The Best of The Guess Who

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The Best of The Guess Who
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Compilation album by
ReleasedApril 1971
Recorded1968-1970
GenreRock
Length42:29
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerJack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
Share the Land
(1970)
The Best of The Guess Who
(1971)
So Long, Bannatyne
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]

The Best of The Guess Who is the fourth compilation album by the Canadian group The Guess Who. It was originally released by RCA Records in April 1971 and contains recordings made between 1968 and 1970. The album reached number 12 on the Billboard top LPs chart in the United States.[3]

A follow up The Best of The Guess Who Volume II was released in 1973.

Gary Hill of AllMusic says "This 11-track collection paints a very entertaining picture of a mutli-talented band and is a perfect introduction for the casual fan."

Release history[edit]

Some of the songs on this album are edited single versions. The single version of "American Woman" is missing an introduction. The single version of "Hang On to Your Life" does not include the spoken excerpt from Psalm 22 at the end.

In addition to the usual 2 channel stereo version the album was also released by RCA in a 4 channel quadraphonic version on LP record and 8-track tape. The quad LP release was encoded using the Quadradisc system.

The first CD issue in 1988 by RCA replaced the single version of American Woman with the album version. A reissue by Legacy Recordings in 2006 added three bonus tracks and had the single version restored.

In 2014 the album was released in the Super Audio CD format by Audio Fidelity. This version contains the complete stereo and quad versions on one disc. The stereo version[4] includes the full album version of American Woman, but the quad version has the edited version. "Hang On to Your Life" includes the Psalm 22 ending in stereo and in quad. [5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."These Eyes"3:43
2."Laughing"
  • Cummings
  • Bachman
2:44
3."Undun"Bachman3:25
4."No Time"
  • Cummings
  • Bachman
3:45
5."American Woman"
3:50
6."No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature"
  • Cummings
  • Bachman
4:52
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Hand Me Down World"Kurt Winter3:26
8."Bus Rider"Winter2:56
9."Share the Land"Cummings3:53
10."Do You Miss Me Darlin'?"
  • Cummings
  • Winter
3:55
11."Hang On to Your Life"
  • Cummings
  • Winter
4:08
2006 reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
12."Albert Flasher"Cummings2:27
13."Broken"
  • Cummings
  • Winter
3:08
14."Rain Dance"
  • Cummings
  • Winter
2:44
  • The original CD issue contains a misprint of the running time for "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature" as 7:51.[6]

Personnel[edit]

The Guess Who

on tracks 1-6

on tracks 7-11 + bonus tracks


  • Arranger: The Guess Who (Tracks 4-11)
  • Engineer: David Greene and Elliot Scheiner (Tracks 1-3), Randy Kling (Tracks 4-6), Brian Christian (Tracks 4-5)
  • Producer: Jack Richardson[7]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak
Position
Billboard Top LPs 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Best of The Guess Who at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: G". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 24, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ The Guess Who, The Best of The Guess Who Retrieved March 20, 2015
  4. ^ The Best of The Guess Who SACD, Hybrid, Multichannel, Quadraphonic, Compilation Retrieved February 7, 2019
  5. ^ The Best of The Guess Who Reel-To-Reel, Compilation, Quadraphonic, 7 ½ ips Retrieved February 7, 2019
  6. ^ https://www.discogs.com/The-Guess-Who-The-Best-Of-The-Guess-Who/release/533187. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ The Guess Who, The Best of The Guess Who Credits Retrieved March 20, 2015