SCRUBBALOE CAINE Round One (1973) (Guess Who/Loverboy/Prism)

Round One (1973)
Rockin’ Canucks With A Guess Who Connection

Yeah… we’re big Guess Who fans, but our limited education of the band’s tentacled history tends to end there – save the assorted solo releases from main members like Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman (BTO, etc). Those in and around Canada, however, know plenty about the many offshoot projects involving lower profile members of the group, including guitarist Kurt Winter (The Fifth, Gettysbyrg Address), Greg Lewski (Wild Rice, Mood Jga Jga, SwingSoniq), Bill Wallace (Crowcuss, Kilowatt) and numerous others we Yanks missed out on by relying on south of the border 70s radio. So big thanks go out to KDNYfm for sharing this 1973 RCA/Canada LP from Scrubbaloe Caine, featuring bassist Jim Kale, who got the boot from Guess Who in 1972 (and famously wound up owning the rights to the name since 1978). To be frank, Kale is as critical a member of Scrubbaloe Caine as he was in Guess Who, since the band boasts the overshadowing talents of future Loverboy Paul Dean and pre-Prism Henry Small. But, Guess Who (and Canadian rock fans in general) should still be intrigued by this guitar-driven slice of Canuck-styled rock, just as then-Guess Who manager Don Hunter was. There are a ton of characteristic similarities, like the ringing dual guitars, the raw, no-nonsense drums or the blues-based breakdown on the extended, piecemeal, Bannatyne-ish “Crazy ‘Bout A Blues Guitar.” After a few spins it will all begin to feel like an old, long lost Guess Who album. There must be something in Canada’s cold-blue waters.  Round One wound up being the band’s only LP, but we’ve also found a cheesy rip of the A-side of their follow-up single, “I’m A Dreamer,” helmed by 70s Guess Who producer, Jack Richardson (of Nimbus 9 small print fame). The file isn’t that great, but the tune – rife with harmonies – sure is. None of this has ever been on CD but even finding vinyl is tough at Amazon, HERE. It’s great stuff for those weaned on Guess Who LPs like So Long, Bannatyne and Rockin’ (find even more HERE, including Artificial Paradise, Canned Wheat, American Woman, Road Food, #10, The Way They Were, Share The Land and Live At Electric Ladyland). Big thanks KDNYfm.


Edmonton Rain (3:05)
Do I Love You (Does A Guitar Play The Blues?) (3:55)
Rosalie (3:31)
Gonna Keep An Eye On You (3:29)
Daybreak (5:36)
Trouble (5:07)
Feelin’ Good On Sunday (3:07)
Travelin’ (3:56)
Crazy ‘Bout A Blues Guitar (7:13)

NON-LP BONUS 45
I’m A Dreamer (3:06) RCA 45 PB-10041, 1974

15 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    October 19, 2012 - 09:16 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    Duncan Walls
    October 19, 2012 - 16:32 | Permalink

    Geez. This even almost LOOKS like a GW cover, doesn’t it?Like an outtake/alternate for ‘Rockin’. I’m sure I’ve seen this LP before. I worked in several New & Used Record Stores circa 1975-1986 and haunted too many other new & used stores back then. Then factor in the fact that Rochester, NY is less than 100 miles from the Peace Bridge in Niagara Falls. Hell, half our pennies, dimes and nickels were always Canadian. I recall we had a lot of Canadians coming down to buy records they couldn’t get up there and vice versa. Every time I went to Toronto back then (3-5 times) I’d always head for Younge Street and have to be pried away to do normal folks stuff with what ever female companion I was accompanying (“Don’t you ever think of anything else?” “What, besides sex & Drugs? NO.”) The name Scrubbaloe Caine was not unknown; just rare, as you say. Thanks, Willard. I always like to explore corners I passed too fast years ago and see what I missed. The GW are a special favorite . I was lucky enough to see them live on their ‘Share The Land ‘ tour and interview them afterward just before I left my initial run at Higher Education in 1971. Oh, yes, I almost forgot. There was a great two disc Live Reunion circa 1984-1986, maybe on Compleat Records (which was also doing Small Faces double reissues and Yardbirds reissues at the time in the US) that was an extraordinary document that I never hear mentioned in the GW lexicon/catalog. Anyone know of it or possess a copy anymore ( I sadly don’t anymore)? WELL worth tracking down.

  • 3
    Ernie45
    October 19, 2012 - 16:57 | Permalink

    Willard,

    Thanks for this great piece of GW history.

  • 4
    Willard
    October 19, 2012 - 17:25 | Permalink

    Yeah, that’s the great thing about the web. The ability to catch up on all those cut outs we skipped out on back in the day. I caught them in 72, with Trapeze and Nils Lofgren and Grin. Never even heard of that live album you mentioned, but it’s listed at the All Music Guide (http://www.allmusic.com/album/reunion-mw0000879992), and called “Reunion” from 1986. Definitely need to seek that out, since I had ZERO idea it even existed. Many thanks Duncan.

  • 5
    buzzbabyjesus
    October 19, 2012 - 21:57 | Permalink

    It definitely has the RCA orange label “Dynaflex” sound. But so did “Ziggy Stardust” and The Kinks “Everybody’s in Show Biz”. Thanks for the surprises.

  • 6
    Faze
    October 20, 2012 - 09:32 | Permalink

    Yes this qualifies as a major find – a new Guess Who album and single from an alternate universe. Now I gotta rewrite my mental history of the 70s.

  • 7
    Dwight Parker
    October 22, 2012 - 20:12 | Permalink

    Anyone know if Guess Who Manager Don Hunter is still around or how to get in contact for some music research I am doing?

  • 8
    October 23, 2012 - 02:00 | Permalink

    You forgot to mention my favorite Guess Who related band, Mother Tucker’s Yellow Duck. It was Donnie McDougle’s band before he joined. And wasn’t Domenic Troiano in another band(aside from late period James Gang)? I think I have that around somewhere, but don’t recall the name.

    • 9
      DJ
      August 6, 2013 - 23:48 | Permalink

      Domenic Troiano was in another band around that time. The name of the band was Bush.

  • 10
    Duncan Walls
    October 25, 2012 - 03:53 | Permalink

    Dom Troiano was in Mandella (Love-Itis) circa 1968 Atlantic/US, in Bush circa 1972 Dunhill/US and did a couple of LPs on Capitol under his own name in the early 80s. Came to play our club; he was a VERY approachable man. His guitar playing was super-fine and funky that trip. Great talker; wish I recalled anything past the fact that we talked and that he signd a couple of things for me (long gone, sadly, as is Dominic).

    Interesting story…A friend of mine was in several touring bands that played the circuit in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were lower level, but managed to get opening slots despite not having any records out (until later) mostly due to their wild pyrotechnics, lighting and theatrics (they painted their faces BEFORE KiSs, may have even influenced them to do it)….anyway, my buddy Bill ran into Dom somewhere, (probably with Mandella or Bush) and were sharing songs. Next thing Bill knows , he’s in a bar listening to a jukebox and someone plays the B-Side of Three Dog Night’s ‘Joy To The World’ and IT’S HIS SONG.

    I can tell you, THAT 45 sold for almost a YEAR. We kept it in stock WAY longer than normal. 6 months after it was #1 I was still getting Grandmother’s with little Johnnie looking for that 45!

    So Bill tracks Dominc down and says, “Ah, Dominic…about that song? Ah, yeah, uh-hunh. THAT would be nice. Okay. Thanks” . Several days later he got a check for $5000, which was a cheap buy-off, but a nice gesture on Dom’s part.
    BTW, that Compleat Doulble Live Reunion is VERY good. Hope we can find it.

  • 12
    loch
    October 26, 2012 - 16:27 | Permalink

    If U are a big Guess Who fan,try and find a band called BROTHER.They released 1 45 on Nimbus 9
    Sending Money&Second-time Around the Woodpile.
    Brother was a Dynamite 3 piece with Kurt & Bill just before they joined the Guess Who…One fantastic band .

  • 13
    zippy
    December 11, 2012 - 02:07 | Permalink

    I grew up close to Winnipeg and was lucky enough to see GW long before they ever had a record
    deal or much facial hair,come to think of it. We danced to their music in little community halls, and then later in the local watering establishments. All of Canada is still proud of what the band accomplished. I sure wish the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame felt the same way!

  • 14
    Willard
    December 11, 2012 - 07:56 | Permalink

    Just another reason not to respect the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.

  • 15
    bratsx4
    June 13, 2014 - 19:09 | Permalink

    I just had to comment as I am the new owner of a turntable and the first old vinyl record I chose to play was Travelling by Scrubbaloe Caine and it brought me to tears. Lots of great memories of The Fireplace in Winnipeg (did they really serve cherry pizza?) listening to this fantastic band! Always wondered where the name came from?

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