Rockin' (The Guess Who album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1972
RecordedJanuary 1972
StudioRCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California
ProducerJack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
So Long, Bannatyne
Live at the Paramount
Singles from Rockin'
  1. "Heartbroken Bopper"
    Released: March 1972
  2. "Guns, Guns, Guns"
    Released: May 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores

Rockin' is the ninth studio album by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who. It was originally released by RCA Records in 1972. It is the last album by the group to feature rhythm guitarist Greg Leskiw.

Two charting singles were released from the album. "Heartbroken Bopper" spent seven weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 47[2] and "Guns, Guns, Guns" spent six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number 70.[3]

Release history[edit]

In addition to the usual 2 channel stereo version the album was also released by RCA in a 4 channel quadraphonic version on 8-track tape. The quad version was never released on the LP format.

In 2019 the album was reissued again in the UK by Dutton Vocalion on the Super Audio CD format. This disc is a 2 albums on 1 disc compilation which also contains the 1973 album The Best of The Guess Who Volume II. The Dutton Vocalion release contains the complete stereo and quad versions of both albums.[4]


AllMusic's Joe Viglione: "As an artistic statement it's all very interesting, but for a band whose bread and butter was the Top 40, this stuff tempts fate a bit too much... Rockin' is a strange exercise whose best parts showed up on The Best of the Guess Who, Vol. 2."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Burton Cummings and Kurt Winter except noted.

Side one
  1. "Heartbroken Bopper" - 4:52
  2. "Get Your Ribbons On" - 2:36
  3. "Smoke Big Factory" (Cummings, Winter, Jim Kale) - 3:57
  4. "Arrivederci Girl" (Cummings) - 2:31
  5. "Guns, Guns, Guns" (Cummings) - 4:59
Side two
  1. "Running Bear" (J.P. Richardson) - 2:19
  2. "Back to the City" - 3:37
  3. "Your Nashville Sneakers" (Cummings) - 2:55
  4. "Herbert's a Loser" (Greg Leskiw, Winter) - 3:35
  5. "Hi Rockers!" - 6:50
a) "Sea of Love" (Phil Phillips, George Khoury)
b) "Heaven Only Moved Once Yesterday" (Winter)
c) "Don't You Want Me" (Cummings)
2010 Iconoclassic Remaster Bonus Tracks
  1. "Sea of Love" (Previously Unreleased)
  2. "Lost Sheep" (Previously Unreleased)


On the album the song "Running Bear" was incorrectly credited to Curly Herdman and "Sea of Love" incorrectly credited to Don McGinnis.[6]


The Guess Who
Additional personnel
  • Brian Christian - engineer
  • Jack Richardson - producer[7]


Chart (1972) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[8] 33
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[9] 9
US Billboard 200[10] 79


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ The Guess Who, "Heartbroken Bopper" Chart Position Retrieved March 17, 2015
  3. ^ The Guess Who, "Guns, Guns, Guns" Chart Position Retrieved March 17, 2015
  4. ^ The Guess Who – Rockin' & The Best Of The Guess Who Volume II release on SACD Retrieved June 23, 2019
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ Nimbus 9 Records – The Guess Who, Rockin Credits LSP-4602 1972 Retrieved February 7, 2019
  7. ^ The Guess Who, Rockin Credits Retrieved March 17, 2015
  8. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 130. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  9. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 7703". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved November 8, 2023.
  10. ^ "The Guess Who Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2023.