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Guess Who, The - 1995 Lonely One



ARTIST: Guess Who, The
ALBUM: Lonely One
LABEL: Intersound
SERIAL: 0015095915849
YEAR: 1995

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Terry Hatty - lead vocals, guitar * Dale Russell - guitar, vocals * Leonard Shaw - keyboards, sax, vocals * Jim Kale - bass, vocals * Garry Peterson - drums, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Sweet Liberty * 02 Love's All That Matters Tonight * 03 Lonely One * 04 Haunted Heart * 05 Anything For Love * 06 Rock 'n' Roll Classic * 07 The Razors Edge * 08 I Feel Your Pain * 09 Still Feels Like Love * 10 Amy

WEBLINKS: www.theguesswhocafe.com


Background
Far removed from The Guess Who of the late 60's and early 70, this 90's version included original members Jim Kale and Gerry Peterson. At this point long gone are Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings as well as the classic Guess Who sound, but on this record they are not missed. Kale and Peterson brought the band head first into the 1990's with a classic AOR sound that almost sounds as if it was recorded the 80's. Of course that's not a bad thing, but the album didn't fare very well at the height of 'Alternative' rock, at least in the U.S. Released as 'Liberty' on the Aquarius label with a different cover my uneducated guess is it didn't do much better north of the border. Still, for AOR fans 'Lonely One' is a keeper and with song writing contributions from people like Alfie Zappacosta and Bob Halligan Jr how can you go wrong?


The Songs
In my opinion this is one of the best AOR discs of the 90's although it could be argued that calling it a Guess Who album is a bit of a stretch but what the hell. The title track reminds me of Starship's 'Love Among The Cannibals' period. Progressive fans might remember vocalist Terry Hatty from the Nova Scotia group Ram and their highly collectable 'Soundtrack For Pegasus 1' and although he doesn't have the range of Mickey Thomas, there are similarities in his vocal style. Love's All That Matters' could have been a big hit if it were released ten years earlier as well as 'Still Feels Like Love' which will have soul/west coast fans squirming in their chairs. 'The Razor's Edge' sounds a little bit like John Parr while the closing 'Rock N' Roll Classic' crosses Henry Lee Summer with REO Speedwagon to great effect.


In Summary
Of course the critics of the day slammed this album and in 1995 a new Guess Who release was the last thing the music press expected or needed, especially one that harkened back to the glory days of the overblown 1980's. Oh well, one man's junk is another man's treasure and 'Lonely One' is certainly that - a treasure.


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#1 | gdazegod on November 12 2007 20:00:07
I have the Canadian/Aquarius version of this CD. It appears to have been released a year earlier in 1994 with a re-arranged track listing:

01 Sweet Liberty
02 Love's All That Matters Tonight
03 Lonely One
04 Haunted Heart
05 Anything For Love
06 Rock N' Roll Classic
07 The Razor's Edge
08 I Feel Your Pain
09 Still Feels Like Love
10 Amy
#2 | gdazegod on November 12 2007 21:08:38
Notwithstanding, a different album cover (a red car zooms out of hyperspace) and a different album title 'Liberty'. Why do the Yanks and Canucks do these things?
#3 | Eric on November 12 2007 22:10:29
I have seen the other cover while I was in Montreal a few years ago. Shades of the Red Rider debut!
#4 | Recordjnky on November 28 2007 12:06:09
i have to agree, this cd was one of the best AOR releases in the 90s and Terry Hatty's powerful soulful voice makes him simply one of the best vocalists on this planet. This cd has fantastic production with huge hooks and gets regular rotation in my cd players. Very highly recommended! Terry - where are you?
 
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