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  • Audio CD (14 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B0015XAT4S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,111 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pain Train (Live)
2. Albert Flasher (Live)
3. New Mother Nature (Live)
4. Runnin' Back to Saskatoon (Live)
5. Rain Dance (Live)
6. These Eyes (Live)
7. Glace Bay Blues (Live)
8. Sour Suite (Live)
9. Hand Me Down World (Live)
10. American Woman (Live)
11. Truckin' Off Across the Sky (Live)
12. Share the Land (Live)
13. No Time (Live)

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The 1972 release of this live LP, recorded over two nights in Seattle, broke the Top 40; this reissue tops it by adding six unissued performances from those shows! Powerhouse versions of American Woman; Albert Flasher , and Runnin' Back to Saskatoon are still here, but so are live performances of their hits No Time; These Eyes; Share the Land; Rain Dance , and more!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I first saw the Guess Who in 1973 I was total amazed at the sound that they produced I fell in love with them at that point,on hearing this originally on vinyl and now on cd the sound is as fresh as ever. The original record did not have all the tracks on it that the cd does so this is an added benefit I would recomend that anybody wishing to sample true 70,s music listen to this and then judge first hand the sound that shaped my generation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Someone played me the live version of American Woman many years ago and I'd always meant to try and find the LP. Somehow I accidently found this album had been re-issued on CD & bought it last week. It's GREAT! Blues rock at it's best & (especialy for the time it was recorded) a great LIVE album. But the gem is the 15 mins of American Woman - starts off slow & eventually builds into the recognised recorded version - BRILLIANT. I'd have bought it JUST for this one track. If you're into 1960's rock - buy it. Now I've got to check out some of their other albums.
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By brynjhns on 6 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the great live performances recorded- whilst not quite up there with the Stones- 'Get Ya YaYas Out' or the Who 'Live at Leeds'- it is a stand out performance from a much maligned Canadian Band. The master piece of American Woman is intertwined with some classic GW songs with a nice blend of then new material which has since stood the test of time.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
they made the best even better 24 Aug. 2000
By Steve Marshall - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Hot on the heels of their recent Canadian tour, The Guess Who just released an expanded version of Live at the Paramount. The new disc features new liner notes and photos, plus six bonus tracks, for a total of 75 minutes of great music. Originally recorded over two nights at the Seattle venue, this album dispelled any previous notions that they were `just a pop band.' Paramount showed in no uncertain terms that The Guess Who could rock with the best of them. One listen to the 17-minute rendition of "American Woman," "Pain Train" or "No Time" makes that point perfectly clear. The album has stood up to the test of time, and remains one of the most popular in the band's catalog.
For the new CD, the producers went back to the original 16-track master tapes from the first show (the second night was deemed "a waste of tape") and remastered the whole shebang. The songs were restored to their original order in the set, and the sound quality couldn't be better. Most of the stage banter between songs has been restored as well. The Paramount shows were two of the first to feature new guitarist, Don McDougall, and he fit in perfectly. His vocals and guitar work added a lot to the group, and he brought in additional songwriting abilities to boot.
Starting with an blistering version of "Pain Train," the album gets off to a rocking start as soon as you hit the play button. The song's a showcase for Kurt Winter's searing guitar licks, and he really lets loose. The band played three new songs during the show, the first of which was "Runnin' Back to Saskatoon." Critics considered the song a bold move at the time, because the chorus reads like a lesson in Canadian cities. Be that as it may, the one thing that you can't argue with is that it's a great song and a longtime favorite among fans.
Up next is the first of the bonus tracks (and a personal favorite), "Rain Dance." Unfortunately, the song sounds a bit anemic here--suffering from either a poor mix, or just a lackluster performance. The segue into "These Eyes" doesn't help. To go from a rocker like "Rain Dance" into a pop ballad just doesn't work. The band stays in a retrospective mood for the next few songs--"Glace Bay Blues" and vocalist Burton Cummings' solo spotlight, "Sour Suite." Fans who owned the original vinyl will notice the intro to "Glace" is louder than it was originally.
From this point on, the CD rocks. "Hand Me Down World" is a bit slower than the studio version, but still sounds great. The medley of "American Woman" and "Truckin' Off Across the Sky" was the highlight of the original album, and the same holds true here. The big difference is the intro to "Truckin'." The original had a different solo overdubbed at the beginning of the song. The new CD has no overdubs at all, so the song will sound noticeably different to those who were familiar with the original.
"Share the Land" also sounds great, but the hurried tempo in which it's played makes you think that they're just playing it because they have to. The CD comes to a close with a killer version of "No Time." The only things missing from the original vinyl are the stage banter from the end of the album (where Burton says "Seattle! Seattle, Washington!") and the lyrics. The stage banter was apparently taken from the second night. As for the lyrics, the producers opted for new liner notes and photos instead (the photos that were in black and white on the original sleeve are now in color). Live at the Paramount is a perfect example of taking a great album and making it even better.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The classic live Guess Who album made even better by great remastering and bonus tracks to boot!!! 13 July 2008
By Jason P. Pumphrey - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
What else can I say,This is a great live Guess Who album made even better by six bonus tracks nearly doubling it in length!!! The original album only had 7 tracks but this great reissue expands the total to 13 cuts for a more complete Guess Who live experience,add to that the awesome remastering and cool liner notes and you have one great package,and besides that it's cheap too(I mean the price tag,not the content,I picked this up brand new for less than five bucks!)This is one time that bonus cuts actually make the album better(The Elton John "Here and There" 2 disc set is another great example!),theres no filler here,just great Guess Who in concert!!! The Guess Who "Live At The Paramount" rocks!!! Two thumbs up! Way up! A+
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Finally a decent Guess Who remastering! 8 Oct. 2000
By S. Mcausland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
WOW! Finally someone at RCA/BMG has gotten off their duff and begun a serious attempt at remastering and re-archiving the Guess Who's back catalog of gems (through the Buddha label)! This concert was recorded in late May of 1972 at Seattle's Paramount Theater and consists of Burton Cummings (vocals, piano, flute and harmonica), Jim Kale (bass and vocals), Kurt "The Walrus" Winter (guitars), Gary "Humpty" Peterson (drums) and newcomer Donnie "Dooner" McDougall (accoustic and electric guitar and vocals). This tour was in support of the LP Rockin' (of which, intriguingly, there isn't a single track of on this album). Greg Leskiw had just quit the band and had been replaced literally overnight by Donnie (also a Winnipeggan, who was gifted with an incredibly beautiful voice). The band was originally going to record live at Carnegie Hall a few nights hence, but Burton lost his voice and the date was cancelled on short notice. The recording date was rescheduled for the Paramount, giving Donnie some time to better gel with the tight rock'n'roll ship of the Guess Who. The band plays with energetic - albeit a bit stoned - rock'n'roll drive, showcasing the Guess Who in their native element - prairie-stomping and rocking out in concert. I was ecstatic when RCA/BMG first re-issued the LP on CD, but that remastering was little more than a direct analog-to-digital transfer. This newly remastered project by Buddha Records, complete with six additional songs from that original concert set has been meticulously and lovingly crafted. The sound is so much brighter and defined, and, audio snob that I am, I notice several almost - ALMOST - inaudible drop-outs have been corrected (bonus points to the remastering engineer!). The highs are much more pronounced and the mids have a clarity absent on the first CD issue. If only every Guess Who release could be remastered and repackaged like this... HINT! HINT! Gary's drums thunder with authority, especially his several minutes of no-holds-barred drum solo riding out the end of American Woman before the jazz-jam beginnings of the juggernaut Truckin'. Burton's vocals pierce with heart-felt clarity and nuance. Kurt's trademark icy needle-like leads are crisp and livid. Donnie's warmer guitar tone is more distinct. Jim's bass lines, however, are still quite muddy. As far as the source material is limited, there's probably not much than could be done (my personal opinion is that the tonality of future Guess Who bassist Bill Wallace would be more favorable in a live concert recording environment). The extra songs and the original order almost make this a copmpletely new release! Those harmony vocals are so splendid (And Donnie's high falsettos fit in with Burton's gritty vibrato so well)! This is trully a masterpiece of remastering technique and feel! And now the big question - WHEN IS ARTIFICIAL PARADISE GOING TO BE REMASTERED ON CD? (and Flavours, and #10, and etc...)
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A real sense of the occasion 17 July 2001
By R.J. - Published on
Format: Audio CD
The original Live At The Paramount has always been a sentimental favourite of mine, but this re-release with extra tracks is truly an outstanding album. It's sentimental to me, because Running Back to Saskatoon blew me away back in 1972 and made me a young Guess Who fan immediately. Another reviewer here said it best, Pain Train just explodes right off the bat. It fits much better at the beginning of the concert, where it actually occurred. The Guess Who really hit a peak at this time I think, the Kurt Winter era is much underpraised, with all due respect to Randy Bachman. Burton Cummings is in superb voice and is brilliant on "Saskatoon" especially.
Imagine my reaction during the 2000 Running Back Through Canada tour stop in Toronto when the Guess Who launched into the Paramount version of American Woman (whatchoo gonna do baby, now that the Roast Beef's gone?) Brilliant! It's long and ragged at times, but I love that long version of American Woman on this album. New Mother Nature is missing its twin No Sugar Tonight (a shot at Bachman no doubt, who wrote the latter) but it rolls along nicely on its own in a mid-tempo groove. Additional added numbers like "Sour Suite" and "Hand Me Down World" work beautifully, and the sound seems a lot sharper. Outstanding live album. For similar albums from the era try Guess Who #10 (hard to find outside Canada) and Rockin' (ditto).
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
You better believe Jacko-This is great music! 17 Sept. 2000
By Bluematter - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Released on the heals of "So Long, Bannatyne" in 1972 this CD showcases the high energy of Canada's most prolific band from that period. Burton Cummings more than makes up for a missed opportunity at Carnegie Hall. His singing here is high voltage. The energy that the band has during this show makes this one of the best live recordings of the 70's. All of this was known before by the faithfull but now with the addition of six more songs the CD has become a testament to the bands ability to perform live on a grander scale. The banter between Burton and the sold-out audience is great, taking the listener back in time. Highlights abound throughout the CD, but you can't walk away from a listening without asking what you're going to do when the Roast Beef is gone! The most radical version of "American Woman" ever recorded is worth the price of admission alone. My hat's off to Buddha records in their effort here, a great concert CD just got better. If you haven't upgraded yet you are missing out! For those Guess Who fans who somehow haven't picked this one up yet, order now!
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