The Guess Who “Canned Wheat”

Posted 26 Jan 2012 in 60s, Albums of 1969, Albums of the 60s, Rock + Roll


Today’s Cool Album of the Day (#615 in the Series) is The Guess Who, Canned Wheat

How about a little Guess Who for today’s Cool Album of the Day, eh?  It’s actually about time we got to this great Canadian band considering they’re one of the better bands to emerge from the late 1960s. I’ve wanted to do a piece on them for quite some time but I had to go back and give their stuff another listen. I was a fan of theirs when they were current, but most of the time the only album of theirs and I had was The Guest Who, Greatest Hits. You might not be aware but we do not cover greatest hits packages on this site.

When I go back and listen to their music and this album, the first thing that comes to mind is one word, that word is “timeless.” Some of my favorite bands from years ago just do not stand up as well when revisited 30 or 40 years later. That’s not the case with The Guess Who. I can listen to their music and it does not sound dated in any way. Why is that? That’s an easy one, it’s the songwriting.

This was the period of The Guess Who when they were still led by the talented duo of Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman. They handled all the songwriting.

Do you want to hear some of the greatness that I’m referring to? Just give a listen to some of these Guess Who classics such as “No Time,” “Undun” or even a better choice “Laughing.” Pure. Timeless. Music. Or if you want to go into more experimental direction there was the 11+ minute “Key.”

“6 A.M. or Nearer” also took the band to a different direction. It had a mellower sound, often adding a little bit of jazz guitar and flute.

The Guest Who is a staple on classic rock radio. For once I agree with them.

— Larry Carta

Track listing

All songs written by Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings except as noted.

  1. “No Time” – 5:37
  2. “Minstrel Boy” – 3:18
  3. “Laughing” – 3:05
  4. “Undun” (Bachman) – 4:17
  5. “6 A.M. or Nearer” (Bachman) – 5:24
  6. “Old Joe” (Cummings) – 3:07
  7. “Of a Dropping Pin” – 3:42
  8. “Key” – 11:24
  9. “Fair Warning” – 1:44


  • Jim Kale – bass, background vocals
  • Randy Bachman – guitar, sitar, background vocals
  • Burton Cummings – vocals, organ, harmonica, piano, guitar, keyboards, flute
  • Garry Peterson – drums, percussion, conga, tabla, background vocals


Listen to the album in it’s entirety below.

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