Sunday, July 8, 2012

Canned Heat - Boogie With Canned Heat(1968 Us Fantastic Psychedelic Blues Rock & Boogie - Wave)


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/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,(All Music Guide)





Tracks listing
01-"Evil Woman" (Larry Weiss) – 2:59
02-"My Crime" (Canned Heat) – 3:57
03-"On the Road Again" (Floyd Jones, Alan Wilson) – 5:01
04-"World in a Jug" (Canned Heat) – 3:29
05-"Turpentine Moan" (Canned Heat) – 2:56
06-"Whiskey Headed Woman No. 2" (Bob Hite) – 2:57
07-"Amphetamine Annie" (Canned Heat) – 3:56
08-"An Owl Song" (Wilson) – 2:43
09-"Marie Laveau" (Henry Vestine) – 5:18
10-"Fried Hockey Boogie" (Larry Taylor) – 11:07
Bonus Tracks
11-"On The Road Again"- 3:22
12-"Boogie Music" - 2:46
13-"Goin' Up The Country" - 2:51
14-"One Kind Favor" - 4:54
15-"Christmas Blues" - 2:35
16-"The Chipmunk Song" - 2:49

Personnel
Bob Hite – Vocals, Harmonica
Alan Wilson – Slide Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica
Henry Vestine– Lead guitar
Larry Taylor – Electric Bass
Fito de la Parra – Drums

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3 comments:

peraberg said...

Thanks for sharing this. Weirdly enough I haven't heard much else than the hits from these guys.

Anonymous said...

Captain Beefheart wrote "Gimme Dat Harp, Boy" out of annoyance at what he felt was Canned Heat's castration of the blues (personally the only thing I've heard by them that I really like is Going Up the Country, because it sounds like it's being sung by Kermit the Frog)

Sergey said...

thank you very much!