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Canned Wheat [Original recording remastered]

The Guess WhoAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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listen  1. No Time (Mastered November 12, 2000) 5:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Minstrel Boy (Mastered November 12, 2000) 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Laughing (Mastered November 12, 2000) 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Undun (Mastered November 12, 2000) 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 6 A.M. Or Nearer (Mastered November 12, 2000) 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Old Joe (Mastered November 12, 2000) 2:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Of A Dropping Pin (Mastered November 12, 2000) 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Key (Mastered November 12, 2000)11:16Album Only
listen  9. Fair Warning (Mastered November 12, 2000) 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Species Hawk (Mastered November 12, 2000) 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Silver Bird (Mastered November 12, 2000) 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 12, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1969
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Buddha
  • ASIN: B00005173J
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #303,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Guess Who, Canned Wheat, original masters, reissue. Buddha Records/RCA

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another great remastering job by Buddah December 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Canned Wheat was The Guess Who's second album for RCA, containing the hits "Laughing" and "Undun." It also included the original version of "No Time," later re-recorded for the American Woman album. The later version is the one that you're familiar with. The original has an extended intro and outro, plus a different guitar solo by Randy Bachman. Musically, this was always my least favorite album of the band's catalog. Still, there are quite a few tracks worth mentioning (besides the hits).
"Old Joe" is one of the better tunes on Canned Wheat, featuring a theme that would show up later on "Those Show Biz Shoes," a song from the band's Artificial Paradise album. Another highlight on the CD is "Of a Dropping Pin." Originally recorded during the band's ill-fated London sessions, this version is a bit more polished than the earlier one. The album's centerpiece is the ambitious, 11-minute "Key." Reminiscent of Buffalo Springfield's "Bluebird," the song gives everyone in the band the chance to stretch out a bit--especially drummer Garry Peterson, who turns in an extended solo.
There were a couple production problems on Canned Wheat. Several copies of the CD were pressed and released with a different bonus track ("Miss Frizzy") instead of the one that was listed on the jewel box ("Species Hawk"). Unfortunately for the collectors out there, there's no way to tell which 'version' of the CD you're getting until you put it in your CD player. The other problem concerns the way the songs are tracked. Five of the songs have 'interludes' before them. In every instance, these 'interludes' are part of the previous song on the CD.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Canadian Praries Rock April 21, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
A definite original! The songwriting style of Bachman & Cummings couldn't have come out of anywhere but the Canadian midwest. The sometimes nieve (or maybe just young) lyrics and fresh/clean instrumentation combine with melodies an artist of any genre would be proud of.
The marathon KEY (the one with the obligatory drum solo)is still interesting to listen to thirty years later and has definitely aged better than FRIENDS OF MINE from Wheatfield Soul. The musical styling is more diverse and the lyrics both poetic and insightful without being overly preachy.
The album ends with some really tasty guitar styling by Randy Bachman in FAIR WARNING. A tune with a message as relevent today as thirty years ago.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars gems amidst the clutter September 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Most of the songs on this album aren't very exciting, but the few exceptions make it very worthwhile. "Of A Dropping Pin" is an undiscovered gem that sounds somewhat like fast-paced Moody Blues songs, "Undun" is generally considered by musicians to be one of this group's best, and I much prefer this alternative version of "No Time" because the strummed acoustic guitar chords are clearer, the guitar solo is extended, and the ending is more climactic than in the Top 40 version of early 1970.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic late 60's guitar rock August 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
"Canned Wheat" is probably the best of the Guess Who's original albums. It contains the singles "No Time" (In an extended version), "Laughing" and "Undun," as well as a number of fairly strong guitar laden album tracks. The song "Key" stretches out to over eleven minutes, but still manages to be worthwhile. The only clunker is the awful "Fair Warning," that comes along at the end like a bad acid trip, but is mercifully held to less than two minutes. At their best during this, the Randy Bachman period, the Guess Who were worthy competition for Creedence Clearwater Revival and mined some of the same musical and political ground. They only lack CCR's consistantly great songwriting. "Canned Wheat" is no "Green River," but it's still a worthwhile listen.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good. July 4, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I haven't got that many guess who albums (3+2 best of albums), but I think this one beats American Woman. It carries a better variety of stuff, with a better version of No Time than on most other collections and American Woman itself. Key is a great song as well, with an amazing drum solo, longer than the song proper.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff October 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Too often, many people would write off The Guess Who as a singles band mostly capable of delivering some hits and pretty much ignoring their albums, aside from a Greatest Hits package. Too bad, as Canned Wheat, their second from RCA demonstrates, that they were fully capable of making great albums too!

Here you get treated with the original version of "No Time". We all know the hit version that appeared on their following album American Woman, that version was edited, with some of the more hostile lyrics at the end removed. Here, you get to hear it all in its original glory. There's also an extra guitar solo you don't hear on the more familiar hit version. The album did spawn two big hits, with "Laughing" and "Undun". The former tends to be rather pop-oriented, while the latter has a rather jazzy feel. There's also the wonderful acoustic piece "6 A.M. or Nearer". I really love how the band suddenly gives us a jazzy passage with flute, certainly making them far more than a typical AM dial pop/rock group that some might dismiss them as. "Of a Dropping Pin" is another one of my favorite, but I have to say "Key" would be the album's crowning glory if Garry Peterson didn't waste around 3/4 of this piece with a drum solo. "Key" itself starts off great, with nice use of acoustic guitar, and a great electric guitar solo from Randy Bachman, although I find the biblical lyrics a bit hard to take in. The album closes with "Fair Warning". It's basically one of the band members, speaking in a pseudo-Scottish accent warning everyone the dangers of being a rock star and that you're better off not being one.

Except for the excessive drum solo on "Key", this is an excellent collection of songs proving the Guess Who really do deserve more credit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FIlled with hits
A great album from Canada'a Guess Who. Bachmann and Cummings writing and singing and playing classic MOR rock music that is timeless.
Published 4 months ago by Richard Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Regarding CD album Canned Wheat by The Guess Who
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Published 8 months ago by Mats Rydberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great... On So Many Levels
I was raised on classical music (via my father) and rhythm & blues (via my mother, a former nightclub singer from the Missouri Bootheel). Read more
Published 13 months ago by Peter Felknor
5.0 out of 5 stars Guess Who's Gem
Although the American Woman lp brought The Guess Who to U.S. fame and their follow up Share The Land, also excellent, sold millions of copies, I'm not alone in feeling that the... Read more
Published 20 months ago by E. Nickel
5.0 out of 5 stars long lost friend
this record was the one I looked for for a long time. It was exactly the way I remembered it. Plays great. Thanks
Published on April 7, 2011 by kurt jones
5.0 out of 5 stars a can of goodness
What a sad, sad world we live in today- the Guess Who is NOT being fondly remembered for their enjoyable music. Read more
Published on December 10, 2010 by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
The Guess Who are either one of the most deservedly recognized singles bands or one of the most under-recognized albums bands of their era, and either way, that is a situation I... Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A great one
I remember when this album came out. It really shows the bands range. It has between the tracks bits of music that really stay with you. Read more
Published on July 23, 2008 by William E. Pray
4.0 out of 5 stars With all Due Respect . . .
The following review USED to be part of the reviews of this album (which I like the album, by the way) - the review is, in my opinion, one of the finest works of art ever put to... Read more
Published on June 27, 2008 by mzocoh
5.0 out of 5 stars TRUST ANGELO'S MAIL ORDER !!!!!!
Published on May 12, 2008 by Mike Z.
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