The Guess Who
The Guess Who had successfully reinvented themselves as an
album oriented band with the records recorded after Randy
Bachman's 1970 departure. But commercially, The Guess Who
was in decline by 1974. Simply put, the band needed a hit.
Road Food provided two: the rollicking "Star Baby" earned
the band its first U.S. Top 40 hit since "Rain Dance,"
while the celebratory "Clap For The Wolfman" (featuring DJ
Wolfman Jack) brought The Guess Who all the way into the Top
10. Elsewhere, Road Food presented typically eclectic fare,
with bassist Bill Wallace in particular making a strong
showing with the title track and "Straighten Out." Burton
Cummings reflected on the band's recent history in the epic
"Ballad Of The Last Five Years," while life on the road also
informed "Attila's Blues" and "Pleasin' For Reason."
Despite being a more band-oriented album than the preceding
#10, band unity was at a low point, and by the time "Clap
For The Wolfman" reached the top 10, the song's co-writer
Kurt Winter and fellow axeman Donnie McDougall had departed
the ranks, replaced by ex-James Gang guitarist Domenic
Troiano (who made his Guess Who debut on 1974's Flavours).
New liner notes by Guess Who authority Ralph Chapman (Rush:
Beyond The Lighted Stage, Metal Evolution) shed light on
this most tumultuous yet productive period in The Guess
Who's long career.
Two previously unreleased, stripped down versions feature as
bonus tracks, and spotlight the band's ever-present musical
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. Ballad Of The Last Five Years
10. Sona Sona (sans 1988 overdubs)
11. One Way Road To Hell (run through)
The ethos of Iconoclassic Records is perfectly captured in
the company's name. Iconoclassic Records reissues classic
titles by iconic artists, many of whom have handled their
careers in an uncompromising, iconoclastic manner.
A CD reissue label focused on rock, pop, and R&B music of
the 1970s and '80s, Iconoclassic Records specializes in
notable albums that have never been released on CD, as well
as classic titles that have fallen out of print. [more]
Are the CDs remastered?
Yes, all Iconoclassic Records CDs are digitally remastered
from the original master tapes by award winning engineers,
such as Grammy® winner Vic Anesini, who remastered Laura
Nyro's Nested and Season of Lights. Check out photos from the mastering session
on the Nested album page.
Are the original album graphics included in the
Yes, Iconoclassic reproduces all the imagery and text from
the original LP front and back covers and inner sleeves. In
addition, we frequently add newly written liner notes and
additional photographs from the appropriate time periods.