Wheatfield Soul

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Wheatfield Soul
Wheatfield Soul by The Guess Who.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1969
RecordedSeptember 1968
StudioA & R Studios, New York
Genre
Length40:27
LabelNimbus 9, RCA Records
ProducerJack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
It's Time
(1966)
Wheatfield Soul
(1969)
Canned Wheat
(1969)
Singles from Wheatfield Soul
  1. "These Eyes"
    Released: December 1968 (CAN)
    April 1969 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic[1]
Robert ChristgauB–[2]
Rolling Stone(positive)[3]

Wheatfield Soul is the fourth studio album by the Canadian rock band the Guess Who, released in March 1969. The album is notable for being the first full-length Guess Who album to feature Burton Cummings exclusively on lead vocals, without original lead singer Chad Allan. Featuring the US top 10 hit "These Eyes", it marked the beginning of the band's international success.

Release history[edit]

Wheatfield Soul was not a commercial success. "These Eyes" was released as a single. Wheatfield Soul is the group's first psychedelic LP[4] that also focuses on British influenced pop and rock.[5] An original version of "Friends of Mine" is on the Guess Who's posthumous compilation This Time Long Ago.

Added to the 2009 remastered CD version was "When Friends Fall Out," "Guess Who Blues," and "Of a Dropping Pin." This version of "When Friends Fall Out" never made it to any original, early Guess Who albums. A later re-recording appeared on American Woman.

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs written by Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings except where noted.

Side one

  1. "These Eyes" – 3:45
  2. "Pink Wine Sparkles in the Glass" – 2:13
  3. "I Found Her in a Star" (Cummings) – 2:36
  4. "Friends of Mine" – 10:04

Side two

  1. "When You Touch Me" (Bachman, Cummings, Rob Matheson) – 3:38
  2. "A Wednesday in Your Garden" (Bachman) – 3:20
  3. "Lightfoot" (Bachman, Cummings, Matheson) – 3:07
  4. "Love and a Yellow Rose" – 5:05
  5. "Maple Fudge" – 1:49
  6. "We're Coming to Dinner" – 2:43

2009 Remastered CD (IconoClassic ICON 1008)[edit]

  1. "These Eyes"
  2. "Pink Wine Sparkles in the Glass"
  3. "I Found Her in a Star"
  4. "Friends of Mine"
  5. "When You Touch Me"
  6. "A Wednesday in Your Garden"
  7. "Lightfoot"
  8. "Love and a Yellow Rose"
  9. "Maple Fudge"
  10. "We're Coming to Dinner"
  11. "When Friends Fall Out" – 3:17 (#75 Canada, July 1968)
  12. "Guess Who Blues" – 3:31
  13. "Of a Dropping Pin" – 3:24 (#97 Canada, December 1968)

Personnel[edit]

The Guess Who

Production

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Peak Position
1969 RPM Top 50[6] 3
1969 Billboard 200[7] 45

Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1969 "These Eyes" Canada[8] 7
Australia 100
Billboard Hot 100[9] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wheatfield Soul at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 31, 1969). "Consumer Guide (2)". The Village Voice. Music section. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  3. ^ Edmonds, Nancy (14 June 1969). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (35): 36.
  4. ^ Riley Haas (13 September 2013). The Beatles Are the Greatest Rock Band of All Time and I Can Prove It. Riley Haas. p. 230. ISBN 978-0-9921513-0-0.
  5. ^ Wheatfield Soul at AllMusic
  6. ^ [1] Retrieved April 5, 2020
  7. ^ The Guess Who, Wheatfield Soul Chart Position Retrieved March 16, 2015
  8. ^ The Guess Who, "These Eyes" Canadian Chart Position Retrieved March 16, 2015
  9. ^ The Guess Who, "These Eyes" U.S. Chart Position Retrieved March 16, 2015

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