RANDY BACHMAN & BURTON CUMMINGS Jukebox (2007)

Jukebox (2007)
Guess Who’s Friends Again?

Fans of the Guess Who know well the band’s history of in-fighting. Randy Bachman’s departure in 1970 was just one of many band-changing exits, as vocalist Burton Cummings assumed the mantle of group leader. Since that split, there’s been no shortage of parting shots, both in the press and on record. But… time wounds all heels, and since the turn of the century both Randy & Burt have made amends… and a few albums together, including this collection of ‘songs-that-inspired-us’ oldies released in 2007. Like almost every album of this kind ever made, Jukebox is no substitute for the band’s creative heyday. But it’s a fun example of some old pals playing some old favorites. You can hear Bachman’s roots in guitar oriented material like “Who Do You Love” and The Shadows’ “Man Of Mystery,” while Cummings hams it up on Fats Domino’s “Ain’t That Just Like A Woman” and “Ain’t That Loving You Baby.” There are a few flaccid rockers, at least one sore thumb (Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone”) and some excellent surprises (“Judy In Disguise” and “The Letter”). But the rekindled camaraderie of old friends makes it hard to hold anything against the project and its positive vibes. Listen to the duo’s lounge take on The Beatles and the live studio cover of their last hit together (from 4 decades back), “American Woman.”


Baby Come Back (2:43) Recorded By The Equals
Who Do You Love (5:08) Recorded By Bo Diddley
I’m Happy Just To Dance With You (3:56) Recorded By The Beatles
The Walk (3:16) Recorded By Jimmy McCracklin
Don’t Talk To Him (2:56) Recorded By Cliff Richard & The Shadows
Man Of Mystery (2:07) Recorded By The Shadows
Ain’t That Just Like A Woman (3:06) Recorded By Fats Domino
Little Queenie (4:19) Recorded By Chuck Berry
Good Times (2:41) Recorded By Sam Cooke
Like A Rolling Stone (6:21) Recorded By Bob Dylan
Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) (2:57) Recorded By John Fred & The Playboy Band
Don’t You Just Know It (4:10) Recorded By Huey “Piano” Smith
Yeh, Yeh (2:56) Recorded By Georgie Fame
Agent Double-O Soul (3:07) Recorded By Edwin Starr
The Letter (4:03) Recorded By The Box Tops
Ain’t That Loving You Baby (2:36) Recorded By Elvis Presley
American Woman 2007 (4:44) Recorded by The Guess Who

12 Comments

  • 1
    Timmy
    October 20, 2009 - 21:21 | Permalink

    Light hearted lilts from old time rockers. Thanx.

  • 2
    Capt. Willard
    November 12, 2009 - 15:23 | Permalink

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  • 3
    Anonymous
    November 29, 2009 - 17:26 | Permalink

    Thanks so much for your blog. I consider myself an obsessive music collector, and yet you consistently have things I wasn't even aware of, and your writing is exemplary, as well.

  • 4
    Capt. Willard
    November 29, 2009 - 18:30 | Permalink

    Thanks for the comment and kind words.

  • 5
    Anonymous
    December 6, 2009 - 08:12 | Permalink

    Thanks for all you do, and for the great GW music.
    Zim

  • 6
    zappahead
    February 23, 2010 - 16:09 | Permalink

    Willard…..thanks for entertaining me for the last hour or so. Havent enjoyed myself so much….and had to listen to a few of your sound bites….excellent stuff. Also borowed this album and appreciate it very much. Thanks for sharing your superb blog….all power to you…all the very best and keep up the great work you do…..cheers

  • 7
    Capt. Willard
    February 23, 2010 - 17:19 | Permalink

    Cool… thanks for the comments.

  • 8
    Colin H
    October 21, 2011 - 14:08 | Permalink

    While I knew I was going to enjoy in myself, it was a huge delight to see the younger folk in the audience really go for the killer set the reunited Guess Who laid down at the big SARS recovery benefit concert in Toronto in 2003, they were smoking hot (and so was nearly everyone that day, except maybe the Stones, so they had to be great to stand out so much). Bound to enjoy this neat covers set.

    • 9
      Willard
      October 21, 2011 - 15:02 | Permalink

      Wow, big show. What was wrong with the Stones?

  • 10
    Colin H
    October 24, 2011 - 12:07 | Permalink

    all the other acts just seemed to bullseye exactly what the audience would like to hear and then nail it, even in mostly pretty short sets. The Stones set just seemed kind of big and bloated and empty to me at the time. I know they can do great stuff still, but it’s like has been mentioned in other posts of late here, they can be hit and miss nowadays, and when nearly everyone else had bullseyed that day, even a near miss was glaring, especially lit by the flaming glow of the Sympathy gas fires or giant inflatable Honky Tonk girls…

    To be fair, I also think that even as headliners of the event, the band suffered a battle against the sudden realization everyone had during their set that within a short while, they’d be in a half-million person lineup to get out of there and they’d better start jockeying for position already. There was also a momentum breaking long delay before the Stones went up, compared to the lightling fast switches all the rest of the day. Their set also had to endure a guest spot by Justin Timberlake during “Miss You”, followed by Mick having to exhort the crowd to stop throwing the free water bottles the city made the organizers give out at him. The sound also worked against them, they kept cutting all the guitars out for some reason

    Colin H, Cambridge, Canada

    • 11
      Willard
      October 24, 2011 - 12:31 | Permalink

      Gotcha.

  • 12
    Anonymous
    October 25, 2011 - 17:27 | Permalink

    what a great little cd. no pretentions just pure fun, these guys have sure brought back a few good memories of cover bands in every town, every night in england in the sixties.
    thanks alot for sharing this.