American Woman

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For the song, see American Woman (song). For the Susan Choi novel, see American Woman (novel).
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American Woman
American Woman by The Guess Who.jpg
Studio album by The Guess Who
Released January 1970
Recorded August 12 - November 16, 1969 at RCA Mid-America Recording Center, Studio B, Chicago, Illinois
Length 38:55
Label Nimbus 9 (CAN)
RCA Victor 4266 (US)
Buddha (re-release)
Producer Jack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
Canned Wheat
American Woman
Share the Land
Singles from American Woman
  1. "No Time"
    Released: January 1970
  2. "American Woman"/"No Sugar Tonight"
    Released: March 1970

American Woman is the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band The Guess Who, and the last to feature lead guitarist Randy Bachman until a reformation effort in 1983. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.[1] It stayed on the charts for over a year and was their most successful release.[citation needed]

In addition to the title cut (the group's most successful song), this album also includes the number one American and Canadian single "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature," as well as a remake of "No Time," a song the group previously recorded for Canned Wheat. The newer version was released as a single and is the one most familiar to listeners. The album's musical styles consists of psychedelic rock and hard rock.[2][3]

American Woman was re-mastered and released on CD by Buddha Records in 2000 and included a bonus track, "Got to Find Another Way". A Quadraphonic mix was available on the Quadraphonic 8-track cartridge format.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B+[4]
Rolling Stone favorable link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Randy Bachman/Burton Cummings except noted

  1. "American Woman" (The Guess Who) - 5:11
  2. "No Time" - 3:50
  3. "Talisman" - 5:10
  4. "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature" - 4:55
  5. "969 (The Oldest Man) (Instrumental)" (Bachman) - 3:00
  6. "When Friends Fall Out" - 3:04
  7. "8:15" - 3:31
  8. "Proper Stranger" - 4:06
  9. "Humpty's Blues/American Woman (Epilogue)" (The Guess Who) - 6:12
2000 re-issue bonus track

10. "Got to Find Another Way" - 2:51


  • Burton Cummings – organ, lead vocals, piano, rhythm guitar, flute, harmonica
  • Randy Bachman – lead and rhythm guitars, backing vocals, tambourtine
  • Jim Kale – bass, backing vocals
  • Garry Peterson – drums, backing vocals, percussion
  • Brian Christian - engineer
  • Jack Richardson - producer



Year Chart Peak Position
1970 Billboard 200 9


Year Single Chart Position
1970 "No Time"[5] Canada 1
Australia 43
Billboard Hot 100 5
"American Woman"[6] Canada 1
Australia 43
UK Singles Chart 19
Billboard Hot 100 1
"No Sugar Tonight"[7] Canada 1
UK Singles Chart 19
Billboard Hot 100 1


  1. ^ The Guess Who, American Woman Chart Position Retrieved March 17, 2015
  2. ^ Dave Marsh; John Swenson (12 October 1983). The new Rolling stone record guide. Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-394-72107-1. 
  3. ^ American Woman at AllMusic
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 23, 1969). "Consumer Guide (9)". The Village Voice. Music section. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  5. ^ The Guess Who, "No Time" Chart Position Retrieved March 17, 2015
  6. ^ The Guess Who, "American Woman"/"No Sugar Tonight" Chart Positions Retrieved March 17, 2015
  7. ^ The Guess Who, "American Woman"/"No Sugar Tonight" Chart Positions Retrieved March 17, 2015