Canned Wheat

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Canned Wheat
Canned Wheat by The Guess Who.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1969
StudioRCA Studio A, A&R Studios
GenreRock, psychedelic rock[1]
LabelRCA Records
ProducerJack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
Wheatfield Soul
Canned Wheat
American Woman
Singles from Canned Wheat
  1. "Of a Dropping Pin"
    Released: 1968
  2. "Laughing / Undun"
    Released: July 1969
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone(favorable) [2]

Canned Wheat is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band the Guess Who, released in September 1969. It peaked at number 91 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.[3] Two of the band's hits were taken from the album: "Laughing" and "Undun". The album also includes a version of "No Time" which would later be re-recorded for their American Woman album and released as a single. The album is regarded as a rock classic.[4][5]


The band was sent to record the follow-up to Wheatfield Soul at RCA Studios in New York City. As per company policy at the time, RCA recording artists were required to use the company's own studios. Wheatfield Soul was cut independently and before the band signed with RCA. The band and their producer Jack Richardson felt that the sound at RCA was inferior to that of the independent A&R Studios, where Wheatfield Soul was recorded. They duly recorded Canned Wheat at RCA and secretly re-recorded two of the strongest numbers "Laughing" and "Undun" nearby at A&R. To prove the point that the RCA studio was unsuitable, A&R dubs of "Laughing" and "Undun" were sent to RCA. When RCA released "Laughing" and "Undun" as a two-sided single and it began to hit the charts, RCA wanted an album put out as soon as possible. There was no time to re-record the rest of the material, so Canned Wheat was released, as recorded at RCA studios, yet including the "Laughing" and "Undun" versions cut at A&R.

Release history[edit]

Canned Wheat was first issued as RCA Victor LSP-4157 in 1969. It was reissued in the RCA "Pure Gold" budget line series as ANL1-0981 in 1975 and reissued again by budget label Pickwick by arrangement with RCA as ACL-7067. In addition to the standard two channel stereo version a four-channel quadraphonic mix was also issued on the 8-track tape format in 1971.

RCA first reissued the album on compact disc in 1988. It was then remastered and re-released on CD by Buddah Records in 2000 and included two bonus tracks. The first run of Buddah CD pressings accidentally replaced the song "Species Hawk" with "Miss Frizzy". This was corrected on the second run and the pressings with "Miss Frizzy" are collector's items now. Both songs ("Silver Bird" and "Miss Frizzy") are featured on the 1976 album The Way They Were.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings except where noted.

Side one
  1. "No Time" – 5:15
  2. "Minstrel Boy" – 3:18
  3. "Laughing" – 3:05
  4. "Undun" (Bachman) – 4:17
  5. "6 A.M. or Nearer" (Bachman) – 5:24
Side two
  1. "Old Joe" (Cummings) – 3:07
  2. "Of a Dropping Pin" – 3:42
  3. "Key" – 11:24
  4. "Fair Warning" – 1:44

2000 re-issue bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Species Hawk" – 3:33 [some copies mistakenly include "Miss Frizzy" – 5:06]
  2. "Silver Bird" – 2:43


The Guess Who



Year Chart Peak Position
1969 Billboard 200 91


Year Single Chart Position
1968 "Of a Dropping Pin" Canada 97
1969 "Laughing" 1
Billboard Hot 100 10
"Undun" Canada 21
Australia 73
Billboard Hot 100 22


  1. ^ a b Canned Wheat at AllMusic
  2. ^ Bangs, Lester (2 February 1970). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (51): 38. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  3. ^ The Guess Who, Canned Wheat Chart Position Retrieved March 16, 2015
  4. ^ Canned Wheat at AllMusic
  5. ^ 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.