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The Best Of The Stampeders [Best of, Original recording remastered, Original recording reissued]

Stampeders , The Stampeders Audio CD
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2001 compilation for the Canadian rockers who had hits with 'Sweet City Woman', 'Devil You' & 'Hit the Road Jack'. 22 tracks.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Canadian Rock May 6 2005
By Evan
Format:Audio CD
The Stampeders were always an underrated band that never got their due. Though some they judge the solely on their slightly dated sole American hit "Sweet City Woman," The Stampeders are much more than this. They were a darn good rock group who were monstrous in Canada, capable of hard rock (Devil You), ballads (Carry Me), and even serious statements (The Came The White Man), without ever sounding cheesy or corny, besides the bubblegum pop of "Monday Morning Choo Choo", whos name says it all ;). So if you think this album is 22 old rehashes of SCW, you are sadly mistaken. If you do make the leap for a purchase, you will find they were a tight rock outfit who were much better than that. I now intend on getting the full albums. Goodbye.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff June 4 2007
By Wolf
Format:Audio CD
How The Stampeders always seem to slip through the cracks as one of the greatest Canadian bands from the late 60s, and early 70s is a mystery. They were one of the pioneers in the Canadian music industry. There were very few other bands from Canada in the early going. These guys dared to be different. Not strictly a rock act, and not strictly a country act, they were country-rock at a time when none existed. The Stampeders were waaayy ahead of their time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars Sept. 13 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Only in Canada? Dec 19 2005
By Tony James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Because of the Canadian content rules governing radio stations, this group from Calgary Alberta thrived. The Stampeders first songs were tinged with a tiny bit of country flavour (taking their name from Calgary's famous stampede may have been why). "Carry me" and "Sweet City Woman" led to the fast paced "Devil You". There were great guitar rockers such as "Wild Eyes, Johnny Lightning" and "Running Wild". There were songs that you would couple roller skate to at the local arena such as "Oh my Lady" and "Minstrel Gypsy". I firmly believe that we in Canada had the best of all worlds with the British, U.S. and our own unique Canadian sounds. It was always hard especially in pre internet days for north of the border bands to be heard elsewhere. If you ever get a chance to sample and discover The Stampeders I think you'll like what you hear. Lets get some samples on here for starters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Canadian Rock May 6 2005
By Evan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Stampeders were always an underrated band that never got their due. Though some they judge the solely on their slightly dated sole American hit "Sweet City Woman," The Stampeders are much more than this. They were a darn good rock group who were monstrous in Canada, capable of hard rock (Devil You), ballads (Carry Me), and even serious statements (The Came The White Man), without ever sounding cheesy or corny, besides the bubblegum pop of "Monday Morning Choo Choo", whos name says it all ;). So if you think this album is 22 old rehashes of SCW, you are sadly mistaken. If you do make the leap for a purchase, you will find they were a tight rock outfit who were much better than that. I now intend on getting the full albums. Goodbye.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More music for remembering March 3 2013
By Sandra Griffin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Once again, here are songs to remember in our past. Takes you back to better days and to better music with actual words you can understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Completist Hits Collectors Will Be Frustrated By The Omission Of 3 Key B-sides June 1 2014
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
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The Calgary, Alberta, Canada-based early 1970s band The Stampeders (guitarist Rich Dodson, bassist Ronnie King and drummer Kim Berly - who all contributed vocals as well), had considerable success with their singles and albums in their native country, but only modest results in the larger U.S. market, registering just 3 times on the lucrative Billboard Pop Hot 100 with one Bubble Under entry.

Their most memorable hit was the Dodson-penned Sweet City Woman which made it to # 5 Adult Contemporary and # 8 Hot 100 in Aug-Sept 1971 as Bell 45,120 b/w Gator Road, and both were part of one of their better selling LPs in the U.S., titled Against The Grain, which initially came out in 1971 as Bell 6068. It has been reproduced as a CD by Unidisc and is available here at Amazon and is recommended if all you are seeking is their big hit plus its B-side.

If, however, you are a completist hits collector, and even though there are a number of CD conversions of their music available from various sources, not one carries all 6 sides of their other 3 charting singles in the U.S., not even this 2001 22-track "Best Of" compilation which also from Unidisc. Here you get Sweet City Woman along with the Dec 1971-Jan 1972 # 61 Hot 100 Devil You (Bell 45,154) and the March 1976 # 40 Hot 100 cover of the Ray Charles classic Hit The Road Jack (which features a telephone chat with famed DJ Wolfman Jack) - but not their flipsides, Gator Road, Giant In The Streets and Hard Lovin' Woman. On the other hand, it does provide the March 1973 # 115 Hot 100 Bubble Under Oh My Lady AND its B-side, Wild Eyes (Bell 45,331). Go figure.

In terms of a collection of some of their more memorable offerings in Canada it's a 5-star release all the way, with excellent sound reproduction. But for completists it's a 22-track example of frustration.
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