Thanks to the Top 10 hit "Clap for the Wolfman", featuring a cameo from Wolfman Jack himself, Road Food was seen as a comeback album for The Guess Who. But the Canadian band hadn't really gone anywhere. They had consistently been churning out albums with great songs. And 1972's Live at the Paramount remains one of my all time favorite live records.
Burton Cummings, one of rock's great singers and strangest lyricists ( "Well, have you ever seen a Madras monkey?/Have you seen an Orlon eel?"), still led the band through this filler-free effort. The first single, "Star Baby", barely scratched the top 40 in the US but it's a power pop classic.
For consistently great pop, don't dismiss the early 70's pop from The Guess Who. It deserves the same kind of appreciation as the Beach Boys music of the same era.