So Long, Bannatyne

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So Long, Bannatyne
So Long Bannatyne by The Guess Who.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 1971
Recorded1971 at RCA's Mid-America Recording Center, Chicago, Illinois
GenreRock
Length47:38
LabelRCA Records
ProducerJack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
The Best of The Guess Who
(1971)
So Long, Bannatyne
(1971)
Rockin'
(1972)
Singles from So Long, Bannatyne
  1. "Rain Dance"
    Released: 1971
  2. "Sour Suite"
    Released: 1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

So Long, Bannatyne is the eighth studio album by the Canadian rock band The Guess Who, released in 1971 by RCA Records.

Background[edit]

The album covers and the title track illustrate a transition in band member Kurt Winter's life. Bannatyne Avenue is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the home city of The Guess Who. The front of the album cover for the vinyl LP has the words "So Long, Bannatyne" above a red Chevy with a Manitoba licence plate and the band dressed casually. In the background there is a building labelled "Bannatyne Apartments". On the back of the album cover is the red Chevy again, but in a residential high class neighborhood with the band dressed in suits and the words "Hello My Chevrier Home". The song lyrics include the line:

So long Bannatyne, hello my Chevrier home.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Rain Dance" - 2:45
  2. "She Might Have Been a Nice Girl" (Cummings) - 3:13
  3. "Goin' a Little Crazy" - 6:59
  4. "Fiddlin'" - 1:06
  5. "Pain Train" - 3:45
  6. "One Divided" (Greg Leskiw) - 2:38
  7. "Grey Day" (Leskiw) - 4:16
  8. "Life in the Bloodstream" (Cummings) - 3:10
  9. "One Man Army" - 3:55
  10. "Sour Suite" (Cummings) - 4:08
  11. "So Long, Bannatyne" - 5:55
Bonus Tracks (2010 Iconoclassic CD Release)
  1. "Albert Flasher" (Cummings)
  2. "Broken"

8-Track[edit]

  • The 8-track release featured a different ordering of tracks:
  1. "Life in the Bloodstream"
  2. "Fiddlin'"
  3. "So Long, Bannatyne"
  4. "Rain Dance"
  5. "Sour Suite"
  6. "Pain Train"
  7. "One Divided"
  8. "One Man Army"
  9. "Grey Day"
  10. "She Might Have Been a Nice Girl"
  11. "Goin' a Little Crazy"

Personnel[edit]

  • Burton Cummings - lead vocals, keyboards, sax
  • Kurt Winter - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Greg Leskiw - rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocal and banjo on "One Divided"
  • Jim Kale - bass, backing vocals
  • Garry Peterson - drums, backing vocals

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak Position
1971 Billboard 200 52

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Rain Dance" Canada 3
Australia 55
Billboard Hot 100 19
"Sour Suite" Canada 12
Billboard Hot 100 50
1972 "Life in the Bloodstream" Canada 39

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