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Monday, September 21, 2009

Monday Morning Maniac Music x 3

One song. Three very different versions.

The Guess Who recorded a song entitled, "American Woman" in early 1970.

Here are three very different renditions, two by the Guess Who ('circa 1970) and ('circa 2008). The other a recent cover by Lenny Kravitz which just blows the roof off the building with a video barrage of images that The Guess Who could never have imagined back in the Viet Nam war era.

Now, an interesting tidbit that I'm sure most of you are aware of but I'll jot it down for the record. The Guess Who's lead guitar was Randy Bachman who so many of us really got to know via Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Bachman was born in Winnipeg, Canada (we always used to call their NHL team, the Lose-a-peg Jets).
Chad Allen is the frontman/vocalist. Bachman fell sick with a gall bladder issue and Allen and the band went on tour. Bachman, then, left The Guess Who after some internal band friction and last played at the famed Filmore East concert.

The first "B-T-O" album was popular but not a major hit. Their second, "Bachman-Turner Overdrive II" included the mega-hit, "Takin' Care of Business."

So, here's your MMMM in triplicate. I just marvel at the way these three recordings mark the change in time and 'attitude' and I wonder, wonder what would've happened if Lenny Kravitz debuted with his version in 1970!

First Version:

Second Version:

Lenny Kravitz' cover version:

You like? By the way, the Guess Who's "other" hit was "These Eyes."

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