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  • Now this is more like it. This is what I consider the complete “Guess Who”. While all of the hits are there and since they have all been reviewed to death over the years especially (dare I say it) “American Woman” I’ll focus on some of the songs that should have been hits or overlooked album cuts that are also happily included . From the “B’ side of the hit “Laughing” is “Broken”, one of the best “B” side ballads never released on its own. The practice that took place back in the 70’s in Canada anyways was to sometimes release a single as a two sided hit hence it was known as “Laughing/Broken”. Also is the pre Guess Who tune by the then named “Chad Allen and the Expressions” “Shakin’ all Over” as well as an alternate version of “Shakin’” Other songs that deserved to be included ” Smoke Big Factory” and “Shoe Biz Shoes” are also represented. Randy Bachman the lead guitarist and Burton Cummings the main vocalist and keyboard player were a terific duo as songwriting partners. They had differences and Bachman had other successes with the groups “Brave Belt, Union, Ironhorse and of course Bachman-Turner Overdrive” as well as both he and Cummings having solo successes. They reunited over the last year and seeing them together again was pure magic. If you can’t see them live you can relive it through these cuts. Or buy their live CD and DVD as well to complete the set.

    Posted on January 7, 2010