Artificial Paradise (The Guess Who album)
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||1972 at RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California|
|The Guess Who chronology|
|Singles from Artificial Paradise|
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").
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. The cover mentions The Guess Who only in passing.
AllMusic's Joe Viglione
Artificial Paradise may be the most consistent album project by the post-Randy Bachman Guess Who, a solid offering of strong melodies, superb production, and focused artistic vision. (Despite the memorable cover art—or, perhaps, because of it) ...did much to sink this fine effort.—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 the U.S. and Canada during the late 1970s.
All songs written by Burton Cummings except noted.
- Side one
- "Bye Bye Babe" (Winter, Wallace) - 2:50
- "Samantha's Living Room" (McDougall) - 3:26
- "Rock and Roller Steam" (Winter, Wallace) - 3:19
- "Follow Your Daughter Home" (The Guess Who) - 3:42
- "Those Show Biz Shoes" - 6:49
- Side two
- "All Hashed Out" (Cummings, Winter, Wallace) - 4:41
- "Orly" - 2:35
- "Lost and Found Town" (McDougall) - 3:49
- "Hamba Gahle-Usalang Gahle" (Cummings, Winter, Wallace) - 4:53
- "The Watcher" (Wallace, Cummings) - 3:10
The Guess Who
- Burton Cummings - lead vocals, keyboards, flute, harpsichord
- Kurt Winter - lead guitar
- Donnie McDougall - rhythm guitar, backing and lead vocals on "Samantha's Living Room" and "Lost and Found Town"
- Bill Wallace - bass, backing and lead vocals on "Bye Bye Babe" and "All Hashed Out" (duet)
- Garry Peterson - drums
Additional personnel and production
- Bob Zimmitti - percussion, congas on "Follow Your Daughter Home"
- Stanley Winistock - fiddle on "Orly"
- Jack Richardson - producer
- Brian Christian - engineer
- Dennis Smith - technician
- Vic Anesini - mastering
- Ralph Chapman - liner notes
- Pacific Eye & Ear - concept
- Marty Slick - liner notes
- Lorrie Sullivan - photography
- Ron Thompson - writer
|1973||"Follow Your Daughter Home"||Canada||20|
|Billboard Hot 100||61|
- Joe Viglione. ""Artificial Paradise" review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
- "The Guess Who original (released) Quad?". QuadraphonicQuad.
- "Billboard 200, The week of March 17, 1973". Billboard.
- "The Guess Who – Artificial Paradise (vinyl,LP,album)". Discogs. Retrieved 11 July 2016.