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Gord Downie's 'Coke Machine Glow' to be re-issued with bonus record, audiobook

Frontman of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, leads the band through a concert in Vancouver, Sunday, July 24, 2016. Nearly three years after Gord Downie's untimely death, a new double album of solo material will be released next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

TORONTO — Fans of late Canadian music legend Gord Downie will get a behind-the-scenes look at his first solo project with an expanded 20th anniversary re-release of “Coke Machine Glow.”

Downie put out the record and accompanying book of poetry in 2001 in between albums with the Tragically Hip.

Two decades later, Arts & Crafts Productions is releasing the special edition “Coke Machine Glow: Songwriters’ Cabal,” featuring the original two-disc set and a bonus record of 12 unreleased demos, alternate versions and outtakes.

At the same time, Penguin Random House Canada has assembled a star-studded cast to recite Downie’s poetry in a new audiobook.

Readers include actor Dan Aykroyd, sportscaster Ron MacLean, singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer and “The Kids in the Hall” member Bruce McCulloch.

The 28-song album, audiobook and a songbook will be available Aug. 27. 

Fans can pre-order the commemorative collection now and 2,000 copies of a limited-edition vinyl are expected to ship Nov. 15.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 20, 2021.

The Canadian Press