Rockin' (The Guess Who album)

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Rockin'
Rockin' Front Cover Art.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1972
RecordedJanuary 1972 at RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, California
GenreRock
Length38:11
LabelRCA Records
ProducerJack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
So Long, Bannatyne
(1971)
Rockin'
(1972)
Live at the Paramount
(1972)
Singles from Rockin'
  1. "Heartbroken Bopper"
    Released: March 1972
  2. "Guns, Guns, Guns"
    Released: May 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars[1]

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]

Reception[edit]

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)

Notes[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

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

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak Position
1972 Billboard 200 79

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Heartbroken Bopper" Canada 12
Australia 83
Billboard Hot 100 47
"Guns, Guns, Guns" Canada 58
Australia 70

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