The Guess Who

The Spirit Lives On: Greatest Hits Live

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This 1998 release features a greatest hits-live format by the bar band version of the group, with only the bass player (Jim Kale) and drummer (Gary Peterson) left standing from the original lineup. While the music is played and sung competently enough, the between-song patter (where lead singer Terry Hatty fishes for cheap applause, thanks some doctors in the front row and does everything except holler for last call) is what ultimately sinks this effort. Mixed and packaged to give the appearance that the group is playing some huge stadium gig, this one reeks of a night in your local tavern with a higher cover charge at the door. Fans of the original band should avoid this one like the plague.

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