THE GUESS WHO is a rock band from Winnipeg, formed the mid 60's.
Maybe you know them by the classic rockin' song 'American Woman', which earned the group the honour of being the first Canadian band to have a No.1 hit on the American charts.
But that's another story.
The band reformed several times, and almost disappear at the end of the seventies.
By the beginning of the '90s, the only original members were Jim Kale and Gerry Peterson, and they decided to rebirth Guess Who to produce a new album with a classic AOR sound that almost sounds as if it was recorded in the 80's.
For that they required the songwriting services of Alfie Zappacosta, Bob Halligan Jr., Eddie Schwartz... !!!!
Think eighties STARSHIP, LOVERBOY or ZAPPACOSTA, and you get the picture.
"Love's All That Matters Tonight" has all the ingredients to be a massive hit, "Still Feels Like Love" spread a magnificient westcoast vibe, "Haunted Heart" is a perfect ballad ala R.E.O. SPEEDWAGON, and "The Razor's Edge" sounds a lot like JOHN PARR.
But the winner here is "Sweet Liberty", penned by Alfie Zappacosta. Awesome monster AOR song.
The new singer, Terry Hatty, was a real find (where are you!), sounding like a cross between Mickey Thomas and John Farnham. Terrific performance.
Production is top notch, as said, like a big budget 80's recording.
Forgotten and unknown for the majority of AOR lovers, this CD is a damn fine AOR plate, one of the best releases of the 90's in the genre.
You better don't miss this one.
01 - Lonely One
02 - Love's All That Matters Tonight
03 - Sweet Liberty
04 - Haunted Heart
05 - Anything For Love
06 - Still Feels Like Love
07 - The Razor's Edge
08 - I Feel Your Pain
09 - Amy
10 - Rock N' Roll Classic
note: this is the USA edition. Canadian was renamed to "Liberty" and has different tracklist / artwork.
Terry Hatty - lead vocals, guitar
Dale Russell - guitar, vocals
Leonard Shaw - keyboards, sax, vocals
Jim Kale - bass, vocals
Garry Peterson - drums, vocals
DON'T MISS THIS ONE