Artificial Paradise, originally released in 1973, was The Guess Who’s most band-oriented effort. New recruits Don McDougall (guitar, vocals) and Bill Wallace (bass, vocals) contributed strong original material, as did longtime guitarist Kurt Winter. Bandleader Burton Cummings brought several gems to the table, including “Orly” and one of his “state of the band” addresses: “Those Show Biz Shoes.”
Although not a major commercial success upon release, Artificial Paradise, has become a firm audience favorite and is the most requested title by fans of Iconoclassic’s Guess Who reissue series. Never before individually released on CD, Artificial Paradise, is also acclaimed for its unique “sweepstakes” style packaging, which is reproduced for this reissue. The Iconoclassic reissue of Artificial Paradise, continues the acclaimed format of our previous Guess Who titles, with lengthy, in-depth liner notes from Guess Who authority Ralph Chapman (including commentary drawn from 2010 interviews with Burton Cummings, Garry Peterson, Donnie McDougall, Bill Wallace and producer Jack Richardson), track-by-track commentary, and superb remastering by Vic Anesini.