Artificial Paradise (The Guess Who album)

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Artificial Paradise
Artificial Paradise by The Guess Who.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1973
Recorded1972 at RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California
LabelRCA Records
ProducerJack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
Live at the Paramount
Artificial Paradise
Singles from Artificial Paradise
  1. "Follow Your Daughter Home"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Orly"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
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 bassist Bill Wallace. 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"). Nevertheless, the album is likely best remembered for its record jacket (each one numbered) and inner sleeve, which is an extensive lampoon of direct mail advertising, and mentions The Guess Who only in passing.

Despite the memorable cover art—or, perhaps, because of it[1]—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 1970s and early 1980s.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Bye Bye Babe" (2:50) (Winter/Wallace) (Bill Wallace on lead vocals)
  2. "Samantha's Living Room" (3:26) (McDougall) (Donnie McDougall on lead vocals)
  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) (Wallace/Winter/Cummings) (Burton Cummings and Bill Wallace on lead vocals)
  7. "Orly" (2:35) (Cummings)
  8. "Lost and Found Town" (3:49) (McDougall) (Donnie McDougall on lead vocals)
  9. "Hamba Gahle-Usalang Gahle" (4:53) (Cummings/Winter/Wallace)
  10. "The Watcher" (3:10) (Wallace/Cummings)


  • Burton Cummings - lead vocals, keyboards, flute
  • Kurt Winter - lead guitar
  • Donnie McDougall - rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals
  • Bill Wallace - bass, backing and lead vocals
  • Garry Peterson - drums
  • Stanley Winistock - fiddle on "Orly" [2]
  • Vic Anesini - mastering
  • Ralph Chapman - liner notes
  • Brian Christian - engineer
  • Pacific Eye & Ear - concept
  • Jack Richardson - producer
  • Marty Slick - liner notes
  • Dennis Smith - technician
  • Lorrie Sullivan - photography
  • Ron Thompson - writer



Year Chart Peak Position
1973 Billboard 200 110


Year Single Chart Position
1973 "Follow Your Daughter Home" Canada 20
Billboard Hot 100 61
"Orly" Canada 21


  1. ^ a b Joe Viglione. ""Artificial Paradise" review". Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  2. ^ "The Guess Who - #10 (vinyl,LP,album)". Discogs. Retrieved 11 July 2016.