The Essential Guess Who

The Essential Guess Who

by The Guess WhoThe Guess Who


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For a hard-working little bar band from Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Guess Who, led by pianist and singer Burton Cummings and guitarist Randy Bachman, did OK for themselves, charting international pop hits that were as subtly intelligent as they were quirky from the British Invasion era of the mid-'60s through the Woodstock/FM era of the early '70s, managing to somehow craft an impressive series of radio singles as the social and cultural ground shifted beneath them. This two-disc, 39-track set collects all of those singles, from the group's fiery 1964 cover of "Shakin' All Over" (sung by Chad Allen -- Cummings hadn't yet joined the band) through 1974's willfully nostalgic "Clap for the Wolfman," which was to be the Guess Who's last big radio hit -- they disbanded a year later in 1975. In between they released classics like the gorgeous ballad "These Eyes," the Zombies-like "Undun," the fuzz guitar-laced "No Time," a subtly veiled critique of American capitalism, "American Woman," the marvelous pop songs "Hand Me Down World" and "Bus Rider," the stomping "Heartbroken Bopper," and the driving, slightly sarcastic "Star Baby," and each of these is collected here, among other interesting tracks. In retrospect, the Guess Who, particularly in the hands of Cummings, brought an intelligent, maverick, and politically critical tone to the radio airwaves during their run, managing to make it all wonderfully hummable. The essentials from this funky little pop band are all here.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/2010
Label: Rca
UPC: 0886977866425
catalogNumber: 778664
Rank: 23553


Disc 1

  1. Shakin' All Over
  2. It's My Pride
  3. When Friends Fall Out
  4. These Eyes
  5. A Wednesday In Your Garden
  6. Laughing
  7. 6 a.M. or Nearer
  8. Undun
  9. No Time
  10. No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
  11. American Woman
  12. The Answer
  13. Hand Me Down World
  14. Bus Rider
  15. Share the Land
  16. Hang On To Your Life
  17. Do You Miss Me Darlin'
  18. Albert Flasher
  19. Broken
  20. Pain Train
  21. Sour Suite

Disc 2

  1. Rain Dance
  2. Heartbroken Bopper
  3. Smoke Big Factory
  4. Guns, Guns, Guns
  5. Runnin' Back To Saskatoon
  6. Follow Your Daughter Home
  7. Samantha's Living Room
  8. Orly
  9. Those Show Biz Shoes
  10. Glamour Boy
  11. Cardboard Empire
  12. Star Baby
  13. Sona Sona
  14. Clap For the Wolfman
  15. Hoe Down Time
  16. Dancin' Fool
  17. Dreams
  18. When the Band Was Singin' "Shakin' All Over"

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guess Who   Primary Artist
Randy Bachman   Guitar,Percussion,Rhythm Guitar,Sitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Burton Cummings   Flute,Harmonica,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Domenic Troiano   Guitar,Mandolin,Vocals,Group Member
Chad Allan   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Jim Kale   Bass,Background Vocals,Group Member
Greg Leskiw   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bill Wallace   Bass,Euphonium,Vocals,Group Member
Kurt Winter   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Bob Ashley   Piano,Group Member
Garry Peterson   Percussion,Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Bruce Decker   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member
Stanley Winistock   Violin
Don McDougall   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Johnny Kidd   Composer
Randy Bachman   Composer
Burton Cummings   Composer
Domenic Troiano   Composer
Chad Allan   Arranger
Bob Burns   Producer
Brian Christian   Engineer
Jim Kale   Composer
Jack Richardson   Producer
Bill Wallace   Composer
Kurt Winter   Composer
Garry Peterson   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Ben McPeek   Musical Director
Don McDougall   Composer
Michael Hill   Liner Notes

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