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The Tragically Hip releases lost ‘Road Apples’ songs for new 6-track album

Frontman of the Tragically Hip, Gord Downie, centre, leads the band through a concert in Vancouver, Sunday, July, 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The Tragically Hip is giving their fans something to sing about with a new album of long-lost recordings.

The Kingston, Ont., band says they recently discovered six unreleased tracks, mostly from studio sessions for their 1991 album Road Apples.

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The Hip will release the collection Friday under the name Saskadelphia, a nod to the original working title of their chart-topping second album, which included Little Bones and Long Time Running.

Saskadelphia includes lead single Ouch, a gritty barroom fireball with the late Gord Downie growling lyrics against a wall of guitars, and Crack, among the band’s most effervescent rock tracks.

The album is rounded out with a live version of Montreal, a song the band says was written shortly after the 1989 massacre at Ecole Polytechnique.

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Recorded at what’s now known as the Bell Centre on Dec. 7, 2000, the day after the 11th anniversary of the massacre, Downie introduces Montreal¬†as a song about “the identification process.”

Guitarist Rob Baker says he believes Downie was referring to the identification of a dead body, as the lyrics recount a family preparing their daughter for her funeral.

Saskadelphia will be released on streaming services, vinyl and CD on Friday.

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