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
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerJack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
Share the Land
The Best of The Guess Who
So Long, Bannatyne
Professional ratings
Review scores
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.

Release history[edit]

Some of the songs on this album are edited single versions. For example, the single version of "American Woman", which is missing the acoustic introduction, is used. Conversely, while the single version of "Hang On to Your Life" did not include the spoken excerpt from Psalm 22 at the end, the original album version with the spoken outro was used for this compilation.

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 and reel-to-reel.

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 had the single version restored and added three bonus tracks.

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


Gary Hill of AllMusic says "It is sometimes hard to believe that the same group that brought the world the jazzy 'Undun' and the CS&N-ish hippie anthem 'Share the Land' is also responsible for the rocking 'No Time.' This 11-track collection paints a very entertaining picture of a mutli-talented band and is a perfect introduction for the casual fan."

Track listing[edit]

Side one
1."These Eyes"3:43
  • Cummings
  • Bachman
4."No Time"
  • Cummings
  • Bachman
5."American Woman"
6."No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature"
  • Cummings
  • Bachman
Side two
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
11."Hang On to Your Life"
  • Cummings
  • Winter
2006 reissue bonus tracks
12."Albert Flasher"Cummings2:27
  • Cummings
  • Winter
14."Rain Dance"
  • Cummings
  • Winter
  • The original 1990 CD issue contains a misprint of the running time for "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature" as 7:51.[6]


The Guess Who

on tracks 1-6

on tracks 7-11 + bonus tracks

Additional personnel
  • 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]


  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
  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. ^ "The Best Of The Guess Who - Notes on 1990 CD". Discogs.
  7. ^ The Guess Who, The Best of The Guess Who Credits Retrieved March 20, 2015