The Guess Who – Track Record: The Guess Who Collection - 1969-1974 Canada Rock 2LP
The Guess Who – Track Record: The Guess Who Collection
RCA – KXL2-7115
2 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation
printed inner sleeves.VG+ VG++
Records are VG++ clean
Gatefold Cover VG+ VG++ slight cornerwear
A1 These Eyes
A4 No Time
A5 American Woman
A6 No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature
B1 Hand Me Down World
B2 Share The Land
B3 Bus Rider
B4 Do You Miss Me Darlin'
B5 Hang On To Your Life
B6 Albert Flasher
C2 Rain Dance
C3 Sour Suite
C4 Heartbroken Bopper
C5 Runnin' Back To Saskatoon
C6 Follow Your Daughter Home
D2 Glamour Boy
D3 Star Baby
D4 Clap For The Wolfman
D5 Dancin' Fool
D6 Sona Sona
Manufactured By – BMG Music Canada Inc.
Distributed By – BMG Music Canada Inc.
Art Direction – Jim Campbell (10)
Design – Martin Soldat
Liner Notes – Burton Cummings, Tom Harrison (3)
Mastered By [Digitally] – Jack Richardson, Peter Norman*
Photography By – Bruce Cole (2), John Rowlands (2), Nick Sangiamo
Photography By [Front Cover] – Toby Rankin
Producer – Jack Richardson
" They had their biggest hit "AMERICAN WOMAN", an overplayed song at the time, but their only number 1 hit. And "NO TIME", which I liked even better, that reached number 5. I still enjoy listening to these songs from early on in their career, but it's their later stuff that I like even more. Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings made for a very forminable songwriting team. But with their immense talents, they were always buttin' heads over the direction the band should take. Bachman finally got fed up and quit the band in 1970 to form Bachman Turner Overdrive.
"Beginning in 1969, with Burton Cummings (vocals) and Randy Bachman (lead guitar) writing most of the material, the Guess Who had a string of memorable singles over the next three years, including 3 million-sellers: "These Eyes," "Laughing" and "American Woman."
.. from the stronger early albums. Wheatfield Soul is represented by only the single "These Eyes." Arguable their best album, Canned Wheat, features only the three singles extracted from the album: "Laughing," "Undone" and "No Time." Fortunately Share the Land, in addition to the hits, is also represented by the equally strong "Bus Rider," "Do You Miss Me Darlin'" and "Hang on to Your Life."
Share the Land was also the first Guess Who album after the departure of founding member Randy Bachman (who would go on to form Brave Belt and eventually Bachman-Turner Overdrive)"
. Cummings and company proceeded to put out a string of early 70's hits with the songs "SHARE THE LAND", "HAND ME DOWN WORLD", and "BUS RIDER". All from their overall best album "Share The Land". They also had a hit that came along a few years later with "CLAP FOR THE WOLFMAN". I think the music the Guess Who did the last year or two before their breakup is underrated. Their later album from 1972 "Artificial Paradise" was a very nice record that included the songs here: "FOLLOW YOUR DAUGHTER HOME", a very cool flute driven song.
The country flavored "ORLY" and "THOSE SHOW BIZ SHOES", which featured some nice singing and great piano work by Cummings. This was a very different Guess Who record that got a lot of 8-track play at the time. Also included here is the catchy b-side song "LIFE IN THE BLOODSTREAM", which has a distinct 50's flavor to it. They also have an unreleased song "SONA SONA", which has a nice west coast rock feel. Another outstanding cut here is "ALBERT FLASHER", which used to be my favorite song to shoot pool to. It's also a great song to try to sing to, if you can. It's a fast one. "Track Record" is a very satisfying best of collection. If your a rabid Guess Who fan, ( amazon customer)