Release Date: 18 May 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|Canned Heat Stockholm 1973 Limited Vinyl LP
A very special never before released concert experience from America’s biggest, baddest, bluesiest rock band ever - Canned Heat!
Features the revered post-Alan Wilson Heat line-up including vocalist Bob “The Bear” Hite, guitar Henry
“The Sunflower” Vestine, drummer Adolfo “Fito” La Parra, guitarist James Shane, bassist Richard Hite, and keyboardist Ed Beyer!
A hard-luck blues band of the '60s, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan
Wilson and Bob Hite. They seemed to be on the right track and played all the right festivals (including
Monterey and Woodstock, making it very prominently into the documentaries about both) but somehow never found a lasting audience.
Certainly their hearts were in the right place. Canned Heat's debut album -- released shortly after their
appearance at Monterey -- was every bit as deep into the roots of the blues as any other combo of the time
mining similar turf, with the exception of the original Paul Butterfield band. Hite was nicknamed "The Bear"
and stalked the stage in the time-honored tradition of Howlin' Wolf and other large-proportioned bluesmen.
Wilson was an extraordinary harmonica player, with a fat tone and great vibrato. His work on guitar, especially
in open tunings (he played on Son House's rediscovery recordings of the mid-'60s, incidentally) gave the band a depth and texture that most other rhythm players could only aspire to. Henry Vestine -- another dyed-inthe-wool record collector -- was the West Coast's answer to Michael Bloomfield and capable of fretboard fireworks at a moment's notice.
Canned Heat's breakthrough moment occurred with the release of their second album, establishing them with hippie ballroom audiences as the "kings of the boogie." As a way of paying homage to the musician they got the idea from in the first place, they later
collaborated on an album with John Lee Hooker that was one of the elder bluesman's most successful outings with a young white (or black, for that matter) combo backing him up. After two big chart hits with "Goin' Up the Country" and an explosive version of Wilbert Harrison's "Let's Work Together," Wilson died under mysterious (probably drug-related) circumstances in 1970, and Hite carried on with various reconstituted versions of the band until his death just before a show in 1981, from a heart seizure.
1. Let’s Work Together
2. On The Road Again
3. Harley Davidson Blues
4. Election Blues
5. So Long Wrong
6. Shake ‘n’ Boogie
7. Goodbye For Now