Boogie with Canned Heat

Boogie with Canned Heat


Bob Hite (vocals), Henry Vestine (lead guitar), Alan Wilson (slide guitar, vocals, harmonica), Sunny Land Slim (piano), Larry Taylor (bass), Fito de la Parra (drums)

Liberty 7541

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Evil Woman
A2 - My Crime
A3 - On The Road Again
A4 - World In A Jug
A5 - Turpentine Moan
A6 - Whiskey Headed Woman No. 2
B1 - Amphetamine Annie
B2 - An Owl Song
B3 - Marie Laveau
B4 - Fried Hockey Boogie

Canned Heat's second long-player, Boogie With Canned Heat (released in 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." 

This Pure Pleasure LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas.