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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by StrangerNY, Nov 23, 2018.
An alternate version of that one.
Running Back to Saskatoon
I’ve never forgotten the Guess Who. I grew up listening to them. Really great stuff. Every song seems to be a hit.
Honky Tonkin' hardwood floor!
First great Canadian band I'd heard and grew up on the Best of Guess Who. I heard them in my last year of High School.
Funny thing, I had heard Undun on the radio many times in the past and liked it very much, but did not know who performed it. I really don't know why I didn't recognize Burton Cummings' distinctive voice, but for some reason it just didn't click in my brain. Then I bought a greatest hits of the Guess Who on CD and was playing it in my truck. At first I skipped over the tracks I didn't recognize (maybe the spelling threw me off?) without even listening. The surprise and excitement I felt when I got around to listening to all the tracks was almost like the magic of hearing it for the first time. I was elated. Great song!
Me and my early high school buddies wore out The Guess Who, Three Dog Night, Doobie Brothers, The Hollies... all on a Panasonic Dynamite 8!
how did this song go down in the US at the time?....
Yeah great band, always loved their sound and vocals. Also similarly, Three Dog Night (One, Liar, Mama Told Me), Blood, Sweat & Tears (And When I Die, Spinning Wheel)... now I want to hear those songs again.
Nice to hear the sounds of my city
Burton had a great solo career after the Guess Who and Randy moved on early (not by choice) to form Bachman Turner Overdrive (BTO).
My favorite Guess Who tune has to be "NO TIME"... to be that embodies everything about the group... the groove, the lead, the harmonies, the arrangement... it had it all.
Here's a forgotten track from the later 70's... after Burton left and Don McDougall took over the lead vocals. Don could sound exactly like Burton when needed. The group still had a couple original members and Randy's replacement Kurt Winters playing the slide. Kurt was the player on many of the songs posted in this thread. He and Domenic Troiano were a force on the last few albums.
Here outside of Buffalo, NY we hear plenty of Guess Who and Burton Cummings on Toronto and Niagara FM stations (who BTW play very little BTO). Cummings is still gigging around here and from all reports is still in strong voice and a great entertainer.
Running Back to Saskatoon is a blast and a challenge to play and sing.
I also enjoy Undun, there is a Youtube lesson from Randy Bachman on how he wrote and played it.
And Star Baby with the slide...great old tunes!!
That YouTube lesson explains RB’s relationship with the brilliant, and grossly under-appreciated Lenny Breau.
in 71 - 72, every local band I went to hear played "no time". and the better ones all played "Workshop owner" and "Running back to saskatoon".
the guess who, three dog night, and rare earth dominated the radio at that time, but they all seem almost forgotten now.
I also grew up listening to them and had most of their records. They were one of favorites for a long time. Now I only have the CD box set - I think that it is 3-4 CD's. Always fond of Kurt Winter's solos and pretty much everything that Cummings did.