THE GUESS WHO

Non-Metal / Hard Rock • Canada
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The Guess Who are a Canadian garage/psychedelic/hard rock band originating from Winnipeg, Canada in 1958. The band started under the name Allan & The Silvertones, and later Chad Allan & The Reflections in 1962 as a solely garage rock band. The band's first single, 'Tribute to Buddy Holly', was released in 1962, subsequently earning the band a signing to Canada-based label Quality Records in the same year. A band by the name of The Reflections earned a chart topping single in 1965, causing the band to change their name to Chad Allan & the Expressions. The lineup at the time was Chad Allan on vocals, Randy Bachman (later to be in Bachman Turner Overdrive) on lead guitar, Bob Ashley on keyboards, Jim Kale on bass, and Garry Peterson on drums.

In 1965 the band released their first album, "Shakin' All Over", however Quality Records credited the single to "Guess Who?"
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THE GUESS WHO Shakin' All Over (as Chad Allan & The Expressions) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Shakin' All Over (as Chad Allan & The Expressions)
Non-Metal 1965
THE GUESS WHO Hey Ho (What You Do to Me!) (as Chad Allan & The Expressions) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hey Ho (What You Do to Me!) (as Chad Allan & The Expressions)
Non-Metal 1965
THE GUESS WHO It's Time album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
It's Time
Non-Metal 1966
THE GUESS WHO Wheatfield Soul album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Wheatfield Soul
Non-Metal 1969
THE GUESS WHO Canned Wheat album cover 4.14 | 3 ratings
Canned Wheat
Non-Metal 1969
THE GUESS WHO American Woman album cover 4.31 | 4 ratings
American Woman
Hard Rock 1970
THE GUESS WHO Share The Land album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Share The Land
Non-Metal 1970
THE GUESS WHO So Long, Bannatyne album cover 4.53 | 3 ratings
So Long, Bannatyne
Non-Metal 1971
THE GUESS WHO Rockin' album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Rockin'
Non-Metal 1972
THE GUESS WHO Artificial Paradise album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Artificial Paradise
Non-Metal 1973
THE GUESS WHO #10 album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
#10
Non-Metal 1973
THE GUESS WHO Road Food album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Road Food
Non-Metal 1974
THE GUESS WHO Flavours album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flavours
Non-Metal 1974
THE GUESS WHO Power in the Music album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Power in the Music
Non-Metal 1975
THE GUESS WHO The Way They Were album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Way They Were
Non-Metal 1976
THE GUESS WHO Guess Who's Back album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Guess Who's Back
Non-Metal 1978
THE GUESS WHO All This For A Song album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
All This For A Song
Non-Metal 1979
THE GUESS WHO Now and Not Then album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Now and Not Then
Non-Metal 1981
THE GUESS WHO Lonely One album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Lonely One
Non-Metal 1995

THE GUESS WHO EPs & splits

THE GUESS WHO A Wild Pair album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
A Wild Pair
Non-Metal 1968

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THE GUESS WHO Born In Canada album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Born In Canada
Non-Metal 1970

THE GUESS WHO singles (9)

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Hey Ho, What You Do to Me
Non-Metal 1965
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Believe Me
Non-Metal 1966
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Clock on the Wall
Non-Metal 1966
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His Girl
Non-Metal 1966
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These Eyes
Non-Metal 1968
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Laughing
Non-Metal 1969
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No Time
Non-Metal 1969
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No Time (2)
Hard Rock 1970
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American Woman (2)
Hard Rock 1970

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THE GUESS WHO So Long, Bannatyne

Album · 1971 · Non-Metal
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Goin' a little crazy ain't too bad...

So Long, Bannatyne came in the wake of a huge international success that was American Woman, an album that blew up a band that had previously only had a few extraneous hits here and there. Randy Bachman, once perceived as the creative muscle behind songs like 'Undun', took his leave following his bout of Mormon fever that infected his view of the band's then unruly lifestyle. This left The Guess Who to pick up two guitarists from their home city of Winnipeg, Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw, to take his place. Bachman's departure had not left the group quite in dire straits, as not only was Share the Land with this new lineup. Released in the same year of 1970, it itself spawned more singles that kept The Guess Who in a continued state of success.

As the year winded down however so did this success. The group began to evolve slightly but quickly in to a much less commercially palatable sound with progressive touches here and there. The band went from scoring number ones on the Billboard charts to barely scraping into the top 20 in a year alone. Thus enter So Long, Bannatyne, what came out of this madness. To be blunt, this record has no right to be good considering the circumstances in which it was released. However it'd be foolish to judge a book, or in this case a large plastic disk by its cover.

If a word alone were given to describe this particular record, it would likely be "ambitious". It certainly embodies post-Bachman Guess Who better than anything that followed it- this has a much looser, experimental tone than the harder edged stuff on American Woman. It generally wanders the line between archaic, earthy rock 'n' roll and warm hints of progressive rock. When it comes down to specifics it's all over the place, with each song sounding relatively different and reflecting off of one another. For instance the second track 'She Might Have Been a Nice Girl', a bittersweet, regretful ballad is immediately contrasted by the elaborate and maniacal 'Goin' a Little Crazy'. It's quite hard to get over this seemingly halfbaked nature upon first listen, but after a few spins you begin to see how all of the songs are tied by a vague theme of retrospection and introspection. Though it's fairly known in the band's fan circle that this album's title track is written in relation to Kurt Winter's upheaval from Manitoba, the entire album tends to follow a train of thought that delves into sentimentality quite often. 'Sour Suite', a stunning piano rock ballad (and one of if not the best ballads I've heard) tells of a "runaway dad that took away the only thing that I never had". The more straightforward, floaty rocker 'Pain Train' has the lyric "We love the dollar more than the collar that Daddy used to wear". This whole lyrical theme the album uses not only, as aforementioned, ties everything in, but it also makes it thematically intriguing and keeps your intention extremely well. It doesn't hurt that songs like the jazz-rock of 'Grey Day' keep you on your toes with extremely impressive musicianship. Seriously, this song absolutely stunning. One of both Cummings' and Peterson's best work, as well as the song by the band that likely has impressed me the most to date.

So Long, Bannatyne is a comfort record, for sure. On the other hand, it's also a rocker. On the third hand, it also makes you think. You can take it however way you please. Or you can simply take all three in at once and listen to what a surprisingly beautiful and awesome show that this record is.

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