THE GUESS WHO #10 (1973)

10Front#10 (1973)
An Album Ripe For Rediscovery

REUPPED Easily, The Guess Who’s most underrated release. It’s a historically unpopular Guess Who LP that, its been pointed out, isn’t really #10 at all. But, putting all that aside (until comments), this set is a surprisingly organized album with sharp musical instincts and some pretty solid melodies which, somehow… simply missed its audience. There’s variety here, and it’s been suggested that both “Lie Down” & “Take It Off My Shoulders” are a result of Burton Cummings’ fascination with Elton John’s countrified Tumbleweed Connections. The band rocks hard on the densely packed “Musicione,” but what got all the attention was the radio-aimed “Glamour Boy,” a broad Cummings indulgence (like Ray Davies’ “Celluloid Heroes”), but with a killer melody nonetheless. GW kept #10‘s inside jokes and non-musical shenanigans to a minimum (kind of welcomed, actually) but the irreverence still seeps in everywhere. How many otherwise serious songs would open with a line like ‘Have a disease free summer in Asia?’ “Just Let Me Sing” is clearly from the “So Long, Bannatyne” mold, and there’s really not a bad track on the album… just no standouts. Still, #10 is a remarkably consistent Guess Who release and why it didn’t crack the American public’s consciousness is probably explained by their next big hit a year later, “Clap For The Wolfman.” With #10 The Guess Who tried to go straight, but US radio only wanted to play their goofball shit. This re-up is the 2012 reissue, with better sound, a bonus track and some fantastic, pull-no-punches liner notes (included, or click each image below for a pop-up enlargement). Find it at Amazon, HERE.

Take It Off My Shoulders (4:01)
Musicione (3:55)
Miss Frizzy (4:22)
Glamour Boy (5:22)
Self Pity (4:20)
Lie Down (4:40)
Cardboard Empire (3:24)
Just Let Me Sing (6:11)
Glamour Boy (Remix) (4:52) – Bonus Track



  • Anonymous
    August 8, 2009 - 02:14 | Permalink

    Goofball Shit? American Radio? Who woulda thunk. I was a fan of these guys in their day, saw them in '69. I've never even seen this album, but I always liked the way they did their own thing and didn't sound like everybody else. Must be a canuck thing, dunno.

    Thanks for the chance to hear this.


  • Art Ducko
    August 8, 2009 - 08:00 | Permalink

    Okay, Willard, I take it all back about Neil Young hiring the Guess Who as his backing band. The brown acid was kicking in especially hard last night. I'd forgotten about the Wolfman ditty (or "Crap for the Wolfman"), which is truly a wretched tune. But I seem to remember Mr. Neil singing a bad song or two in his time…anyone up for "Sample & Hold"?

  • Don from Oregon
    August 9, 2009 - 16:00 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard!!!
    This is so cool!

  • Anonymous
    August 10, 2009 - 22:39 | Permalink

    Love the Guess Who. Any more?

  • Capt. Willard
    August 10, 2009 - 22:52 | Permalink

    Check the links on the right for tons more.

  • Jonman
    September 17, 2009 - 11:10 | Permalink

    It is their 10th studio album, but overall the 11th if you count Live At The Paramount.

    Shaking All Over
    Hey Ho(What You Do To Me)
    It's Time
    Wheatfield Soul
    Canned Wheat
    American Woman
    Share The Land
    So Long Bannatyne

    Greatest hits albums don't count.

  • Capt. Willard
    September 17, 2009 - 13:57 | Permalink

    Yeah… in Canada it was #11. In the States, Shakin All Over and Hey Ho were bastardized and combined into one album. Which made the album in question, #10, actually #10 (counting Paramount). Since Burt wasn't on the first two albums, it's also curious that HE would use that number. For him it was only #9 (counting Paramount). Thanks for commenting.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 7, 2009 - 15:51 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    November 28, 2009 - 18:10 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting these………I'm a huge Guess who fan…….

  • October 24, 2011 - 20:52 | Permalink

    do you have any of The Wackers albums? mine are all worn out and I need to hear them again! Thanks for everything!

  • November 2, 2011 - 16:04 | Permalink

    I remember “Musicione” from the b-side of the “Star Baby” single, but it wasn’t enough to encourage me to go out and buy this album. Then, “Wolfman” was enough to keep me away from Road Food, so my Guess Who collection remained minimal…

    • Willard
      November 2, 2011 - 16:40 | Permalink

      Funny. “Star Baby?” You sure? Those are different albums. #10 was roundly ignored, even by myself. But, over the years (after they broke up) #10 became a place to go to for that Guess Who sound, since I hadn’t yet worn this LP out. So, it began to grow on me some. I’d never argue that it’s among their best, though. As stated in the review, it’s not bad, even though very few people were encouraged to buy it. I LOVE Road Food, however (despite “Clap For The Wolfman”). Over the years I’ve rarely recommended GW to my pals, but only because (except for the hits… and in Canada) they’re a bit of an acquired taste. Thanks for chiming in.

  • KDNYfm
    December 6, 2012 - 17:51 | Permalink

    Well I saw Burton perform live in Calgary the other night, in support of his new live album. Recorded at Massey Hall, which is probably THE best concert hall I’ve ever been in. The set list he performed didnt vary much from the Live set on new album, except he didnt play anything newer than Break it to them Gently.
    So, I thought I had to come back and pick up some more Guess Who. I havent heard #10 in years. So a good place to go back to…This was something that garnered a lot of play time in the record store where I worked, as not only was Glamor Boy a big hit in Canada (gee, can I think of a GW tune that wasnt?!?) but they played at McMaster U on the supporting tour. I also had a customer at the store who was a HUGE GW fan, and everytime they released a new album, he would come in, buy the album and than have me play it in it’s entirety so he didnt wait til he was home to hear it. Honest! Personally, I wouldnt play anything of my own on the piece of crap turntable we had in the store. Ah well, I digress…thanx as always Willard!!


    • Willard
      December 6, 2012 - 22:47 | Permalink

      I’m jealous. Haven’t seen him live since the 70s. Like you, I was lazy about #10 for decades, but ended up warming up to it big time. Not like their classics, of course, but still a very musical album. Thanks for the retail tale.

  • timer
    July 28, 2013 - 11:31 | Permalink

    thx willard. fixes a hole.. looking forward to this one. interesting rep. best – tom

  • Rimshottbob
    June 2, 2015 - 14:38 | Permalink

    Many thanks for this… I had American Woman on vinyl a few years back and sold it as I just never played it… could never seem to get into it for some reason… I’m willing to give these guys a listen again, as I’m pretty sure I’ve been missing out on something… Huge appreciation as always for the site and all you do with it. Incredible.

    No biggie, but just FYI, the ZS link is saying that it’s only 33MB, and doesn’t open when downloaded… the Mega link is fine though…

    • Willard
      June 2, 2015 - 18:04 | Permalink

      New Zippy link up, thanks for the note.

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