The first time digital release of the sold-out 2019 Record Store Day Canada project Kevin Hearn & Friends Present: The Superhero Suite.
The Superhero Suite is a wild medley of vintage superhero-related songs, including iconic music from TV and film running the gamut from the classic Batman theme to the 1978 soundtrack of Superman. This one-of-a-kind record features a marvelous cast of eclectic heroes performing songs originally done by the Beach Boys, Flaming Lips, Queen and Black Sabbath. The musical luminaries include Ron Sexsmith, Michael Ray of the Sun Ra Arkestra, Carole Pope, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Alan Doyle, The Persuasions and more. One noteworthy highlight is Violent Femmes, Barenaked Ladies and Colin Hay joining forces for the theme song from TV’s Batman.
The initial limited-edition vinyl release, from which all the proceeds were donated to MusiCounts to support music education in Canada, sold out nationwide and debuted on the Nielson Chart at Number 7.
Kevin Hearn also re-releases his entire solo catalogue, which dates back to 1997’s debut Mothball Mint. It includes Cloud Maintenance(2011), Days in Frames (2014), as well as albums with his longtime band and collaborators Thinbuckle: H-Wing (2011), Night Light (2004), The Miracle Mile (2006) and Havana Winter (2009).
1. “Heroes and Villains” – The Persuasions
2. “The Incredible Hulk Theme” – Kevin Hearn Band / Michael Ray / The Shuffle Demon Horns
3. “Can You Read My Mind?” (From 1978’s Superman) – Mary Margaret O’Hara
4. “Waiting For A Superman” – The Rheostatics
5. “Transformers” – Ron Sexsmith
6. “Wonder Woman” – Fernando Saunders / Tony Thunder Smith / Michael Ray / Sahara MacDonald
7. “Batman” – Violent Femmes / Barenaked Ladies / Colin Hay
8. “Spiderman” – Ron Sexsmith / Aaron Jensen / Countermeasure
9. “Cliffhanger Narration” – Harland Williams
10. “Flash’s Theme” – Kevin Hearn Band / Phil Nichol / Greg Neale / Sean Cullen
11. “Iron Man” – Alan Doyle / Carole Pope