Artificial Paradise (The Guess Who album)

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Artificial Paradise
Studio album by The Guess Who
Released January 1973
Recorded 1972 at RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Label RCA
Iconoclassic (re-release)
Producer Jack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
Live at the Paramount
(1972)
Artificial Paradise
(1973)
#10
(1973)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic (review/no rating)[1]

Artificial Paradise is the tenth studio album by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who, and the first to feature Bill Wallace on bass guitar. Musically, Artificial Paradise finds The Guess Who showcasing a variety of styles: rockers ("Orly", "All Hashed Out," "Rock and Roller Steam"), ballads ("Samantha's Living Room," "Lost and Found Town") and even world music ("Hamba Gahle-Usalang Gahle"). Never the less, the album is likely best remembered for its record jacket and inner sleeve, which is an extensive lampoon of direct mail advertising, and mentions The Guess Who only in passing (and does not mention the album title on the front cover at all).

Despite the memorable cover art—or, perhaps, because of it—the album's sales figures fell far short of projections. As a result, Artificial Paradise became a staple in cut-out LP bins all across America and Canada during the late 1970's and early 1980's.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bye Bye Babe" (2:50) (Winter/Wallace)
  2. "Samantha's Living Room" (featuring Don McDougall) (3:26) (McDougall)
  3. "Rock and Roller Steam" (3:19) (Winter/Wallace)
  4. "Follow Your Daughter Home" (3:29) (The Guess Who)
  5. "Those Show Biz Shoes" (6:49) (Cummings)
  6. "All Hashed Out" (4:41) (feat. Kurt Winter) (Wallace/Winter/Cummings)
  7. "Orly" (2:35) (Cummings)
  8. "Lost and Found Town" (3:49) (feat. Don McDougall) (McDougall)
  9. "Hamba Gahle-Usalang Gahle" (4:53) (Cummings/Winter/Wallace)
  10. "The Watcher" (3:10) (Wallace/Cummings)

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1973 Pop Albums 110
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1973 "Follow Your Daughter Home" Top Pop Singles 61
1973 "Follow Your Daughter Home" Canadian Singles 20
1973 "Orly" Canadian Singles 21

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