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listen  7. Of A Dropping Pin (Mastered November 12, 2000) 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Key (Mastered November 12, 2000)11:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • 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: #15,366 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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If you are a Guess Who fan, this is an essential.
William E. Pray
And of course, the monster hit "Laughing," which just might be the most forgettable song on the album... for all that it's a great song.
Peter Felknor
It's really good and reveals the bands talent in regards to being creative with a vocal melody.
B. E Jackson

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Steve Marshall on 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 By A Customer on April 21, 1999
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 By "simnia" on 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 By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on 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 By A Customer on July 4, 1999
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 By Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ on May 21, 2010
Format: Audio CD
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 hope to help change minds about.

With this band, you have great song writing, tracks that worked as both singles and FM rock. Any band that can work a track like "Undone" as jazz, "Laughing" as soul, and "Friends Of Mine," off Wheatfield Soul as Fever Tree Maple Leaf acid funk gets my unqualified vote.

So does Burton Cummings. If Robert Plant's voice had given out on a sub zero Canadian night in 1969, and the band needed a quick stand in, Cummings could have done the job, no problem. Could have worked a shift for any Stax singer of the era, too.

And do you know what the Canned Wheat album is? An album. Listen to the atonal guitar riff that opens "No Time." Dig on the classical piano swoops that segue into "Undone." Or the jazz flute that fits so organically. A lot of singles bands in 1969 were trying little asides like this, when AM still sliced it off. And it sounded ridiculous. (Did you ever hear the atonal stings in the middle of "Susan." by the Buckinghams?)

But the Guess Who were a fantastic rock group, who just happened to make songs great enough to compete on top forty radio. And here, the 1960s art games really work.

Every time
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