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Road Food / Power in the Music [Import, Original recording remastered]

The Guess WhoAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg Int'l
  • ASIN: B0001NBL9U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,548 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Star Baby
2. Attila's Blues
3. Straighten Out
4. Don't You Want Me
5. One Way Road To Hell
6. Clap For The Wolfman
7. Pleasin' For Reason
8. Road Food
9. The Ballad Of The Last Five Years
10. Down And Out Woman
11. Women
12. When The Band Was Singin' (Shakin' All Over)
13. Dreams
14. Rich World - Poor World
15. Rosanne
16. Coors For Sunday
17. Shopping Bag Lady
18. Power In The Music

Editorial Reviews

Reissue of 1974's 'Road Food' & 1975's 'Power In The Music' on one remastered CD. 19 tracks including the hit 'Clap For The Wolfman'. Slipcase. RCA. 2004.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconoclassic does it again! August 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was my introduction to The Guess Who and it's my absolute favorite GW album. As with #10, I compared this new cd to the old Canada cd, as well as the 2-fer disc from 2004. This new reissue of Road Food sounds great. The louder it is played, the better it sounds. Again, there are informative liner notes which help to make this an essential purchase. The bonus tracks are very interesting. First up, there's a remix of Sona Sona without the 1988 overdubs, which makes for an interesting listen. It's mixed quite well. And then there's a run-through of One Way Road To Hell. This song is clearly a run-though, as Burton's voice sounds rough. But it's nice to hear the song in an embryonic state. After the track ends, there's some blank space and then a hidden track with 1:22's a nice piano/bass/drums juzz-style shuffle and just Burton, Gary and Bill fooling around. It was a pleasant surprise to hear that hidden track.

This new reissue blows the doors off of the 2004 2-fer disc, so please avoid that piece of junk. This new Iconoclassic cd is the best way to own a copy of "Road Food". The cd sounds full and dynamic. Run, don't walk and sang this disc. Here's to hoping Iconoclassic reissues more Guess Who product in the future.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent re-issue series December 26, 2004
By R.J.
Format:Audio CD
It's hard to quibble with these Guess Who CD releases. Road Food and Power In the Music are two of their later releases, featuring some excellent tracks such as "Road Food", "Clap For The Wolfman", "Star Baby" and "When The Band Was Singing Shakin' All Over". The real value lies in the album tracks, in which there are some excellent finds for the uninitiated. Both these albums were either unavailable or impossible to find in CD version before, so it's great to see these come out. Next up, when are they ever going to release the lost album "The Way They Were" on CD?
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music, but disappointing sound August 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Yes, what you may have read about the sound quality of the 4 two-albums-on-one-CD reissues of Guess Who RCA-era albums is true. The sound is not quite up to the standard of original CD reissues. But, you can compensate fairly well with a graphic equalizer or bass and treble controls on your stereo system. (Of course, you probably can't do much about the sound when playing on a portable CD player these days, since some marketing genius decided that bass-boost was the only tone control that anyone needs anymore.) But what about the actual muusic offered here? Well, the first album is "Road Food," the band's suprise comeback hit of 1974. I still find that it is simply the best album they ever did. Every song is quality material. This reissue returns the songs to their original LP sequence, which is something of a plus. (For some reason, the original reissue put the LP side 2 songs first, just as the cassette version did. I suppose that was to draw attention to the top 10 hit "Clap for the Wolfman.") Though the material here is mostly about their adventures as an endlessly touring band, the lyrics are light years ahead of the usual "the road is hell" stuff written for previous albums. This is a band having a good time, and the music reflects it. "Straighten Out" and "Don't You Want Me" (an improvement over the original from "Rockin'") are flat-out joyus fun. You wish that you could be there while it's being committed to tape. If you can't find a copy of the original "Road Food" used somewhere, this is the next best thing. 5 stars for "Road Food." The second LP is their final RCA offering, "Power in the Music." This time the band seems to be getting too pretentious for its own good. Read more ›
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars hang on to your vinyl May 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The pairing of these albums has nothing to do with each other aside from the fact that they would fit on a single disc. Most of the tracks on Road Food lack bass, and all of them suffer from too much compression. Burton Cummings' lead vocals are mixed too low on "Attila's Blues" and "Don't You Want Me." "One Way Road to Hell" fades out early. "Pleasin' for Reason" and the title track have too much bass, and the latter fades out slightly early.
Power in the Music doesn't fare any better. The entire album (especially the first half) is compressed. The high end is boosted a bit on "Down and Out Woman." The end vocals on "Dreams" are buried in the mix, and Bill Wallace's intricate bass work is now lost in the mix. Cummings' spoken word parts in "Rich World, Poor World" are buried as well. One of the worst jobs on any of the tracks is on "Rosanne," when the intro is actually faded in. The title track (which is incorrectly listed as "Shopping Bag Lady" in the lyrics) has dropouts at 6:12 and 6:21 into the song.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love these reissues! August 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Hats off to Iconoclassic for their great work putting together this Guess Who reissue series. Every one so far (and I have 'em all) seems like it was a labor of love and, as a fan, what more can one ask? Each album is worth it for the liner notes alone, which offer an overview of the state of the band at the time of the recording, and descriptions and comments for every track from the band members themselves. Sweet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars icon classics at their best September 3, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As an overseas admirer of the guess who is nice to know that is our option to get these rare re-issues.
Road foad is amazing in sound and the written reviews about each song help me to finally understand why this amazing broke up.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed this album, as a fan of the Guess Who. If you are, you should get this one.
Published 3 months ago by Ed P
4.0 out of 5 stars clap for the wolfman
Great song! Miss hearing older song to listen to, play it over & over.comes in clear and not muffled. Older songs sometimes have a bad recording.
Published 6 months ago by Rob Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Album
One of the best albums by The Guess Who ever made. I can certainly recommend others to buy this CD
Published 6 months ago by Mats Rydberg
5.0 out of 5 stars the guess who's final hit?
This was a great band on the edge of moving on. There's two wonderful hits on here. "clap for the wolfman' and 'star baby' but the rest of it was good too. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Dobey
5.0 out of 5 stars Love that old rock
I've been looking for this CD for ages. Used to have it on an album when I was a youngster. Great to listen to the old songs and remember when.
Published 7 months ago by david sheffield
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
It's got some great but highly underrated music. If I remember correctly, the critics weren't kind to "Road Food" and those who rely on critics to determine what their... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Greg Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album, it was so wonderful...all the way through.
This is one of my top 20 all time favorite albums. Turn around time as it arrived here so quickly. Brand new as described too. Great work!!!! This seller gets a triple 5 stars!!!
Published 17 months ago by tonydrummerboy54
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't help it - I get a kick out of the Guess Who
Burton Cummings III wrote, played, and sang so well - wonder how big those guys would have been if they were from the US?
Published 17 months ago by Douglas E. Stoiber
4.0 out of 5 stars Hungry For More
I was first introduced to the Guess Who way back in 1974. A friend and I had gone to the local Woolworth store to check out records and cassett tapes. Read more
Published 20 months ago by R. M. Silkey
4.0 out of 5 stars welcome back
I had been looking for a copy of "Road Food" for a long time, and was happy to see this 2-for-1 reissue. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Donald E. Gilliland
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These are, without a doubt, the worst sounding remasters I've ever heard. I can't think of anything that comes close. If BMG had used old vinyl as masters and didn't screw with EQ, compression or anything else, they would have sounded tons better.
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