American Woman

THE GUESS WHO: American Woman (Buddha)As a Guess Who fan from way back, it's hard to contain the excitement generated from the band recently. They just wrapped up a highly successful tour of their native Canada, and as anyone who witnessed any of the shows will tell you, they're sounding better than ever. A lot of the credit for getting the band back into the public eye has to go to Lenny Kravitz. Even though he destroyed "American Woman" on the recent Austin Powers soundtrack, the track went to the top of the charts, exposing the song to a whole new generation. The band is enjoying a new popularity, which in turn prompted Buddha to begin reissuing the band's back catalog.

This was one of the band's biggest selling albums, containing three major hits: the title track, "No Time" and "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature." The album was previously available on CD, but like the other domestic releases from the band, the sound was awful. Thankfully, the folks at Buddha took the time to do the job right, adding new liner notes, photos, and a bonus track ("Got to Find Another Way"--which previously appeared on Burton Cummings' 2nd solo album). Combine all this, and you can't go wrong. All reissues should be as good as this one.

© 2000 Steve Marshall

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