1-5-10 The Guess Who “The Best Of” (April 1971)
RCA US LP LSPX-1004 (1971) including a psychedelic black-light day-glo poster (as partially illustrated)
- These Eyes
- No Time
- American Woman
- No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature
- Hand Me Down World
- Bus Rider
- Share The Land
- Do You Miss Me Darlin’
- Hang On To Your Life
The Guess Who – the venerable Canadian band – the “pre” band of Bachman-Turner Overdrive. I am very familiar with all the songs on Side 1 (Randy Bachman is on all the cuts on Side 1, but not on any on Side 2, that I know of), and about ½ of Side 2 (never even heard the last two songs, I confess – they certainly weren’t ‘hits’!). “Undun” (11/69) and “No Time” (1/70) are my two favorite songs here. Where’s “Albert Flasher” (6/71)? Or “Clap For The Wolfman” (8/74)? I know, I know…they came after this LP, and are likely the stars on their “Best Of Volume 2” LP.
Being that they’re Canadian, the song “American Woman” (3/70) isn’t very complimentary, is it?
Sure do like the psychedelic black-light day-glo poster! To be fair, one would’ve heard this band on both AM & FM radio, once upon a time. AM radio would’ve played the single edit of “No Sugar Tonight” (3/70) and FM would’ve played the version here, segued with “New Mother Nature”.
In 1971, I was more interested in American or British bands – I was big time into Jethro Tull, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath by the time this album walked down the pike. If I wanted to hear any Guess Who material, all I had to do was turn on the radio, anyway. I would’ve had no concept at all about a ‘Canadian act’ – how it would differ from a
They were mightily popular, so – as far as I was bothered – they were somebody else’s concern.
All 70’s vinyl has a certain amount of interest for me in 2010; this one was an RCA Dynaflex LP: “Dynaflex is the RCA trademark for a new development in record manufacturing that provides a smoother, quieter surface and improved ability to reproduce musical sound. This lightweight record also virtually eliminates warpage and turntable slippage.” Gee, I remember warped ones of these flimsy Dynaflex LP’s!