THE GUESS WHO Canned Wheat (1969) + American Woman (1970)


Canned Wheat (1969)
American Woman (1970)
The Hits Albums

Since we just re-upped a bunch of Guess Who and Burton Cummings, and discussed these guys in comments, it seemed appropriate to post a couple of the band’s first, hit making records (since we already posted all their later, stoned albums). These two have some of the band’s biggest hits, “Laughing,” “Undun,” “American Woman,” “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature” and both versions of “No Time,” originally issued on Canned Wheat, but later revamped, re-recorded and trimmed of two minutes for American Woman (and American radio). As focused as composers Cummings and Randy Bachman were on hit-making, there’s still some weirdness here, like Burt’s throat-shredding blues workout, “Humpty’s Blues,” and the 11-minute “The Key.” These are both 2000 re-issues with a measly three bonus tracks between them but, despite the stylistic diversions, you can’t go wrong with these early Guess Who releases. Amazon’s got both of these HERE and HERE.

CANNED WHEAT
No Time (5:38)
Minstrel Boy (3:19)
Laughing (3:03)
Undun (4:18)
6 A.M. Or Nearer (5:25)
Old Joe (2:58)
Of A Dropping Pin (3:42)
Key (11:17)
Fair Warning (1:50)
Species Hawk (3:33) –  Bonus Track
Silver Bird (2:41) –  Bonus Track

AMERICAN WOMAN
American Woman (5:11)
No Time (3:50)
Talisman (5:10)
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature (4:55)
969 (The Oldest Man) (3:00)
When Friends Fall Out (3:04)
8:15 (3:31)
Proper Stranger (4:06)
Humpty’s Blues/American Woman (Epilogue) (6:12)
Got To Find Another Way (2:51) –  Bonus Track

8 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    November 3, 2011 - 11:06 | Permalink

    Get them both HERE

  • 2
    Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    November 3, 2011 - 14:06 | Permalink

    “No Time” was a real wonder at that anti-SARS benefit in Toronto, Bachman with that sound, blown up airfield huge and pumped out over a half million folks baking in the sun. Only Angus of AC/DC topped that tone that day. I’m not much of a fan of AC/DC but I’m a big enough fan of guitar to admit that.

    • 3
      Willard
      November 3, 2011 - 22:54 | Permalink

      It’s a solid tune, no doubt.

  • 4
    courtney
    November 3, 2011 - 15:38 | Permalink

    GW may have been struggling for cool points among the critics, but I maintain that the subversive Wes Montgomery licks in “Undun” were the quintessence of cool in a 1970 AM radio record rotation…

  • 6
    November 4, 2011 - 15:42 | Permalink

    Thanks for reminding me about the “American Woman” album – my sister’s been bugging me about finding that for her. There were more than a few really good songs on that LP!

    • 7
      Willard
      November 4, 2011 - 16:02 | Permalink

      A lot of people call it their best. It was certainly their biggest.

  • 8
    KDNYfm
    April 20, 2012 - 12:35 | Permalink

    I have owned American Woman since first release and love the album. One of my favorite tunes being Talisman. I was knocked out when they performe this live duringthe Runnin back Thru Canada tour.
    I ingored a lot of the post Bachman albums for a while (prob’ly due to ‘overhearing’ them during my record store gigs). But at the ame time, I was able to buy most of them in the latter 70s cheaply as overruns.
    Thanx for the opportunity to re-discover some of these!
    Al

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