Rockin'/Flavours

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This imported CD could serve as a blueprint for how to turn two very flawed but interesting albums into something worth buying -- just maximize the virtues and let them come to the surface, and hope there are enough of them; in this case there are, albeit not by too much. Part of Canadian BMG's "Guess Who X 2" reissue series, Rockin'/Flavours marks the first official CD reissue of either of these two Guess Who albums. Neither captures the band anywhere near its best, and Buddha Records has declined to reissue them in the United States. Rockin' has such a terrible reputation, and has been gone from the catalog for so long, that this reviewer was curious how it would sound 32 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This imported CD could serve as a blueprint for how to turn two very flawed but interesting albums into something worth buying -- just maximize the virtues and let them come to the surface, and hope there are enough of them; in this case there are, albeit not by too much. Part of Canadian BMG's "Guess Who X 2" reissue series, Rockin'/Flavours marks the first official CD reissue of either of these two Guess Who albums. Neither captures the band anywhere near its best, and Buddha Records has declined to reissue them in the United States. Rockin' has such a terrible reputation, and has been gone from the catalog for so long, that this reviewer was curious how it would sound 32 years after the fact -- the answer is, not great, as the band seems out of ideas, or at least lacking enough of them to sustain more than 60 percent of an LP. They did have riffs good enough to inspire Aerosmith, among other bands, to much greater heights however -- perhaps fitting justice for a band whose biggest hit was built on the sound of Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" -- and this CD does let you hear Kurt Winter's and Greg Leskiw's guitars, and Burton Cummings' piano sounding really up-close and crisp. What's more, Cummings' vocals definitely benefit on "Smoke Big Factory," the bluesy "Arrivederci Girl" and "Herbert's a Loser," and, most of all, the self-consciously retro, swing-influenced pop-jazz venture "Your Nashville Sneakers"; the latter is the most uncharacteristic track on the album, but it is the highlight of the remastering, with a close, intimate sound that brings the track to new life. Strangely enough, for an album entitled Rockin', the ventures into specific oldies territory, on "Running Bear" and the closing number, "Hi Rockers," seem more heavy-handed than inspired, but at least the music is really being heard, and at a high volume, too -- and "Hi Rockers," as a conceptual piece that bridges several genres including comedy and decades, comes off rather better for the improved sound, even if the track itself is a marginal creation. The original first side of Flavours, by contrast, is a delight, mixing agreeable electric and acoustic guitar sounds and some fresh songwriting inspiration, and all now combined with state-of-the-art sound to make the second half of this CD a real pleasure; the album's side two material hasn't held up quite as well, but the singing and playing by Cummings and the virtuosity of guitarist Domenic Troiano carry the material. There's no new annotation or bonus tracks, just really, really good sound and a recreation of the original art from both LPs including a reprint of the lyrics from the original songs, all in a slipcase package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • UPC: 828765301329
  • Catalog Number: 653013
  • Sales rank: 57,713

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Guess Who Primary Artist
Burton Cummings Keyboards, Vocals
Domenic Troiano Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Garry Peterson Percussion, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
The Guess Who Arranger
Burton Cummings Composer
Domenic Troiano Composer
Brian Christian Engineer
Jim Kale Contributor
Greg Leskiw Composer, Contributor
Jack Richardson Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Kurt Winter Composer, Contributor
Acy Lehman Art Direction
Frank Mulvey Cover Design
Nick Sangiamo Cover Photo
Steve Clarkson Remastering
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