Share the Land

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Share the Land
Studio album by The Guess Who
Released October 1970
Recorded 1970 at RCA's Mid-America Recording Center, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Rock
Length 33:48
Label RCA
Buddha (re-release)
Producer Jack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
American Woman
(1970)
Share the Land
(1970)
So Long, Bannatyne
(1971)
Singles from Share the Land
  1. "Hand Me Down World"
    Released: 1970
  2. "Share the Land" / "Bus Rider"
    Released: 1971
  3. "Hang on to Your Life"
    Released: 1971

Share the Land is the seventh studio album by Canadian rock band The Guess Who. After the departure of Randy Bachman, the band brought in two guitarists, Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw.

Share the Land was remastered and released on CD by Buddah Records in 2000 and included two bonus tracks, both featuring Bachman, and also featured on the 1976 album The Way They Were.

About the album[edit]

Share The Land contains many popular songs. "Hand Me Down World", "Bus Rider", "Share The Land", "Do You Miss Me Darlin'?" and an edited single version of "Hang Onto Your Life" (without the Psalm 22 excerpt that closes the album version) make up an entire side of their 1971 greatest hits compilation, The Best Of The Guess Who, Vol 1.

"Hang on to Your Life" was written by Cummings supposedly after a bad case of sunburn, but many people believe it was written after a bad acid trip. It is an anti-drug song, and was used on commercials to promote stopping the usage of heavy drugs. At the end of the song, Psalm 22:14–15 is quoted which anticipates the crucifixion of Jesus. Hand Me Down World and Bus Rider were from Winter's band Brother, but The Guess Who recorded them before Brother had ever been into a studio.

When asked how the band knew the Indian on the album's cover, they replied, "central casting".

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C+[1]

Original track listing[edit]

All songs written by Burton Cummings/Kurt Winter except as noted.

  1. "Bus Rider" – 2:57
  2. "Do You Miss Me Darlin'?" – 3:55
  3. "Hand Me Down World" – 3:26
  4. "Moan For You Joe" – 2:39
  5. "Share the Land" – 3:53
  6. "Hang On to Your Life" – 4:09
  7. "Coming Down Off the Money Bag"/"Song of the Dog" (featuring Greg Leskiw) (Leskiw)/(Cummings) – 3:54
  8. "Three More Days" – 8:55

2000 re-issue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Palmyra" (Bachman/Cummings) – 5:44
  2. "The Answer" (Bachman/Cummings) – 4:05

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album
Year Chart Position
1970 Billboard Pop Albums 14
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Hand Me Down World" Billboard Top Pop Singles 17
1970 "Share the Land" Billboard Top Pop Singles 10
1970 "Hang On to Your Life" Billboard Top Pop Singles 43

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 7, 1971). "Consumer Guide (15)". The Village Voice. Music section. Retrieved 2012-03-03.