Regular readers know that we’re big Guess Who fans around here. 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. Must have been 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. 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)
Gonna Keep An Eye On You (3:29)
Feelin’ Good On Sunday (3:07)
Crazy ‘Bout A Blues Guitar (7:13)
NON-LP BONUS 45
I’m A Dreamer (3:06) RCA 45 PB-10041, 1974