Artificial Paradise (The Guess Who album)

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Artificial Paradise
Artificial Paradise by The Guess Who.jpg
Studio album by The Guess Who
Released January 1973
Recorded 1972 at RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California
Genre Rock
Length 39:39
Label RCA Victor 4830
Iconoclassic (re-release)
Producer Jack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
Live at the Paramount
(1972)
Artificial Paradise
(1973)
#10
(1973)
Singles from Artificial Paradise
  1. "Follow Your Daughter Home"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Orly"
    Released: 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"). Nevertheless, 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[original research?]—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)
  2. "Samantha's Living Room" (McDougall on vocals) (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) (Winter on vocals) (Wallace/Winter/Cummings)
  7. "Orly" (2:35) (Cummings)
  8. "Lost and Found Town" (3:49) (McDougall on vocals) (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 Peak Position
1973 Billboard 200 110

Singles

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

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