THE GUESS WHO Artificial Paradise (1973)

Artificial Paradise (1973)
A Stoner FM Band At Heart

A unique album in the Guess Who’s musical canon, as it finds group leader Burton Cummings taking a rare back seat, fully composing only 2 songs for Artificial Paradise. Bill Wallace, Don McDougal and Kurt Winter add to the group’s evolving compositional interplay, the Guess Who’s most democratic since Share The Land in 1970. The result is more variety, unique flavoring and tons of harmonies (the vocals neared perfection on the band’s next LP, Road Food). There were also fewer hits. But, Guess Who fans have always known the group’s albums were far more enlightening than the high profile singles. Artificial Paradise is another example of The Guess Who’s substantial stoner/FM cache. Apparently, there’s a new, October 2010 reissue at Amazon (HERE).

Bye Bye Babe
Samantha’s Living Room
Rock and Roller Steam
Follow Your Daughter Home
Those Show Biz Shoes
All Hashed Out
Lost and Found Town
GahleUsalang Gahle
The Watcher


  • Anonymous
    March 25, 2008 - 07:45 | Permalink

    This one is worth getting just for "Follow Your Daughter Home" which is very funny.

    I always thought The Guess Who should have gotten more respect than they have been getting in the rock history books. After all…who(no pun intended,really)was there before them?


  • Capt. Willard
    May 13, 2008 - 23:43 | Permalink

    I agree D,
    I've always been a big fan. Wore thin during the Troiano years and had had enough by Burt's solo career, but always loved the stoned rocker years. Saw them live once with a flipping Nils Lofgren's Grin. I always thought of them as an album band, but they only got as big as their singles.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 26, 2010 - 15:25 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • KDNYfm
    December 11, 2012 - 21:14 | Permalink

    I dont understand why Burton insisted on the strange singles (this album’s edition being Follow Your Daughter), but at least he really didnt do something quite as bad during the 2 Troiano albums. I must admit when I saw the Troiano version of the Guess Who at the CNE |(Toronto’s version of say the Calgary Stampede), they were really incredible. I might be a little biased being a huge Troiano fan, but Burton played an actual grand piano all night, the band was super tight, and I truly believe Burton was also sober?!? His vocals were superb.
    Anyway, that’s just my canuck-lehead opinion.
    And come on admit it Willard, you’re a closet canuck arent ya?!? Look at all the Cdn content in the Blog!!

    • Willard
      February 9, 2014 - 11:28 | Permalink

      Actually, I’ve always been oblivious of where many bands are from. I never got hooked on Rush, though, if that means anything.

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