American Woman (album)

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American Woman
American Woman by The Guess Who.jpg
Studio album by The Guess Who
Released January 1970
Recorded August 12 - November 16, 1969
Studio RCA Mid-America Recording Center, Studio B, Chicago, Illinois
Length 38:17
Label RCA Victor
Producer Jack Richardson
The Guess Who chronology
Canned Wheat
American Woman
Share the Land
Singles from American Woman
  1. "No Time"
    Released: November 1969
  2. "American Woman" / "No Sugar Tonight"
    Released: March 1970

American Woman is the sixth studio album by Canadian rock band The Guess Who, and the last to feature lead guitarist Randy Bachman until a reformation effort in 1983. The album peaked at #9 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.[1] It stayed on the charts for over a year and was their most successful release.[citation needed]

In addition to the title cut (the group's most successful song), this album also includes the number one American and Canadian single "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature," as well as a remake of "No Time," a song the group previously recorded for Canned Wheat. The newer version was released as a single and is the one most familiar to listeners. The album's musical styles consists of psychedelic rock and hard rock.[2][3]

A Quadraphonic mix was available on the Quadraphonic 8-track cartridge format. American Woman was first released on CD by RCA in 1998. Buddha Records released a remastered version in 2000 and included a bonus track, "Got to Find Another Way". In 2017, Iconoclassic Records released a two-disc deluxe version featuring various single edits, outtakes, and the entire 1976 The Way They Were release, which is a collection of tracks recorded in 1970 before Randy Bachman quit the band, intended for the follow-up album to American Woman.[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars link
Rolling Stone(favorable) [5]
The Village VoiceB+[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Randy Bachman/Burton Cummings except as noted. 969 (The Oldest Man) is the first song on Side two of the original LP.

Side one
  1. "American Woman" (Randy Bachman/Burton Cummings/Jim Kale/Garry Peterson)
  2. "No Time"
  3. "Talisman"
  4. "No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature"
Side two
  1. "969 (The Oldest Man)" (instrumental) (Bachman)
  2. "When Friends Fall Out"
  3. "8:15"
  4. "Proper Stranger"
  5. "Humpty's Blues/American Woman" (Epilogue)

2000 [Buddha Records] re-issue bonus track
10. Got to Find Another Way

2017 Iconoclassic Records deluxe 2-disc re-issue Bonus Tracks

Disc 1:

10. American Woman [single edit]
11. No Sugar Tonight [single edit]
12. Got To Find Another Way [session outake]
13. Close Up The Honky Tonks [session outake]
14. Not to Return [takes 1&2]
15. Talisman [take 1]
16. Talisman [session chatter]
17. No Sugar Tonight [takes 1&2]
18. American Woman [take 1]

Disc 2:

  1. Silver Bird
  2. Species Hawk
  3. Runnin’ Down the Street
  4. Miss Frizzy
  5. Palmyra
  6. The Answer
  7. Take the Long Way Home


  • Burton Cummings – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards, flute, harmonica
  • Randy Bachman – lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Jim Kale – bass, backing vocals
  • Garry Peterson – drums, backing vocals
  • Brian Christian - engineer
  • Jack Richardson - producer



Year Chart Peak Position
1970 Billboard 200 9


Year Single Chart Position
1969 "No Time"[7] Canada 1
Australia 43
Billboard Hot 100 5
1970 "American Woman"[8] Canada 1
Australia 43
UK Singles Chart 19
Billboard Hot 100 1
"No Sugar Tonight"[8] Canada 1
UK Singles Chart 19
Billboard Hot 100 1


  1. ^ The Guess Who, American Woman Chart Position Retrieved March 17, 2015
  2. ^ Dave Marsh; John Swenson (12 October 1983). The new Rolling stone record guide. Random House/Rolling Stone Press. p. 208. ISBN 978-0-394-72107-1. 
  3. ^ American Woman at AllMusic
  4. ^ "Iconoclassic Records... Reissues Done Right". 
  5. ^ Young, J.R. (7 March 1970). "Records". Rolling Stone. San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc. (53): 50. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 23, 1969). "Consumer Guide (9)". The Village Voice. Music section. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  7. ^ The Guess Who, "No Time" Chart Position Retrieved March 17, 2015
  8. ^ a b The Guess Who, "American Woman"/"No Sugar Tonight" Chart Positions Retrieved March 17, 2015