Share the Land

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Share the Land
Share the Land by The Guess Who.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 October 1970
Recorded1970 at RCA's Mid-America Recording Center, Chicago, Illinois
LabelRCA Records
ProducerJack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
American Woman
Share the Land
The Best of The Guess Who
Singles from Share the Land
  1. "Hand Me Down World"
    Released: 1970
  2. "Share the Land"
    Released: 1970
  3. "Hang on to Your Life"
    Released: 1970

Share the Land is the seventh studio album by Canadian rock band The Guess Who. After the departure of Randy Bachman, the band brought in two guitarists, Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw.

First released on CD by RCA in 1994, [1] Share the Land was remastered and released on CD by Buddha Records in 2000, including two bonus tracks from post-American Woman sessions featuring Bachman, previously released on the 1976 collection The Way They Were. In 2015, the album was again remastered, this time by Vic Anesini at Iconoclassic Records, including bonus tracks from the time period of the album’s initial release.[2][3]

About the album[edit]

The album's music primarily consists of rock anthems, blues and hard rock.[4][5] Five songs from the album, "Hand Me Down World", "Bus Rider", "Share the Land", "Do You Miss Me Darlin'?" and an edited single version of "Hang On to Your Life" (without the Psalm 22 excerpt that closes the album version) make up an entire side of the 1971 greatest hits compilation, The Best of The Guess Who.

"Hang On to Your Life" was written by Cummings supposedly after a bad case of sunburn, but many people believe it was written after a bad acid trip. It is an anti-drug song, and was used on commercials to promote stopping the usage of heavy drugs. At the end of the song, Psalm 22:13–15 is quoted. "Hand Me Down World" and "Bus Rider" were from Winter's band Brother, but The Guess Who recorded them before Brother had ever been into a studio.[citation needed]

When asked how the band knew the Indian on the album's cover, they replied, "central casting".[citation needed]

The LP's first release in 1970 was of a "new" type of vinyl "(Dynaflex)" that was extremely pliable. The record could be folded in half, and spring back to its original form, and play just as well as it did when first opened.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars link
Robert ChristgauC+[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Burton Cummings/Kurt Winter except as noted.

Original track listing[edit]

  1. "Bus Rider" (Winter) – 2:57
  2. "Do You Miss Me Darlin'?" – 3:55
  3. "Hand Me Down World" (Winter) – 3:26
  4. "Moan for You Joe" (Cummings/Leskiw) – 2:39
  5. "Share the Land" (Cummings) – 3:53
  6. "Hang On to Your Life" – 4:09
  7. "Coming Down Off the Money Bag" (featuring Greg Leskiw) (Leskiw)/"Song of the Dog" (Cummings) – 3:54
  8. "Three More Days" – 8:55

2000 Buddha re-issue bonus tracks[edit]

9."Palmyra" (Bachman, Cummings) – 5:44

10."The Answer" (Bachman, Cummings) – 4:05

2016 Iconoclassic re-issue bonus tracks[edit]

9."Runnin' Down the Street" (Kale/Peterson) (B-side Of Hand Me Down World) – 4:20

10. "Hang On to Your Life" (Single Version) – 3:25

11. "Moan for You Joe" (Take 3) (Cummings/Leskiw) – 2:24


The Guess Who[edit]




Year Chart Peak Position
1970 Billboard 200 14


Year Single Chart Position
1970 "Hand Me Down World" Canada 10
Australia 65
Billboard Hot 100 17
"Share the Land" Canada 2
Australia 63
Billboard Hot 100 10
1971 "Bus Rider" Australia 63
"Hang on to Your Life" Canada 5
Billboard Hot 100 43


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  4. ^ Penthouse. Penthouse International. 1970. p. 16.
  5. ^ Share the Land at AllMusic
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (January 7, 1971). "Consumer Guide (15)". The Village Voice. Music section. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  7. ^ The Guess Who, Shre the Land Credits Retrieved March 17, 2015