THE GUESS WHO Live At Electric Ladyland (1975)

Live At Electric Ladyland (1975)
Live Radio Show From The Troiano Years

Here’s an unreleased January, 1975 live radio broadcast capturing The Guess Who, with new guitarist Domenic Troiano, promoting the band’s next-to-last 70s album, Flavours. There are only a few songs from The Guess Who’s illustrious catalog in the repertoire, as Burton and the boys were selling a ‘new beginning’ for the group. It didn’t take. The hands down highlight, however, is Burton’sLong Gone” – at 14 minutes, a lengthy and vindictive reaming of an “ex-employee.” Even in his introduction he calls it “Canadian hatred.” It’s Burton at his surly best and the song’s progression recalls the band’s early experimentation with form, highlighting extended, improvised sections, some killer grooves and underappreciated drummer Garry Peterson. It also displays an interplay between Burton Cummings and Domenic Troiano that could have been intriguing, but wouldn’t make it past two albums. The sound is good, with only a few minor issues. Listen below.


Introduction (0:28)
Dirty (6:30)
Diggin
‘ Yourself (4:18)
Hoe Down Time (4:52)
Dancin
‘ Fool (4:57)
Eye (6:19)
Straighten Out (5:37)
Long Gone (13:34)
Sour Suite (4:25)
Orly (4:29)

Comment Bonus: Burt’s 1976 solo debut ended with this lounge version of ex-partner Randy Bachman’s BTO hit, “You Ain’t Seen Nothin‘ Yet.” It could be argued it’s a semi-sincere homage, since it’s too elaborate to just be a Bachman dig. But then… it’s hard to tell. Regardless, it’s a classic cover.

9 Comments

  • 1
    Anonymous
    October 10, 2007 - 03:08 | Permalink

    i liked it when Burton was surly

  • 2
    Eric
    October 10, 2007 - 18:30 | Permalink

    Surly Burton, indeed. I'll NEVER forget reading a small article about the Guess Who in Rolling Stone ('72, '74) in which he commented on BTO by saying something about their "matching leisure suits" and how they looked like "fucking elephants in the Nutcracker Suite". Let alone his cover of "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet" on his first solo album, where he stuttered "b-b-baby". Funny stuff.

  • 3
    John
    October 20, 2007 - 02:59 | Permalink

    Awesome…you don't find too many Guess Who live shows anywhere!
    Thanks :)
    John

  • 4
    Les
    November 6, 2007 - 19:04 | Permalink

    Thanks!!!

  • 5
    Anonymous
    February 7, 2008 - 23:08 | Permalink

    I was a senior in high school and I listened to this live on WQIV at the time it aired. I also recorded it on 8-track tape!

    I had tickets to the Carnegie Hall gig that they canceled at the last minute back when Bachman left the band. I was a huge fan, but never did get to see them live.

    Listening sure brings back great memories.

    Thank You!
    Paul

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    Capt. Willard
    November 10, 2010 - 14:45 | Permalink

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    Anonymous
    November 10, 2010 - 21:44 | Permalink

    I remember an article in Rolling Stone that mentioned them recording many takes (for their own enjoyment)of instrumentals of The "Leave It To Beaver" theme.I'd love to hear that before I die!
    That and the many Al Kooper Xmas albums that Al sent out to his friends.

  • 8
    frankai
    November 11, 2010 - 16:01 | Permalink

    i love this cover of "you aint seen nothing yet ", since i found it in a box of 70s rock 45s as the B-side of "niki hokey"(portrait prt5149).
    thank you for some background information.
    to be honest : i don't like the BTO version (anymore).

  • 9
    bbandolon
    January 22, 2014 - 19:49 | Permalink

    excellent excellent blog! thank you thank you so much!!!!

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