Friday, 28 January 2011

The Guess Who - St Louis USA 1974.

The Guess Who are a Canadian rock band from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Initially gaining recognition in Canada, they also found international success from the late 1960s through the mid-1970s with numerous hit singles, including "American Woman", "These Eyes" and "Share the Land".

This concert  performed at The Ambassador Theatre, in St Louis, MO, on the 6th May 1974 was one of the last show before guitarists Kurt Winter and Donnie McDougall left the group and is considered by a good number of fans as the overall best line up.

Broadcast live on FM by radio station KSHE (the source of this recording), the concert is both fascinating and a testimony to the band getting on with the job when the bass amp fails and a probable electrical outage left the band with no option early on but to do a couple of unplanned acoustic numbers "Artificial Flowers" and "Sour Suite" both of which actually add to the gig and are well received by the audience.

The concert performance is superb and just builds and builds after the early technical problems, the only downside is the radio presenters need to fill any natural gaps with inane commentary. I have no idea of what format KSHE operated at the time of this concert (by the fear of silence it may have been top 40?) however amusingly for me the DJ's compulsive need on a few occasions to 'say something' actually gives this gig a more historical nature now. Oh whatever! the DJ is at best a mild irritant and the concert remains a gem.

Source: FM Broadcast.

Sound Quality: Very good stereo mp3@320kbps.

Genre: Rock, blues rock, folk rock, garage rock, hard rock.

Set:  Full Set

Set List: 

Disc One
01. Intro (radio announcer etc)
02. Bus Rider
03. New Mother Nature
04. Artificial Flowers
05. Sour Suite
06. (comments)
07. Undun
08. Albert Flasher
09. Runnin' Back To Saskatoon
10. Glamour Boy
11. Self Pity
12. Clap For The Wolfman
13. These Eyes
14. Star Baby
15. (comments)
16. Straighten Out
17. Bye Bye Babe

Disc Two 
01. Medley: American Woman / Truckin' Off Across The Sky / No Sugar Tonight
02. Share The Land
03. No Time 
04. (Applause and into) Orly 
05. (KSHE comments again!) Leave It To Beaver Theme (Burton Cummings & Bill Wallace)

Band Line Up:

Gary Peterson
Bill Wallace
Burton Cummings
Kurt Winter
Donnie McDougall
Website: Official HERE.

Download links (three) in comments below.


Beehive Candy said...







Robert said...

KSHE was St. Louis' first FM rock station, and in '74 it was AOR before that format even had a name. They haven't changed much since then, and they are possibly best known for "K-SHE classics" - relatively obscure tracks which developed a loyal following here but never really broke nationwide. The prime example would probably be J.D. Blackfoot's album "The Ultimate Prophecy" - I won't be surprised if you haven't heard of it. Its popularity in St. Louis was so great that when Blackfoot decided to record a live album, he came to St. Louis, possible his only fan base.