Bachman Cummings’ ‘The Collection’ Available on October 29

Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings are getting ready to launch The Collection, a special edition box set from Guess Who bandmates. The illustrious box set from two of Canada’s most celebrated musicians and songwriters includes five albums from The Guess Who from their 1969 – 1971 period alongside material from both Bachman-Turner Overdrive and Burton Cummings. This 7CD or 7LP set will include and expanded booklet of rare and unpublished publicity, studio and master tape photography and detailed liner notes. Both LP and CD boxes are available for pre-order now.

Bachman and Cummings rose to international fame as members of supergroup The Guess Who. Bachman broke with the band in 1970, forming Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Cummings departed in 1975 for a solo career. The Guess Who laid the groundwork for Canada’s breakthrough songwriting partnership in Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings, as the first three albums of the Bachman Cummings Collection – Wheatfield Soul and Canned Wheat, both released in 1969 – and 1970’s American Woman – attest. The Guess Who’s trailblazing run of U.S. chart and sales successes continued with the albums Share The Land and So Long, Bannatyne. With Toronto-born Jack Richardson working his magic in producing Bachman-Cummings’ hook-filled gems for instant radio appeal, The Guess Who became Canada’s first rock star collective.

As songwriters, there was chemistry: from the moment Burton Cummings sat down at the piano with Randy Bachman “Burton and I would get together every Saturday morning at 10 or 11 a.m. and I would play him ideas I had for songs,” Bachman recalls. “We wrote very quickly. No song was a labour. If it didn’t work, we threw it away.”

Often using Beatles or Chuck Berry songs as starting points, the duo employed a healthy rivalry. “The competition between us made us a pretty good songwriting team. We were force-fed many musical styles and that crept into our work,” adds Cummings.

Whether collaborating or through the individual endeavours Randy Bachman like Bachman-Turner Overdrive or Burton Cummings’ collected work, the body of songwriting is arguably among the best of rock n’ roll history.

Of the legacy, Cummings says, “I’ve lived a pretty full life. I’ve been all over the world. And I’ve realized, better than ever, every year that I go out and sing those songs again, it’s more special to the audience, besides being more special to me”.
Bachman adds, “These songs are bigger than us or any differences that we might have had in the past. Getting together to celebrate the songs is a real triumph for us”.

Bachman Cummings The Collection will be released internationally on October 29, 2021.


The Guess Who – Wheatfield Soul

These Eyes
Pink Wine Sparkles In The Glass
I Found Her In A Star
Friends Of Mine

When You Touch Me
A Wednesday In Your Garden
Love And A Yellow Rose
Maple Fudge
We’re Coming To Dinner

The Guess Who – American Woman

Side A
American Woman
No Time
No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature

Side B
969 (The Oldest Man)
When Friends Fall Out
Proper Stranger
Humpty’s Blues / American Woman (Epilogue)

The Guess Who – So Long, Bannatyne

Side A
Rain Dance
She Might Have Been a Nice Girl
Goin’ a Little Crazy
Pain Train
One Divided

Side B
Grey Day
Life In the Bloodstream
One Man Army
Sour Suite
So Long, Bannatyne

Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Collected

Side A
Hold Back The Water
Stayed Awake All Night
Let It Ride
Takin’ Care Of Business
Rock Is My Life, And This Is My Song

Side B
You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet
Four Wheel Drive
Hey You
Lookin’ Out For #1
Down, Down
The Guess Who – Canned Wheat

No Time
Minstrel Boy
6 A.M. or Nearer

Old Joe
Of a Dropping Pin
Fairing Warning

The Guess Who – Share The Land

Side A
Bus Rider
Do You Miss Me Darlin’
Hand Me Down World
Moan for You Joe
Share The Land

Side B
Hang On to Your Life
Coming Down Off the Money Bag
Three More Days

Burton Cummings – Collected

Side A
I’m Scared
Your Back Yard
Is It Really Right
Stand Tall
My Own Way To Rock

Side B
Timeless Love
Break It To Them Gently
I Will Play A Rhapsody
Dream Of A Child
Heavenly Blue
Fine State Of Affairs