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Best Of: Running Back Thru Canada
     

The Best Of: Running Back Thru Canada

by The Guess Who
 

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Unlike many of the band's contemporaries who trudge out on the road decades removed from hit-making relevance with stand-in scabs replacing former members, The Best Of: Running Back Thru Canada is a fairly authentic version of the Guess Who. Joining classic members Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman,

Overview

Unlike many of the band's contemporaries who trudge out on the road decades removed from hit-making relevance with stand-in scabs replacing former members, The Best Of: Running Back Thru Canada is a fairly authentic version of the Guess Who. Joining classic members Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman, and Garry Peterson are guitarist Don McDougal and bassist Bill Wallace, both of whom can chart their involvement in the group way back to 1972, when they replaced Greg Leskiw and Jim Kale, respectively. This lineup is far from an insult to the band's integrity and their fans' intelligence, a refreshing change from dubious cash-ins such as The Spirit Lives On: Greatest Hits Live (with only Peterson and a currently-erstwhile Jim Kale as noteworthy performers) and a dozen or so best-of compilations. The album commemorates, as the title suggests, the Guess Who's reunion run through the Great White North (and a few U.S. dates) in the summer of 2000. The liner notes affirm what the listeners ears will suspect: that the live tracks are culled from several shows and not a single performance, giving it a professional feel to separate it from a bootleg, but also a slightly (but not unpleasantly so) disjointed feel in the track transitions. This double-disc isn't Live at the Paramount and doesn't profess to be. But it does a nice job of displaying a good chunk of Guess Who hits, a few surprises, such as the blues run-through of "Albert Flasher" and, most notably, an string of acoustic tracks at the end of the first disc dubbed "The Coffee House," according to the liner notes. Some fans might feel put-off by the likes of "No Sugar Tonight" and "Let It Ride" done in this manner, but the crowd response shows they are probably in the minority. It's still not a substitute for the classic Guess Who experience, but it does nothing to tarnish the reputation of one of Canada's greatest rock & roll acts, which is not nearly as damning praise as it sounds since it's no mean feat.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2001
Label:
Bmg Int'l
UPC:
0828765583220
catalogNumber:
655832
Rank:
50297

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guess Who   Primary Artist
Randy Bachman   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Burton Cummings   Flute,Harmonica,Piano,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Donald McDougall   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Guess Who   Producer
Randy Bachman   Composer
Burton Cummings   Composer
Shawn McLean   Audio Technician
Don McDougal   Composer
Gary Peterson   Composer
Bill Wallace   Composer
Kurt Winter   Composer
Michael James Kale   Composer
Garry Peterson   Composer
Mathieu Bitton   Art Direction
Corey Peterson   Drum Technician,Percussion Technician
Lorne Saifer   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Dave Alderdice   Audio Technician
Ken McNeill   Engineer

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