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Track Record: The Guess Who Collection
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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A VERY NICE COLLECTION
Patrick Earley | Edmond, Oklahoma USA | 08/13/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a band I pretty much grew up with starting in my highschool years. 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. I thought after Bachman left, that the band was pretty much washed up. As it turned out, they were only getting started. 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, you might want to splurge for their 56 song Ultimate Collection. But be prepared to pay out the o-ring for that one. For my money, you get everything you need to know about the Guess Who right here."
Give Us More
P. Dunlop | PORTLAND, OR United States | 09/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a fine collection. Superior to the earlier Best of the Guess Who and Greatest of the Guess Who. If you want to go back to vinyl, this collection goes somewhat beyond what you would have if you combined the Best of the Guess Who and the Best of the Guess Who Vol. 2, which were great albums.
It's difficult to understand why RCA/BMG has chosen NOT to remaster and reissue the individual Guess Who albums. Those albums contain a number of classic songs which aren't included here or on the expanded 3 disk collection. The Guess Who was one of the most prolific bands of its time and deserves better. Give us more!"
Lee J. Davito | 02/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you remember these guys from their heyday...and also remember the GREATEST HITS VOLUME 1 and 2....then you will really appreciate this 2 CD set...it has everything contained on those 2 discs and much more...and it is remastered...The sound quality is pure and clean...not over compressed..like so many "remaster" jobs are.
I am shocked to see this going for as little as $4.99..I went and bought the complete catalogue of their material from the epic period of 1968-75..but this set is all the best material....I would also suggest grabbing the LIVE AT THE PARAMOUNT....there is a 3cd set out there...and it has everything here...plus a few other rare treats....Unless you are a completist...there's no reason to go beyond this cd and maybe the Paramount cd..