“The Rockin’ album…best GW time of my entire GW time…we started getting drum sounds about noon on Monday, and we turned in the finished, mixed masters about 3 p.m. on Friday.”- Burton Cummings
Rockin’ originally released in 1972, represented a back-to-basics album for The Guess Who. Recorded and mixed in just four and a half days of what were often live-in-the-studio sessions, Rockin’ captures the band at its loosest, cracking jokes, remembering songs from their youth, and demonstrating the casual brilliance that marked one of rock’s finest and most underrated ensembles.
The twin-guitars of Kurt Winter and Greg Leskiw power one of The Guess Who’s hardest rocking releases. Yet in true early ’70s Guess Who fashion, Rockin’ features an all-inclusive definition of rock, from the heavy riffs of opening track and single “Heartbroken Bopper,” the ’50s-styled boogies “Get Your Ribbons On” and “Running Bear,” the harmony-driven “Smoke Big Factory,” the socially conscious “Guns, Guns, Guns,” and the psychedelic multipart suite that closed the original album.
A longtime cult-favorite among their fans, The Guess Who’s Rockin’ has been augmented with two previously unreleased bonus tracks including “Lost Sheep,” a dry run for the “Hi Rockers!” medley that arguably betters its originally released counterpart. This reissue from Iconoclassic Records has been digitally remastered from the original master tapes by Vic Anesini and features extensive liner notes with interviews and song commentary from all of the living band members, as well as producer Jack Richardson.