Canada release. The CD version of the promo/test, however, is limited exclusively to the tracks "Dayvan Cowboy" and "Skyliner." The Japanese version of the ep (in cd format) on Beat Records additionally includes a 'Bonus Video' called "Invocation." This short .mpg file was also available in Flash fomat on the Trans Canada Highway microsite - see below.


Trans Canada Highway Trivia

  • The cover art for Trans Canada is believed to have been copied from this 1977 Dodge Truck Operations Manual.
  • Odd Nosdam took 6 months to complete his remix of "Dayvan Cowboy."
  • "Trans Canada Highway" is also the name of a 1975 French single by Gene Pitney.
  • Named after the Canadian highway system.

Tracks

  1. "Dayvan Cowboy" – 5:01
  2. "Left Side Drive" – 5:20
  3. "Heard From Telegraph Lines" – 1:09
  4. "Skyliner" – 5:40
  5. "Under The Coke Sign" – 1:31
  6. "Dayvan Cowboy (Odd Nosdam Remix)" – 9:01

See Also


Discography Overview | viewedit
Rare/Early releases Catalog 3Acid MemoriesCloses Vol. 1Play by NumbersHooper BayBoC MaximaOld Tunes Vol. 1Old Tunes Vol. 2Random 35 Tracks TapeGeogaddi (test pressing)
General releases (albums) Music Has the Right to ChildrenGeogaddiThe Campfire HeadphaseTomorrow's Harvest
General releases (eps/12"s) TwoismHi ScoresAquariusPeel SessionIn a Beautiful Place out in the CountryTrans Canada Highway
Promotional Releases Telephasic WorkshopMHTRTC (promo cassette)Orange RomedaGeogaddi (promo lp)Geogaddi (promo cassette)------ / ------ / ------ / XXXXXX / ------ / ------
Produced by BoC for Others Here Come the Rubber Cops
Bootleg Releases Unreleased Tracks
Live Sets Warp10The LighthouseAll Tomorrow's PartiesOther live sets
Other KaleidoscopePromotional ItemsT-Shirts