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The Guess Who
« on: November 11, 2015, 06:28:59 PM »
This band, initially formed with the single "Shakin all over" in 1965 would go on to be probably the greatest band to come out of Canada not named RUSH. The 1969 album "Wheatfield Soul" and its huge hit "These Eyes" put the band on the map and would begin a string of hits, solid albums, and major tours which would last until their initial breakup in 1975.
Wheatfield Soul (1969)
Canned Wheat (1969)
American Woman (1970)
would boast the hits These Eyes, Laughing, Undone, No Time, American Woman, No Sugar Tonight etc...featured the core lineup of Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, Jim Kale and Gary Peterson. This lineup lasted until Randy Bachman's leaving the band in 1970 after the extremely successful American Woman album.

This began a revolving door of dual guitarists that would replace Bachman and play with the band over the course of the next five years until their initial breakup in 1975. Featuring Greg Leskiw and Kurt Winter at first ,then later Donnie Mcdougall, Bill Wallace and finally Domenic Troiano in various double guitar lineups. The hits kept coming though (Hand me down world, Share the land, Hang on to your life, rain dance, albert flasher, proper stranger, sour suite, guns guns guns), as did very good albums
So Long, Bannatyne (1971)
Rockin (72)
Live at the Paramount (72)
Artificial Paradise (73)
#10 (73)
Road Food (74)
Flavours (74)
Power in the music (75)
All of these albums contain at least a few great songs, some more so than others especially the 71-73 records. I have them all and enjoy some stuff from each of these releases.

The band would reunite in 1977 and different lineup variations would continue right up this day. At present the band consists of original members Jim Kale and Gary Peterson only and they have not released any studio material since 1981's "Then and not now" album to my knowledge, they have I believe released a live album or two. The most notable reunion lineups were in 1983 The full American Woman lineup), and again from 2000 through 2003 (Bachman/Cummings/Peterson/McDougall/Wallace). Studio albums were released by the 1978 lineup (featuring Kale/winter/McDougall) "Guess Who's Back" and by the 1979 lineup (featuring Kale and McDougall) "All this for a song", along with the aforementioned 1981 lineup (featuring only Kale) "Then and not now". I have not heard any of these three albums as I don't consider these lineups relevant to the Guess Who. Basically from 1979 to the present (with the exception of the 1983, and 2000-2003 reunions) The band has been a constant revolving door of members at best consisting of Kale and Peterson , and at worst consisting for a short time with only McDougall (who wasn't even an original member. much like Iron butterfly and many other of these old bands that have continued on with minimal presence of the original or most known lineups/personnel.

None the less a GREAT band with a lot of great music in their catalog.

American Woman (video)       https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkqfpkTTy2w
American Woman (live 2000) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_fNGa26hig
Undone (studio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_fNGa26hig
Hang on to your life (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5golHYGDFA
Proper Stranger (studio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTPoRFcs22Q
Sour Suite (studio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzhZHl9BaaY
Broken (studio) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd5xgr-TNe8

So Many great songs by this band.
 
 
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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2015, 08:05:08 PM »
Undone live on The Midnight Special 74

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SSBKwHkvTWU
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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2016, 10:10:13 PM »
Cool Burton Cummings solo footage from Soundstage show 1977 doin My Own Way To Rock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yODYOab3dew&list=PLF2DAA4E40C508032
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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2016, 06:31:00 PM »
Here are a few other Great Tracks:
No Time  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqeSUAlI5uI
Share The Land  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLQJ4toj-JY

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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2016, 08:44:09 PM »
American Woman is an great song and riff, surprised no bands have covered that song other than Lenny Kravitz, which is the only one I've ever heard do it.
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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2016, 08:50:43 PM »
Here's Devil's train-American Woman   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyRcr9H6FaQ

Krokus-American Woman    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=622EXCUDMPI

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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2016, 08:57:14 PM »
Never heard of Devil's Train, That version kicked ass. I forgot about Krokus, I've heard that version that one is good too. Both better than Lenny Kravitz's version.
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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2016, 10:34:22 AM »

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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2016, 02:28:35 PM »

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« Reply #10 on: July 18, 2018, 10:39:00 PM »
These guys or shall I say Guy, now that Jim Kale (who will be 75 in August) has retired from the band a few years ago are actually releasing an album of new material, their first record of new material since 1995's Lonely One (which featured two original members Jim Kale and Garry Peterson) prior to that one they hadn't released an album of new material since 1981's Now and Not Then record (that album contained one original member in Jim Kale on bass). The lineup for this release entitled The Future Is What It Used To Be features one original member 73 year old drummer Garry Peterson from the original lineup (which began way back in 1965). Now I'm a big Guess Who fan mostly of the Burton Cummings era up through the late seventies and I own several of their albums, Great Band!.

 I gave them a pass following their reunions with Bachman and Cummings when Kale and Peterson bought out the name and continued to tour as the Guess Who, I even saw them a few times live albeit like 20 years ago to hear and see the songs performed. But this now is one of the bands, after hearing the first song.... ??? it's like WHY? this sounds nothing like the Guess Who, and now they have one member who can barely perform, WHY? Over forty members by my count have passed through this band since its inception. This band should have been put to rest after the 2000-2003 reunion. Touring is one thing, but why release an album that has absolutely nothing to do with the bands legacy what so fucking ever.

The current lineup is original drummer Garry Peterson, along with Leonard Shaw (keyboards)who was with the band from 1990-1999, and is in his second stint with the band since 2004, augmented by Will Evankovich (guitars, since 2014), Derek Sharp (vocals since 2008) and of all people Rudy Sarzo on bass since last year. It states that Jim Kale (former founding member makes a guest appearance on the record, I guess to give it more validity. What is he playing tambourine?

This is now one of those bands I can't stand behind any longer  C:-)

       http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/classic-rock-greats-the-guess-who-return-with-the-future-is-what-it-used-to-be/
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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2018, 06:20:27 PM »
Ha  super sub Rudy (KFC) Sarzo strikes again  >:D 

Song sounded OK but I wouldn't have called it Guess Who.  Should have done what Black Star Riders did if they really felt the need to do an album with the current band members.  Come up with a name like Manitoba Wheat Kings or some shit, bill it as best Guess Who cover band...

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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2018, 02:42:28 AM »
Yeah, I agree. But these old guys that are still trying to carry the torch for these bands won't concede that extra cash for being able to put the old band name on the marquee. I can't say I blame them, but the fans get fewer and fewer as the years go on. Then to try to change up and sound current (which is nothing like the band is known for) I don't think that helps matters any.   
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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #13 on: July 26, 2018, 01:54:10 PM »
I only have a greatest hits album from The Guess Who so I can't say I've followed their career. However, this is SHAMEFUL!  :-[

Frankly, the new single has more in common with Nelson or Firehouse than it does The Guess Who. Talk about interchangeable.  :(

It's no wonder why there isn't even a conversation about them being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame any time soon. They've tarnished their own "legacy", for lack of a better word. Nice job Garry.  :-[

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Re: The Guess Who
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2018, 07:29:49 PM »
I only have a greatest hits album from The Guess Who so I can't say I've followed their career. However, this is SHAMEFUL!  :-[

Frankly, the new single has more in common with Nelson or Firehouse than it does The Guess Who. Talk about interchangeable.  :(

It's no wonder why there isn't even a conversation about them being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame any time soon. They've tarnished their own "legacy", for lack of a better word. Nice job Garry.  :-[

Agreed. It's one thing to trust make a living via the nostalgia market, which is cool as long as you don't try to pass it off as the original lineup or guys that made the hits, but re-invent the situation into something different  ::)
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