Burton is one of the most celebrated rock artists in Canadian music history. He has received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and is a member of the Prairie Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Canada’s Walk of Fame as a member of The Guess Who and as a solo artist.
In early 1966, Cummings replaced Bob Ashley on keyboards in The Guess Who. Chad Allan, the band’s founder, left a few months later, making the 18-year-old Cummings the group’s new lead singer.
The string of popular albums and hits continued after Bachman left with “Share the Land,” “Albert Flasher,” “Rain Dance” and “Clap for the Wolfman,” among others. Cummings then became disenchanted with the more progressive rock direction The Guess Who took with guitarist and songwriter Domenic Troiano, and left to pursue a solo career in 1975.
After striking out on his own and moving to Los Angeles, Cummings provided backup vocals on Eric Carmen’s Boats Against the Current album. He released his own self-titled album through Portrait Records and launched it with a performance on 8 November 1976 at Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall. The album, which saw Cummings turn to a more soft rock, adult contemporary sound, was produced by Richard Perry, whose credits included records by Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon and Ringo Starr.
His 1978 album 'Dream Of A Child' became the first quadruple platinum-selling album by a Canadian artist. Through the ‘80s and ‘90s Burton continued to tour including joining Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band. A starring role in the feature film Melanie alongside Miami Vice star Don Johnson in 1980 earned Burton a Genie Award for Best Original Song along with praise for his acting ability.
Never content to rest on his extraordinary accomplishments, Burton Cummings continues to write, record and perform. Described as Canadian rock ‘n’ roll royalty, a national treasure, and a living legend, for Burton Cummings there has always been one constant: he remains true to himself and his own way to rock. [extracts from Cumming's Website & The Canadian Encyclopdia Online ]
As a member of The Guess Who Burton Cummings played an enormous role in getting Canadian music in the international charts. After a decade with them he finally disbanded the group he had come to outgrow, and worked hard on making his first solo project an unforgettable gem.
Every song on this album is performed to perfection, and, along with a half-dozen originals, all of which rank with his very best writing efforts (especially "Is It Really Right", his best song ever, and also his personal favourite from this album) he includes a diverse selection of well chosen cover
songs, ranging from a superb reading of Gilbert O'Sullivan's "Nothing Rhymed" to the jokey big band version of "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet", which, curiously, led to a rekindling of friendship between Cummings and former bandmate Randy Bachman.
Elsewhere "Stand Tall" provided him with his only truly substantial US hit as a solo artist, although "I'm Scared" also made an appearance on the charts, but every song is a highlight, and the album deservingly charted higher than any Guess Who album since 1970s "Share the Land".
Overall, Burton can certainly Stand Tall with this classic release which has lasted the test of time.
This post was taken from my vinyl copy of Burton's album, ripped to MP3 (320kps) and includes full album artwork with label scans. If you liked his hit "Stand Tall" which was a massive hit here in Australia, then you're gonna like the album. The last track, a cover of the BTO classic "You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet' has a refreshing swing to it (pun intended) and attests to Cumming's musical brilliance. No Guessing Who is Standing Tall on this album !
01 - I'm Scared 4:04
02 - Your Back Yard 3:16
03 - Nothing Rhymed 2:32
04 - That's Enough 3:06
05 - Is It Really Right 5:01
06 - Stand Tall 3:43
07 - Niki Hokey 2:31
08 - Sugartime Flashback Joys 3:25
09 - Burch Magic 3:48
10 - You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet 3:44
Burton Cummings - Vocals, Keyboards
Randy Strom - Guitar
Ian Gardiner - Bass
Jim Gordon - Drums
Bobby Hall - Percussion
Jimmy Phillips - Organ
Burt Cummings Link (91Mb)