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Canned Heat – Boogie With Canned Heat (1968/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Canned Heat – Boogie With Canned Heat (1968/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 43:45 minutes | 1,69 GB | Genre: Rock
Official Digital Download – Source: ProStudioMasters | © Capitol Records
Recorded: October-November 1967, Liberty Studios

Canned Heat’s second album, released in 1968, includes their first hit single and one of the band’s signature songs, On The Road Again. On this release the psychedelic blues rockers loosen up a bit from their debut, moving toward rock while retaining their blues foundation. However, there is no indication on Boogie of the even looser improvisational material that was yet to come. In addition to On The Road Again the album includes two other Canned Heat favourites, Amphetamine Annie and Evil Woman, as well as a 12-minute version of Fried Hockey Boogie that established them with hippie audiences as “kings of the boogie.” This release features the classic Canned Heat lineup of Bob “The Bear” Hite, Al “Blind Owl” Wilson, drummer Bob Cook, Henry Vestine on guitar and bassist Larry Taylor.

Canned Heat’s second long-player, Boogie With Canned Heat (1968), pretty well sums up the bona fide blend of amplified late-’60s electric rhythm and blues, with an expressed emphasis on loose and limber boogie-woogie. The quintet — consisting of Alan “Blind Owl” Wilson (guitar/harmonica/vocals), Larry “The Mole” Taylor (bass), Henry “Sunflower” Vestine (guitar), Aldolfo “Fido” Dela Parra (drums), and Bob “The Bear” Hite (vocals) — follow up their debut effort with another batch of authentic interpretations, augmented by their own exceptional instrumentation. One development is their incorporation of strong original compositions. “On the Road Again” — which became the combo’s first, and arguably, most significant hit — as well as the Albert King inspired anti-speed anthem, “Amphetamine Annie,” were not only programmed on the then-burgeoning underground FM radio waves, but also on the more adventuresome AM Top 40 stations. Their love of authentic R&B informs “World in a Jug,” the dark “Turpentine Blues,” and Hite’s update of Tommy McClennan’s “Whiskey Headed Woman.” The Creole anthem “Marie Laveau” is nothing like the more familiar cut by Bobby Bare, although similarities in content are most likely derived from a common source. The side, as rendered here, is arguably most notable for the driving interaction between guitarists Wilson and Vestine as they wail and moan over Hite’s imposing leads. Saving the best for last, the Heat are at the height of their prowess during the lengthy audio biography on “Fried Hockey Boogie.” Each member is introduced by Hite and given a chance to solo before they kick out the jams, culminating in Hite’s crescendo of ” … Don’t forget to boogie!” In 1999 the French label, Magic Records, issued an expanded edition of Boogie With Canned Heat supplemented by half-a-dozen sides, such as the 45 RPM edits of “On the Road Again,” “Boogie Music” and “Goin’ Up the Country.” Also included are the once difficult-to-locate 45-only “One Kind Favor,” as well as the seasonal offering “Christmas Blues” and “The Chipmunk Song” — with guest shots from none other than Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and David Seville of the one and only Chipmunks. For enthusiasts as well as listeners curious about the oft-overlooked combo, this is an essential, if not compulsory platter. –Lindsay Planer

1. Evil Woman 02:58
2. My Crime 03:59
3. On The Road Again 04:56
4. World In A Jug 03:25
5. Turpentine Moan 02:56
6. Whiskey Headed Woman No. 2 02:53
7. Amphetamine Annie 03:33
8. An Owl Song 02:44
9. Marie Laveau 05:13
10. Fried Hockey Boogie 11:08

Bob Hite – vocals
Alan Wilson – slide guitar, vocals, harmonica
Henry Vestine – lead guitar
Larry Taylor – bass
Adolfo de la Parra – drums
Dr. John – horn arrangements, piano
Sunnyland Slim-piano on “Turpentine Moan”


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